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Big Bad Baptist - Epic Brewing Company

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Reviews: 522
Hads: 3,297
Avg: 4.3
pDev: 8.84%
Wants: 434
Gots: 1,107 | FT: 125
Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States | website

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 

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Photo of ilikebeer03
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

release # 36 poured into snifter.

A: jet black with a half finger of tan head. recedes to a ring around the glass with traces in the center. slight lacing. good considering 12.4 ABV according to the bottle.

S: fresh roasted coffee upfront, slight chocolate, a bit of bourbon/oak, dark malts

T: delicious. fresh coffee is upfront followed by a bit of chocolate, a hint of oaky vanilla, and just a touch of bourbon on the finish. alcohol is well hidden, though there is a slight burn on the finish. I would like just a bit more bourbon to come through.

M: thick and creamy. low carbonation, as it appropriate for the style.

O: this is an incredible beer. I'll definitely be seeking this out again.

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Photo of Omnium
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber > Mason Pint

A - Pitch black motor oil with half a finger of fizzy tan head, small bubbly lacing.
S - Big smoky aroma with a huge chocolate presence, roasted malt and coffee beans, toasted almond, a little whiskey, burnt wood.
T - Lots of roasted dark chocolate malt, coffee isnt as big in flavor, which is good because it doesnt dominate, woody burnt caramel hints, the booze of the whiskey barrels comes in at the end, but its not over the top.
M - Rich velvety and creamy. Heavy beer for sure.
O - Best thing that Epic brews for sure, tons of rich bold flavor, whiskey barrels add just enough touch without making it an alcohol bomb.

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.77/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 10/30/11

Release #1

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.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Batch # 54, bottled 09/16/15 according to their website

Appearance - Pours black with dark cola brown edging with a dark tan, half finger width head. Sub-par retention, then dissipates to a mostly barren surface with a thin ring around the edge. Lacing consists isn't much outside a few small spots.

Smell - Coffee and a fudgy 'chocolate syrup' character really stand out in the aroma. Mild whiskey notes sit well beneath.

Taste - Follows the nose. Fudgy chocolate with lesser 'iced coffee' flavors of roast and a touch of caramel. Just enough whiskey character, with hints of leather, oak, vanilla and general booziness, to let you know it's there without overrunning the entire experience. The finish consists of earthy coffee character with lesser fudgy sweetness, and it lingers beautifully.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full in body with low carbonation. Super creamy texture that coats the mouth without much syrupy stickiness. Goes down stupid easy and finishes somewhat dry.

Overall - Oh wow, this is a beauty. So much flavor that seamlessly comes together to deliver an amazing drinking experience. I would gladly trade for this again, and I'll definitely keep an eye out the next time I travel to SoCal.

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Photo of GJ40
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 22oz bottle in a DFH snifter thanks to a trade with nollie77. Release #17. Started around 55 degrees.

A - Deep black with a small tan head.

S - Very interesting and unlike any other BA IS I've tried. Lots of cocoa and vanilla with a sweet, almost dessert like scent. Coffee and whisky too but in a more supporting role.

T - Good depth and complexity with cocoa, dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla and brown sugar. But the whisky plays the biggest role. It's a little too much at first but I adjusted along the way. The alcohol is strong but again I adjusted. It gets better as it warms.

M - Creamy with a nice low carbonation.

O - A very good beer but it took some time for me to adjust.

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Photo of SFC21
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch #48

Chocolate and coffee flavors shine here, with the whiskey playing second fiddle. Great balance. The wood from the barrel aging makes for a very dry finish. Really tasty beer.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Cam for sharing this bomber on Christmas Day. This was labeled as Release #26 at 9.9% ABV.

A - Pitch black pour duh. Tan head, good retention and decent lacing.

S - Really good coffee, good but lightish cocoa, but not much else going on for me. Weirdly, kinda has the strength of a 6% porter.

T - Once again, tons of coffee, pretty big cocoa, there is slight bourbon and oak after some time. Just enough roast to back it up and some light vanilla. Light hoppage. Mostly just smooth, quality mocha flavors.

M - Smooth and well-carbonated, kinda light but in a good way, very hard to believe this is almost 10%.

