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RATINGS: 679   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 381   ABV: 12.7%
Itís Big, itís Bad, Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, with Coffee and Cocoa Nibs.

One Big Bad Imperial Stout with Cocoa nibs and Coffee beans. Each seasonís release uses a different dark roasted coffee.

ABV may vary between batches: 10.2% to 12.7%

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (7063) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2013
Bottle. Release #13 from WF Charlottesville. The pourís deep brown with a creamy tan head. The nose is charred hazelnut. Rich dark cocoa, chocolate. Ashy. Some burnt raisin toast. The taste is dark roast coffee. Peanut butter. Rocky road fudge. Bitter finish. Good sweet/bitter balance. Full body, soft carbonation. Nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jkwalking05 (4591) - Arlington, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2013
22 oz bottle. Black with an average sized beige head. Aroma is of coffee, wood, vanilla, whiskey, dark chocolate. Taste is of coffee, roasted malt, light smoke, vanilla, wood.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
travita (4847) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2013
Bottle. The look is dark, black in color with brown tinges, and has a tan head. The smell is coffee, rich, malt, roasty, chocolate, espresso, and cocoa. Smells great. The taste is coffee, roast, malts, cocoa, just good. Hits the right buttons.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
trevor211 (1623) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 26, 2013
On tap at The Sixgill. Glossy black with a dark tan head. This one blends its component flavors wonderfully. Coffee is immediately apparent on the nose, with deep dark chocolate, vanilla, and oak following shortly thereafter. Really smooth palate, with just the right amount of bourbon (so many BBA brews overdo that), adding a bit to the sweetness. Nice and weighty. Really impressed with this one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bill Becker (809) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 25, 2013
Release #13. Thanks go to the crew at Craft Shack! Pitch black with close to a 2 finger head of foam, excellent lacing, this looks grand! The bittersweet chocolate nibs stand out in the smell big time. Accompanied by roasted malt and some coffee, the whisky barrel aging seems to be playing second fiddle and thatís fine by me. A chocolate delight on first sip, a get a big dose of coffee following closely behind and at times, dominates. The big ole alcohol is there and warming but itís not interfering too much as to detract from my session. Whisky is on the mild side and again, thatís okay in Bitterbillís book. Thick and creamy mouthfeel, very very nice. This a is a very delicious and satisfying brew! Thereís not much to knock except...the coffee gets really strong at times. Minor quibble. Major brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaveSpider (26) - - OCT 19, 2013
Smells like you walked into a coffee shop eating a chocolate bar. Looks dark and caramel colored, minimal head that disappears. Definitely taste the coffee, though not as bittery repulsive as most coffee stouts, very dark chocolate with a little vanilla from the oak. Wood flavor compliments beer but is not too noticeable. The sweetness of this stout make it delicious and overall i would say its the best coffee stout iíve had. Recomended.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Danyel (1606) - Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2013
Bottle. Pours black with tan head. Smells like coffee, chocolate and sweet. Tastes full, thick, coffee, coconut flavors, chocolate. Slight roast backbone to it. Sweet and rich. Really amazing! Very impressed!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Huhzubendah (3493) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 15, 2013
The beer is dark brown, nearing blackness. Atop the beer rests a half inch of dense, beige head. Aromas of roast, chocolate, spice, coffee, espresso beans, cocoa powder. Fabulous flavor following the aroma. Strong and potent coffee character without dominating the flavor profile. Medium to full-bodied with fairly low carbonation. Smooth on the palate with alcohol content very well hidden. A top-notch Imperial Stout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
koleminer20 (2460) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 12, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2014 22 oz bomber. Release #17. 12% ABV. The pour is a nice black, thick, with a decent mocha colored head. The nose is beautiful. Very heavy on coffee with some hints cocoa, and some smokiness and woody notes with an ever so light hint of bourbon. The taste is a little opposite. It’s got heavy cocoa in the immediate taste. And the coffee almost tastes like more of an espresso with the little bit of whiskey on the late aftertaste. This is a pretty incredible stout. The aftertaste just lingers and lingers beautifully. (Original rating, 4.6, was based on Release #11, 11% ABV) ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrHangover (3952) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - OCT 11, 2013
Pours a pitch black beer with a medium sized beige head on top. Aroma of bourbon, smoke, ashes, roast and vanilla. Flavour starts off very mild, coffee and roasted tones, but it ends very complex with the bourbon backing up the flavors, in stead of overwhelming them. Big smokey, oaky notes finishing up this beer. Long sweet and sticky finish. This is an epic finisher.

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