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RATINGS: 569   WEIGHTED AVG: 4   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 363   ABV: 12.1%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
It’s Big, it’s Bad, Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, with Coffee and Cocoa Nibs.

Release #1 : 11.7% ABV
Release #2 : 11.3% ABV
Release #3, #15 : 11.4% ABV
Release #4 : 11.1% ABV
Release #5 : 11.2% ABV
Release #6 : 10.7% ABV
Release #7 : 11.0% ABV
Release #8 : 12.5% ABV
Release #9 : 11.8% ABV
Release #12 : 10.8% ABV
Release #13 : 12.2% ABV
Release #14 : 12.1% ABV
Release #17, 18 : 12.0% ABV
Release #19 : 10.4% ABV
Release #22 : 10.2% ABV
Release #23, 27 : 11.5% ABV
Release #25 : 10.6% ABV
Release #24 : 10.5% ABV


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
zach8270 (3863) - Henrietta, New York, USA - DEC 1, 2012
(bottle - 22 oz - Release #9) Pitch black pour with a thick and creamy tan head. Aroma is a large combination of oak, coffee, chocolate and burnt malts. Smells very warm and inviting on a cold day. Coffee and chocolate at the start of the flavor with a heavy roasted middle and a sweet finish from the oak and chocolate. Almost a bit of licorice mixed in there somewhere too. Very creamy.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 30, 2012
Release #9. Pours like oil, half finger tan head, nice lacing. Outstanding aroma and complex flavors. Coffee, chocolate, roasted malts and slight oakiness. Velvet on the palate. The only complaint is the ABV burn is harsh. It probably just needs some shelf time to mellow out.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Toadvine (72) - Arizona, USA - NOV 30, 2012
22 oz bomber. Release #8; 12.5% abv. Pours midnight black with a short-lasting mocha colored head. Heavy coffee and cocoa aroma. Aroma also has a nice malty note. Flavor is intense: coffee, alcohol, whiskey. Wonderful beer! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MadDogMD (213) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Release #8. Pours thick & solid black with minimal carbonation. Coffee, smoke, bitter dark chocolate, coffee, roast, coffee. Huge coffee flavors! More than I remember from last year. A little hard to finish the whole bottle, but still a great beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madvike (3095) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 23, 2012
Bottle - Pours black with a thin ring of tan head. Nose is bold coffee, espresso and coffee grounds, dark roast malt--though smooth. Taste is the same--big bold coffee, dark malt, and grounds. Not much else, but that’s all they need. Thick and slick, with medium carbonation. Good stuff.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 22, 2012
On tap at hops and pie. Standard imperial stout appearance: motor oil. Filmy head. Aroma was the most glorious coffee beans, so rich with a dab of chocolate. The flavor followed suit and was just as nice. Overall this was a fantastic beer and I need to score some bottles of this stuff or else head back for another glass. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 10-15-2012 18:53:45

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arkurzynski (1794) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 17, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2013 Big thanks to motortoddhead. Black pour with off-white head. Amazing nose of smokey/green/earthy/salty coffee, chocolate, and faint vanilla. Flavor is lightly-smoked coffee beans, salted dark chocolate bars, and light vanilla cream. Palate is surprisingly middle-of-the road, which makes this extremely drinkable. Nice smoky, roast coffee finish. Beautifully complex and extremely tasty. Re-rate: Very rich. Especially toasty coffee and buttered chocolate. Missing salty/smoky feel of aged version. Reality rate -0.5.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pinkzambia (1693) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 16, 2012
Bottle: Jet black with a brown head. Wonderful aroma of bitter sweet chocolate, prunes, yeast, warm carboard, Whoppers and a tiny bit of coconut. Smooth flavor, coffee, chocolate, and sweet pitted fruit. A perfect blend of sweet and bitter.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (12122) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 15, 2012
22oz bottle, Release #9, 11.3% ABV. Smallish brown head atop viscous cola-black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, coffee/roast, some chocolate syrup. Taste is moderately sweet, coffee, some cocoa. Bourbon really only comes out in the finish (a positive attribute here). Alcohol noticeable but not overpowering. Sticky medium-full body.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rrauth (1196) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 9, 2012
Draft. This is way to coffee like. I can almost taste the coffee grinds floating around. U have to love coffee to like this ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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