RATINGS: 738   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 381   ABV: 12.7%
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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
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! Its 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 its really great to see such a coffee-heavy beer simultaneously be a little more subdued while its kicking you in the mouth. The finish is vanilla, chocolate, lighter bitterness, and even lighter bourbon. If I didnt know better, I would absolutely not guess this was anything close to 12%; I honestly dont detect alcohol in this at all, but having drank half the bottle I can feel that its there. Medium-full to full body, almost silky but just a tad too bubbly to say that. Really nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
imperial_suchy (187) - Rybnik, POLAND - MAY 26, 2017
Piwo koloru czarnego z jasno beżową szybko opadającą pianą. W aromacie potężna kawa, gorzka czekolada, praliny, wanilia, kakaowe ciasto nasączone likierem, gdzieś z tyłu przemykają nuty mokrego drewna i whiskey. Zapach jest bogaty. W smaku kawa, gorzka czekolada, kakaowe ciastka, wanilia, delikatny posmak suszonych owocw, goryczka na finiszu. Po przełknięciu pojawia się w ustach smak mokrej beczki i whiskey. Podsumowując to piwo jest MEGA! Jeden z lepszych imperialnych stoutw jakie piłem.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Torrefacto (1654) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAY 13, 2017
Chocolate, galleta, fruto negro, bizcocho, nueces, es un brownie lquido. En boca se aade un sabor licoroso con un final tostado.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SinH4 (4584) - Garching b. Mnchen, GERMANY - MAY 3, 2017
Bottle, many thanks Max! Black color with beige head. Aroma is bell peppers, espresso, black chocolate. Taste is the same, but a bit chalky and spicy as well. Fine-bubbled carbonation, silky mouthfeel. Very nice, but the flavour does not hold up to the aroma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anstei (2140) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - MAY 3, 2017
Bottle. Pours black with a beige head. Aroma is strong coffee, green peppers, chalk. Body is heavy, strongly bitter, intense coffee. Almost a bit dusty. Soft carbonation and smooth texture. Boozy, long palate. Very good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiery_1 (888) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 29, 2017
650ml bottle @ the office. Release #73 Blue Copper 12.7%
Pours opaque dark brown with no head. Nose is molasses and sweet cocoa. Flavour has a fair amount lot of coffee with a subtle hint of chocolate. It drinks a bit thin with a slight boozyness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tognetta (951) - So Paulo, BRAZIL - APR 29, 2017
#80 Negra de espuma marrom de mdia formao e persistncia. No aroma caf verde sobressai sobre o Bourbon e amadeirado, lcool bem evidente, faltou equilbrio. No paladar mais caf mas agora de mdia torrefao, mdio dulor e leve acidez. Licorosa, mdia carbonatao. Final fica mais balanceado com uma boa mistura de caf verde com torrado, Bourbon continua no segundo plano adicionando complexidade.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Franckg (1584) - Trois-Rivires, Quebec, CANADA - APR 20, 2017
UPDATED: APR 20, 2017 Bouteille, release #69. Merci Alex pour le share! Robe brune pratiquement opaque avec un col de mousse beige et laiteux. Armes de malt torrfi, grains de caf, chocolat au lait, branche de bois dur, anis, crme la vanille. En bouche, got de chocolat noir et de whisky sucr qui transite tranquillement vers des saveurs de caf-crme, de bois et un lger ct pic venant de lalcool, en passant par des saveurs de vanille. Superbe agencement des saveurs qui se dveloppent dailleurs lune aprs lautre. Belle texture onctueuse et lisse, corps bien rond.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zymurgeist2 (2166) - Redwood City, California, USA - APR 2, 2017
Tap at Harrys Hofbrau in Redwood City. Massively complex and layered. Dark chocolate, coffee, and dark fruit. So tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerdedone (3381) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2017
Bottle. Pours black with a one finger brown head that lingers and left good lacing. Aroma of coffee, bourbon, chocolate and vanilla. Flavor of dark chocolate, coffee, bourbon, vanilla and wood. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlazerT (1052) - Sosnowiec, POLAND - MAR 19, 2017
Bottle. Sensoric. Pitch black with light brown, moderate head. Good head retention and lacing. Moderate roasted aroma - milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, oaky. The barrel notes are not so intense, but still quite up-front. Medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation. In overall good brew, well ABV hidden, bourbon notes are on moderate level and not very annoying. Malty backbone is nice, should be a little more thick, but still good one. Solid 4.0.

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