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RATINGS: 579   WEIGHTED AVG: 4   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 363   ABV: 12.1%
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

sfontain's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sfontain (846) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2014
Release #17, 12.0%. 22 oz bottle, Kroger on Bridge St in Dublin; $8.99 I think. Very dark black but not quite fully opaque; one-finger light tan head dissipates quickly into a small ring and an extremely thin, sparse covering; virtually no lacing. First aroma is coffee and chocolate. But look! Itís not that typical overly bitter, overly roasty coffee thing that big stouts do! Hallelujah! It smells like REAL coffee, only colder. Some breathing and warming reveals more subtle aroma notes of oak and bourbon. In terms of flavor, very heavily chocolate, but again, REAL coffee. The roast level is spectacularly low for the magnitude of this beer, and itís really great to see such a coffee-heavy beer simultaneously be a little more subdued while itís kicking you in the mouth. The finish is vanilla, chocolate, lighter bitterness, and even lighter bourbon. If I didnít know better, I would absolutely not guess this was anything close to 12%; I honestly donít detect alcohol in this at all, but having drank half the bottle I can feel that itís there. Medium-full to full body, almost silky but just a tad too bubbly to say that. Really nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (23205) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 9, 2015
Bottled@SBWF2015. Black colour, mediumsized beigeish brown head. Aroma is coffee, roasted malts, some coffee and mild liquorice. Flavour is roasted malts, coffee, liquorice and some mild alcohol notes as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
beertholomeus (1296) - California, USA - OCT 6, 2015
Pours a near black with a tan head. Chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, caramel, molasses and graham cracker aroma. Dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, caramel, vanilla, toffee, molasses, graham cracker, whisky, oak and soy sauce flavors. Full body and moderate carbonation and a chocolate and whisky finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TBone (14610) - Pori, FINLAND - OCT 1, 2015
Bottle at SBWF2015. Opaque black color, small brownish head. Strong roasted coffee aroma. Full-bodied. Vanilla, coffee, coffee beans. Smooth. Covers alcohol well. Wellbrewed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VsXsV (2971) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 1, 2015
Bottle. Opaque black liquid with medium tan head. Aroma of chocolate, licorice, pumpernickel, wood, raw sugar, toffee and grain. Taste is light to medium sweet and light bitter with notes of licorice, chocolate, biscuit, bourbon and wood. Full bodied with soft carbonation. Really nice!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beerenberger (1577) - Fischer, Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2015
Amazing aroma! Chocolate, tobacco, coffee, slight sweetness. Yummy. Pours a thick black with a thin rapidly dissipating khaki head and no lacing. The taste is strong coffee, chocolate, tobacco, hints of wood and citrus. Wonderful. Medium-full body and medium carbonation. Overall, this was a robust satisfying stout. Well done Epic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
katrinaez (694) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 20, 2015
Aroma is strong espresso and shine light chocolate milk. Dark black red color. Licorice is light and some oak. Imperial bitter and woody flavor. Coffee nibs are finishing and the mouth feel is even. Bottle

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dresden (1205) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - SEP 17, 2015
Bottle from Adam, thanks! Rock black with minimal head. Aroma is nice vanilla and lots of roasty good stuff. Some oak and vanilla flavors but a smooth bourbon and dark fruit flavour. Good stuff

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
CacheManyHose (421) - HONG KONG - AUG 15, 2015
From Brewcraft. Had after Matt came back after a month away. Inky black, thin tan creamy bubbly head, spotty legs. Smells of heavy coffee, chocolate, smoke/ash, plum, boozy woody bourbon. Nose is very nice, almost like a black IPA. Taste is very bitter, a bit herbal, moderate spicy malt, bitter finish. Body is thick, slightly syrupy, spicy. A rare barrel aged stout that isn't too cloying or heavy. Really nice, with a lot of coffee and bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
HKdIPA (489) - HONG KONG - AUG 15, 2015
Bottle from Brewcraft at home. Dark dark dark brown pour with sticky tan head. Aroma is big roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Some dried fruit too but not overpowering. Rich rich palate. Almost too rich but it works. Taste is bold roasted bitterness - coffee, dried fruit, some fresh fruit or berry flavors too, surprisingly. Quite boozy and sharp, but rounded out by vanilla toffee sweetness. Really good. Very much on the rich sticky palate side but still works. Great big stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
e303 (280) - - AUG 4, 2015
Bomber to tulip. Finally got ahold of this one. Pours black as night with a tiny almond head that runs away like it stole something. This smells like wood, coffee, and booze dunked in chocolate. It tastes similar with little alcohol burn and a nuttiness from the coffee in this batch. Really smooth beer. Dig it the most. Grab some of you see it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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