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RATINGS: 482   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96   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

sfontain's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sfontain (818) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AndyReynolds (911) - Dayton, Kentucky, USA - DEC 18, 2014
Release #37 bottle thanks to Gregomarti. He got a 13% in Ohio? What the Fuck? How does that happen? Superspak said this in 2012, " 22 ounce bottle into snifter, batch 1; bottled 9/22/2011. Pours pitch black color with a small dense tan head with good retention; that reduces to a very thin cap that lingers. Some decent spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of huge dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, toffee, vanilla, whiskey, oak, molasses, toast, and light char. Fantastic aromas with awesome balance and complexity. Taste of big roasted coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, caramel, roasted malt, molasses, toffee, whiskey, oak, molasses, and toast. Light bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, coffee, whiskey, oak, toast, molasses, caramel, toffee, and vanilla on the finish for a while. Fantastic balance of the barrel flavors with the beer; no overwhelming whiskey flavors at all. Medium carbonation and full bodied; with a nice creamy, slick, and thick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely fantastic barrel aged imperial stout! Great balance of flavors with the barrel aging; and very smooth to sip on for being 11.7%. This is the easier to find substitute for KBS in my book." He gave it a 4.4.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Redr8r (2) - Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2014 does not count
Pours pitch black with minimal head. Slight chocolate milk flavor with warm anise aftertaste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheGoldenChalice (10) - The Garden of the Beer Gods, North Carolina, USA - DEC 13, 2014
Release #34. Brewed on December 11, 2013. Packaged September 19, 2014. ABV: 12.7%. Served into a Tulip from bottle. Aroma -- slightly boozy aroma w/ hints of chocolate and medium-roast coffee. Appearance -- black, thick, medium-bodied stout w/ minimal head-retention. Khaki colored head. Taste -- as always, Big Bad Baptist is delightful: rich dark chocolate malt w/ subtle coffee and cocoa nibs and tolerable barrel on after-tone, which almost creates a vanilla-like sensation. Palate -- more boozy than Release 20, but maintains integrity of cocoa nibs, coffee, and chocolate through each and every sip. Overall -- an outstanding Imperial Stout that I will continue to purchase annually. Desert in a glass. Release #20. Brewed on August 14, 2013. Packaged October 29, 2013. ABV: 10.5%. Served into a Tulip from bottle next to Release #34. This one has been aging since 8/14/13; today is 12/13/14. Aroma -- slightly more pronounced aroma: no booziness emanating from glass, chocolate is more evident w/ minimal coffee smell. Appearance -- pitch black, thicker than #34, medium-bodied stout w/ minimal head-retention. Slightly darker khaki colored head than #34. Taste -- this brew has matured well over the past ~15 months. This release is truly creamier. The coffee, chocolate, and cocoa nibs were blended more harmoniously in this batch than in #34. Palate -- less boozy than Release #34, but explores palate more adventurously than #34. Engulfs palate aggressively in many respects. Overall -- phenomenal, like Release #34, just slightly more enjoyable in respect to my taste. Rating is 4.3 for #34 and 4.4 for #20.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Patrickctenchi (4070) - Coxís Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - DEC 12, 2014
Bottle: (Release #40, 11.5% ABV) Inky, purple-black with a thin, beige ring. Smoky, red wine, blackberry, chocolate aroma. Chocolate fudge, roast, vanilla flavours. Black cherry, smoke....coffee beans.. Dark,, thick and rich. Excellent...HUGE taste....slight coffee and alcohol bittering at the finish. Wow....Great stuff.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SetauketBrewer (52) - New York, USA - DEC 11, 2014
Perfectly balanced beer. Aroma is of mostly a wonderfully brewed cup of coffee. Thin tan head. Flavor is of chocolate covered coffee beans while sipping a fine whiskey. Great beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kkleu357 (358) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 9, 2014
Thick dark black pour with no head. Smells like cocoa and coffee beans. Not much alcohol smell at all. Big thick mouthfeel. Tastes like a chocolate covered espresso bean. Minor hints of whiskey. No alcohol taste. Terrific beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fritz123 (1110) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2014
On a flight at Aces and Ales in Vegas. Pours a thick black with a small beige head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate cocoa nibs, vanilla, roasted malts. The taste was delicious with the chocolate nibs and dark chocolate dominant, vanilla, caramel, and coffee. Thick mouth, velvety. Chocolate and coffee finish. Not boozy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
baraciisch (2005) - California, USA - DEC 6, 2014
Dark inky black in color... Aroma of dark molasses, chocolate, and lots and lots of coffee... Flavor is roasted malts, chocolate... Coffee is huge, like chewing in beans... Spicy, smoke peppery finish... Excellent ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
degbert (1192) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2014
Release #37. Bottle. Pours an opaque black with a smooth, creamy, lacy, fine-grained tan head. Nose is not at ALL sweet -- coffee, dust, earth, mushrooms, unsweetened chocolate, and smoke. Almost no sweetness on the tongue as well; this oneís about the structure of roasted malt and whiskey aging unsullied by sweetness, and itís like being hit around the head and ears with an espresso machine. Big, intense, and brooding, but well-integrated and flavorful with a lot of layers to it; roast nuts, smoked meat, coffee, chocolate, spice, and even a little pepper. Finish is creamy and smooth, with leather and tobacco. Most impressive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pressboxjoe (203) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2014
Bomber into snifter, Release #32, 10.7% ABV. Dark with no head, although it leaves mocha lacing on the glass. Aroma is bitter chocolate and coffee, first sip is coffee and chalky bitter chocolate. Some warming in the throat. I wouldnít say that anything else really comes into play. After 15 minutes, finally first notes of peat come in. After a while the coffee aroma comes to dominate. More vigorous second pour yields more robust, fine-bubbled head. This is a good beer, but for me the whiskey barrel did little or nothing.

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