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RATINGS: 545   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   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 #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


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
keepersj12 (2839) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 15, 2011
As good looking a beer as you will see. Pours black with a thin tan lacing head. The aroma has a lot of chocolate and coffee as well as some vanilla and a hint of butterscotch. The flavor has the same with a nice dry finish. A very nice after taste lingers. Good stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (9999) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 4, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2011 Bottle. Pours black with brown head. Nose/taste of cocoa, dark chocolate, freshly brewed coffee and whiskey barrel. Creamy mouth feel with just a little bit of whiskey-like alcohol in finish. Medium body. Solid.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 24, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2011 22oz bottle, Release #1: Pours a viscous opaque black with a creamy froth of beige head. Has a big fresh roasty coffee nose with some dark caramel sweetness and vanilla bourbon notes. Starts with good fullness and creamy dark malty sweetness with lots of espresso and dark chocolate before a dry roasty slightly warming finish. A little too heavy on the coffee, and could hide the alcohol better, but still a complex and flavorful beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Frank (3219) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2011
Nice looking brew here with a thick brown head on completely opaque black liquid. Nose is of fresh ground coffee with a raisin sweet hint of chocolate. This is a soft textured beer with a hint of boozy alcohol burn which brings to mind Irish cream in coffee. Lingering over slow sips reveals vanilla and cherry undertones which pair quire well with the overall deep and rich character. This is a subtle and deft use of barrel aging to add layers of flavor without overpowering the original beer. I wish more brewers would use a lighter hand with this technique. This is a really well done imperial stout in all regards.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Wiesbaden, Hesse, GERMANY - JAN 10, 2012
Bottles from Az Wine Co. Pours coffee black with a ruby tint around the edges and a beige head. Smells warmly of bourbon and coffee roast. Tastes of balanced flavors of each with an added note of cocoa. Arguably the best beer in Utah, and one of my favorites of the year.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adnielsen (9709) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2012
Bottle @ home. Black appearance with a small, brown, bubbly head. Roasty, mocha espresso, caramel, vanilla, light bourbon, roasty chocolate malty aroma that’s quite enticing. Baker’s cocoa, rich, fresh coffee bean, vanilla, caramel, chocolate malty flavor with some light bourbon. Smooth as fuck. Excellent beer!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (7934) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 5, 2012
Sample at the 2012 Cincinnati Brew-haha, labeled as the "Epic Breakfast Stout". A pretty-much-black-brown color, nice brown head. Good lace. Awesome, spiced strong Turkish coffee aroma. Lighter, crisp carbonation, long aftertaste. Good bitterness, nice smooth and creamy body. An excellent "breakfast stout".

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcmisko (352) - New York, USA - MAR 20, 2012
Pours almost black with a two finger brown head. Smells is big and complex with lots of dark toasty notes, wood and cocoa. Taste is big and dark, but with out too much burnt malts. Notes of fresh coffee, cocoa, wood, bourbon, and some fresh hop bitterness along with some dark roasted malt bitterness. Med-full body with a very creamy texture. After taste is dark and bitter sweet. There is a lot going on in this one, and it manages to be big and well balanced, and very enjoyable for Stout lovers who like things slightly on the darker side.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcnielsen (2415) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 25, 2012
Bottled. Thanks to adnielsen for the bottle. Strong aroma of coffee and hints of cocoa and bourbon. Very coffee forward taste, but even so, it is fairly balanced with the bourbon and cocoa flavors. One of my favorite coffee-imperial stouts.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
crajun (1045) - , Texas, USA - SEP 17, 2012
bomber from gription to glass. WHOA! lots of coffee with some cocoa in aroma. purty sludgy dark pour with beige head. 5 on palate - creamy thick smoov!! Taste was creamy well balanced with coffee aftertaste. only got the boozy taste after beer warmed. will have again!!


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