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Big Bad Baptist - Epic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

2,028 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,028
Reviews: 341
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.22%
Wants: 306
Gots: 496 | FT: 77
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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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

metalgdog, Dec 02, 2012
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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
Photo of oberon
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

#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.

Update 10-4-14: opened one of the release 27 bottles I was cellaring. So awesome. Even more dangerously sessionable than before. Just... wow. This puts Speedway Stout to shame. And I LOVE Speedway Stout.

I am so happy I still have another 23 and 27 in the cellar.

Review adjusted upwards slightly to reflect the 27 from the cellar.

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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4/5  rDev -7.8%

t2grogan, Oct 05, 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%

SkiBum22, Apr 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

BubalooBrewMaster, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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
Photo of Beaver13
3.48/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

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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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Callmecoon, Mar 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Britton, Feb 13, 2012
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Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 2,028 ratings.