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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 : 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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mcberko (5368) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 17, 2012
UPDATED: APR 18, 2012 Release #5 at 11.2%. 22 oz. bottle, pours black with a small light brown head. Aroma of bakerís chocolate cake upfront, coated with espresso beans, wood and roasted malt - not much of the barrels on the nose. Flavour is a divine melange of characteristics, with the chocolate and coffee perfectly balanced, perfectly accentuated with the bourbon barrels without overtaking completely - some subtle dark fruits (cherries, plums) buried somewhere in there also - some beautiful roasted malt in there also to counterbalance the perfect amount of sweetness. Finishes equally with espresso beans, bakerís chocolate, bourbon barrels and dark fruits. An orgasm of a beer - far exceeded my expectations. I must say, this is one of my favourite imperial stouts out there - severely underrated.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoeTheYounger (1127) - Claremont, California, USA - JUL 26, 2012
Release # 4 from bottle at a beer tasting. Dark black as night pour. Aroma is straight fresh ground black coffee. Reminds me of breakfast right away. I like my coffee like my women (big and bold) so this is right up my alley. Taste is just an onslaught of coffee with a nice hint of bourbon and vanilla and a little chocolate. Most barrel aged coffee stouts lose the coffee flavor and is masked by the bourbon and fall short. NOT this baby...it keeps on giving. EPIC keeps on surprising me. One of my favorite coffee stouts of all time for sure.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Itzjerm (1000) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - MAR 8, 2013
UPDATED: APR 3, 2013 Simply amazing. Cream with your coffee not to bitter not to sweet. Just pretty much perfect. Aroma is strong coffee. But balance is almost like drinking hot cocoa. Beyond amazing. Wow why isnít this available where I live? Mouthfeel is creamy with a light bite at the end of a sip.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Pailhead (4416) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAR 9, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2012 Bottle: The aroma is an excellent combination of strong roasted coffee, light-moderate chocolate, and light vanilla. It pours a dark brown with no transparency and a one finger tan head. The flavor starts with moderate chocolate, caramel, and a touch of molasses. The finish has lots of roasted coffee, burnt notes, oak, and a touch of vanilla. The bourbon notes are almost nonexistent since the coffee notes are so strong. Thereís no sign of the 11.1% ABV. It?s full bodied with light-moderate carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. Overall, it comes across as more of a heavily coffee influenced Imperial Stout instead of a barrel aged Imperial Stout...really good stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MarinEvelyn (467) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 12, 2013
Release #23 strong aroma. very coffee-y, cream, sweet, roasted malt. very smooth and creamy taste. roasted malt, coffee, milk, and cream, chocolate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
beerbaaron (928) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 12, 2013
Release #23 vintage 2013. Pours black. Medium creamy brown head, fairly lasting with lace. Aroma is loaded with coffee, dense coffee with cream and sugar, milk chocolate, cocoa, sweet roasted malty, just an awesome coffee character. Flavor still has coffee but not as overt, nice sweet whisky, clean roast, chocolate. Medium to full body. Creamy. Pleasant alcohol warmth. Not quite as complex as I would hope for but stilt very very good. Whiskey barrel character shows up more and more with each sip, especially in the finish, overall stays in the background. I love coffee beers and this is a great one..

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
WanderinCelt87 (132) - Hamburg, New Jersey, USA - JAN 8, 2014
Pours black as well the black ink on the bottle. Aroma is straight coffee grinds. Has that bitter coffee taste upfront with a hint of chocolate at the end. Leaves a bitter taste in my mouth.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
gendv138 (351) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JAN 26, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2014 Release #23 (November 2013) consumed on 1/26/2014, 11.5% ABV, DEN #1328. Bottle poured into a snifter. Pours jet black with a finger tan head. Decent lacing. Awesome caramelly mocha coffee on the nose with light whiskey and vanilla. On the taste, coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, subtle whiskey. A bit more whiskey as it warms. Very smooth for 11.5%. Full body, semi-thick mouthfeel. 10/4/9/4/19

Release #9 (September 2012) consumed on 1/30/2014, 11.8% ABV. Bottle poured into a snifter. Pours jet black with a finger tan head. Minimal lacing. On the nose, big roasty and burnt coffee/espresso, espresso beans, dark chocolate, a touch of oak and dark fruit. On the taste, roasty and burnt coffee/espresso up front, dark chocolate, caramel, a good amount of bourbon and whiskey. More whiskey notes than I got in release #23. Fairly smooth, a bit of bourbon/whiskey on the finish but not too warm. Held up nicely after 16 months. 9/4/9/4/19

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Mudwhomper (52) - Madison, USA - MAR 4, 2014
Release #23. Aroma is boozy and coffee. The flavor is fantastic - chocolate, coffee, booze, vanilla - all in great harmony. No flavor is overpowering and they all complement each other perfectly. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, mild carbonation. Really great beer - so glad that Epic is around in WI now

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiver29 (1025) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 27, 2011
22 oz bottle pours pitch black with a tan head. Aroma is awesome. Vanilla, char, smoke, whiskey, coffee. It keeps smelling better as it warms up. Heavy mouthfeel. Flavor follows the nose. Upfront the coffee dominates. Its really strong. The middle combines a nice vanilla smoke char note, with the booze coming in really strong, and a note of chocolate cocoa mixes in, and it finishes with a cocoa booze blast. This stuff is really really good. Freakin yummy.

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