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RATINGS: 598   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 363   ABV: 12.1%
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 #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

foundmd's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
foundmd (210) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 3, 2011
22oz bottle, Release #1. Pours black as night with a medium khaki head. Enormous coffee aromas abound and almost nothing else. The taste is a coffee and alcohol explosion. After a few sips the coffee flavor becomes a bit too astringent, tasting more like a pot of coffee that?s been sitting around for few days rather than a freshly-brewed cup. Hot alcohol warmth burns the throat on the way down. The cocoa nibs come through in the aftertaste adding an earthy flavor and more bitterness. Sticky and syrupy, yet fairly slick on the tongue. This is one of the more perplexing beers I?ve had. Would of liked more roasted malt character, less of a stale coffee flavor, and less alcohol warmth. Its a real sipper and took me nearly 2 hours to finish half the bottle. This gives new meaning to "hot coffee."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
toxichop (533) - South Gate, California, USA - NOV 28, 2015
Pours completely black with a one finger brown head. Smells of alcohol, whiskey, fudge, light on coffee, some molasses, and dark chocolate. Taste is a mix of whiskey, chocolate, molasses, and coffee. Finishes warm with a hint of soy in the end. Medium body, silky with noticeable but low carbonation. Nice BA stout, but wanted more from the coffee.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
colui72 (419) - HONG KONG - NOV 26, 2015
Paradise juice! Motor oil black with a beige head. Aroma of strong wood and dark malts. Taste of vanilla, coffee, wood, chocolate. The 12,5% canít be noted. Too good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AlmostHome (48) - Gulfport, Mississippi, USA - NOV 25, 2015
Draught in warm glass. Love this. Very dark. Great dark beer with very nice head. Dwfintely would get again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SG111 (668) - New York, USA - NOV 22, 2015
Release #59, bottled 10/09/15, and clocking in at 12.3%. Pours pitch black, nice tan head. Aroma is freshly ground coffee. I feel like Iím walking by 50 different varieties of coffee beans at Whole foods with this aroma. Chocolate is prominent, and some whiskey but itís mild. Iím somewhat congested at the moment, but as it warms, I finally get that whiskey-aged noted. Flavor is way more whiskey-heavy, chocolate is so prominent, that coffee bitterness absolutely pops as well. Very well-done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerRenter76 (426) - Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2015
Release#55 @ 12.7% ABV Bottle#2658. Aromas is all fresh coffee grounds, no other aromas detected. Rich almost syrupy body with just enough carbonation, nice. Flavor is also all about the coffee grounds, there is some faint chocolate towards the finish with some booze.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tysongillmore (355) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
Charcoal and water. But strong... Find something else strong. ---Rated via BeerBuddy for iPhone. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
plunkie (8) - - NOV 18, 2015 does not count
Espresso, chocolate and toffee on the nose. More chocolate, caramel and a hint of cedar on the palate. Well hidden alcohol. Tasty!! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dfearnley (1415) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 15, 2015
The label is faded, but I think itís Release #50: 12.6%ABV; bottle to pint glass. Primarily coffee with some dark chocolate, soy, and a touch of sour. Opaque black with a thin creamy tan head. Taste is primarily coffee, but I get some booze, although itís not necessarily bourbon. I get lots of toasted malt and soy as well. This is exceptionally smooth for 12.6 percent. Iím going to be toasted myself by the time I hit the bottom of the bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ron (3174) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 15, 2015
On tap at Mojoís Sports Grille with Erica. Strong roasted malt aroma with coffee, chocolate, some bourbon and vanilla. Pours black with a thin light brown head and no lacing. Starts with rich roasted malt and chocolate flavors and a medium body for an imperial stout. Finishes smooth with some vanilla and bourbon but roasted malt and coffee dominate the palate with a little alcohol burn in the ending.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MunBro (893) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 14, 2015
Welcome to the dark side! Inky black pour with a brown head. Huge nose of malts and coffees. Flavour was dark chocolate, espresso, coffees, and roasted malts with a nice boozy sweetness from the whiskey barrels.

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