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Big Bad Baptist - Epic Brewing Company

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96
world-class

1,926 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,926
Reviews: 329
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.45%
Wants: 294
Gots: 482 | FT: 78
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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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -7.8%

A coffee story from intro to epilogue. Black as night, oily texture, sweeter side with chocolate. The coffee wafts, it is much more coffee composition than coffee stouts. Some roasted malt. Good for what it is, it is surprisingly drinkable at 11% abv.

Sammy, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

t0rin0, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%

On tap at The Surly Goat in West Hollywood, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is absolutely fantastic with dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, and huge coffee bean and coffee ground aromas. Taste is of dark roasted malt and a flavor very similar to tiramisu that has been dusted with cocoa powder and coffee grounds. There is a nice roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a medium body. Overall, this is a good stout with an outstanding aroma but the taste just doesn't match up.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

djrn2, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%

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.

Thorpe429, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -7.8%

nmann08, Jan 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

zestar, Aug 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

acurtis, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of metter98
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%

A: The beer is absolutely jet black in color. It poured with a two finger high dark tan head that died down a bit and left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a small collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of coffee beans n the nose along with some hints of roasted malts.
T: The taste shares some similarities with the smell in terms of flavors of coffee beans and also has notes of whiskey and hints of roasted malts The roasted toffee beans linger throuh the finish and overall become stronger as the beers wrms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: For a beer of this strength, the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

Note: Batch #10

metter98, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of brentk56
3.94/5  rDev -9.2%

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color capped by an inch of tan foam; a smattering of lace is left behind

Smell: Ashy oak and burnt coffee beans with bittersweet chocolate undertones

Taste: Scorched black bread and "Charbucks" coffee, up front, with bittersweet chocolate building, in the middle; after the swallow, the Whiskey barrel treatment adds weight and a hint of vanilla; somewhat boozy in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Overall: Normally, my reviews mark down beers for having to much sweetness but, in this case, I think the beer would have benefited from some sweetness in the malt to balance out all of the char and burnt flavors; not a bad beer but just my two cents

brentk56, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%

If Epic Brewing is going to become truly "epic", then they are off to a good start here! A larger-than-life stout with chocolate, coffee and bourbon- aah, breakfast of champions!

Of course it pours black! Thick, viscous and inky- comparisons to motor oil ensue immediately. The dark ale patiently releases a dark mocha froth that floats on the surface like mousse. Retaining much longer than high gravity ales are normally given credit, it also laces the glass lightly with random threads. I can't really decide if I find its appearance inviting or intimidating.

Aromas are roast-dominant with high espresso and burnt sugar. Black-strap molasses, toffee, cocoa, heavy cream nuts and bourbon all align on the nose for savory richness that entice the olfactory senses in complete saturation.

Rich molasses, smooth robust coffee and chocolate start its succulent taste and rounds into a big brownie and fudge-like taste. The char of espresso and cocoa slice through the sweetness and pave the way for a robust bourbon alcohol to coat the finishing taste. All the while, a smoky chocolate note here, a cherry ester there, and a sprinkling in of vanilla, charred oak, and caramel emerge at any time to surprise the taste buds.

Incredibly rich, seductive and verbose- its textures topple the mouth with expansive creaminess that's fueled by residual cream-like maltiness and expressive carbonation. But after the ale settles, it finishes with dense milkshake and port-like viscosity. High warmth but without the burn ensures an extended coffee and chocolate aftertaste to keep the palate rewarded indefinitely.

Big Bad Baptist is a world-class Stout that would beg for a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream if it weren't so decadent in its pure and true form.

BEERchitect, Aug 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Texasfan549, Dec 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

kjkinsey, Dec 15, 2012
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4.48/5  rDev +3.2%

On-tap at Beachwood Brewing

The beer pours black in color with a finger of tan head. There is a huge coffee aroma to this. Quite a bit of oak with just a mild vanilla note. Some nice bourbon to go with roasted malt and brown sugar. The flavor has a touch of licorice and molasses to go with vanilla, bourbon, and chocolate. Really solid mouthfeel as well.

womencantsail, Jul 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

spycow, Jan 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

GRG1313, Feb 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

kylehay2004, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of Knapp85
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%

#9: This poured out as a rich deep black color with a light brown head on top. There isn't much retention or lacing on this beer but it still looks nice. The smell of the beer has big amounts of coffee on the nose. It's got some whiskey notes as well to sweeten the beer. The taste is big and bold. The coffee is huge here, the chocolate and whiskey note fall into place in the aftertaste. There is a subtle sweetness in there too. The mouthfeel is slick and smooth. The beer is heavy and gently carbonated. Overall this beer is really good. Found this to be a great dessert after a big thanksgiving dinner.

Knapp85, Nov 22, 2012
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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.

oberon, Feb 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%

Served in a tumbler.

Thanks to my man Ryan for sharing this bottle!

Batch #9. Just jumpin' right on in: This stuff pours a deep black-brown topped by a finger of dark khaki foam. The nose comprises coffee, roasted malts, light dark chocolate powder, and the faintest hint of whiskey. The taste brings in more of the same, with the coffee taking control once everything else runs its respective course. I've heard other batches have been more whiskey-forward or whatnot, but this batch is decidedly coffee-heavy. This doesn't really detract all that much, as everything is delightfully balanced and expressive; I'm just sayin'. The body is a stolid medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a generally smooth feel, and a slightly dry finish. Overall, a very nice impy stout, one that shows what moderation can do for a barrel-aged beer. Good times, indeed.

TMoney2591, Nov 22, 2012
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4.3/5  rDev -0.9%

emerge077, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of largadeer
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%

Thanks to drgonzo3705 for this one. Batch 4, bottled in Jan 2012.

Appearance: Pretty standard black bodied RIS appearance here, pouring with a couple fingers of leather-hued foam that settles to a thin film. Looks solid.

Smell: Not terribly subtle but thoroughly enjoyable coffee and cocoa up front. Gentle roastiness is noticed beneath, along with some molasses sweetness. Little bit of barrel peeks through, lending vanilla and faint alcohol.

Taste & mouthfeel: Coffee, cocoa and vanilla, in that order. The coffee used has a robust earthy, spicy note that's pretty nice. Pleasantly roasty malt backbone without any burnt qualities. The body is a solid medium-full, never approaching syrupy, and sweetness likewise is pretty reigned-in for an 11%er. Subtle bourbon barrel flavors here, I'm guessing this didn't spend much time in the barrel. The finish is long but mellow, very coffee-forward.

Overall: This stuff is pretty legit, I'm very surprised. It isn't quite in the same league as beers like BCBCS and KBS, but it isn't too far off.

largadeer, Mar 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

JAHMUR, Nov 27, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

SocalKicks, Mar 01, 2013
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Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,926 ratings.