Big Bad Baptist - Epic Brewing Co.
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4.11/5 rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
With Epic recently beginning distribution to Wisconsin, this was my first taste of one of their beers. With winter starting to wind down, I decided I wanted one last big, boozy stout before moving onto lighter beers in the spring. This one did not disappoint.
The coffee was fairly prominent in both the smell and the taste. I was hoping to get a little more of the barrel aged taste but it was pretty well muted in the background. There was a nice sweetness that followed the coffee. I drank an entire bomber of this on my own but I think normally this would be a good one to share as it was pretty heavy.
Also, I really like how Epic has information on their website for each individual batch of beer they do for some of their bigger beers. A nice touch for the beer geeks out there!
Serving type: bottle
03-12-2014 02:40:49 | More by mjpolzin
4.53/5 rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from the bomber into a snifter.
Pours aggressively without me even trying and produces a fizziness that forms into a finger and a half, dark khaki-colored head. There's a considerable amount of carbonation visible and that forms little colonies on the sides of the glass, creating the phenomenon in which this otherwise pitch black liquid appears lighter. A thin lace eventually settles over the beer.
Even as I cracked the bottle, the strong dark coffee aroma was prominent. Vanilla and caramel hit my nose when I take a whiff and combine with the coffee to suggest a mocha or other coffee concoction. The coffee aroma is more suggestive of beans than the liquid product, the smell is so intensely robust and potent. I also get dark chocolate as well, like a pure bar. This beer is impressive on the nose alone.
Oh my, this is killer. The whiskey adds a subtle spice, smoke and peat, without hijacking the beer or its other tastes. Dark chocolate, vanilla, and coffee swirl around, suggesting a vanilla coffee then a mocha, as if the two drinks were poured together. And much like a combination of those two drinks, this beer is both creamy and smooth, yet still feels burly and big.
I'd consider this beer almost perfect, but the one thing I have to slightly ding it for is a hint of odd, almost plasticky flavor I get with the lingering whisky. I think it's just a characteristic of the whisky doing something funny and it is only mildly noticeable, but without that, I think I'd give this a 5 in taste and mouthfeel.
Serving type: bottle
03-12-2014 02:33:45 | More by ONovoMexicano
4.65/5 rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Served on tap at the brewery in Denver. Pours a pitch black with viscous apperance and dark brown head. The nose is amazing, freshly brewed bold coffee is oozing with light notes of whiskey and roasted malts in the background. Vanilla and chocolate are also present. Taste matches the nose. Coffee up front, smooth notes of vanilla and chocolate with mild whiskey at the end. The barrel aged character is well integrated with the base beer. Mouthfeel is silky smooth with mild carbonation. Overall, this is an under the radar beer for sure. It can be found on shelves pretty easily, but the taste is right up there with many of the beers that never see the light of a shelf.
Serving type: on-tap
03-10-2014 22:40:15 | More by homebrew311
4.34/5 rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
On tap at Mason Lounge. This is a humongous beer. The aroma is all coffee. As is the flavor in the mouth. A booziness combines with the roasted malt to create a delicious coffee cocktail. Coffee and sugar sweetness, shading into unsweetened cocoa territory on the finish. Full body.
I should revisit this another time when I'm less drunk. But tonight there's something not quite great about this, though. Should compare this to Lagunitas Capuccino Stout...
Serving type: on-tap
03-09-2014 16:28:01 | More by martyl1000
Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing Co.
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