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RATINGS: 684   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 381   ABV: 12.7%
Itís Big, itís Bad, Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, with Coffee and Cocoa Nibs.

One Big Bad Imperial Stout with Cocoa nibs and Coffee beans. Each seasonís release uses a different dark roasted coffee.

ABV may vary between batches: 10.2% to 12.7%

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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DSG (12189) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - OCT 24, 2016
Bottle shared at a tasting Tom Lís place. Release #5. 12.7%. Black with a tan head. Great aroma of roast, lots of chocolate, whiskey, vanilla, wood, cookie, some coffee beans. Sweet flavor with chocolate, cocoa, caramel, whiskey, coffee, vanilla, roast, light spicy note. Full-bodied, rounded. Really great stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zvikar (4457) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - OCT 22, 2016
Pours black with a beige head, aroma of chocolate, coffee, caramel, toffee, green coffee, whiskey, flavor of coffee, cocoa, wood, whiskey, malt richness, medium to full bodied, amazing

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fin (9684) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 22, 2016
Bottle courtesy of Angí, (cheers Angí) shared with Angí and Chris O, at Brewery Tap, Friday 21st October 2016 Lovely pour, dark, dark brown, ok probably black with a nice creamy textured head. Soft and creamy chocolate and spice combine well, bourbon envelopes slowly, stunning mouthfeel. Dry finish not cloying at all, a touch boozy. All of a sudden lots of coffee beans show, great beer. A8 A5 T9 P5 Ov17 4.4

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebastokrator (75) - - OCT 13, 2016
On tap. Pours deep black with moderate amount of tan head. Nose is bourbon, with notes of milk chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. Taste follows the nose: lots of bourbon and chocolate. Very creamy and surprisingly easy drinking - the alcohol is well hidden. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MarcoDL (4226) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 10, 2016
At Hopishop 2016. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, booze and coffee. It smell thick already. Rich flavor of thick roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and a soft smooth boozyness. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
talionis (7) - Pflugerville, Texas, USA - SEP 21, 2016 does not count
Release #36 12.4% abv Brewed 12/2013. Barreled & then bottled 9/2014. Drinking 9-21-16 for 65th birthday...Unabashedly coffee forward with underlying chocolate base. Roasted malt harmonies. Still slight but delicate bourbon nose and vanilla whispers, not much as Iíd like, but still tantalyzing, much like the brief whiff of the perfume memory of a long lost love on the night wind, a heartache that floats for a moment to the surface only to slip quietly away once again. The scent of old leather, like a library of well loved books and subtle hints of latakia tobacco, war stories of brothers-in-arms, and the night falling inward with its dark embrace.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bulldogops (2270) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 18, 2016
Rating #2141 - 2015.10.31 - Black as the belt of a bible thumping Albertan in a karate class, with a weak tan head that caps nicely. Aroma is heavy roast malt and dark roast coffee, molasses. Huge cocoa, espresso notes, Taste is heavy on roast malt and coffee flavours, pronounced sweetness, well bittered. J.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjg74 (3029) - La Mesa, California, USA - SEP 6, 2016
Bomber from Casa De Oro. 12.3% version.Pitch black in color. Sweet roasty coffee notes up front along with a bit of whiskey. Whiskey and a sugary roast up front. Decent amount of whiskey throughout. Just a slight hint of alcohol. Very smooth and easy to sip. Quite well balanced. All of the flavors seem to mesh really well. Good brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skyhawk (3) - California, USA - SEP 4, 2016 does not count
Release 13, opened 9/2/16. Surprisingly amazing after this long in the bottle and not-perfect cellering. Still has subtle coffee notes after 3 years. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rdixon77 (2359) - Georgia, USA - SEP 3, 2016
Awesome. On tap at brewery over summer with its son. Just a solid ba stout. Chocolate coffee dark fruit bourbon. Warming. Not smooth palate for a big boy. Great stuff!

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