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RATINGS: 521   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   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 #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


3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
reggiedunlop (3340) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2012
Pours black with a thin mocha head. Aroma has coffee and smoke...faintly vegetal and spicy like it has chipotle peppers. Flavor is coffee forward...still mild smoke and a bold roasty/vegetal note...very slight plasticy flavor. Mothfeel is full and the finish is roasty with a hint of platstic.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
robertjm (781) - Albany, California, USA - MAR 23, 2012
(trade w/Douglas88) Release #2 - Frothy tan head. About one finger. Lasted a bit till it died. Wonderful bitter chocolate aroma. Black body. REALLY thick body. Flavors of black coffee, chocolate and molasses. Big coffee bitterness that lingers on the palate. Big of warming on the tongue a minute, or so, after drinking. Pretty intense brew! If I were to try and improve it, I guess I’d wish it had a bit more residual sweetness.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7884) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 23, 2012
Release 4 from both daknole and local bottles. Pours with a black hued body and a long and strong brown head of foam. Lace and retention are both top notch. Aromas are exemplary as well. Massive coffee, cocoa powder and vanillin bourbon character up front. Reminds me a lot of Bourbon Peche Mortel and to a lesser (and rougher extent) Silva Stout. Mocha, starbucks, bready and woody. Not much ester or other yeast character. Alcohol is well hidden on the aroma. Earthy, mild tobacco. Flavors show both huge coffee and earthy cocoa nibs with a lot of vanilla. Alcohol is well hidden and barrel is a backing note. Tons of fresh roast with a long, cold pressed coffee aftertaste (and bitterness of slightly hotter brewed roast). Decadent, but not really that sweet. Roast and mocha notes are spot on. Complexities: possibly not the strongest, but it is still damned delicious. Clean yeast wise (or hidden beyond anything else). I would like to see a touch more barrel, but that’s a minor complaint if at all. Minor tannin. Chewy texture, full bodied with medium (and ample) carbonation. Lasting coffee bitterness. Creamy mouthfeel and only mildly warming. Well done.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SirLimpsalot (2439) - SWEDEN - MAR 21, 2012
D: Riktig kall kaffesump och en aning aska. S: Jätte torr, mycket kaffe och en aning lakrits. Även lite aska i smak och eftersmak

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcmisko (352) - New York, USA - MAR 20, 2012
Pours almost black with a two finger brown head. Smells is big and complex with lots of dark toasty notes, wood and cocoa. Taste is big and dark, but with out too much burnt malts. Notes of fresh coffee, cocoa, wood, bourbon, and some fresh hop bitterness along with some dark roasted malt bitterness. Med-full body with a very creamy texture. After taste is dark and bitter sweet. There is a lot going on in this one, and it manages to be big and well balanced, and very enjoyable for Stout lovers who like things slightly on the darker side.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ekoerper (591) - Iowa, USA - MAR 18, 2012
Aroma: lots of fresh coffee, roast malts, chocolate, slightly ashy, nice touch of bourbon. Pours black, mostly opaque, nice brown head with great retention, leaves some lacing. Flavor follows the nose - chocolate and espresso, hints of vanilla and oak, dark roast malts, caramel, robust bitterness to balance the malts, pleasant bourbon notes, alcohol is pretty well hidden. Full body, medium carbonation. Really enjoyed this brew.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mortlach (1053) - Rome, ITALY - MAR 17, 2012
16/03/2012 750ml bottle, shared by nbutler11 (thanks Nick!). Nera come la pece, riflessi caffé, densa, impenetrabile, schiuma color cappuccino, straordinariamente persistente. Aroma intenso di caffè e vaniglia, molto potente e deciso. In bocca caffè, tanto caffè, lungo e persistente, con note di cacao in polvere. Ricorda la Mout&Mocca di De Molen, ma sembra bilanciata meglio. Corpo medio-pieno, carbonazione corretta. Complimenti, una gran bella birra!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kegbear (436) - Orange, California, USA - MAR 16, 2012
Bottle. Black pour with small but creamy head, Aroma of coffee grabs you immediately. Taste is coffee, chocolate and sweet brown bread. One of the best coffee stouts I’ve had.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 15, 2012
22oz bottle. Pours dark mahogany out of the bottle but settles in close to black in the glass with a modest but thick tan head. Man does this smell good, at least for a coffee lover like me. It’s full of freshly roasted coffee beans. Some bitter chocolate and heavily roasted malts underneath, but the coffee is dominant in the nose. Taste is like a big iced mocha. The chocolate is subtle in the nose but not in the taste where the chocolate is right up there with the roasted coffee. Roasted malts and some lactose creaminess. Wonderful taste. The mouthfeel is much thicker and creamier than I was expecting from the pour. It’s right up there with the big boys in terms of feel. I’m reviewing this beer as a coffee lover and, because of that, it’s an outstanding beer. One of the better coffee impy stouts I’ve had. Even if you’re not a coffee fan, you should try this, but if you like coffee stouts, get this. Now.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
radarsock (1057) - Vermont, USA - MAR 14, 2012
Bottle, release # 2. Bought from Beverage Place in Payson for $12.69 or some shit. Poured into sniffer a 92% gray/black combination. Smelt immediately of bourbon—stickily hot bourbon—fudge and allspice. I get plenty of bourbon on the taste; charred wood, raisins, espresso and balsamic vinegar. This beer was good, but perhaps a bit too strong for just one sitting. I couldn’t finish mine, alas, even with a friend helping me.


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