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RATINGS: 404   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 363   ABV: 12.1%
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It’s Big, it’s Bad, Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, with Coffee and Cocoa Nibs.

Release #1 : 11.7% ABV
Release #2 : 11.3% ABV
Release #3 : 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


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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MadDogMD (213) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Release #8. Pours thick & solid black with minimal carbonation. Coffee, smoke, bitter dark chocolate, coffee, roast, coffee. Huge coffee flavors! More than I remember from last year. A little hard to finish the whole bottle, but still a great beer.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theydon_Bois (7000) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2014
Bottle split at Bruce’s pad via an IP trade big thanks to _Angst_, 08/04/14. Release #7. Black with a moderate tan covering. Nose is big spice, bitter roasted blast, peppery, light smoke, nice coffee bean waftings, chocolate, vanilla essence. Taste comprises a big coffee hit, spice, faint green pepper, dark chocolate, espresso, light booze, subtle bourbon BA twang. Medium + body, fine carbonation, light roasty tones and subtle booze in the close. Super solid coffee BA impy.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (13360) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2014
8th April 2014
Tasting at Bruce’s Pad.Batch #7. Thanks to Colin. Opaque black - brown beer, tidy tan head. Palate is soft and airy. Light fine carbonation. Smooth dark malts with light oaky sweetness. Earthy coffee and a touch of vanilla. Mild tangy dark fruits underneath. Whisper of toffee before a smooth dry finish. Nice one.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Scopey (5526) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2014
Bottle thanks to Colin. Batch #7. It pours near black with a small tan head. The nose is rich roast, dark chocolate, soy sauce, vanilla, umami, wood and dirt. The taste is earth, roasty, toast, soy sauce, dark chocolate, tar, charred wood, alcohol head, treacle and earth with a dry, earthy finish. Medium-full body, fine carbonation and oily mouth-feel. Ho hum imply stout.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pcstuck (60) - Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2014
Bomber poured into a tulip. Very dark with a large coffee/tan head. Aroma is coffee bourbon and vanilla. Did not get much bourbon or chocolate. Mouthfeel is very thin with low carbonation. Chocolate, vanilla, coffee, bitter malts and a slight char/barrel finish. The bourbon is well hidden and this is very well balanced. Glad I gave this a shot.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IrishBoy (3752) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 5, 2014
Bomber from Lee’s Discount Liquors - E. Flamingo Las Vegas. Nose is coffee, chocolate, vanilla, lightly smoky, and pecans. Black with a medium, lightly lacing cinnamon tan head. flavor is lots of vanilla, expresso, chocolate, a tiny hint of bourbon in the background, and a light dark chocolatey bitterness in the finish. Not near as much bourbon as I expected but tons of vanillin. Nicely balanced and very flavorful.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kbudd19 (392) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 5, 2014
Bottle. Release #5. Thick black viscous pour, nice tan head, yup its rather dark looking. Aroma, lots and lots coffee, roasted malts, some subtle sweetness, a bit nutty. Taste, thick mouthfeel, lots of coffee up front, but it settles down quick, towards the middle some chocolate sweetness a bit or roasted malts, some oak and some slight char from the barrel treatment, very well balanced,this is my kind of beer, love coffee, love imperial stouts...love this.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrBunn (2384) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2014
Bomber. Pours motor oil black and has a nose of whiskey and charred barrel. Flavor is like chewing on a chunk of charcoal that has been soaked in high proof whiskey. It has the mouthfeel of a porcupine as it burns and bristles its way down the gullet, finishing in a dark fruit and soy stickiness. Too much for me, but I can appreciate the craftsmanship.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
flatmatt (1025) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 3, 2014
On tap at Ashley’s Ann Arbor. Pours black with a very light tan head. Coffee! aroma. Overwhelming coffee flavor mixed with some bitter cocoa. It’s decent, just too much coffee.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
joshwoodward (485) - - MAR 30, 2014
Had a glass on tap as part of a flight at Ashley’s. Wow, remarkably balanced for such a massive beer. Delicious, tons of coffee flavor, good refreshing bite with very little booze.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Benzai (6431) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - MAR 30, 2014
Bomber @ home. Stunning appearance: opaque pitch black color, full sized creamy medium to dark brown head that lasts for a decent while and leaves good lacing. Aroma has malts, lightly dark malts, roasted malts, coffee, cocoa, bourbon and slightly liquor. Taste malts, roasted malts, coffee, light to moderately cocoa, superbly bitter, bourbon in the back but always there, and a superb roasty bitterness with a touch of warming alcohol in the finish. Medium to full body, oily texture, perfect carbonation. Wow this is class. Absolutely superb beer. Oh boy am I gonna enjoy this bottle. Damn!


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