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Big Bad Baptist - Epic Brewing Company

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96
world-class

1,951 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,951
Reviews: 331
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.22%
Wants: 295
Gots: 488 | FT: 78
Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
One Big Bad Imperial Stout with Cocoa nibs and Coffee nibs.

 http://www.epicbrewing.com/the-bee ... rial-stout 

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 09-30-2011)
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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Received this as an extra in trade with BA BrettHead. Enjoyed out of a 22 oz brown bomber with a production date of October 2013. Poured into an oversized 33 oz snifter.

Appearance (4.0) - Pours a rich, dark brown that pretty much comes across as black. Holding it up to the light reveals some shades of charred wood brown, but it's not very capable of letting light through at all. Atop the body sits a half to three-quarters finger of mocha colored foam that provides a blanket of head with just a few places where a larger bubble has burst, revealing the dark liquid beneath. Retention is moderate and before long, that blanket has turned into an intermittently dispersed film. Lacing is almost nonexistent, save for a few speckles on the sides of the glass as I drink it down.

Smell (4.0) - I'm a bit surprised at how well the coffee continues to power through 10 months later. I've never had this fresh, so I don't know how aggressive it is normally, but to me, there is just a really nice amount of the roasty brew infused into this beer. French roast and bittersweet chocolate interplay up front, and there is a hint of oak and whiskey hidden behind the pleasant bitterness from the coffee/cacao.

Taste (4.0) - Here, the coffee seems to have succumbed to the extended time period, but what's left is a nice roasted highlight to the roasted grains and malts contained therein. At this point, it hits the palate with the essence of coffee, rather than being a straight-up assault of arabica. This allows the bittersweet and chocolatey goodness of the nibs to shine, providing a nice sweet counterpoint to the more astringent elements of the barrel, with notes of whiskey, vanilla and wood.

Mouthfeel (3.75) - Medium-to-full bodied, with moderate-to-low carbonation. It's a bit thin, but not unpleasantly so, and that is to be expected from barrel-aged beers, I suppose. There is a lingering but pleasant bitterness on the palate after the beer is long gone. Makes for a great digestif.

Overall (4.0), a really nice barrel-aged beer. I'm happy to have been able to try this one, but since it's ultimately no easier for me to get than any of my favorite, hard-to-acquire barrel-aged imperial stouts, I'm not likely to have it much moving forward. At the very least, it has me curious to try some of Epic's other offerings, as this was my first.

LambicPentameter, Sep 18, 2014
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4.16/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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Photo of angelmonster
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black body with a one finger chocolate head. Head retention is average and lacing is pretty good.

Smell is of sweet, dark chocolate. Coffee and alcohol are pretty light. Burnt malts and dark chocolate really dominate smells.

Taste is a mix of sweet chocolate malts, bitter coffee, finishes with a slight boozy burn. Very bold flavors with an alcohol kick.

Mouthfeel is full bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Silky smooth going down, lack of head doesn't affect the feel as much as I'd expect.

Overall this beer was pretty tasty. Good amount of chocolate, hint of coffee and alcohol. Not exactly session able but great for a special occasion.

angelmonster, Sep 22, 2014
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Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,951 ratings.