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RATINGS: 532   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 363   ABV: 12.1%
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Itís Big, itís 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 #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

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BubOhioBeer (3) - - AUG 15, 2012 does not count
The beer is pitch black. Smells of cocoa and booze. Heavy chocolate from the cocoa nibs. Perfect carbonation delivers a buttery alcohol blast. ---Rated via @BubOhioBeer

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DoublEE (783) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - AUG 9, 2012
Both bourbon barrel and coffee stouts are among my favorite styles. This one merges them to perfection in my opinion. Iím not sure why this beer hasnít garnered more attention. I think it definitely deserves it. I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys these styles and I will absolutely be seeking more out myself if/when given the opportunity. Fantastic!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - AUG 8, 2012
22oz bottle from GT2, thanks GT. Pours very dark brown almost black with a light tan head. Aroma is mostly chocolate and coffee with some light caramel and bourbon. Flavor is rich, smooth dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee and some very light alcohol/bourbon character. Full body with soft carbonation. Really nice Imp stout that is big on the coffee and chocolate, not much bourbon/barrel character though.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
nqbeer (1) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 31, 2012 does not count
Great Beer!!! Was not expecting how smooth, but thick the beer would roll across my palate. Nice tight beeds of carbonation. This is a party of melo- exploding flavor in your mouth. If you like RISís then get some. Amazing

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoeTheYounger (1155) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - JUL 26, 2012
Release # 4 from bottle at a beer tasting. Dark black as night pour. Aroma is straight fresh ground black coffee. Reminds me of breakfast right away. I like my coffee like my women (big and bold) so this is right up my alley. Taste is just an onslaught of coffee with a nice hint of bourbon and vanilla and a little chocolate. Most barrel aged coffee stouts lose the coffee flavor and is masked by the bourbon and fall short. NOT this baby...it keeps on giving. EPIC keeps on surprising me. One of my favorite coffee stouts of all time for sure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 20, 2012
Tap. Very dark brown with a thin tan head. Big vegetal coffee and chocolate chili pepper and subtle bourbon aroma. Thick velvety palate. Chocolate milk light drip coffee and subtle bourbon. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JPDurden24 (1626) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JUL 12, 2012
Very dark black pour with a tan head. A lot of espresso coffee in the nose and taste. It is a coffee bomb, and I feel too much of it. It would be much better if there was less of a coffee influx. But a decent beer overall.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
DialSquare (3114) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 7, 2012
Bomber from Andersonís in Sylvania. Black pour with thinnish brown head that leaves a ring of retention. Aroma is sweet roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. Tastes are dark chocolate, caramel, coffee, molasses, light licorice, oak and a little booze. Light bitter hops backing things up. Slick thin to medium palate with touch of carbonation. Minimal bourbon which is fine by my tastes. Great -- just how I like my imp stouts.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
eruizgarcia (238) - - JUN 27, 2012
Pours black with a thick head and a smoky aroma of vanilla, coffee, toffee and caramel. Starts very sweet in the mouth, then the booze comes on strong but is balanced by the sweet caramel malts. Coffee is present throughout, more than in most other stouts. Delicious beer, but very boozy so take in small amounts.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bubbleflubber (1896) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUN 23, 2012
Pours opaque black with a ready 1-finger eggshell head that reduces to a thin cap, leaving spotty lace. The nose is SO inviting, of vanilla, espresso, dense dark chocolates and roasted coffee beans. The flavor palate just builds on the aromas, and contain densely rich Brazilian coffee blends, vanilla extract, wet tobacco leaves, bitter dark chocolates, oak wood and cognac. What a delicious treat! The finish is just as complex, with woody esters and vanilla coffee abounding. The mouthfeel is full-bodied, complex, substantive and rich. This glides down the palate with a creamy "essence", just silky enough with the appropriate balance of subtle carbonation. This is a thick, rich Impy Stout that I will enjoy on ANY occasion!

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