Big Bad Baptist - Epic Brewing Company

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Reviews: 447
Hads: 3,002
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 404
Gots: 914 | FT: 114
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Epic Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 09-30-2011

It’s Big, it’s Bad, Whiskey &/or Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, with Coffee and Cocoa Nibs.

 http://www.epicbrewing.com/the-bee ... rial-stout 

ABV varies by batch
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Photo of b3shine
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #4. Deuce to oversized snifter. Looks good; pitch black with lacing. Smells good; coffee and whiskey with malty undertones. Tastes good. If I could give it a 4.0+ I would, but I can't, and I can't give it a higher review than I'd call it. I wish it was a little more barreled than coffeed. Overall, a tasty treat, and another great value beer from Epic. (359 characters)

Photo of Apellonious
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a Beer Growler growler into a bulbous wine glass.

A - Jet black, half finger that moves quickly to a thin lace. Good lace retention.

S - Cocoa and chocolate, some burnt wood, smoke.

T - Follows the nose, bitteness ensues. Not picking up much whiskey. Some vanilla, coffee more prevalent.

M - Carbonation is medium, moving to low as it warms. Sits heavy, the bitterness makes it finish dry.

O - Serve closer to room temp to reduce some of the bitterness. Definitely a winter slow sipper. (510 characters)

Photo of argock
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz brown bottle into a clear glass snifter. Release #3 on label. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $13.99.

A: Black body with 1-finger beige cookie colored head with big bubbles and decent retention with only spotty lacing.

S: Cocoa and dark chocolate with a fairly strong unfermented almost lactose sweetness with some light whiskey sharpness and bitter black coffee. I wish all of these components were more prominent, but there is nothing wrong with this nose.

T: The flavor is sweeter than expected all the way through with accents of strong black coffee and espresso. The milk chocolate middle add some sweetness. The roast comes through more as the beer warms giving some strong tobacco character. The whiskey adds a touch of vanilla sweetness but not much else.

M: I bumped this up a notch because this dangerously does not drink like 11.4% -- the body is medium and very silky and slick.

O: I liked this beer but like a little more presence. It's a good stout but needs a little more body and a little less sweetness. I agree with those that don't think this will age well - the alcohol is amazingly well-hidden and I think the base stout is a little lacking in complexity. (1,224 characters)

Photo of Holland
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: jet black, just as a coffee stout should be. Decent sized tan head, low lacing, heavy looking.

S: coffee, coffee, coffee, chocolate, malt.

T: delicious for a coffee stout, but I get little if any of the barrel flavor. Maybe that just blends so well into the beer I don't notice that the vanilla and toffee notes are from the whiskey, or maybe the coffee and stout overpowered the barrel.

M: fairly thick, but still well carbonated enough for my liking.

O: great coffee stout, but I might be missing the barrel on this one. Still very drinkable, something that some people enjoyed who don't care for stouts. Thanks to Mister_Joshy for sending me this one in a trade! (675 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by Lunch the other day thanks! He told me it was described to him as a "poor man's KBS" but since this is slightly more expensive than KBS and not as good, I didn't understand why anyone would say that.

Beer is black with a thin tan head, low retention, some lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is nice, coffee, sweet, a little chocolate, mild vanilla, no oak or bourbon.

I wouldn't have guessed this was a bourbon stout. I still don't really think so. This is a coffee stout to me, the coffee bitterness is there, the flavors are mostly sweetness up front, malt and a nice coffee finish. I liked it but probably won't have it again. (638 characters)

Photo of 4thelvofbeer
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice! Great stout. Dark, deep black, with a smell of strong iced coffee. Tastes as it smells--coffee, syrup, and chocolate notes. Silky smooth on the palate. One of the better stouts I've recently had. Bottle price is a little high, but worth the extra cost. Very nice overall! (277 characters)

Photo of kirok1999
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich looking black with a nice thick rising light brown head.
Smells of mild milk chocolate mixed with some rich coffee. A mild sweetness comes through as well.
Taste is very nice. Sweet and creamy with lots of coffee and mild milk chocolate. The coffee is well done here, not overpowering at all, just nicely there in the background. The chocolate comes through well and it finishes nicely with a lingering sweetness. Feels rich and smooth. A really well done stout but the price is a bit much to drink with any regularity. (534 characters)

Photo of mrmaps
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

#41 version

L: Jet black, no lacing bascially no head

S: Coffee dominates. No bourbon detected. Dark roast malts.

