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RATINGS: 557   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 363   ABV: 12.1%
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Its Big, its 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

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   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
UrbanCaveman (156) - Ohio, USA - MAY 27, 2015
On tap at The Lackman, arrived in a snifter. Appearance: Your usual imperial stout impenetrable black, capped with a dark brown head that dwindled somewhat quickly to a cap and ring. Lacing was patchy but persistent. Smell: Chocolate, and quite a bit of it, riding atop a wave of coffee and caramel. Some hints of spice as well. Taste: This has some over the top intensity of flavor. The aforementioned chocolate is present in spades, alongside French roast coffee, burnt caramel, white and black pepper, ginger, cinnamon, and a slurry of dark fruits. Some wooden, vanilla, and almost chile-like undertones waft along through the background as well. The finish is sour dark fruit, bread, coffee, and oak. Mouthfeel: Thick, full, sticky, and rich, this is definitely an imperial stout. Overall: Id have this again were I to come across it. Id have just one, but Id still have it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SaultSteMarie (5) - - MAY 23, 2015 does not count
Im having this beer after a long day at work and damn is it fine. Pours dark as dick with minimal head. The coffee, cocoa and barrel aged flavors were so beautifully paired I had to punch the wall just to bring some disorder into my life.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhilJackson80 (493) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 22, 2015
22 oz boo. Tasted on 5/22/15. Bottle from LoneStar Liquor. Drank from Spiegal Stout glass. Amazing aroma & taste on this one. Really great balance. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rumproasts (3758) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 17, 2015
Tap. Black with small head. Very rich malt with huge coffee. Mild bitterness in the finish. Complex and very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerman6686 (5169) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2015
This poured a dark brown to black with a tan head. Aroma was of lots of.coffee, chocolate, light green pepper and light barrel. Flavor similar, a little thing, but hides the booze very well, very drinkable. Great stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Art (2127) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2015
Dark brown black pour with a medium brown head that quickly dissipated. Aroma of light whiskey, coffee, roasty malts. Taste is sweet with a slight acrid coffee bitterness in the finish. Slightly fudgey in the finish too. Very drinkable. Medium light body. Smooth. Lower carb. Digging it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kaser (3791) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2015
Black pour with brownish ring of head, fluffy. 22oz bottle poured at home from Blackwells. Nuts, coffee, roasty and milky aroma. Taste big. Cocoa, rich chocoate, rich coffee, and a hint of the whiskey barrels. Hides the big ABV - more like drinking a tasty coffee/cocoa smoothy than a heavy beer. Fantastic..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dyetube (1280) - McKinney, Texas, USA - APR 30, 2015
Just fyi, Mine says "release #40, 11.5%alc vol..., DEH# 1917". Bottle from Choice Beverages. Pours black with a thin khaki head. The aromas are cocoa, chocolate, cold coffee and whiskey. The mouthfeel is dry, roasty and bitter with a heavy body and good carbonation. Phenomenal brew. Cheers!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
hackobock (2102) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 29, 2015
April 15, 2015. Bottle (#12, 10,8%) at Oliver Twist.
Black with a small brown head. Aroma is coffee, cocoa, roasted, some ash and dark fruits. Taste is light to medium sweet, medium roasted bitterness, coffee dominates with some cocoa and caramel notes. Finish roasted coffee, slight spicy, some dry roasted notes. Medium to full bodied, creamy texture, average carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GnarlyGnome (756) - Fairfield, Ohio, USA - APR 26, 2015
This is really good...heavy... big... delicious. Full of all the bourbon coffee flavors that you can hope for. Chocolate finish... tasty stuff!

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