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RATINGS: 439   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94   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, #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


aplus01's rating

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
aplus01 (71) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 14, 2012
Lots of chocolate and coffeeflavor and aroma up front. Followed by whiskey heat. A good beer that would be improved by some cellaring.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leveejr (100) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 20, 2014
Pours a pitch black with nice creamy brown head. Smells of bitter coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, slight fruit and a little tobacco. Taste is not as complex with tobacco, chocolate, burnt malt. No booze surprisingly. Slick and oily mouthfeel. Overall nice beer. Just wish the smell lived up to the taste ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chuckaduck (640) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - AUG 7, 2014
Bottle, Batch 13. 8/8/14. Pours black with a very carbonated, fast fading chocolate colored head. Aroma is chocolate, cacao nibs, a little smokey, earthy, herbal, licorice, syrup, sweet, hints of dark fruit, some booze, vanilla, wood; very rich. Taste is similar and similarly rich; dark chocolate, cacao nibs, earthy, herbal, toffee, wood; finish is dark chocolate, roast malt. Very rich, indulgent. Lacing is thin. Full-bodied, coating. Medium-low carbonation. Big beer, huge profile. Fantastic.

3.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dagimp (712) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2014
Batch #22. Poured into a snifter. Maybe an inch of head and very little lacing. Pours dark as midnight. Sour burnt aroma. Ewwwww. Mouthfeel is good. Lighter than expected but with a little too much carb. Taste is a lot of coffee. Semi-sweet as well. Roasty and dark fruit. Bourbon is there as well but it's just another layer of flavor instead of being overbearing. Good job on that. Slight vanilla extract too. Good beer. Well balanced with little to no alcohol flavor but lots of warmth. Glad to have tried it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stuu666 (2008) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 26, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours black, nose is roasted chocolate, coffee, taste is sweet roast malts, dry, chocolate.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
vtafro (3216) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 25, 2014
Bottle. Black pour with tan head. Roasted, chocolate, coffee, oak and bourbon aromas. Coffee, bourbon and oak flavors, finishes very roasted with coffee tones.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Prufrockstar (870) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 22, 2014
Draft at Uber. July tick-a-thon continues. Gonna get to 1000 4oz at a time. And 4oz seems just about right for this one. Pours dark brown, opaque, with creamy khaki head. Aroma is cheap diner coffee with a generous squirt of Hershey’s chocolate syrup. Taste is much the same. Quite sweet (at least compared to the quite dry George! that preceded it), with chocolate syrup and a bit of stale coffee in the finish. Palate: full body (but not as full as the last one), slick oily texture. Overall: damn, this is a chore even to finish 2 oz. Nothing appeals to me about this, actually -- so so sweet, with really gross stale cold diner coffee at the end. No, I’m going to take a stand -- fuck this, not worth the calories or the sick feeling in my stomach.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikeq215 (69) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 11, 2014
Release 22. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of chocolate and coffee with some bourbon. Flavor is chocolate, coffee, roasted malt. Not much bourbon flavor but very smooth, alcohol is well hidden. Nice

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NeoHippie2 (971) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 3, 2014
Batch 24. Black pour with a tan head. Aromas of coffee, cocoa, and whiskey barrel. Flavor is big coffee with notes of chocolate and vanilla. Abv is well hidden. Smooth sipper.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopwine (288) - Bend, Oregon, USA - JUN 26, 2014
Black, dense head. Nose is coffee, chocolate and whiskey barrel. Flavor is milk chocolate, mild caramel/toffee, vanilla, whiskey heat, coffee.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jimsal27 (232) - New York, USA - JUN 22, 2014
Pours black with a tan foamy head. Fades quickly. Aroma is strong coffee with a faint scent aged wood and some bourbon. Taste is coffee hint of vanilla with a bourbon in the back. Palate is creamy and slick with a pleasant dry finish. Looking for more bourbon notes.


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