O - Good, excellent coffee+cocoa, 10% is wha?, just wish there was more going on.

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Photo of Damian
4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1 pt. 6 fluid ounces bottle acquired in a trade with mps
Release# 25
Served in a snifter

The beer poured dark brown and moderately viscous. Somewhat light for the style. The liquid was topped by a one-finger tall, tight, foamy, caramel colored crown. The head slowly faded to a lasting mass of bubbly froth. Odd shaped streaks of lacing coated the glass.

The aroma was very coffee forward. Freshly roasted coffee beans came to mind. Perhaps some coffee grounds as well. Roasted malts were noticeable, along with subtle hints of char. Dark chocolate and molasses notes came through as well. A touch of vanilla appeared as the beer warmed.

Coffee notes dominated in the flavor profile as well. The coffee reminded me a lot of a freshly brewed, lighter roast coffee. There was a notable malt presence, with the malts being sweet, dark and slightly roasty. Bakers chocolate and brown sugar notes contributed a pleasant bitter-sweet quality. Dark fruits appeared in the center. Cherries and plums were detectible. The beer finished with lingering notes of leafy, earthy hops and a fleeting, whiskey-like kick.

The mouthfeel was rich, creamy and velvety smooth. Thicker than average for the style but not super viscous. The liquid contained a super fine, moderate effervescence that gave the beer a pillowy soft quality. Quite impressive.

Big Bad Baptist is an amazingly tasty and complex imperial stout. While most flavor-infused, barrel-aged stouts tend to be high ABV monsters, this beer managed to be surprisingly drinkable yet immensely interesting. Fans of Coffee BCBS should definitely seek this out.

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Photo of Beejay
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Release #1

A: Thick and deep brown as it pours. Waiting a few moments lets the head grow up out of the body in a nice dark tan color. The beer in the glass is black.

S: Man there is a lot of chocolate in there. The first thing that hits is cocoa nibs, followed by a rich, but slightly bitter smelling coffee aroma. There is a nice oak and vanilla character in the finish, although it is a lot more subdued than the coffee and chocolate. If someone planted a cafe mocha and it grew into a tree, this is how an orchard of them would smell.

T: Coffee, chocolate, and now a hint of the whiskey. The finish is sweet, with a meandering coffee note, and an oaky overtone. It's certainly one hell of a beer.

M: Thick, and creamy. The finish has a bit of an oily feel about it. The carbonation may actually be just a touch high on it for me, but it's a thin line between being a bit too much, and being perfect.

O: This is luscious, rich, and delicious. Everything that a coffee, chocolate, whiskey barrel stout should be. Fine work.

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Photo of Phelps
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Release 2, poured into a Bruery tulip. This release was brewed with coffee and cocoa nibs and hopped with nugget, chinook and cascade.

Black and thick as ink, topped with half a finger of cinnamon-colored head composed of big, wet bubbles that pop away quickly, leaving a medium-sized ring.

Coffee! Great handfuls of heavily roasted beans in the nose, balanced by sweet dark chocolate hints of vanilla an oak, and the lightest touch of bourbon.

The flavor’s equally coffee-laden, but there’s a little more bourbon and oak here. Big Dark chocolate flavor as well. Basically, everything from the nose, but more intense. Fantastic.

Silky medium body, like hot chocolate. Light, massaging carbonation; mild bitterness; just a hint of boozy heat in the nose.

A surprising delight. Big Bad Baptist displays huge coffee stout flavors with a masterful touch of bourbon. Very, very good.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$ 12.99/bomber from Craft Shack
Release # 37 (13 %) at 45 degrees into hand washed and dried tulip
Aroma very strong of roasted malt and coffee
Head average (3 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, creamy, diminishing to 3 mm ring and layer
Lacing good – nearly complete rings of tiny bubbles
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor very coffee forward, followed by chocolate and whiskey; stomach warming after swallow; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate full, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 4.5, Flavor 4.75, Palate 4.5, Overall 4.5

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Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Release #5

I saved this one for my 600th review on BA. I went back to my all time favorite style=BA Imperial stout.

