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RATINGS: 746   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 381   ABV: 12.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.1
MaltOne (412) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 19, 2018
Massive, complex. Aroma is dark roasted malts and dried candied fruit. Pours opaque brown black with a dark foamy head. Flavor is roasted malts, dried fruit compote, chocolate, spice notes – it’s a festival. Palate has a wine character (barley wine). Overall this is great stuff… and its just the base for their special edition stouts.

4.2
DocLock (11189) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2018
Bomber from Smith's. Pours fizzy black with tan head. Nose is oaky bourbon, dark malt, coffee, vanilla. Tastes rich, velvety, with dark malt, molasses, coffee, chocolate, oak, bourbon, black peppery notes, tobacco, leather. This beer is to beer what the Oliva Series V Marudo is to cigars. Rich, complex, assertive, spicy, and for aficionados only.

4
ttutony (949) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2018
Nearly black in color with a tan head. Really nice coffee aroma. Fairly bitter dark chocolate flavors. Lingering cocoa finish. A touch of alcohol burn.

4.4
Biroholik (1644) - Sosnowiec, Poland, POLAND - JAN 10, 2018
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2018 Imperial Stout With Cacao Nibs And Coffee Added And Aged In Whiskey Barrels.
Alkohol: 11.9% obj.
Realese: #038
Kolor: Czarny jak otchłań piekła. Brak jakichkolwiek prześwitów.
Piana: Idealna! Nie mogę się na nią napatrzyć. Ma taką idealną strukturę. Setki mikroskopijnych pęcherzyków powietrza stojących na baczność jak żołnierze podczas porannej musztry. Przechylasz szkło, a piana wcale nie zamierza się odkleić od jego ścianek. Na krawędziach przepiękne malunki niczym najlepsze dzieła Pablo Picasso.
Zapach: Kosmiczny aromat! Świeżo prażone ziarna dobrego gatunku kawy, mleczna czekolada, truffle, kapka lukrecji i dużo ziaren kakaowca. Brak nut palonych. Po większym ogrzaniu wchodzą na salony nuty wanilii, drewna i beczki po whiskey. Aromat jest przeszywający swoją mocą i stężeniem. Słodki, przenikliwy - spełnia moje marzenia o idealnym RIS-ie.
Smak: Smak przejrzysty, głęboki i cholernie intensywny. Zdecydowanie przodują słodowe detale. Ogromna ilość ziaren kakaowca, przepyszna, średnio palona, aromatyczna kawa, a następnie cała moc mlecznej czekolady. Doskonale wyeksponowana beczka po whisky. Odrobina nut wanilii i drewna wpleciona w słodową, stoutową bazę. Początkowy słodki, wyklejający profil zmierza w stronę umiarkowanie palonego (od kawy) finiszu. Trunek ma gęstą i kremową teksturę. Procenty zostały umiejętnie zatuszowane. Big Bad Baptist bezbłędnie wpasowuje się w gusta.
Wysycenie: Minimalne.
Podsumowanie:
Genialny trunek! Głównie za sprawą wyraźnych i intensywnych dodatków: ziaren kakaowca i kawy. Dla podkreślenia jeszcze bardziej wyrazistego smaku beczka po whiskey nadała ma mu odpowiedniego charakteru. Nic dodać, nic ująć. Warto było poczekać, aby go wreszcie zdobyć xd

3.3
IPAMeister7 (76) - - JAN 7, 2018
We had this at your school in January 2018 I did not care for it because there was way too much coffee flavor more of a dark roast coffee ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
tightslice (1527) - Redwood City, California, USA - DEC 31, 2017
Bottle from Total Wine in Mountain View, CA. Batch #_. Aroma is dark chocolate, vanilla, mild whiskey. Taste is tangy dark chocolate with some vanilla, maybe some coffee liqueur and a whiskey booze on the finish. Pretty straightforward and expected flavors for this one (which is what I was looking for). Another year in the books.

3.9
vyvvy (6835) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 30, 2017
It pours deep brown with a tan head. The aroma had big roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla and caramel. It has a full body with modest light carbonation. The taste has lots of nibs, caramel and sweetness along with smooth roast and light coffee. Solid.

3.9
jmgreenuk (10343) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - DEC 1, 2017
Bottle shared with the KL tasting crew. Poured a clear dark brown with a frothy short-lived tan head. The aroma is big toasty malt, liquorice, dark chocolate, molasses, dry coffee. The flavour is moderate sweet, liquorice bitter with a dry malt, smooth, rich, oily, liquorice, alcoholic bitter palate. Medium to full bodied with flat carbonation.

3.9
Scipio (1273) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2017
Pours black with a thin, dark tan head. There is a huge boozy aroma here, while after that is chocolate, licorice, and some mild coffee. The taste is lightly sweet and pretty dry. Plenty of whiskey is found which is now complemented equally by vanilla. Lesser flavors are chocolate, coffee, and licorice. The chocolate comes most at the end. Full bodied, with a thick texture, and soft in carbonation. You get a good alcohol burn upon sipping this one, and the effects are swiftly felt. Very good as long as you don't mind the overall booziness of this one.

3
dzudohonor (338) - POLAND - NOV 29, 2017
Prosty aromat słodowy, fajne kakao, troszku kawy, wanilii i czekolady. Smak: cienkie, palone, wytrawne, goryczkowe, bez ciała. Słabe


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