Big Bad Baptist - Epic Brewing Company
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2.68/5 rDev -38.2%
1593rd Review on BA
Bottle to Woodshop snifter
Purchased at Total Wine Brea for $10.99
App- A really great looking stout in the glass. It was a very deep brown. Bordered on black and very dense in the center and even the edges stay black. A good 1" tan head that faded to a small ring. Couple dots of cling.
Smell- Well it completely loses me here. Pure pressed coffee thats already been brewed with a big malt backbone. Large bitter.
Taste- Pure over brewed and roasted coffee. I get nothing but coffee and bit roast.
Mouth- A thin medium body with a thin carbonation. Way too much coffee. Just not a great flavor.
Drink- Just a bad beer. Wont come back.
10-30-2012 02:20:50 | More by FosterJM
2.8/5 rDev -35.5%
Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 10/30/11
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.
10-31-2011 02:23:43 | More by Ryan011235
3.16/5 rDev -27.2%
Poured from a 22oz bomber into the trusty new belgium globe.
Pours a black body with a tan, almost caramel colored head. Good retention, sticks around for a bit and recedes into a 1/4 in layer of creamy goodness. Smells like coffee grounds in the garbage. Getting some rotten vegetables on the nose too, seriously. This smells like a trashcan in a coffee shop. Taste is pretty good, getting the coffee, dark malts, toffee, chocolate, but that damned rotten vegetable composted coffee smell permeates the experience. Mouthfeel is good, consistant with an imperial stout. Overall I feel cheated. I'm not sure if I got a bad bottle or what. Flavors were spot on, but the smell was pretty horrible. For now my rating stays, but I want to revist this in hopes it was some sort of terrible mistake...
10-12-2013 12:43:00 | More by SFACRKnight
3.18/5 rDev -26.7%
Got this one from ScottO. Cheers for the trade man!
From a bomber into a snifter
Stout with cocoa nibs and coffee added and aged in whisky barrels
APPEARANCE: A clear black pour produces a 1+ finger, medium looking, fluffy tan head with very good retention. Black body with higher levels of carbonation for the style. Head eventually fades to a full film and ring and the carbonation calms quickly as well. A slight wisp and ring remain leaving some dots of lacing down the glass. Pretty good looking.
SMELL: Lots of coffee on the nose. Roasted and burnt coffee beans, espresso, sweet cream, caramel and toffee notes on the nose. Very coffee dominant, with burnt coffee beans and some light notes of sweet cream. Little to no cocoa or whisky barrels. One dimensional and not as advertised, but still a solid imperial coffee stout.
TASTE: Like the nose, lots of burnt coffee up front. Burnt and roasted black coffee beans with light sweet cream notes, then touches of caramel through the swallow. A big and bitter finish with notes of whisky and cocoa under an avalanche of bitter, black coffee beans and burnt espresso. Very roasted with lots of coffee bitterness that pretty much dominate any hints of whisky barrel or cocoa that might be there. Tasty for sure, but not really as advertised.
PALATE: Medium-full body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth with a scratch at the swallow and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Big with more than enough weight. Some bitter coffee lingers. Really good feel.
OVERALL: This is actually a really good coffee stout. As a BA cocoa and coffee stout it is definitely lacking, but as a coffee stout, it's great. The cocoa are way outplayed here and the whisky barrel aging is pretty minimal at best, but it's still really tasty and enjoyable. Take the scores with a grain of salt, as I'm reviewing to the label specification. This is a quality imperial coffee stout, nevertheless. Recommended.
02-05-2014 21:06:46 | More by Jeffo
3.2/5 rDev -26.3%
650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Batch 15.
Appearance - Black with a small khaki head. Medium collar.
Smell - A little bit peppery and spicy. Oaky. A little chocolate.
Taste - A little more bourbon. Some spice. Cinnamon. Coffee. Bitter oak.
Mouthfeel - Medium body. Kinda thin. Very oaky.
Overall - Not terribly impressed. Very spicy.
12-21-2013 01:57:31 | More by Alieniloquium
Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing Company
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