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RATINGS: 441   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


4.3
   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 (49) - - 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 (692) - 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 (1715) - 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

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Mudwhomper (52) - Madison, USA - MAR 4, 2014
Release #23. Aroma is boozy and coffee. The flavor is fantastic - chocolate, coffee, booze, vanilla - all in great harmony. No flavor is overpowering and they all complement each other perfectly. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, mild carbonation. Really great beer - so glad that Epic is around in WI now

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
EdInSaltLake (628) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAR 3, 2014
Coffee, dark chocolate roasted aroma; bourbon, vanillaReally strong aroma. Flavor is chocolate-y, roasted malt, sweet/molasses, bourbon, vanilla/oak. A little jalapeno-ish character in aroma and flavor. Dry coffee flavor is prominent in the finish/aftertaste. (Release #12)

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgianBeerGal (3138) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2014
Release numero uno. Dark brown pour with a smaller brown head and thick lacing. Big aroma of dusty coffee nibs, baking chocolate and espresso. Flavor is buckets of espresso coffee nibs to the point of bitterness. Finishes a touch boozy. Tasty but big.


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