aplus01 (71) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 14, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Lots of chocolate and coffeeflavor and aroma up front. Followed by whiskey heat. A good beer that would be improved by some cellaring.
JHeath99 (1117) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - DEC 19, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap. Pours a deep dark opaque black work a ring of tan head. Aroma of cocoa nibs and roasty malts. Taste of malts, chocolate, and booze.
AndyReynolds (912) - Dayton, Kentucky, USA - DEC 18, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
Redr8r (2) - Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2014 does not count
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours pitch black with minimal head. Slight chocolate milk flavor with warm anise aftertaste.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
TheGoldenChalice (10) - The Garden of the Beer Gods, North Carolina, USA - DEC 13, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
Patrickctenchi (4070) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - DEC 12, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
SetauketBrewer (52) - New York, USA - DEC 11, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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!
kkleu357 (358) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 9, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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!
Fritz123 (1114) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
baraciisch (2006) - California, USA - DEC 6, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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
degbert (1194) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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 one’s about the structure of roasted malt and whiskey aging unsullied by sweetness, and it’s 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.