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RATINGS: 572   WEIGHTED AVG: 4   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 363   ABV: 12.1%
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Its Big, its 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


MeralKween's rating

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
MeralKween (8) - - NOV 3, 2012
Espresso aroma, pours a thick black color, no head, beer sticks to the glass. Mostly coffee flavor and chocolate. Excellent.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
CacheManyHose (402) - HONG KONG - AUG 15, 2015
From Brewcraft. Had after Matt came back after a month away. Inky black, thin tan creamy bubbly head, spotty legs. Smells of heavy coffee, chocolate, smoke/ash, plum, boozy woody bourbon. Nose is very nice, almost like a black IPA. Taste is very bitter, a bit herbal, moderate spicy malt, bitter finish. Body is thick, slightly syrupy, spicy. A rare barrel aged stout that isn't too cloying or heavy. Really nice, with a lot of coffee and bitterness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
HKdIPA (469) - HONG KONG - AUG 15, 2015
Bottle from Brewcraft at home. Dark dark dark brown pour with sticky tan head. Aroma is big roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Some dried fruit too but not overpowering. Rich rich palate. Almost too rich but it works. Taste is bold roasted bitterness - coffee, dried fruit, some fresh fruit or berry flavors too, surprisingly. Quite boozy and sharp, but rounded out by vanilla toffee sweetness. Really good. Very much on the rich sticky palate side but still works. Great big stout.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
e303 (255) - - AUG 4, 2015
Bomber to tulip. Finally got ahold of this one. Pours black as night with a tiny almond head that runs away like it stole something. This smells like wood, coffee, and booze dunked in chocolate. It tastes similar with little alcohol burn and a nuttiness from the coffee in this batch. Really smooth beer. Dig it the most. Grab some of you see it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
coachd (341) - Missouri, USA - JUL 26, 2015
Smells divine. Coffee, dark chocolate, oak and booze. Everything I like. It also looks perfect. Pitch black with barely any foam. The little bit of head that does show through is a light tan color. Tastes like everything that is in the aroma. Some booze in the flavor, virtually no booze burn in the aftertaste. Plate is good, but I could have used a little thicker and creamier. This is an excellent imperial stout, on par with some of the most expensive and exclusive I have ever tasted. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
emusche (65) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 26, 2015
Pours almost black with a robust almond head. Aromas of coffee and alcohol. Taste is big coffee, malt, and booze. Very good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Prolitariat777 (102) - St george, Utah, USA - JUL 22, 2015
Black pouring light tanning she brown head. Aroma of bittersweet chocolate and roast. Flavor similar bittersweet chocolate and roast coffee and espresso. Rich thick mouthfeel awesome.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
cobaink2 (181) - seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 14, 2015
Release #13 deep dark chocolate pour. Coco, figs and star anise I can detect with some vanilla and some nice barrel aging. Love it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
davidezdonz (72) - , HONG KONG - JUL 14, 2015
A 22oz bomber from release batch #46 with a brew date of 24th September 2013 and a packaged date of 8th December 2014 and poured into a snifter glass. The beer poured an opaque black colour with a one finger brown head that dissipated fairly quickly leaving a thin whispy layer and spotty lacing. Strong aromas of chocolate mixed in with coffee, caramel and vanilla. There is also a hint of whisky alcohol aroma. Taste is much like the aroma. Chocolate and espresso coffee dominate followed by hints of slightly burnt caramel and vanilla. There is also some roasted malts and oakiness but not a lot of whisky even though its aged in whiskey barrels. Full bodied, light carbonation, smooth. Overall, Im a sucker for coffee, whisky and beer (my three favourite drinks). Now put together into a single drink, although the whisky is not so prominent here, this brew is fantastic. Its right up there with Founders Breakfast Stout and Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break. Another must buy beer to add to my list.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rouhlas (1330) - GREECE - JUL 10, 2015
660ml bottle at home, version 12.1% ABV. Black color with beige brown head. Roasted malty aroma, chocolate, milk chocolate, cocoa, light coffee, spicy - like cinnamon or nutmeg, light wood and alcohol, vanilla, dark fruits. Sweet and bitter taste, chocolate and cocoa like aroma. Full silky creamy body with soft carbonation. I loved this!!!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
musinj6 (468) - Dedham, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 19, 2015
Pours a dark black with tan head with good retention and has heavy lacing. Aroma of dark chocolate, espresso and whisky. Miley bitter with a boozy sweetness. Woody, chocolate , hint of black cherries. Full bodied with soft carbonation. Long smooth subtly boozy finish .


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