Tons of creamy milk chocolate head is achieved with a vigorous pour (about three fingers actually). Body is the 3000 mile used motor oil standard. Nose is well, Wow! The coffee plays huge here. Really fresh ground coffee of the very fine variety. Fresh chocolate cake is there also, hold the icing. Very nice aroma. With first sip the coffee dominance continues. The coffee is just so bright and flavorful. Rich and succulent just like that perfect morning cup. The bourbon really is hard to find in this beer, maybe it could use just a little more time in the barrels. This may stand as the most pure coffee forward beer that I have ever had the joy of having. Other flavors include molasses, black cherries and bitter dark chocolate. What more can I say, the flavor, the finish, and the feel are just a coffee and stout lovers dream. I may have just found my new favorite morning brew.

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle at roughly fridge temp poured into a snifter. Release #8 (Sep. 2012) 12.5% ABV- nearly 1 year old.

Pours out opaque black, with a nice cascading dark tan/ light mocha colored head. Fairly decent head retention for such a big beer. Spotty lacing with just a touch of alcohol legs.

Big coffee aromas, combining both ground coffee and some espresso bean, bitter dark chocolate, heavily roasted, almost slightly toasted malts, a bit of booziness comes in as it warms, somewhat whiskey like, but the whiskey barrel characters are surprisingly tamed.

Bitter roasted, toasty malts, sweet caramel, bitter dark chocolate, roasted coffee more mocha like than espresso, a bit of oak and just hints of whiskey, but again its very tamed. Pretty much o booze in the taste.

Really thick, smooth and creamy as it flows across the palate. Rich. Carbonation is kept to a minimum.

A really nice impy stout, my only complaint is that I would've liked a bit more whiskey to show through. Has a nice toasted roasted malt aspect that a lot of these barrel aged stout seem to lack.

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Photo of rangerred
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch 9, Sept 2012

Dark brown with a slight reddish hue around the edges. Minimal tan head.

Robust aromas; cocoa, fudge brownies, freshly ground espresso beans, earthy

The flavor is layered with tootsie rolls, brownies, vanilla, lots of coffee and root beer as it warms. It may be due to the age of the bottle, but I don't pick up any barrel flavors. Regardless, it's delicious.

Low carbonation and smooth, but I wish it was more hefty with the body. More body would go well with the deep rich flavor.

A great beer and a must try if you enjoy coffee in your stout. I'd love to try it fresh in hopes of capturing the barrel notes.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle from Beerandboards (thanks!). Release #8 (bottled 09/12). Served in a Burnt Hickory snifter.

Pours jet black with one and a half fingers of active, foamy tan head. Head recedes to a ring around the glass and leaves nice patches of lace.

Smells of coffee, whisky, rich roasty malts and caramel. Nice!

Tasty, bold, up front coffee leads. Followed by dark chocolate, whisky, slightly burnt oak, caramel, vanilla and a nice booze bite. It's a well done blend that my description can't do justice to.

Medium full, creamy feel with pleasantly subtle carbonation. Long whiskey infused coffee finish.

While admittedly I haven't had as many barrel aged coffee stouts as I'd like, Big Bad Baptist is far and away the best I've tried so far. The coffee is delicious, not too burnt and stays in the forefront while the whiskey dances around it. Very well done and worth seeking out.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber, release number 9, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours pitch black, thick and viscous looking, produces a thin brown head that recedes to a wisp, some spotty lacing.

S- Smells incredible, lots of coffee beans, rich dark chocolate, dark fruit, sweet bready malts, roasted grain and a bit of sweet alcohol. The coffee/espresso aroma is really great, very rich and intense.

T- Loads of chocolate and bitter coffee, which dominate the flavor and are immensely bold and awesome. There's also some roasted grain and a bit of fruity alcohol, but the booze is well-restrained for being so huge.

M- Medium-to-full-bodied, smooth, thick and viscous feel. Some alcohol warmth on the finish. This is what an imperial stout should feel like.

O- This is an big, tasty, Bible-loving, get-evolution-out-of-our-schools-I-ain't-related-to-no-goddamn-monkey, they-took-our-jobs awesome beer.

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Photo of richj1970
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz bomber into snifter.

A: Pours a very dark murky brown that almost looked black. No light penetrating this sucker. Capped with a one finger mocha colored head that settled fairly quickly to a thin ring and left spotty lacing.

