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Big Bad Baptist - Epic Brewing Company

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1,885 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,885
Reviews: 328
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.45%
Wants: 289
Gots: 486 | FT: 76
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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portia99

Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +4.4%

22oz bottle (release #3, 11.4% ABV) courtesy of hoppymcgee. Thanks again Greg! Poured into a Brooklyn snifter.

A - Pours an almost pitch black color that is quite opaque in the glass. A finger of dense, dark brown head lingers for a minute or two and falls slowly to the surface leaving a foamy collar and some lacing on the glass.

S - From a distance to the glass, my first impression is a chocolate donut. Closer inspection changes this and reveals much more. Serious coffee which smells great, dark chocolate, faint hints of whiskey, a bit of char, lots of dark roasted malt. Actually reminds me quite a bit to a KBS. I hope this tastes as good as it smells.

T - Coffee is still front and center in the flavor but perhaps is second in intensity behind a prominent charcoal and burnt toast aspect. Cocoa nibs come thru nicely especially towards the finish. Barrel is extremely subtle but definitely adds a layer of nuance. Doesn't quite stand up to KBS or its own aroma, but this is really, really good.

M - Medium bodied with a lower level carbonation that is a touch tingly...or is that the whiskey? If it is the whiskey it is really the only evidence of the spirit in the mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden, no heat at all, flavor contribution is subtle but complementary. Maybe the weakest aspect of this beer, but that is a bit nit-picky and definitely speaks to how good the other aspects of this stout are.

O - Very glad Greg suggested this one to me...honestly hadn't heard of it at the time and had to look it up. This is one of the better imperial stouts I've had recently...really like the powerful coffee flavors, subtle barrel treatment, amazing aroma. Would really like to get another bottle of this one somewhere down the road.

06-09-2012 23:15:13 | More by portia99
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oberon

North Carolina

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
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don1481

Wisconsin

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
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DanGeo

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

10-15-2013 22:42:50 | More by DanGeo
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tectactoe

Michigan

4/5  rDev -7.8%

01-13-2014 14:01:04 | More by tectactoe
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OhioBobcat

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

01-25-2014 13:35:47 | More by OhioBobcat
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jono0101

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

05-05-2014 04:15:02 | More by jono0101
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Schlais

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -7.8%

07-26-2014 04:19:46 | More by Schlais
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SanFranJake

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

07-14-2013 02:43:07 | More by SanFranJake
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SkiBum22

New York

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

04-13-2014 04:24:24 | More by SkiBum22
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BubalooBrewMaster

Nevada

3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

06-09-2014 04:29:56 | More by BubalooBrewMaster
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

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
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Ben7773

Texas

5/5  rDev +15.2%

01-10-2014 07:10:05 | More by Ben7773
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supa0525

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

01-26-2014 06:18:08 | More by supa0525
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bulldogg915

Wyoming

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

04-03-2013 14:51:04 | More by bulldogg915
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oteixeira

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +15.2%

11-29-2012 22:24:25 | More by oteixeira
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gregmoscetti

California

4/5  rDev -7.8%

02-28-2012 06:36:29 | More by gregmoscetti
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DaftPatrick

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

02-28-2014 20:37:01 | More by DaftPatrick
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warnerry

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

12-02-2013 02:08:02 | More by warnerry
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Todd

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

02-22-2014 22:01:04 | More by Todd
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Beaver13

Colorado

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
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Callmecoon

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

03-22-2012 00:34:48 | More by Callmecoon
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Britton

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

02-13-2012 15:16:08 | More by Britton
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mverity

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

06-03-2014 19:02:16 | More by mverity
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77apm

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

04-13-2014 05:52:03 | More by 77apm
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Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,885 ratings.