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Big Bad Baptist - Epic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

1,926 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 1,926
Reviews: 329
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.45%
Wants: 295
Gots: 483 | 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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Reviews by Ryan011235:
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2.8/5  rDev -35.5%

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 10/30/11

Release #1

Pours a stained cherry brown and settle up rather dark with a one finger cap of sandy brown foam. The head drops quickly to a skimmed layer of foam and a large patch of bubbles shoved off to the side. Drippy lace hangs from a third of the glass. Swirling helps keep the head alive.

Dang, the coffee addition rules the roost as far as the aroma is concerned. If I didn't know better, I'd assume this was a spot of espresso. Swirling draws forth meager notes of sweet whiskey and a hint of charred oak. As it warms there are suggestions of vanilla, but I'm not getting anything from the cocoa nibs. It keeps reverting back to espresso throughout the whole glass. Overtones of booze as it warms further.

After taking a sip it seems this is, in fact, beer. Hey, off to a good start, right? That said, the flavor profile table is slanted and all the ingredients are tumbling about, longing for the floor. Things start off sweet, courtesy of chocolate tones and whiskey nips. The middle finds overtones of oak as things shift toward roasted coffee, which carries everything on down. Full on espresso lingers long on the floor. Tastes a bit harsher as it warms, which is kind of a surprise.

Fairly full bodied, but not overly viscous; kind of nimble as far as imperial stouts tend to go (though it does seem to bulk up a bit over time). Carbonation is higher than I prefer, but not inappropriate here, I guess. At least it's puffy instead of prickly. Though not entirely hidden, alcohol is largely masked; it tends to be warming and is most apparent on the floor.

As far as I'm concerned, this needs some serious clean-up. Namely, the coffee is out of control and needs to be reigned in. I hate to be the one to police the Hype Pipe © usage that seems is going on here, but this is far from an astounding barreled take on the style. Perhaps it might improve as the coffee fades, but, at this price point, I'm not likely to pick up a second bottle to find out.

Ryan011235, Oct 31, 2011
More User Reviews:
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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.

oberon, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of don1481
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.

don1481, Feb 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

DanGeo, Oct 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

tectactoe, Jan 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

OhioBobcat, Jan 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

jono0101, May 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Schlais, Jul 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

SanFranJake, Jul 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

BubalooBrewMaster, Jun 09, 2014
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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.

BeerAdvocate, May 02, 2012
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

Ben7773, Jan 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

supa0525, Jan 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

bulldogg915, Apr 03, 2013
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

oteixeira, Nov 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

gregmoscetti, Feb 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

DaftPatrick, Feb 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

warnerry, Dec 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Todd, Feb 22, 2014
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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.

Beaver13, Feb 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

77apm, Apr 13, 2014
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Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing Company
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