S: Roasted coffee beans, sweet dark chocolate, bourbon, and a hint of vanilla.

T: Follows the nose quite nicely. Good balance between roasted coffee and dark chocolate. I think I could drink this all day. Alcohol not very apparent.

M: Thick and creamy with a velvety texture that goes down rather smoothly.

O: Outstanding imperial stout. A much different beast than say BCBS but no less enjoyable.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, almost black, into a Speiglau IIPA glass. A short-lived half-inch, creamy chestnut head gives way to spotty lace and a thick, viscous film.

The aroma opens with caramelized, roasted chocolate, light whiskey, and maybe a slight alcohol-infused chocolate. This is followed by ash and dark roasted coffee.

Deep roasted malt is the backdrop of the flavor profile. Chocolate with modest bitterness is in check with sweetness. Other flavors included cocoa powder, black coffee, and some whiskey notes. A mild lingering finish. Warmth brings out cigar smoke and cherry vanilla.

The body is full with a velvety texture and alcohol as expected. Lightly warming with modest carbonation.

Big Bad Baptist is a great sipping beer to enjoy while reading. While it lacks depth and layers of character, it is impeccably well done as a simple imperial stout.

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Photo of farrago
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Slow building head crests at around a finger of dark brown, equal mix of larger bubbles and dense foam, excellent retention which sort of means the lacing gets crowded out, what’s there is isolated chunks which themselves stick well. The liquid as expected is pure black, barely a hint of yellow or orange anywhere, as a result impossible to gauge the carbonation/bubbles visually. The nose is indeed boozy yet also delivers a vast array of sweet scents such as licorice, coconut oil, mocha, café au lait, vanillin oak and a good deal of plum and black cherry fruit scents, produces green apple and floral nuances as well, actually not as punishingly long as it might be and presents itself as gracefully as can be. Full-bodied, average to slightly below average carbonation, not inert but moves like a freighter among ice floes. Loaded with milk chocolate, caramel, butterscotch, coffee ice cream, anise and coconut, it’s like cramming a German chocolate cake down your throat. Not as much black fruit here but also more hoppy bite, on a few sips you sense a latent grassiness struggling to be heard. The orange citrus candied and close to syrupy. Finishes with notes of macadamia and pecan nuts. Lack of carbonation shortens finish but maybe it’s for the best as less monolithic as a result. Excellent beer which just needs some more gym time to loose the flab and tighten up its game. (Release #7)

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Photo of OregonGrown7
4.87/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Outstanding. Everything you would want in an Imperial stout: huge roasted malt, dark molasses sweetness, cocoa/coffee adds an awesome flavor that melds with the molasses/bourbon sweetness. This is a huge tasty beer, with nothing offensive or cloying about it.

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Photo of Brabander
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a very well made Imperial stout. Very balanced with a good hint of the coffee. Not so much barrel smell and the cocoa nibs....i did not notice them...

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Photo of Ohiovania
4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a chance to try this at 2011 Brewzilla in Cleveland during Beer week. So I decided to pick up a couple bottles @ Acme in Akron, OH.

$12.99/ bottle (worth it)

Knocked my socks off. Best chocolate/ coffee imperial stout I have ever had to date. The only down side is that it's a bit sweet.

The alcohol is barely noticeable and the flavor is overwhelmingly complex. Get this one while it last. It's rumored to be a one time brew.

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Photo of stephens101
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Spit-shined boot black with a thin coating of dense tan head.

Has a well-focused aroma consisting of dark chocolate, coffee and molasses.

Quite smooth and creamy up front with a hit of coffee and chocolate following. Other notes of grain, pine, caramel and plum float in the middle. Has a touch of grind residue in the finish that serves to make it that much more authentic.

Has a big body of course, but carries its weight and hold its alcohol well.

This is how it ought to be.

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Photo of Mdog
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Opaque black, good head.

Smell: Dark chocolate, woody, slight vanilla.

Taste: Thick and coating. Vanilla-tinged coffee with a nice sweetness. Moves towards a more straight-up coffee flavor and dry coffee finish.

Overall: I forgot to write down the batch number, but this had been sitting on the shelf at the store for at least 2 years. Still was a very tasty big stout that stands beside the bigger names.

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Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 522 ratings.