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RATINGS: 652   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 381   ABV: 12.7%
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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 #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
(...) Release #53 : 12.7% ABV


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (3335) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 15, 2013
Bottle back from NC. Failed to note the release number. This one skews way towards the bittersweet coffee and chocolate side of the spectrum. Bit of vanilla floating around but that is about all that will alert you to a barrel treatment. The alcohol is subdued but I kind of like it that way. A well made and smooth drink. Just be prepared for the bittersweet aspect of this as a dominant flavor.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
fattybladdy (628) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - APR 8, 2013
Deuce to pint, release #10. Cracked this bad boy open to enjoy during the NCAA championship. Appearance is jet black and rather thick, slight tan head. Aroma is quite pleasant, roasted coffee. Taste is coffee to the max, bitter and dark, with some dark chocolate and a slight whiskey kick. Hard to find any flaws in this one...maybe a little biased as a coffee buff, but this beer was amazing.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocJitsu (1559) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2013
Pours an opaque, very dark brown color with a mocha colored head. The head dissipates a little too quickly. Otherwise, I wouldíve given its appearance a score of 4.5. I like the uniqueness of the aroma. But, the aroma, in my opinion, just doesnít deserve a 4.5. I note coffee, griddle smoke, and olives. Moutfheel is viscous and slick. Just what I was hoping itíd be. I love the flavor of this one. Greasy spoon exhaust smoke when the griddle catches fire. The smoke begins to yield some to chocolate, but persists, albeit to a lesser degree, throughout the finish. Quite of hop bitterness gets expressed toward the finish, which tends to wake the smoke back up. Just a bit of off plastic flavor that tends to taint so many Imperial Stouts. I hope the smoke flavor in this one was created by the grain and the char of the barrel, not an additive. I really enjoy this beer. It reminds me of Bacon and Eggs from Pizza Port.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BVery (9222) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 29, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2013 Bottle. Awesome beer! Jet black pour with a small brown head. Big ground coffee nose with cocoa, licorice, and just a hint of whiskey and wood. Full palate. Smooth mouthfeel. Really good stuff!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AndySnow (6317) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - MAR 28, 2013
UPDATED: APR 28, 2015 How: Bottle, batch #12.
Where: Oliver Twist, Stockholm.
Appearance: Black colour with a small beige head.
Aroma: Coffee, roasted malt, some alcohol, peat.
Body: Full body, low to medium carbonation.
Flavour: Coffee, dried fruit, chocolate, bourbon, alcohol, some caramel.

Rating 2013-03-28
6-4-7-3-16 = 3.6
Draught at Craft Heads, Tokyo. Black colour with a small white head. Quickly disappearing lacing. Aroma of grounded coffee, smoked malt. Flavour is chocolate, coffee, some bourbon, caramel.

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
onceblind (6696) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 21, 2013
At Avery Strong Ale Fest 2013--black pour with a lush khaki head. Strong aroma of fresh brewed back coffee with a nice leathery roasty tone, and little else. Lovely full flavor with notes of sweet roasty dark cocoa, strong fresh brewed black coffee, more coffee, and finishing with dark malty sweet roastiness and a bit of chocolate. A tiny bit acidic, but incredibly divine.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CHUDNW (28) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 17, 2013
#10. Pours oily black with a nice, sticky tan head. Mostly coffee on the nose, along with dark malt--just a hint of vanilla and hops. On the tongue it's dark roast coffee, rich bitter chocolate, and a tiny bit of that whiskey barrel on the finish (want more!). Nice, smooth coffee stout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Crompt (122) - York, South Carolina, USA - MAR 17, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2014 Release #8. Iíve had many coffee stouts and many bourbon stouts but never have i had a whiskey barrel coffee stout. Smells amazing! Coffee and a hint of whiskey. This is almost a perfect stout for my flavor profile. Heavy on the coffee with a little hint of chocolate from the cocoa nibs and a nice smooth whiskey flavor on the back end. I could drink this whole bottle in 10 minutes it is so smooth and Iím shocked it is 12.5% ABV. Get this if you see it, you wonít regret it!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TimE (4773) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 12, 2013
pitch black color. Tons of tar, bourbon, oak, chocolate. Very rich some what sweet. Big rich cocoa nibs and coffee flavors. A lot of things going on here, but well executed and smooth beer. Awesome.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
dwyerpg (5365) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 10, 2013
This looked great. Aroma had quite a bit of coffee, but the flavor was almost dominated by it, though it had some cocoa notes as well. Excellent mouthfeel, just too much coffee for me.


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