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RATINGS: 739   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 381   ABV: 12.7%
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It’s Big, it’s Bad, Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, with Coffee and Cocoa Nibs.

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

ABV may vary between batches: 10.2% to 12.7%

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4.4
nimbleprop (8792) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 13, 2014
Batch 19, listed at 10.4% ABV. 22oz bottle pours a very inky, opaque black with some thin, fizzy, tan head. Nose is really heavy on the fresh brewed coffee, some raisin, malt, molasses, brown sugar, dark chocolate, some toasted bread crust. Flavor is the same, a ton of coffee, some brown sugar sweetness, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, a little raisin, a little currant, malt, molasses, dark chocolate. Big beer, but mostly dry on the finish and fairly smooth. Reminds me so much of KBS. Lots of competing flavors but everything goes well together. Real good.

3.5
oxbn (2) - - FEB 12, 2014 does not count
Interesting take on the barrel aged stout. The flavor and aroma balance skew heavily towards coffee for me, with the barrel character a bit subdued from what I anticipated. Big and boozy mouthfeel. Good beer, just doesn't rank among my favorites in this space.

4.1
CampesinoTino (800) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 7, 2014
Bomber (Release #13). Black syrup pour with a half-inch of cappuccino foam. Strong notes of dark roast coffee, bittersweet chocolate and molasses with some charred oak around the edges. The flavor starts with an aggressive dose of espresso, dark chocolate mocha and Kahlúa along with some vanilla bean and brown sugar. Only a little bit of bourbon in the background. Mouthfeel is naturally thick and syrupy with low carbonation while the alcohol is relatively subtle. Well done dark chocolate coffee bomb.

4.5
njager246 (699) - grand rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 7, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2015 Bottle pour, thanks Tim, whisky and coffee aroma... A little chocolate in the taste... This was very good and punches you in the mouth a bit! Wonderful!

3.8
oRos (1674) - sacramento, California, USA - FEB 3, 2014
Bottle shared by Marcus. Pours black with brownish head. Huge coffee taste. With some chocolate and roasted malt. Reminds me of a cup of black coffee.

3.9
northropfrye (3709) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 3, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2017 Dark body with brown foamy head, quickly fades, not a lot of lacing. The aroma is certainly intense, very very coffee and a touch of cocoa, perhaps a bit too one dimensional but nice. Taste is less coffee than the aroma, rich velvety, sweet with a nice roastiness. Didn’t get a lot of bourbon in this, maybe a touch in the aftertaste, but I think the roastiness is stronger than the sweet bourbon element you usually expect. Overall, it tastes great even if it doesn’t match expectations.

3.7
italarican (1606) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2014
Bottle shared at the Foothills Sexual Chocolate pre-release party. Fitting name, as it’s heavy heavy on the bourbon-dark chocolate blend. A slight pickle sting at the end.

4
marcus (10736) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Bottle from Best Damn Beer Shop. Pours dark brown with a rich tan head and a chocolate and treacle aroma. There is a rich smoked chocolate and coffee flavor with a nicely bitter finish. Very tasty.

3.8
akoeninger (775) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Dark brown with thin tan head. Huge coffee and espresso aroma. Coffee, alcohol, and roasted espresso. Definitely a big beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
budznsudz (584) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Pours dark with a tan head. Aroma is chocolate, whiskey, and peat. Taste is chocolate, whiskey, and an earthy smoke flavor. Really distinctive and delicious


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