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RATINGS: 441   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


4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
gendv138 (1199) - 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

4.6
   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

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiver29 (1035) - 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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BOLTZ7555 (2780) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 25, 2011
Really enjoyed this beer...dark mahogany pour with bits of onyx, obsidian, and hints of chestnut around the edges. Nice thick latte head that slowly subsides into a frothy cloud. Aroma is all Starbucks, Godiva, vanilla, oak, and JD. Flavor is full of bitter coffee, sweet cocoa, brown sugar, vanilla, and toffee. The coffee is roasted, rich, and robust. Medium mouthfeel...not chewy but sticks to the palate. Best readily-available beer I’ve had in quite some time...will definitely pick up a few if not more! YUM!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
eruizgarcia (196) - - JUN 27, 2012
Pours black with a thick head and a smoky aroma of vanilla, coffee, toffee and caramel. Starts very sweet in the mouth, then the booze comes on strong but is balanced by the sweet caramel malts. Coffee is present throughout, more than in most other stouts. Delicious beer, but very boozy so take in small amounts.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DiarmaidBHK (3386) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 11, 2012
On draft at Sams quick stop. Pours black with a thin brown head which leaves a lot of lacing. Massive coffee and chocolate on the nose. I could smell this one from a foot away and it was fantastic. Lots of chocolate and malt and coffee on the to the. Finishes clean. Brilliant!

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mrnoluv (153) - long beach, California, USA - SEP 29, 2012
Each person has their one tastes, each person my pick something about a beer that they like over the next, this one was made for me! The aroma, the pour, the aftertaste...everything about this beer was made for me! This is the best stout out there imo! Even better than Speedway. If you want a very rich strong coffee, roasted taste, this is it! You will not be disappointed. I have a feeling from the reviews I have seen it may be too strong on the coffee side for most, but for those who like that strong coffee aftertaste, trust me, this is for you!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ADfan (539) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 21, 2012
On tap at Beachwood BBQ. It is dark brown in the glass with a light brown head. The aroma has chocolate bourbon and a sweetness like caramel or candy. The flavor has coffee, chocolate and some vanilla. The beer is extremely rich and smooth. Hope I can find some bombers.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dfhhead25 (251) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2012
Aroma- massive bourbon, espresso, cocoa, marshmallow Appearance- pitch black with a thin dark brown head Taste- black coffee, cream, bourbon, tobacco, some roasted notes, nice blend of flavors on the finish Palate- full-bodied, viscous and wonderful Overall- Absolutely exquisite. As close to KBS as I’ve ever had. Fantastic brew that I will be seeking out again.

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
onceblind (4014) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 21, 2013
At Avery Strong Ale Fest 2013--black pour with a lush khaki head. Strong aroma of fresh brewed back coffee with a nice leathery roasty tone, and little else. Lovely full flavor with notes of sweet roasty dark cocoa, strong fresh brewed black coffee, more coffee, and finishing with dark malty sweet roastiness and a bit of chocolate. A tiny bit acidic, but incredibly divine.


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