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RATINGS: 732   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 381   ABV: 12.7%
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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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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 ber 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 Ive 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 isnt 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. Im 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 dont think Id revisit this batch again. Glad I tried it, but holy crap was this rich.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Franckg (1540) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zymurgeist2 (2149) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerdedone (3372) - 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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlazerT (988) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
LinusStick (3399) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2017
This was an awesome bourbon barrel imperial stout. Aroma was awesome. Strong chocolate and milk smells. Pour was a nice deep dark brown/near black with a thin tan film for a head. Taste was fantastic. One of the most balanced bourbon barrel aged beers Ive ever had. Chocolate milk, sweet milk chocolate and just small hints of vanilla. The bourbon doesnt overpower in this beer; it accentuates it. Creates a sweet, woody and bourbon finish. Medium carbonation. This was a great beer

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (13548) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 17, 2017
A deep dark imperial stout with a thin brown head. In aroma, sweet chocolate malt with loads of coffee grind, musty character, light vanilla, alcohol warmth, very nice. In mouth, a nice sweet chocolate malt with loads of coffee, licorice notes, vanilla, alcohol warmth, very nice and pleasing. Bottle at Hugue and Alex tasting.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tryemallonce (23) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 14, 2017
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2017 Great Imperial Stout. The name is very revealing. Its big and its bad, in a very good way. Not sure about the baptist. If you like barrel aged imperial stouts, this one is right up there. Like how they give you the release # and the abv on each bottle. You can go to their web site and look up that specific release. Mine was 3 years old when I opened it and it was fantastic.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kryon (3172) - Hsselby, SWEDEN - MAR 14, 2017
Pours black with low tanned head Aromas of coffee, roasted malts, cocoa, brown sugar, caramel, light whiskey notes Taste has creamy notes of coffee, chocolate, whiskey, brown sugar, hints of alcohol, hints of liqourize

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yngwie (16882) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 11, 2017
Bottle, 22oz, shared by bergstaden. A black beer with a dense light tan head. The aroma has lots of coffee and alcohol, with cocoa, coconut and roasted malts. Dark sugars. Some burnt hints. Its full-bodied, warming and smooth on the palate, with flavors of cocoa, coconut, roasted malts and some burnt malts and dark sugar. Lasting finish, sure on the sweet side, with roasted malts, a burnt touch and cocoa, coconut and a licorice touch. Sure a delicious one, complex, rather difficult to describe, but delicious. 170311

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Geokkjer (7570) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 11, 2017
Bottle, courtesy of bergstaden. Pours black with an off-white head. Aroma of coffee, hay, some roasted notes, charcoal, chocolate and bourbon. Flavor is sweet and malty with some caramel, coffee, chocolate, warming alcohol and coco. Medium body, average carbonation.


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