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Big Bad Baptist - Epic Brewing Company

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1,870 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,870
Reviews: 328
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.45%
Wants: 287
Gots: 485 | FT: 75
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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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.

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I bought this a few years ago... maybe a year and a half. I was looking to have it over the holidays but it ended up not happening and then I had kind of forgot it in the stash. And now, it rises.

I know I bought it in Fort Collins.

Appearance is quite nice in the glass. It pours with a deep brown tone but when it collects it is a near black with a very tiny bit of a cream and coffee tone head. The look is more than promising. I like the black shade.

The smell is of sharp roasted coffee. The booze is hardly noticeable, keep in mind my bottle has been sitting for awhile. I get a touch of bitter chocolate, just a slight tint of vanilla and whiskey. It has a sweet hint to it, maybe a bit of brown sugar to the nose.

The taste is rich with coffee blended with a bit of whisky. This is like the best coffee and whisky in the morning possibility. The coffee really takes off and hangs on to the very end and lingers in the mouth. The whisky fluctuates with the sweetness that lands in vanilla, charred caramel, and brown sugar notes. It is a bit piney. I get some exceptionally dry dark chocolate tones toward the end that die out and head back quickly to the coffee and touches of whisky and booze.

Mouthfeel is oily and slick. Quite drinkable with a bitter and punch of a dry finish that begs for another sip each time. I was very surprised by how exceptionally good this was for the modest price. $9 or so, I mean... you can't complain at all. It is a magnificent deal and a very good Imperial Stout for that.

Overall. Price was more than right. My only comment is that I felt the whisky taste was a bit lower than I would like... but I like a boisterous amount of whisky with my imperial stout. This is pretty well cut across the board other than the coffee taking the spotlight. Not to heavy not to continue drinking and enjoying, which is great. I would buy this again, hands down, to really break the craving for a solid imperial stout. Apparently ages just fine, too. It may have lost some of the cocoa nib... but it is still excellent.

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Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing Company
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