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RATINGS: 548   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99   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 #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


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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sfontain (830) - 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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GnarlyGnome (721) - Fairfield, Ohio, USA - APR 26, 2015
This is really good...heavy... big... delicious. Full of all the bourbon coffee flavors that you can hope for. Chocolate finish... tasty stuff!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CanIHave4Beers (3524) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - APR 21, 2015
Wife dug this rating out of some unknown corner of the house while cleaning.
Pours basically black with a small head and good lacing on the glass.

The aroma is coffee and some maple. Itís roasty, itís sweet smelling, itís chocolaty. The bourbon barrel is pronounced but well controlled.

The flavor is coffee and chocolate dominantly, Itís got some vanilla and generally bourbon barrel character. The bitterness balances the sweetness to some degree.

Pretty nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nocturne (1040) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2015
Tap at Devil Craft Hamamatsucho, Tokyo. Looks the part: menacing black, rich brown head. Aroma like a good cup of coffee. Taste is roasty, coffee, dusting of baking chocolate to round it off. Sticky maltiness, some dryness. Bit heavy going but nicely powerful and flavourful.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kidobutai (479) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - APR 18, 2015
Poured from a bottle at room temperature. Nice head and outstanding lacing. Delicious coffee aroma, caramel, perfect ABV, stings just a bit going down.

4.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mike5326 (1085) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - APR 18, 2015
Poured from a room temperature bottle. Dark brown color, full tan head. Phenolic roasted malt aroma. Full body with a creamy bourbon chocolate malt flavor and a nice finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Petkus331 (325) - Redford, Michigan, USA - APR 16, 2015
Aroma of saffron, vanilla, wet coffee grounds, dark chocolate. Appears like coffee with caramel foam and lace. Wet coffee grounds really stands out and dark chocolate for taste. Palate is ordinary. Overall, great aroma, the rest is rather ordinary.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
firstsip (571) - Michigan, USA - APR 16, 2015
Tap. Super dark black. Really nice lingering layer of tan head. Espresso chocolate nose. Rich, syrupy body. Apparent booziness, bourbon sweetness, rich chocolate. Perfect with something sweet.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
omhper (20568) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - APR 15, 2015
Bottled (release 12, 10.8%) at Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Pitch black, small head. Huge coffee aroma. Sweet with full body and rounded mouthfee. Coffee and treacle. Black pepper. Black pepper, crude oil and tobacco. Somewhat edgy.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Luvystypotables (938) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - APR 11, 2015
Wow! The aroma is slightly subdued of coffee and chocolate, pours a dark brown with a lasting tan head. Amazing taste of mocha and coffee with a full body and a wonderful chocolate finish.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
snoworsummer (2959) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 5, 2015
UPDATED: APR 21, 2015 From a bottle at the brewery. Pours rich dark brown with a fizzy tan head. Smells like rich coffee, nutty roasted malt, light alcohol, sweet and dry, light spice. Tastes like rich roasted malt, smooth alcohol, black coffee, semisweet chocolate, and light ash.


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