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RATINGS: 740   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 381   ABV: 12.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Itís Big, itís Bad, Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, with Coffee and Cocoa Nibs.

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

ABV may vary between batches: 10.2% to 12.7%

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4.4
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 27, 2015
Beige head dark pour brown notes at first mild to medium carbonation aromas strong coffee bean dark chocolate liquorice cocoa smoothness rich fruits bourbon goodness vanilla caramel the flavours coffee bean caramel cocoa rich but smooth bourbon note dark chocolate liquorice raisin they join as one a beautiful flavour medium bitter taste the bean flavour so good fruits superb dried fruits stone fruit note resin taste the finish best aftertastes bourbon coffee bean malt sweetness hop tastes and bitter flavour very impressive imperial stout

3.9
blutt59 (6562) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 24, 2015
Tap at WF, 12.1%?, dark black brown skim of tan foam roasty malt and raisins aroma, dense malty chocolate and earthy coffee flavor, nice finish

4.9
hoppopotomous (27) - youngstown, Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2015
This is probably a top ten of all time stouts in my book..beautiful thick creamy khaki head..pours like used motor oil..smell is all the chocolate toffee roasted toasted notes you want..nice oak and bourbon notes..not to over powering..i also get a nice coconut hint..yumm...this is awsome stuff.

3.6
seehaferb23 (260) - - MAR 18, 2015
This was a well balanced beer with more people we had some mixed feelings but in the end it was a hit.

4
monk191 (1959) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 14, 2015
A great bourbon barreled beer. Pours a beautiful deep brown-black with a brown head. Smells great, bourbon and caramel and buttery cracker. Taste is very thick and Bourbon, with some vanilla and chocolate and more butteriness in the finish. Had on tap at Beer Craft.

4.8
dpgjrnhcraftbrew (81) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 13, 2015
Release #37. Dark/brown almost black in color with slight ruby red hues around the rim of the glass. Beautiful oil like viscosity with only a few bubbles in the middle and spotty in nature lacing. Faint aroma of cocoa, bourbon, wood, and chocolate. Tastes of strong bittersweet chocolate, some burnt sugar, hints of oak and bourbon plus maybe coffee. Thick, creamy, and smooth on the palate with just a bit of bitterness and burn on the finish. I must say I found this to be one of the best Imperial Stouts Iíve had the chance to enjoy. Well done Epic!

4.3
tillmac62 (727) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - MAR 13, 2015
Release 45, 10.9%. Pours pitch black. Normal head volume, outstanding retention and World Class lacing. Rich complex nose of coffee, chocolate, roast and a bit of vanilla. As it warms, bourbon is quite noticeable. Medium bodied with a very smooth texture that approaches creamy. Below normal carbonation with just a bit of effervescence in the finish. The flavor profile is World Class. It is intense, richly complex and balanced to perfection. Simply, it is a brewerís masterpiece. It begins with a semi sweet chocolate over a mild coffee background. The middle produces a subtle bitterness comprised of dark chocolate, roast and coffee over a sweet background with rich malt notes. As the middle fades, coffee achieves its most prominent flavor aspect over declining chocolate notes and an ascending bourbon background. As the finish begins, vanilla and oak notes make a short appearance. The finish is a slow fade of coffee and roast bitterness over a rich sweetness that is both malt and chocolate in nature. The only trace of alcohol is the nice light burn at the back of the throat.

3.2
tderoeck (9471) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 10, 2015
14/II/15 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle @ RBBWG IV (Beerlover_Benís place) - BB: n/a, release #32 (2015-225) Thanks to Benzai for sharing the bottle!

Clear brown beer, small creamy irregular off-white head, pretty stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: lots of caramel, alcohol, cocoa powder, some caramel. MF: soft carbon, medium to light body. Taste: lots of alcohol, very boozy, grains, coffee, dark chocolate. Aftertaste: more coffee, caramel, malty, very boozy. Alcohol is very noticeable, bit off putting.

3.8
sturmthis (1149) - Bavaria, GERMANY - MAR 7, 2015
On draft. Black with one finger off white head. Coffee and dark fruit aroma. Cocoa, coffee and dark fruit taste. Really good beer.

3.9
normalbeerguy (9) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 7, 2015 does not count
Bottle- release #19. Pours pitch black with little head. Aroma is of chocolate, coffee and a hint of whiskey. Very coffee forward, followed by more coffee/espresso and chocolate, with the whiskey coming in at the tail end. Thick mouth feel with a slight waxiness left after swallowing. Good beer but a touch less coffee might let more of the whiskey/oak flavors through and it would be phenomenal. Perhaps a couple more years in the cellar will tone the coffee down and round it out more.


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