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RATINGS: 739   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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4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dr_MedievAle (214) - Alabama, USA - OCT 6, 2014
release #24: aroma: fruity coffees and chocolate. appearance: pitch black with little head. taste: rich and smoky bitter coffees, bakers chocolate. palate: lively carbo and deliciously velvet mouthfeel. this is one for the books.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BoruttaBrews (7) - - OCT 5, 2014 does not count
I was blown away by this beer! A big sniff of this beer filled my nose with a large dose of oak followed by slight coffee and chocolate notes. It looked dark like an imperial stout should. It tasted slightly sweet with strong coffee notes. I had it in Denver which might be the reason the coffee stood out. It also tasted like chocolate, and dark malt. The finish was a slightly whiskey flavored. Overall, a great beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dnstone (3193) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 5, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2016 Coffee/espresso roast aroma. Black color with a ring of tan head. Deep roasted coffee flavors (like liquid chocolate-covered espresso beans) that balance well with the big malt body. Notes: on tap at the Denver Bicycle Cafe, by recommendation of Norvo Coffee ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
pdx77 (1483) - Oregon, USA - OCT 4, 2014
On draught at BeerMongers. Deep black color. Aroma is coffee, cocoa nibs, and vanilla. Taste is similar to aroma, with some spice added. Really well balanced and flavorful.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gad905 (202) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2014
Keg at Aces & Ales, Las Vegas. Black, tan head shrinks to a ring. Massive bourbon nose, though not super-boozy. Not much else. Big sweet dark toffee and bourbon, with bitter cocoa and coffee, and some tannic woody dryness. First sip I wasnt convinced but its a grower.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Angelmonster (197) - Colorado, USA - SEP 21, 2014
Pours a pitch black body with a one finger chocolate head. Head retention is average and lacing is pretty good. Smell is of sweet, dark chocolate. Coffee and alcohol are pretty light. Burnt malts and dark chocolate really dominate smells. Taste is a mix of sweet chocolate malts, bitter coffee, finishes with a slight boozy burn. Very bold flavors with an alcohol kick. Mouthfeel is full bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Silky smooth going down, lack of head doesnt affect the feel as much as Id expect. Overall this beer was pretty tasty. Good amount of chocolate, hint of coffee and alcohol. Not exactly session able but great for a special occasion.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
slowrunner77 (11678) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 16, 2014
"An aromatic explosion of wonderful coffee, whiskey, cocoa & vanilla. This brew is just about perfect in its balance between the barrels, the coffee (gotta find out what they used) and the beer. Looks great, motor oil with a luscious chocolate brown head. Very smooth, even more so as it warmed, which is odd for such a strong beer. The alcohol shows, but its never cloying or hot. Great roasted coffee, barrel vanilla chocolate flavor too. Decadent and delicious. One for the ages. *disclaimer: this might even be higher if not for some batch/bottle variance." Had as high as 4.8, as "low" as 4.3-4.4.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ed5388 (3439) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - SEP 11, 2014
22oz bomber (batch 22) from the Wine Shoppe (Brick NJ). Poured black with a huge creamy tan head. Aroma of strong coffee grounds, chocolate brownies, and leather. Taste is much the same. Strong coffee, chocolate, black malts, dry oak, and sweet caramel. Not getting and notes of bourbon in this batch, mostly coffee. Really solid beer nonetheless.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AWISLguy (2939) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 31, 2014
Bomber from Flannerys in Oconomowoc, cellar aged 5 months and shared with ck1. A black pour with a chocolate milk head. Aroma has huge caramel, with some eventual light chocolate and molasses. Taste is sweet - quite caramelly - with vanilla and a cookie dough similarity. Somewhat thick. Finishes too sweetly. Not enough other presence to balance the caramel. 13.8

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ads135 (4544) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 26, 2014
Tried release #29 courtesy of Jay in 2014. Fantasticly coffee filled and chocolate. Deep, black, and rich.


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