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RATINGS: 711   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 381   ABV: 12.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Its Big, its Bad, Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, with Coffee and Cocoa Nibs.

One Big Bad Imperial Stout with Cocoa nibs and Coffee beans. Each seasons release uses a different dark roasted coffee.

ABV may vary between batches: 10.2% to 12.7%

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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DWestrick (692) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 24, 2016
22oz bottle shared. Mega imperial stout. Intense, complex - all around rocking beer

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brettsky06 (271) - Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 23, 2016
Pour black with a little bit of tan head. Aroma has bourbon and vanilla. Taste is sweet with bourbon but not overpowering. Notes of coffee beans and cocoa also there. Warming alcohol finish. Very nice

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kerenmk (4505) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - DEC 23, 2016
Bottle sample at a tasting at Toms place. Thanks DSG. Black with tan film. Dry coffee, roasty, a little vanilla and faint sherry, allspice and then chocolate in the nose. Bitter, vanilla, some walnuts, peppery and some vanilla in the mouth. Full body with plenty of bittersweet chocolate, chili finish and a little bit of fizz. Quite awesome.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JorgeLee (1922) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2016
So this is an odd one. A ten day trip to Seattle, spent the whole trip bashing through IPAs, finish the town and wedding part and go to the wifes cousins for the final day, arrive for late lunch and Gopal says hey want a beer and I say sure and he goes into the fridge and pulls out...Epic Big Bad Baptist! I mean...for a casual lunch with the kids...crazy days. So we shared the bomber. It was awesome. I normally hate everything with added coffee and bourbon barrels and all that artificial added flavour, but this was nice. Thick black oily. The flavours just melded together, some dark bitter cocoa and a hint of espresso and some sweetness of vanilla and a very good bitter base beer. A bit boozy and hot maybe. But really good.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nate (4263) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2016
On tap at Brunzies. Sweet and boozy, with bourbon, vanilla, caramel, and light coffee. Rich aroma. Dark black opaque with thin creamy tan head. Medium-heavy body with medium carbonation. Starts and stays sweet with bourbon, vanilla, and caramel. Light coffee and some oak. Mild nutty bitter finish with alcohol warming and lasting sweetness. Not cloying.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DeanF (2404) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 20, 2016
Well yeah motherfucker, it was 1979... when your famous French bass player thought he would quit working at the pizza joint in Brooklyn and beeline it down to Texas. Walla Walla, the radio screeched, him in his 75 Torino and who was he to wonder. There were gigs to be played, he yearned for the oily edgy days of old.... like when he went to Africa in the French Foreign Legion... "cent percent radio Malien nonstop...." yeah he heard those words. Through Appalachia he drove, fog and trees and all that shit,but the twanging of those Saharan guitars got him. He had really forgotten about that life, as a guardsman in Bamako after all those years to protect the interests of "la vie Francaise"..... but what can you do. Searing sun, camels galore, billowing blankets with people under them. Thats why he left - fuck this shit, there had to be something better, there had to be something on the other side of thayt vinyl record he bought at Pont de Clichy so many years back. So it was on the oceanliner.... all dreams and stars, there, over in New York, a land of promise. Bass for everyone. But you know the story. 30 years later, him staring at the grey hairs falling from his skull and he gets into that Torino. Grand Funk Railroad on that radio but it quickly dissipates and then disappears into nothing..... a wilderness to be sure, into the unknown of the American southwest, bass in tow. Here he is, a thousands years older than his bandmates but they think hes cool in 1980, some kinda Parisien Beret motherfucker who adds colour to the good ol boysTexas suite that rides the route around the beer parlours of Houston. You stupid motherfuckers, he thinks.... do you have any idea. But theres an edgy coffee note to the whole thing, the head died away but he didnt care. The motor oil was draining from his car, he was alive again, it wasnt perfect but hell it was pretty good given all the shit hed gone through in Long Island since shed passed. Beat washing pizza dishes in Brooklyn anyways. That serious coffee, like your finest Baileys and Italian espresso rammed together, good stuff. Groove goin, discos on the way out, but their Ford Caprice can only last for so long. He wonders what will be next for bass playing - obviously on another level, this one-horse band aint got it going on. The Malians did have it going on, he learned to play bass there on an odd combination of camel guts and driftwood.... it carried him well in Paris until he decided to cross the Atlantic. But those throbbing vibrations from the Sahara came back to him, and the white-bred good old boys didnt fit. It was a hard decision, an odd one, but after a few month in the stark desert heat of Texas he finally scrambled up the dough for the gas and headed northeast.... New York, oui, cest ma maison. Pour la mieux et aussi pour la mort.... je suis a toi.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerplace (1156) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 12, 2016
A bottle on Black Christmas 2016 at 12 Kings. Release #50. Aroma is coffee, some grassy notes. Taste is sweet and bitter, coffee, chocolate, very smooth, slightly boozy. Very good.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
freekyp (2021) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 11, 2016
This is one huge momma. Bourbon soaked triple chocolate cake in a glass. Lots of bourbon and vanilla. Earthy bittersweet roast malt finish. Pair it with aged fruitcake. Thick and oily body. Amazingly amazing.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gopherfan99 (1488) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 10, 2016
Bottle; pours black with a mocha colored head; aroma of bitter coffee, chocolate, and vanilla; taste is bittersweet starting with bitter coffee and then with chocolate and vanilla; finish is dry with coffee and a little bit of alcohol warming; very, very good

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ljthiessen (1199) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 7, 2016
Bottle. Black pour with a small tan head. Aroma is cocoa and dark roast coffee, creamy and sweet with dark roasty notes. Taste is rich chocolate and coffee, roasty malt, a lot of chocolate and dark roast coffee. Comes off a little strong, would like to see a little more of the underlying beer come through but still a tasty stout.


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