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RATINGS: 719   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03/5   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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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TizzleJizzle (791) - Garland, Texas, USA - FEB 5, 2015
22 oz bottle, release # 38. Poured a dark brown, pretty much black with a thin tan head and a small amount of lacing. Tasted heavy of coffee and dark chocolate, notes of vanilla, dark fruit, oak, and dark roared malts with a bitter finish. Medium carbonation, thick body. If you love coffee, then this ones for you

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chester, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2015
2/1/2015. 22 oz. bottle. dark brown with a tan head. Coffee aromas, chocolate, roasted malt and hints of bourbon. Mostly coffee flavors, hints of alcohol. The bourbon is muted, which is not bad in my book. The mouth feel is a bit light which is surprising for a beer like this, but overall an awesome stout.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marheb (5437) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 20, 2015
Aucune subtilit dans lintensit du caf dans celle-l. Pour le support malt, cest plus que dcent, malts rtis, mlasse, lactose et autres ftards.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LearninBeer (522) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JAN 17, 2015
Looks like the bottle says Release # 40 11.5% but I didnt but it very long ago, must be #27. The aroma is coffee, roasty, hints of chocolate. Pours black with tan brown head, mostly diminishing, good lacing. The taste is sweet/sour then bitter. The body is medium to full, the texture creamy, the carbonation average and the finish long. Very good!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TylerGreenDC (850) - - JAN 17, 2015
UPDATED: APR 8, 2015 Draft. Not sure of the release number, but Glendale Tap listed it as 11.5% ABV. Big aroma of dark chocolate. (I got less coffee on the nose than other reviewers.) Flavor was of a thick chocolate drink served cold, with some notes of espresso, vanilla, oak, and some fig. Clean finish. No hint of alcohol. Pretty magnificent.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
WABeerFiend (400) - - JAN 16, 2015
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2015 Release #20.Poured from a bomber into a tulip on 06.17.14.A: 1/3 finger tan head that quickly recedes. Midnight black body with no red in the glass.S: Strong coffee with a chocolate base.T: Coffee is dominant. A tiny bit of vanilla is subtle. Fig and pepper come out on the finish when it?s warm.M: Creamy. Soda-level bubbles on the tongue. I don?t usually care much about mouthfeel, but this one is too bubbly.O: The coffee was too strong in this one. It overpowered everything else. The vanilla was barely there to the point that it seemed like a stout that hadn?t been aged in barrels. There was also a massive alcohol burn which is understandable at 10.5% ABV, but other BB stouts have hidden the alcohol much better. I?m aging another one that hopefully turns out better. I wouldn?t buy this one again, as it is. EDIT 12.05.15. I cracked open another #20 and the coffee is as strong as ever. Kudos for the flavor not fading, but I still hate it.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JAN 16, 2015
On tap at Vintner. Black color, tan head, roasted coffee and chocolate in the nose. Taste very thick, smooth, rich, creamy, chocolate and coffee are very noticable. Good stuff; did not get that it was bourbon barrel aged, but if it was, thats a good sign - it was not over powered with bourbon.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tgncc (3118) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JAN 13, 2015
Via trade with Boltz7555. The aroma is nice smooth coffee, chocolate. The appearance s deep black, oily, deep tan head. The flavor is coffee, cream, chocolate, molasses. Nicely done. Medium, medium/thick in body. The finish is roasty, pine, light booze. Nice overall.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
furthur (1081) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - JAN 13, 2015
Bottle, release 34. Black body, head the color of good espresso crema, fades quick, decent lace. Aroma is cherries, dried plums, figs, molasses, anise, cocoa, tobacco coffee roasted barley, vanilla, some dry smoke, alcohol. The taste is burnt sugar, coffee, anise, bittersweet chocolate, citrus rind, tobacco, molasses, vanilla, bourbon. The smell promissed more than the flavor delivered at first. This is deep. Still this may get my first perfect aroma score. Palate is very rich and thick, carbonation is moderate, but almost too sharp, for how big this is. This is a monster big dry stout. Best Ive had in months. Finish is very dry, almost astringent, and bitter, but not choking, just in that way that makes me want more. Oh, if Id only known to get more of these...what would another year in the cellar do for this?!

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jdshep (13) - Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2015
full review: http://t.co/DXsrUBLwT0 From start to finish this beer is purely enjoyable. The aroma swirls between chocolate and coffee as it enters the nose. On the taste, I get chocolate as it transforms into coffee, and finishes with the hints of bourbon and barrel. This is fully bodied and coats the back of the throat. An enjoyable after taste.


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