T: Well balanced, slight carbonation. Nice blend of bourbon and coffee. Bourbon is subtle and not overwhelming. Dark chocolate present. As it warms the bitterness comes out.

F: Smooth

O: A really nice beer. Nothing jumps out or dominates. The bourbon, coffee and chocolate are well integrated. The beer is almost too smooth w/o any high notes. Can a beer be too well integrated? This opinion might be a consequence of trying Lost Abbey Deliverance two nights before. (601 characters)

Photo of infinitebruner
4.02/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

January 14, 2015

Draft, taster glass

A – Very deep brown to lighter black. Seems pretty clear. Tan head, fairly low retention.

S – Strong coffee aroma, hard to find much else here. A bit of vanilla and a touch oak, molasses.

T – Strong espresso, a touch of vanilla, some sweet molasses. A nice touch of bitterness, seems to be from the roasted malts.

M – Residual sweetness with a nice roasty bite. Light to moderate carbonation.

O – Prominent coffee and dark malts with lots of barrel character. This beer seems to be exactly what it wants to be. (569 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 01/28/12 notes. Shared with some friends, 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a pitch black color with one finger of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks great.

s - Smells of coffee, cocoa, roasted malts, bitter chocolate, whiskey, oak, and toasted malts. Lots of coffee for a whiskey barrel aged stout, but still very nice.

t - Tastes of coffee, cocoa, roasted malts, vanilla, coffee grinds, whiskey, oak, and choclate. Lots of coffee again, and some nice vanilla here. I like the taste a little bit more than the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and not very hot.

o - Overall a really nice stout; one of the best beers I've had from Epic so far. I thought there was a lot more coffee then whiskey in the nose and taste, but still really liked it. Would have it again. (820 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.04/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a taster glass.

Pours near black with a thin mocha head. Not too much in the way of lacing. The nose carries some really nice cocoa and whiskey. Really nice combination and well done here. A bit of vanilla and oak in the background. The flavor isn't quite as intense as the nose, but still pretty good. Mouthfeel has a bit of heat, and could be a bit thicker. Overall, really a pretty tasty brew. (425 characters)

Photo of DenverHopHead
4.04/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 oz bottle with Release #33 on the label; into a snifter.
Appearance - pitch black, with the slightest bit of light coming in at the bottom. Thick, foamy mocha head that recedes quickly into a thin, creamy layer. Lacing is adequate.
Smell - bold espresso, vanilla, chocolate fudge and brownies and a hint of sweet bourbon; this smells incredible!
Taste - starts off with a huge wave of espresso and booze, followed by some oak flavors; was hoping to get a little of the sweetness from the nose, but that never materialized.
Feel - heavy body, but easy to sip! Lacks the complexity that the nose seemed to indicate.
Overall - bold and intense, very enjoyable! Unfortunately, my expectations were higher. I'm aging another bottle, so hopefully this gains strength. (778 characters)

Photo of Furlinator
4.04/5  rDev -5.8%

Release #31- Charming Beard Coffee.

Pours opaque black. The 1/4 inch tan head quickly fades to a thin film on top and leaves faint spotty lace.

The smell is of dark chocolate, vanilla, pipe tobacco, dark chocolate, toasted coconut and faint booze.

The taste is of bitter black coffee, dark chocolate, ripe dark fruit and hints of bourbon.

The texture is heavy bodied, thick and viscous with low carbonation.

