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RATINGS: 742   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03/5   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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3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - FEB 27, 2013
22oz bottle. Batch #8 (Sept. ’12 release). Poured into my brand new Hardywood snifter. This beer just hesitantly glugs out of the bottle. This is an über thick coal black beer. Sits in the glass nicely. A small mocha head rests atop. Great spotty lace left behind, reminding me of what was. The aroma just smacks of fresh coffee. Big roasted coffee bean scent, chocolate powder, some booze quality. Really a nice inviting aroma. Wonderful creamy feel that just envelopes the palate like a warm blanket. Subtle carbonation never forces itself. Smooth finish. This is one of the heavier beers I’ve had in quite some time. Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. Did I mention the coffee? This is one of the most potent coffee-forward beers I have ever had. This would wake up a dead man. Huge roasted flavors abound. Subtle sweetness of cocoa nibs and chocolate chips. Mild oak-like character gives it s a slight dry aftertaste. The whiskey isn’t as prominent as I expected. I had hoped for more of a bourbon kick, but with this batch, there is none. This sort of muddles out at the end, and just finishes with more coffee. I’m not sure what I think of this. I guess I expected a more balanced barreled beer, but this is a one-trick pony: a straight up coffee beer. I normally like that style, but this just seemed too much overkill. I don’t think I’d revisit this batch again. Glad I tried it, but holy crap was this rich.


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jmcs (1) - mostoles, SPAIN - JUL 12, 2017 does not count
Brutal!!!cada trago dado a esta cerveza era una experiencia a mi paladar.creo que puedo decir que es una de las mejores imperial stout que he probado(si no la mejor).si la podéis comprar y sois amantes como yo de este estilo de cerveza ¡¡¡NO LO DUDEIS!!!!!!DE CABEZA A COMPRAR ESTE AUTENTICO CERVEZOOOON!!!

3.8
GarrettB (1599) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 11, 2017
December 30th, 2014 - Ending our day at Epic Brewing is the Big Bad Baptist Imperial Stout, ordered and anticipated to be an explosive cap to the line of tasters. Dark and placid like a still lake at night, the aroma is filled with heavy coffee and cream, with odds and ends reminiscent of espresso. The taste is incredibly smooth and velvety, with coffee and chocolate notes snaking around on the soft mouthfeel. A little salt is present too, giving the chocolate a more Mexican chocolate type flavor, with I find very likable.

4
williamstome (1875) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 4, 2017
Black pour, brown head. Roasty coffee aroma with espresso and a bit of chocolate. Flavor has lots of chocolate and roast; delicious! Very rich and chewy mouthfeel.

3.6
yourilevesque (1829) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 28, 2017
Bouteille. Une bière énorme et peu subtile. À l’image de son nom faut croire. Robe molle et lourde, noire comme du goudron. Arômes robustes de réglisse noire, de malts torréfiés, de grains de café entiers et de fumée. Je peine à en déceler la moindre subtilité. De la vanille? Ah bon. En bouche le liquide est franchement aminci par cette barrique de whiskey qui affirme sa présence avec autorité. La vanille me semble provenir de la barrique plutôt que d’une gousse de vanille ajoutée. Plutôt dure à boire, cette bière est loin d’être mauvaise, simplement sans subtilité.

4.6
imperial_suchy (212) - 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 owoców, goryczka na finiszu. Po przełknięciu pojawia się w ustach smak mokrej beczki i whiskey. Podsumowując to piwo jest MEGA! Jeden z lepszych imperialnych stoutów jakie piłem.

4.2
Torrefacto (1675) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAY 13, 2017
Chocolate, galleta, fruto negro, bizcocho, nueces, es un brownie líquido. En boca se añade un sabor licoroso con un final tostado.

4.1
SinH4 (4794) - Garching b. München, 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.

4.1
anstei (2247) - 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!

3.7
fiery_1 (1008) - 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.

3.5
Tognetta (951) - São Paulo, BRAZIL - APR 29, 2017
#80 Negra de espuma marrom de média formação e persistência. No aroma café verde sobressai sobre o Bourbon e amadeirado, álcool bem evidente, faltou equilíbrio. No paladar mais café mas agora de média torrefação, médio dulçor e leve acidez. Licorosa, média carbonatação. Final fica mais balanceado com uma boa mistura de café verde com torrado, Bourbon continua no segundo plano adicionando complexidade.


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