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RATINGS: 742   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03/5   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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4.9
SPDickerman (1239) - Texas, USA - JUN 12, 2016
Pours pitch black with a small brown foam. Smells strongly of coffee and chocolate. Taste is dry chocolate and roasted coffee. Full-bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Epic Big Bad Baptist finishes with a lingering roasty dryness.

4.8
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 10, 2011
THOUGHTS: Wow. Just an incredible beer. Nearly perfect. Definitely one of the best aromas from a beer I’ve ever smelled. Hid alcohol incredibly well until the finish It had a lot of things going on, but the coffee was the real star. All I can say is that is smelled and tasted like freshly crushed coffee beans. I could have sniffed this all day long. It also went great with a Dutch chocolate muffin. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a dark brown that was basically opaque black in the glass with an small, tan head that mostly diminished and left fair to good lacing. The aroma had tons of coffee. There was heavy strong coffee; less dark chocolate; a little burnt malt; hints of whiskey that increased as it warmed; vanilla; cigar tobacco; freshly crushed coffee beans; coffee with cream and sugar; and light alcohol. The initial flavor was light to moderately sweet; while the finish was heavily sweet, lightly bitter, slightly acidic and ever so slightly sour. It was like chewing on coffee beans. There was very strong-brewed coffee, crushed coffee beans, Hershey’s Special Dark, chocolate syrup, hints of vanilla, coffee with cream and sugar, a little whiskey that grew as it warmed, a little burnt malt, a little sour coffee and dark fruit, and dark chocolate cherry cordials. There was something a little funny in the finish and it did become slightly cloying by the end. The medium to full body was rather oily with soft, but tingly carbonation and a moderately alcoholic and lightly astringent finish.

4.8
nqbeer (1) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 31, 2012 does not count
Great Beer!!! Was not expecting how smooth, but thick the beer would roll across my palate. Nice tight beeds of carbonation. This is a party of melo- exploding flavor in your mouth. If you like RIS’s then get some. Amazing

4.8
FoCoBeerNut (1) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 14, 2012 does not count
Release #9... I have had this beer both on tap and from the bottle and have to say it’s incredible. Initial aroma is that of chocolate but once you take it in a bit more it becomes more and more coffee like. I have a few aging and will respond 10 months when I think it’s ready.

4.8
chef_brewardee (28) - Colorado, USA - JAN 25, 2013
Aroma of chocolate, coffee, roasted barley and chocolate malts. Appears very very dark brown, black with a quarter inch deep dark brown head, Very sticky. Tastes of coffee,chocolate, dark roasty malts. Very thick syrupy mouth feel. I enjoyed this one a lot. Very nice long sipper for the cold months. the coffee give a little caffeine buzz. Mmm tasty

4.8
Someguy1_8t (7) - Woodland Hills, California, USA - JAN 27, 2013 does not count
Aroma - Strong coffee aroma! Aroma of wet oak, or wood grilling planks. Probably due to the whiskey barrel aging. You. Can smell this aroma from a close distance. Slight sweet vanilla and chocolate aroma. Hint of malt and booze. Taste - Taste of roasted coffee and chocolate as well as oak. Taste of sweet malt and booze. Overall- Great! Beer. I haver never had a stout like this.

4.8
Crompt (122) - York, South Carolina, USA - MAR 17, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2014 Release #8. I’ve had many coffee stouts and many bourbon stouts but never have i had a whiskey barrel coffee stout. Smells amazing! Coffee and a hint of whiskey. This is almost a perfect stout for my flavor profile. Heavy on the coffee with a little hint of chocolate from the cocoa nibs and a nice smooth whiskey flavor on the back end. I could drink this whole bottle in 10 minutes it is so smooth and I’m shocked it is 12.5% ABV. Get this if you see it, you won’t regret it!

4.8
fattybladdy (628) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - APR 8, 2013
Deuce to pint, release #10. Cracked this bad boy open to enjoy during the NCAA championship. Appearance is jet black and rather thick, slight tan head. Aroma is quite pleasant, roasted coffee. Taste is coffee to the max, bitter and dark, with some dark chocolate and a slight whiskey kick. Hard to find any flaws in this one...maybe a little biased as a coffee buff, but this beer was amazing.

4.8
koleminer20 (3599) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 12, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2014 22 oz bomber. Release #17. 12% ABV. The pour is a nice black, thick, with a decent mocha colored head. The nose is beautiful. Very heavy on coffee with some hints cocoa, and some smokiness and woody notes with an ever so light hint of bourbon. The taste is a little opposite. It’s got heavy cocoa in the immediate taste. And the coffee almost tastes like more of an espresso with the little bit of whiskey on the late aftertaste. This is a pretty incredible stout. The aftertaste just lingers and lingers beautifully. (Original rating, 4.6, was based on Release #11, 11% ABV) ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.8
ebone1988 (1931) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Aroma is bourbon, chocolate, marshmallow, coffee, some booze. Appearance is black, with a tan head. Taste is bourbon forward, coffee bitterness, chocolate, marshmallow. Yum. Mouthfeel is perfect, soft carbonation, nice. Overall, this is real lovely.


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