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RATINGS: 444   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


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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 4, 2012
22oz bottle purchased at Total Wine Laguna Hills Nice looking pour, black with a one finger tan head. The aroma is predominantly of coffee grounds and the flavor has notes of dark chocolate, roasted nuts with some vanilla in the background. It has a nice creamy texgture


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
slowrunner77 (1945) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 16, 2014
"An aromatic explosion of wonderful coffee, whiskey, cocoa & vanilla. This brew is just about perfect in its balance between the barrels, the coffee (gotta find out what they used) and the beer. Looks great, motor oil with a luscious chocolate brown head. Very smooth, even more so as it warmed, which is odd for such a strong beer. The alcohol shows, but it’s never cloying or hot. Great roasted coffee, barrel vanilla chocolate flavor too. Decadent and delicious. One for the ages. *disclaimer: this might even be higher if not for some batch/bottle variance." Had as high as 4.8, as "low" as 4.3-4.4.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ed5388 (2092) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - SEP 11, 2014
22oz bomber (batch 22) from the Wine Shoppe (Brick NJ). Poured black with a huge creamy tan head. Aroma of strong coffee grounds, chocolate brownies, and leather. Taste is much the same. Strong coffee, chocolate, black malts, dry oak, and sweet caramel. Not getting and notes of bourbon in this batch, mostly coffee. Really solid beer nonetheless.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AWISLguy (1292) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 31, 2014
Bomber from Flannery’s in Oconomowoc, cellar aged 5 months and shared with ck1. A black pour with a chocolate milk head. Aroma has huge caramel, with some eventual light chocolate and molasses. Taste is sweet - quite caramelly - with vanilla and a cookie dough similarity. Somewhat thick. Finishes too sweetly. Not enough other presence to balance the caramel. 13.8

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ads135 (2955) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - AUG 26, 2014
Tried release #29 courtesy of Jay in 2014. Fantasticly coffee filled and chocolate. Deep, black, and rich.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
solidfunk (4008) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - AUG 22, 2014
Huge coffee aroma - a big enough dose that would drive any Baptist back to Church. Pours black with good initial head and lacing. Very bitter finish. Thick, creamy texture. A little too much of a coffee bomb for me though. Tap at Black Squirrel.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leveejr (102) - 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 (645) - 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 (718) - 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 (2283) - 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 (3426) - 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.


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