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RATINGS: 717   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 381   ABV: 12.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ekoerper (599) - Iowa, USA - MAR 18, 2012
Aroma: lots of fresh coffee, roast malts, chocolate, slightly ashy, nice touch of bourbon. Pours black, mostly opaque, nice brown head with great retention, leaves some lacing. Flavor follows the nose - chocolate and espresso, hints of vanilla and oak, dark roast malts, caramel, robust bitterness to balance the malts, pleasant bourbon notes, alcohol is pretty well hidden. Full body, medium carbonation. Really enjoyed this brew.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
robertjm (876) - Albany, California, USA - MAR 23, 2012
(trade w/Douglas88) Release #2 - Frothy tan head. About one finger. Lasted a bit till it died. Wonderful bitter chocolate aroma. Black body. REALLY thick body. Flavors of black coffee, chocolate and molasses. Big coffee bitterness that lingers on the palate. Big of warming on the tongue a minute, or so, after drinking. Pretty intense brew! If I were to try and improve it, I guess Id wish it had a bit more residual sweetness.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
brokensail (16328) - Dublin, California, USA - APR 14, 2012
The beer pours black in color with a finger of tan head. There is a huge coffee aroma to this. Quite a bit of oak with just a mild vanilla note. Some nice bourbon to go with roasted malt and brown sugar. The flavor has a touch of licorice and molasses to go with vanilla, bourbon, and chocolate. Really solid mouthfeel as well.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Garlic_of_Doom (636) - SWEDEN - NOV 9, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 Bottle from Dennis, thanks! batch #8 Pours black with a dark brown head, rests down and clings to the glasss edges. Aroma has dark chocolate, coffee, bourbon, roasted malt and slight smoke. Taste has dark chocolate, loads of very roasted malt, sweet notes, slight alcohol and a slight tart note. Full body, medium carbonation. Dry, bitter after taste. Batch #17, also from Dennis. Aroma has so much more dark chocolate and freshly ground coffee than batch #8! Taste is also more chocolate focused. Even better than last time.
Solid BA stout!.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
demmbonz (732) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 28, 2013
Bomber to snifter. Absolutely delicious. Dark pour with coffee and booze in the aroma. Huge chocolate flavor. More chocolate milky sweetness than coffee. Awesome whiskey bite. Love this.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RespertFTW (521) - Michigan, USA - DEC 8, 2013
Bottle. Dark black pour with small khaki head. Didnt taste much whiskey at all. Very nice and heavy coffee notes. Great body. Not what I was expecting but a very nice beer.

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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 14, 2013
Release 23. Pours to a deep brown body with a deep brown head. The aroma is mocha. Lots of deep chocolate and coffee. The palate is rich but easy drinking. Not lingering.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheHOFF43 (2047) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2013
Bottle by myself. Pours black with tan colored head. Aroma is amazing. Coffee and chocolate overwhelm my senses, just outstanding. Flavor is strong bourbon, lots of barrel but as it warms the coffee comes through nicely. Bitter chocolate compliments the coffee and bourbon. Really smooth, very drinkable.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
andrewje41 (3361) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2014
#16. Very dark pour, very strong aroma. Very flavorful. Mostly coffee bean flavors with a lot chocolate too. Alcohol very well hidden. Very tasty beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tom10101 (5743) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 7, 2014
Bottle (22 oz). Release #15. From a surprise box sent by kbudd19, thanks a lot! Pitch black with a medium beige head and some lacing. Aroma is intense with lots of coffee, roasted malt, and bourbon along caramel, vanilla, alcohol, chocolate and oak. Taste is moderately sweet (not cloying) and moderately to heavily roasted with bourbon, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, wood and a roasted bitter finish. Warming alcohol. Full bodied. Medium carbonation. Mouthfeel is viscous and sirupy, but also quite fluffy. A tad harsh, but quite complex and really tasty. Amazing sipper!


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