A big, barrel aged stout that is dominated by bitter black coffee flavor. (492 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into chalice at 1702 in Tucson. I think this is the 2012 #9 based on the abv of 11.8 abv.
Pours a pitch black with a finger of deep tan head. Nice thin tan lacing remains throughout the drink.
Smells of fresh crisp coffee, some roasted malts, chocolate, and a hint of booze - bourbon.
Taste is bitter roasted coffee and bourbon....some chocolate flavors.
Its an easy drink abv wise but its full of flavor and heavy. Its a nice brew...a bit over boozey but nice. (481 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Release #1, one of "a few thousand bottles released."

4.0 A: Black color. One and a half fingers of dense, creamy light brown head. Retention is good and a small ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: This is quite a smeller. The whiskey is lightly charred and earthy with melon, apple, and smoky notes. Light booziness. Light woodiness and just a hint of vanilla. The base stout gives a soft roastiness with dark chocolate, coffee, molasses, and an earthy quality.

4.0 T: The bourbon again is slightly more powerful than the stout and offers the same components found in the nose. The cocoa nibs and coffee stick out more in the taste and for that I'm thankful. Booze is very well hidden, but does offer a welcomed warming on the finish. Good stuff.

3.5 M: This is the only part of this beer that I'm not thrilled about. Just thicker than a medium body. This could use a touch more carbonation, but it has a decent creaminess to it. Light astringent aftertaste. I'd prefer a bit of a thicker body.

4.5 D: A couple categories could have been a notch higher, so this is the score it gets here. Solid brew. (1,126 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 2.15.13
Release #8

A - Pours a very dark brown with an active head that slowly fades.

S - Strong coffee, bitter chocolate, subtle whiskey.

T - Whiskey, then chocolate, then strong coffee finish. A touch of booze again.

D - Good carbonation and a heavier body.

O - Nice coffee, chocolate, and a touch of whiskey. (333 characters)

Photo of mactrail
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Release #11 and 11% ABV. Cocoa and coffee with Nugget, Chinook, and Cascade hops. No mention of barrel aging. Smooth and rich with less of a bite than many other big stouts. A whiff of coffee in the aroma.

Totally black color with a very nice foam, lighter than the usual dark beige. Rich and tangy with a surge of malty sweetness all the way back to the throat. Best coffee flavor I can remember in a beer, which is to say it's not immediately identifiable as coffee, but grows into a nice roasted flavor with bitter, burnt notes. This is all quite mellow and seamless. Less bitter than most big stouts, but still enough to nicely balance all the malt.

A great beer with a velvety mouthfeel. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bottlecraft for $11.65 in San Diego. (766 characters)

Photo of rangerred
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Release #10. Poured into a snifter out of a 22oz bomber.

Pours inky black with just a small dark tan head that fades to a ring around the side of the glass. Pretty decent lacing considering the abv.

Coffee is quite prominent in the aroma with hints of dark chocolate. Lots of roasted malt that seems slightly burnt. There is vanilla and just the slightest hint of whiskey buried way in the background.

The coffee carries big time into the flavor mixed nicely with cocoa creating almost a mocha character. Lots and lots of heavily roasted malt that borders on being a bit acrid and charred. There is still just a little bourbon in the background that I wish was a little more prominent. Nice vanilla and caramel touches too. The alcohol is well hidden with just a slight warmth in the back of the throat with a creamy and just slightly sticky mouthfeel.

Overall, a very tasty imperial stout but one that is not quite Earth-shattering. I don't know if I would go out of my way to pick this up but if you do come across it, it is worth drinking. (1,047 characters)

Photo of mjgarrett2
4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch #9 on 11/15/13.

Very mellow but enjoyable imperial stout. Definitely smell and taste the coffee notes which I enjoy, but let intense, less bold than other stouts. A very strong IMP stout, but reserved in how bold any 1 flavor could be. GREAT mouthfeel however. Smooth as a beach rock. (291 characters)

Photo of angelmonster
4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black body with a one finger chocolate head. Head retention is average and lacing is pretty good.

