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Big Bad Baptist - Epic Brewing Company

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97
world-class

2,250 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,250
Reviews: 362
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.22%
Wants: 327
Gots: 569 | FT: 82
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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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

Davepoolesque, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of srandycarter
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Very dark, almost black. Small ring tan head, not much lace.

S - Big cocoa, soy, charred malt.

T - Gigantic malt, cocoa, and charred malt. Take the smell and triple it.

M - Big, heavy, good balance but strong.

D - Love this one. Tried it late on one night, but it would have put me to sleep even earlier.

srandycarter, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of Dope
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle is labelled Release #2 - 11.3% ABV.

A: Pours pitch black with a big, dense mocha-colored head. Fades nice and slowly - excellent retention. Thick, almost solid wall of lacing left behind.

S: Whoa, big strong roasted coffee beans. A bit of dark chocolate mixed in as well. No noticeable effect from the barrels, mainly due to the coffee being so strong I think.

T: Touch of whiskey influence up front. Very mild. Hints of caramel and toffee and chocolate. Then the coffee bomb hits. Like drinking ground up coffee beans. Strong and bitter with just enough dark chocolate to try to balance it a little and give it more of a mocha flavor. Creamy towards the finish with a little sweeter chocolate here and some drying oak. Oak and residual coffee bean lingers between sips.

M: Heavy, thick, viscous. So smooth and creamy.

O: Big time coffee bomb stout. A must-have for the coffee lover. I don't even like coffee but the coffee flavor and aroma in this is very rich, fresh and delicious. Not much influence from the whiskey barrels, I think that really could have made this beer incredible. It's quite good regardless, big sharp and strong flavors. I enjoyed it a lot.

Dope, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of StJamesGate
3.73/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Viscous jet with sepia film.
Pure coffee bean oil nose – fresh but one dimensional.
Molasses and fig up front, a big coffee hit, some umami fish sauce, and a whisky barrel bite.
Soily finish and chocolate-covered espresso bean linger.
Fill, thick, and chewy.

Big on coffee – actual gives a bit of a caffeine buzz. Huge body, too; this could pour over vanilla ice cream. But the chocolate and whiskey are mostly missing under all that java. A monstrous stout that needs to lay.

StJamesGate, May 05, 2014
Photo of flexabull
4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch #8

Pours a deep dark flat black color with a small tan head.

Aromas are very nice. Lots of coffee up front, both dark roasted beans, and brewed espresso. Some bourbon and cocoa as well.

Taste is smooth, and fairly easy to drink for such a beast of a beer. Coffee forward, but not overly so like I find a lot of coffee stouts. Light bourbon, heavy roasted malts, and cocoa notes. Finish is warm, with some pine bitterness.

Mouthfeel is smooth and soft. About right for the style.

Overall? Very impressive first beer for me from Epic. Well balanced, flavorful, but not overpowering. Good stuff.

flexabull, Mar 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

ste5venla, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of homebrew311
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served on tap at the brewery in Denver. Pours a pitch black with viscous apperance and dark brown head. The nose is amazing, freshly brewed bold coffee is oozing with light notes of whiskey and roasted malts in the background. Vanilla and chocolate are also present. Taste matches the nose. Coffee up front, smooth notes of vanilla and chocolate with mild whiskey at the end. The barrel aged character is well integrated with the base beer. Mouthfeel is silky smooth with mild carbonation. Overall, this is an under the radar beer for sure. It can be found on shelves pretty easily, but the taste is right up there with many of the beers that never see the light of a shelf.

homebrew311, Mar 10, 2014
Photo of koopa
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

koopa, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of Immortale25
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. Label says Release #20.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/2 inch brown head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and some bubbly surface foam. Non-resilient lacing leaves tiny specs behind.

S- Good shot of dark roast coffee plus some vanilla and chocolate. Hardly any alcohol fume or barrel presence.

T- Dark roast coffee is heavy on the palate. The barrel is detected a little now, as is the booze but the coffee smooths everything over so well. A slight lingering bitterness. Man, this is some drinkable stuff. Even after multiple sips, the heavy malt, coffee and alcohol never reaches a state of imbalance. Remarkable. Semi-sweet but, in comparison to other coffee beers, this one is very low on the sugary scale.

M- Slightly creamy, sticky and thick with medium-low carbonation and the fullest of bodies.

O- While I was struggling to find the barrel's influence in the flavor profile, everything worked together just about perfectly in this one.

Immortale25, Jan 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

ADTaber, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of Lovely85
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Lovely85, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of DarthKostrizer
4/5  rDev -7.8%

DarthKostrizer, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of Jspriest
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Jspriest, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of KevMo84
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

KevMo84, May 28, 2014
Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.11/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at the Ithaca Luminous release.

Pours a thick, dark opaque black, with a mocha head of about one inches. Small little globs of lacing on the glass.

Smells include roasted malt, chocolate, and some vanilla.

The taste is similar. I think this is bourbon or whiskey barrel aged, but I'm not really picking that up. Lots of chocolate, vanilla, and some oakiness, molasses, Hershey's syrup, etc. Great taste, but a little subdued, I think. Still quite good.

Medium to full bodied, low carbonation, creamy, thick mouthfeel.

Another great stout today. This is turning out to be one of the best beer days I've ever had.

GreesyFizeek, Apr 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

ncstateplaya, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of TX-Badger
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

TX-Badger, Nov 09, 2014
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #58 (November 2011):

LOOK: Pitch black, impressive head

SMELL: Exotic coffee, dark chocolate, soft charcoal, burnt currants, vanilla, booze, wood

TASTE: Thick, syrupy, smooth, bitter char, wood, booze, espresso, cocoa powder, faint vanilla

This beer is a beast! Usually you don't see such grace and balance with bigger Stouts. From roasted, wood, booze and sweetness, it all comes together. Seriously, this one gives some of the more hyped Imperial Stouts something to think about. A true ticker, beer geek, hunter or whatever, should be seeking this brew out.

BeerAdvocate, May 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

shelby415, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

DrinkSlurm, Dec 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

ncaudle, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of Hanzo
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Hanzo, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of Chaney
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Release #1

A: Poured out like a big vat of prune juice with black food coloring. Thick and with no head, this monster just saw there staring at me ominously....

S: More than a hint of coffee...jeez loueez! The coffee was of the gourmet variety and had sort of a soft, buttery quality on the scent.

T: Perhaps that butter is whiskey? ...now that I actually got proactive and read the bottle, it definitely is, alas! Still, lots of coffee and I got some cocoa infusion as well as more sweetness as it warmed.

M: It's rare that I get an equal amount of bourbon and coffee in a beer (usually one trumps the other), but this is one of those that pulls it off. After my tongue pulled out its magnifying glass, it got a few bubbles posing as carbonation, and the aftermath on the glass: minimal lacing. The aftermath on the palate: coffee....and then some.

O: This totally blew me away. If you really want to taste coffee AND bourbon in your beer, this is the one for you!

Chaney, Nov 09, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Todd, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of VeganUndead
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

VeganUndead, Aug 29, 2013
Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,250 ratings.