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RATINGS: 547   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 363   ABV: 12.1%
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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


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 8, 2012
22 oz. bottle served in Darkess snifter. Release #1, big thanks to MarkIntihar for the extra. A: Pours a jet black with some brown hued edges and nice khaki head that has some nice retention. S: Solid coffee bean dominates the nose upfront with a touch of roasted malt and a subtle whiskey backend. T: Again this is coffee forward, but the whiskey barrel is integrated very nicely. The vanilla and caramel flavors blend nicely with te chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. Tastes like a sweeter version of an Irish coffee. No heat, but the alcohol is noticeable. M: A tad thin in the body with ample carbonation. I would have liked a little thicker mouthfeel. Coffee lingers on palate long after the sip is complete. O: I though Grand Teton’s Wake Up Call was the most coffee forward until his came along. The barrel is well integrated and sort of lingers in the background to let the coffee and roasty qualities really shine. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 01-02-2012

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
b3shine (6216) - Indiana, USA - OCT 5, 2012
Bomber to oversized snifter. Looks good; pitch black with mocha lacing. Smells and tastes of coffee, cocoa, malt, and booze with a pleasant mouthfeel. Great!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 4, 2012
22oz bottle purchased at Total Wine Laguna Hills Nice looking pour, black with a one finger tan head. The aroma is predominantly of coffee grounds and the flavor has notes of dark chocolate, roasted nuts with some vanilla in the background. It has a nice creamy texgture

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
EinStein (52) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 1, 2012
Lots of coffee in both the nose and taste. Nice and smooth, very drinkable. Solid beer.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mrnoluv (198) - long beach, California, USA - SEP 29, 2012
Each person has their one tastes, each person my pick something about a beer that they like over the next, this one was made for me! The aroma, the pour, the aftertaste...everything about this beer was made for me! This is the best stout out there imo! Even better than Speedway. If you want a very rich strong coffee, roasted taste, this is it! You will not be disappointed. I have a feeling from the reviews I have seen it may be too strong on the coffee side for most, but for those who like that strong coffee aftertaste, trust me, this is for you!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mikem409 (1770) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - SEP 29, 2012
bottle thanks gription. pour is black with decent khaki head. big coffee and some bourbon on nose. i like this but the coffee is too much for me. i like the chocolate and bourbon

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
obguthr (4360) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - SEP 19, 2012
Release #3: Extremely strong coffee and wormwood nose. An initial presence of whiskey dissipates and hides underneath the overpowering coffee notes. Black pour, thin beige head. Very strong coffee flavor, lesser prune and whiskey notes. Whiskey is most noticeable in the finish, but is never very insistent. Medium body, but very intense, without being overly boozy. A fairly well made imperial stout, but you have to really like coffee in your beer. I expected the whiskey to turn me off, but that part was nicely done. I’d rather the coffee get dialed down a bit..

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
crajun (1046) - , Texas, USA - SEP 17, 2012
bomber from gription to glass. WHOA! lots of coffee with some cocoa in aroma. purty sludgy dark pour with beige head. 5 on palate - creamy thick smoov!! Taste was creamy well balanced with coffee aftertaste. only got the boozy taste after beer warmed. will have again!!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldGrowth (2848) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - SEP 14, 2012
8oz glass at Thirsty Monk downtown Asheville. Real good aroma, sweet, roasty. Good coffee, on the compost grounds side of things, chocolate milk. Brownish black color. Good head, spotty lace. Sweet bitter flavor. Medium body, light creamy smooth mouthfeel, roasty sweet finish. Darn good.. real good aroma, with coffee and chocolate, also in flavor, worth seeking out

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DiarmaidBHK (3616) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 11, 2012
On draft at Sams quick stop. Pours black with a thin brown head which leaves a lot of lacing. Massive coffee and chocolate on the nose. I could smell this one from a foot away and it was fantastic. Lots of chocolate and malt and coffee on the to the. Finishes clean. Brilliant!


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