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RATINGS: 489   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   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

Onenote81's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - FEB 27, 2013
22oz bottle. Batch #8 (Sept. í12 release). Poured into my brand new Hardywood snifter. This beer just hesitantly glugs out of the bottle. This is an Łber thick coal black beer. Sits in the glass nicely. A small mocha head rests atop. Great spotty lace left behind, reminding me of what was. The aroma just smacks of fresh coffee. Big roasted coffee bean scent, chocolate powder, some booze quality. Really a nice inviting aroma. Wonderful creamy feel that just envelopes the palate like a warm blanket. Subtle carbonation never forces itself. Smooth finish. This is one of the heavier beers Iíve had in quite some time. Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. Did I mention the coffee? This is one of the most potent coffee-forward beers I have ever had. This would wake up a dead man. Huge roasted flavors abound. Subtle sweetness of cocoa nibs and chocolate chips. Mild oak-like character gives it s a slight dry aftertaste. The whiskey isnít as prominent as I expected. I had hoped for more of a bourbon kick, but with this batch, there is none. This sort of muddles out at the end, and just finishes with more coffee. Iím not sure what I think of this. I guess I expected a more balanced barreled beer, but this is a one-trick pony: a straight up coffee beer. I normally like that style, but this just seemed too much overkill. I donít think Iíd revisit this batch again. Glad I tried it, but holy crap was this rich.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
darb85 (92) - Canton, Michigan, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Very good. Smells chocolaty and woody. Smooth start, sweet middle with a chocolate and milk with coffee finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Padron4KM (564) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - DEC 25, 2014
22 oz bottle, release 41, Dec 2014.
Inky black with ruby hues, thin head.
Nose is coffee, smoke, chocolate, tobacco, wood, bourbon,
flavor is big on the coffee, with chocolate, bourbon, wood, vanilla, and tobacco all playing a part.
Finish is long, with notes of bourbon and oak.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ZacM612 (214) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - DEC 24, 2014
Growler from Lone Star Taps & Caps. Black with thin tan head, a little oily in appearance. Aroma of coffee with a little coffee. Coffee is strong in the flavor. Not very boozy for 11% ABV. Nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffLover (95) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 21, 2014
Strong roasted coffee and chocolate aromas, with a hint of liquor. Roasted coffee flavor just shy of bitter. Smooth finish. Price needs to come down to make this a good value. Many delicious chocolate imperial stouts are a better value. Release #32.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
nathan30533 (684) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2014
This one is caramel sweet. Looks incredible, taste incredible. Enjoy this stout ale by epic brewing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shrubber85 (7958) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 19, 2014
Bottle. Earthy/woody coffee, whiskey, and chocolate malt aroma. Black with small head. Sweet coffee, chocolate malt and moderately bitter earthy wood flavor. Light ash and whiskey finish. Pretty tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JHeath99 (1128) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - DEC 19, 2014
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AndyReynolds (918) - 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 (3) - 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 (14) - 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.

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