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RATINGS: 444   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94   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


4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
andyhwcinc (1440) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2014
Purchased at Discount Liquors in Milwaukee, WI; enjoyed at home after work on a late March night. I really should have shared this bottle with friends, because upon first taste itís a beer that should be shared, and itís also very potent. Release #27, 11.5% ABV. Appearance is a thick, rich black with a moderate off white head that rims around the glass. Aroma of extremely rich espresso notes, cacao nibs, light lactose, chocolate, smoke, oak, light bourbon, just an epic aroma with a ton going on. Taste is one of those beers where you say "wow" upon first sip. Itís not overpowering but is powerful with its ingredients. Coffee notes are fantastic and add to the bitterness, light burning going down from the high ABV, smoke makes itself known a bit more, also a little bit of vanilla with a great sweetness and light syrup. This is one of the best out there, and gives Dark Lord a run for its money (at half the price, at least). Really happy that I tried this one out, now itís time to get sloshed on a work night!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Malter_Sobchak (4) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 25, 2014 does not count
release # 20, 22oz bottle. pours dark and thick with a short, tan head that dissipates quickly. big aroma of coffee and dark chocolate, some vanilla, whiskey and wood. great complex flavor, plenty of roasty stout with the chocolate and coffee so not super sweet, nice bitter lingering finish. not a ton of carbonation and some nice coating, fairly thick body but not overly chewy, either. great stuff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stoutnick (533) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 23, 2014
UPDATED: APR 18, 2014 Release #22 from Jersey Wines and Spirits. Looks great - dark with tan head. Aroma is dark chocolate and coffee beans. Taste is the same with barrel bringing some flavours on the finish. Bit of vanilla in the mix here. Very good imperial stout here. Impressed!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Doofgoblin (287) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 22, 2014
Really Big! Aroma is big and toasty with coffee, chocolate and a hit of barrel. Itís also faintly boozy. The booziness touches you tongue at first but is overwhelmed by thick rich malts, faint coffee and chocolate. Then, wait for it...barrel smoothness and a faint almost hidden vanilla note. Awesome!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kid_piwo (14) - - MAR 20, 2014
Smells of barrel and hint of coffee, roast malts. But taste didnít hold up to the hype or aroma, solid neutral stout but nothing stands out (a touch of barrel here, a hint of coffee there, and maybe chocolate somewhere) and mouthfeel is a touch thin.
Earlier Rating: 3/20/2014 Total Score: 3.6
Smells of barrel and hint of coffee, roast malts. But taste didnít hold up to the hype or aroma, solid neutral stout but nothing stands out (a touch of barrel here, a hint of coffee there, and maybe chocolate somewhere) and mouthfeel is a touch thin.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jeffjuergens (10) - - MAR 16, 2014
Dark brown with a nice tan head. Coffee and bourbon taste. The aftertaste lasts a long time. Great beer.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dbeatdano (54) - - MAR 10, 2014
On tap at Sugar Maple. Pour - Jet black with a thin tan layer of head. Aroma - a very deep roasted, rich coffee, dark chocolate, brown bread, and some biscotti notes as well. Tasted - nice bitter coffee taste that is very pronounced but doesnít over power the baking chocolate flavor and roasted malts. No hops from what I could taste. Palate - very full bodied beer with a bready mouthfeel. A very long coffee bitter finish makes this beer that much better. Overall I canít say enough about this beer. The aroma alone is worth it. Absolutely delicious.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MotherBrother (693) - Aalborg, DENMARK - MAR 10, 2014
Pour is pitch black, with a small tan head. Aroma is of coffee, whiskey, wood, some earthy notes, slight leather. The taste is a little bitter, with a faint sweetness to it as well. Medium bodied, with a semi fizzy carbonation. Thanks to the Doodle for sending me this.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1716) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAR 8, 2014
Bottle, release #17. Pours black, with a brown head. Aroma is coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, and vanilla. Flavor is coffee, vanilla, bourbon, roasted malt, chocolate, and dark fruit. Medium body. Rather long finish, with some bitter coffee elements. Really good, but a little more bourbon would make it better.

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
steeleliver (120) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 5, 2014
Pours from tap was black with creamy tan head that was quite short. Not quite sure on the vintage that I tried. Aromas are big coffee at first, then the bourbon comes in. Flavors are dark chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, and a tinge of vanilla. . Bourbon wasnít very present in taste


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