Big Bad Baptist - Epic Brewing Company
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Reviews by Jeffo:
3.18/5 rDev -26.7%
Got this one from ScottO. Cheers for the trade man!
From a bomber into a snifter
Stout with cocoa nibs and coffee added and aged in whisky barrels
APPEARANCE: A clear black pour produces a 1+ finger, medium looking, fluffy tan head with very good retention. Black body with higher levels of carbonation for the style. Head eventually fades to a full film and ring and the carbonation calms quickly as well. A slight wisp and ring remain leaving some dots of lacing down the glass. Pretty good looking.
SMELL: Lots of coffee on the nose. Roasted and burnt coffee beans, espresso, sweet cream, caramel and toffee notes on the nose. Very coffee dominant, with burnt coffee beans and some light notes of sweet cream. Little to no cocoa or whisky barrels. One dimensional and not as advertised, but still a solid imperial coffee stout.
TASTE: Like the nose, lots of burnt coffee up front. Burnt and roasted black coffee beans with light sweet cream notes, then touches of caramel through the swallow. A big and bitter finish with notes of whisky and cocoa under an avalanche of bitter, black coffee beans and burnt espresso. Very roasted with lots of coffee bitterness that pretty much dominate any hints of whisky barrel or cocoa that might be there. Tasty for sure, but not really as advertised.
PALATE: Medium-full body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth with a scratch at the swallow and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Big with more than enough weight. Some bitter coffee lingers. Really good feel.
OVERALL: This is actually a really good coffee stout. As a BA cocoa and coffee stout it is definitely lacking, but as a coffee stout, it's great. The cocoa are way outplayed here and the whisky barrel aging is pretty minimal at best, but it's still really tasty and enjoyable. Take the scores with a grain of salt, as I'm reviewing to the label specification. This is a quality imperial coffee stout, nevertheless. Recommended.
02-05-2014 21:06:46 | More by Jeffo
More User Reviews:
4.28/5 rDev -1.4%
Poured into an imperial nonic pitch black with a one finger deep mocha colored head atop that stuck like glue to the glass,no light getting thru this even when held up to the light.Mocha java aromas really stick out,wow like a Starbucks mocha java no joke.Heavily roasted flavors with only light alcohol imparted sweetness,faint smokiness lingers,the chocolate flavors are there but dont lend much sweetness just cocoa flavor.Thick and lush in the feel,hey to me Epic makes really really good beers and this is true to form.
02-19-2012 22:48:51 | More by oberon
4.41/5 rDev +1.6%
#23 on tap at Stubbys MKE.
Poured into an Epic glass.
Appearance: pours dark, dark with a surprisingly lingering khaki head.
Smell: holy coffee notes, Batman. some chocolate, but this is definitely coffee. No booze notes to mention.
Taste: for something that's 11.5% the alcohol is well masked here. Neither the coffee nor the chocolate are overpowering. It's a pretty nice dance they're doing here.
Mouthfeel: Very clean. Not a strong aftertaste.
Overall: Dangerously sessionable. I have a bottle of this release aging at home. Very excited to see how this turns out.
02-27-2014 00:45:26 | More by don1481
4.35/5 rDev +0.2%
From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #58 (November 2011):
LOOK: Pitch black, impressive head
SMELL: Exotic coffee, dark chocolate, soft charcoal, burnt currants, vanilla, booze, wood
TASTE: Thick, syrupy, smooth, bitter char, wood, booze, espresso, cocoa powder, faint vanilla
This beer is a beast! Usually you don't see such grace and balance with bigger Stouts. From roasted, wood, booze and sweetness, it all comes together. Seriously, this one gives some of the more hyped Imperial Stouts something to think about. A true ticker, beer geek, hunter or whatever, should be seeking this brew out.
05-02-2012 03:40:55 | More by BeerAdvocate
3.48/5 rDev -19.8%
22oz bottle. Pours dark brown black with a smallish light brown head that goes to a thin film and leaves some lacing.
The aroma is sweet fudgy chocolate and a little coffee. Boozy bourbon comes out as it warms.
The flavor is sweet fudgy chocolate with a lot of roast to balance and some slightly acidic roasted coffee. As I drink more, the burnt, ashy, char roast dominates. Some vanilla and bourbon come out too. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and a little watery.
Overall, almost really good, but I end up thinking ashy cigarettes and day old coffee.
02-03-2012 07:10:07 | More by Beaver13
Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,894 ratings.