Smell is of sweet, dark chocolate. Coffee and alcohol are pretty light. Burnt malts and dark chocolate really dominate smells.

Taste is a mix of sweet chocolate malts, bitter coffee, finishes with a slight boozy burn. Very bold flavors with an alcohol kick.

Mouthfeel is full bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Silky smooth going down, lack of head doesn't affect the feel as much as I'd expect.

Overall this beer was pretty tasty. Good amount of chocolate, hint of coffee and alcohol. Not exactly session able but great for a special occasion. (668 characters)

Photo of mikereaser
4.07/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a pitch black with 2 fingers of tan foam that leaves solid lacing down the glass as the foam retreats.
S - Big coffee aroma is what hits you first, then you start to notice the chocolate and slight hints of the whiskey barrel and even some smokiness. Very nice aroma that reminds you of your morning cup of coffee.
T - Wow, the coffee really comes through in the taste. There is some nice roasted malts along with a hint of smoke. I might be picking up the whiskey a bit but its certainly not a strong note.
The flavor is very enjoyable.
M/D - Smooth bodied, almost creamy mouthfeel, very little carbonation. Slightly oily body as well. This is very easy to drink and hides the alcohol very well. Too well. (716 characters)

Photo of IKR
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black with a fair-sized medium beige head. Nothing to change here.

Smell: Upfront coffee with some mild brown sugar notes. Maybe the faintest of whiskey notes as well.

Taste: Coffee and some roasted malt notes. I also get some mild vanilla and whiskey from the bal-aging. The beer finishes with some slight hop and roasted malt notes. The alcohol presence is very subtle for the ABV. The bal-aging pays second fiddle to the coffee notes.

Mouth-feel: Medium to full bodied with the perfect level of carbonation for the style (for my taste).

Overall: Let me preface this by stating if there were a coffee advocate site I would be a long-standing member. The prominent coffee, the good mouth-feel and the coffee nose work well for me. With the pricing in my area I'll be revisiting this one. (805 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from release #4 (bottled on 1/23/12) poured in to CBS snifter.

A - Poured black. One finger of bubbly espresso coloured head that receded to a thin layer. Some light lacing.

S - Whiskey up front that gives way to a bold espresso aroma, charred oak and cocoa nibs. The overall nose is very bitter with noticeable alcohol.

T - Massive espresso flavours up front that give way to whiskey, charred oak and heavily roasted chocolate malts. Bitter cocoa nibs are present as well, which combine with the espresso to create an almost overpowering bitterness that dominate the palate, somewhat muting the barrel aging qualities; but that is not a bad thing, as it allows the flavours to integrate well with good balance.

M - Medium to full body. Somewhat viscous. Light carbonation.

O - A little to heavy on the coffee but very good. Will be interesting to see what happens to my other bottle with a year or so of age on it. (931 characters)

Photo of wedge
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

@ Ridgewood

Black with a super creamy beige head on top. Black coffee aroma straight away followed by wood, black malt, dark cocoa, mild creamy vanilla, and perhaps a bit of bread. Mocha, bourbon, dark chocolate, and sweetened espresso flavors. Super smooth, creamy, and heavy. Not overly aggressive with the barrel-aged-ness, which is a good thing in my eyes. Also, not boozy...another plus. I imagine, though, that this could become awesomely, ridiculously smooth(er) after a little time in the cellar. Very nice... (518 characters)

Photo of themind
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A good stout aged in whiskey barrels. Epic does a nice job on this tasty beer. Has a nice aroma with hints of coco and large doses of coffee. The mouthfeel is smooth and the abv is hidden well. As a plain coffee stout this is very good but I feel it falls short on the barrel aging side of things. The whiskey can hardly be noticed. I would have liked a little more flavor in this department. Overall I would buy it again as it is a good price and worth the time seeking it out.

Bottom Line: Epic age this stuff in the barrel a little longer and you will have a legend in the making. (584 characters)

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