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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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Brouwerij (959) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 7, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2014 Release 18, 12% ABV. Pours dark brown with light brown head, good retention and a little lacing. Aroma is dark coffee, heavily roasted, cocoa nibs. Flavor is big coffee up front, dark, roasted and bitter, toffee and caramel, and cocoa with a bitter, roasted, mild barrel/whisky finish. Nice, rich, roasted coffee character. Gets a bit boozier as it warms. Soft carbonation, medium-full body, and smooth texture. A good coffee imperial stout.

4.2
tom10101 (6029) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 7, 2014
Bottle (22 oz). Release #15. From a surprise box sent by kbudd19, thanks a lot! Pitch black with a medium beige head and some lacing. Aroma is intense with lots of coffee, roasted malt, and bourbon along caramel, vanilla, alcohol, chocolate and oak. Taste is moderately sweet (not cloying) and moderately to heavily roasted with bourbon, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, wood and a roasted bitter finish. Warming alcohol. Full bodied. Medium carbonation. Mouthfeel is viscous and sirupy, but also quite fluffy. A tad harsh, but quite complex and really tasty. Amazing sipper!

4.1
claytonbrewsby89 (3) - - JAN 5, 2014 does not count
Iíd been curious about this brew for awhile. Very understated aroma, black as hell. Iíd compare this to Bourbon County, but bitter and woodier. Bourbon is not too prominant. Great brew all around.

4.2
andrewje41 (3733) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2014
#16. Very dark pour, very strong aroma. Very flavorful. Mostly coffee bean flavors with a lot chocolate too. Alcohol very well hidden. Very tasty beer.

4.1
sfontain (851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2014
Release #17, 12.0%. 22 oz bottle, Kroger on Bridge St in Dublin; $8.99 I think. Very dark black but not quite fully opaque; one-finger light tan head dissipates quickly into a small ring and an extremely thin, sparse covering; virtually no lacing. First aroma is coffee and chocolate. But look! Itís not that typical overly bitter, overly roasty coffee thing that big stouts do! Hallelujah! It smells like REAL coffee, only colder. Some breathing and warming reveals more subtle aroma notes of oak and bourbon. In terms of flavor, very heavily chocolate, but again, REAL coffee. The roast level is spectacularly low for the magnitude of this beer, and itís really great to see such a coffee-heavy beer simultaneously be a little more subdued while itís kicking you in the mouth. The finish is vanilla, chocolate, lighter bitterness, and even lighter bourbon. If I didnít know better, I would absolutely not guess this was anything close to 12%; I honestly donít detect alcohol in this at all, but having drank half the bottle I can feel that itís there. Medium-full to full body, almost silky but just a tad too bubbly to say that. Really nice.

4
umich03jm (3513) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2014
Bottle, Release #13, enjoyed with friends on New Yearís Eve. Pours black with a small bubbly head that quickly fades away. Aroma is big and intense. Cocoa, fresh, lightly roasted coffee, oak, vanilla, and light bourbon. Love the taste. Great balance of coffee, cocoa, and bourbon barrel. Light cereal sweetness at first and finish moderately bitter. Light booziness. Alcohol is hidden at first but becomes slightly noticeable when it warms. Thin to medium body. Really good BB stout with a few minor flaws.

3.6
BrettTaylor (773) - Radford, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Poured as a taster at Denver taproom. smells like coffee/espresso and dark choc underneath, very coffeeíish, dark cocoa underneath, round mouthfeel, alcohol obv apparent.

3.2
conway (2210) - - DEC 31, 2013
Bottle. Black with a tan head. Aroma and taste are mostly coffee grinds. Just feels incomplete, like someone is ringing a coffee filter out into my mouth. Not for me.

3.3
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Batch 19: 10.4% Itís black with a sheet of light tan foam. Smells like coffee mostly, then some cocoa, some coconut notes, some vanilla, tannic oak. Flavor is bitter and sweet, plain coffee (americano style), some bitter chocolate, some resin, seems a little hoppy, but also like the coffee was added too hot and made the beer overly bitter. Medium bodied for style with almost high carb and a dry finish. Good beer, but not special. From a state with beer stigma, this is a standout, but I would take Uintaís Labyrinth all day over this.

3.8
Ericular (1016) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2013
The coffee in this is more assertive than any other beer Iíve had to date. The aroma is enjoyable fresh roasted coffee. The taste continues the theme, with effort required to pick out much else. Overall I enjoyed it more than Iíd expect, but Iíd have to be in the mood for coffee to ever buy it again.


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