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RATINGS: 433   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94   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


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4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oyamac (30) - Michigan, USA - JAN 11, 2013
Aroma: dark chocolate followed by expresso. Appearance: dark, thick oil with small head. Taste: great balance of coffee, chocolate, and vanilla. Palate: nice, thick beer. Overall: very solid beer. Definitely livens up as it get closer to room temp. Very solid, well balanced stout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikeq215 (67) - 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 (909) - 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 (254) - 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 (205) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dfonorow (1329) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 16, 2014
Bottle share at DLD 2014. Batch #14. Pour is murky brown with a thin tan head. Aroma and flavor of coffee, booze, more coffee, and more booze. Finish is roast, bourbon, chocolate, and dark fruit.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JerseyHophead (20) - California, USA - JUN 13, 2014
Pours a thick, murky black with a tan/brown head. Nose has some great cocoa and roasted coffee bean notes with a bourbon presence as well. I really love the nose on this one. Starts with some nice cocoa notes. Itís a bit bitter on the tongue with some toasty coffee notes. Some bourbon notes present in the mouth as well. Finishes with some smooth coffee notes and a bit of booziness. Drinks incredibly smooth given the high alc content. This is far and away on of the best stouts Iíve had. Thereís a lot of complex flavors present, all working in sync to bring you a great beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadRobin (1830) - Silver Spring, USA - JUN 12, 2014
Poured from 22 oz. bottle after cellaring for 20 months. Opaque, black-brown with a 2-finger dark tan head and excellent lacing. Aroma of intense darkly roasted coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla and sweet dark fruit. Taste of dark chocolate, bourbon, dark roasted coffee and charred roasted malt. Very full body and medium/low carbonization with a thick, but slightly slimy, mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wisdomsolo (391) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUN 8, 2014
Nice stout. decent bitterness from the coffee and cocoa. Pretty smooth as well.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fluffy (1466) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUN 8, 2014
a decent enough imperial stout, though im not sure what the fuss is about with this one.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hockeybeerguy (1498) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUN 7, 2014
I received this in a trade. I donít see any dates on this, but I do see that this is release #19 sitting at 10.4%. This was poured into an imperial nonic pint glass and a snifter. In both glasses, the appearance was a nice black color with some decent brown tinges roaming around the edges of the glass. There was a half fingered off white to tan foamy head that died within about thirty seconds. There was some decent lacing kinda roaming all over the place. The aroma had a nice balance between the cocoa nibs to the coffee nibs. It smelled exceptionally well and then allowed just enough bourbon to come through but not over do anything. The taste was sweet and roasty with a decent edge of alcohol "hotness" but that mainly just balances the whole thing. There was a decent bourbon-like sweet sticky aftertaste leading to a somewhat dry roasty finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium to heavy, but doesnít show as much sipping aspects as I thought it would have. Iím not necessarily gulping this, but I find that I can drink this and enjoy it pretty well. The carbonation is exceptionally smooth. Overall, this was a very well done American Double/Imperial Stout well worthy of having again.


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