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Big Bad Baptist - Epic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

1,926 Ratings
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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 garymuchow
4.19/5  rDev -3.5%

Batch #7
Cold snow and rain April night. Seems like a good time.
First whiffs are of heavy coffee and deep dark malt. The barrel aging lends a creamy quality to the aroma as part of the vanilla. The whiskey aroma is mostly background. Hints of the chocolate bits in the periphery.
Pretty much all black. Small dark head that settles to a smear but still leaves a little lacing after the drink. Dark red/brown highlights.
Still fresh enough to be sharp. Big, rather thick and chewy. Small sips fill the mouth with flavor with great endurance. Some heat. Has the complexity of the dark malts, some of the whiskey, some vanilla, bits of chocolate. Warmth pretty darn quickly in the gut. Heavy smooth. The dark malts push to the point too heavy (near burnt- could be the coffee addition). Rather fine carbonation. Aftertaste is strong on coffee with a ground like experience.
This is good. I'm not in love with it. Not sure why, but it's not inspiring a strong reaction. Interesting and well done.

garymuchow, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%

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
Photo of Daniellobo
3.55/5  rDev -18.2%

Good coffee laden stout, barely fair as a bourbonesque brew.

Presentation: 22 oz brown capped bottle. Paper label with a simple light cream background and a black label with the name of the brew and series branding punctuated by drawing of a pilgrim/like bearded man opening a jar.. Side narrative Offers a small note about the special and limited character of the brew, and encourages to check their website for more details. Notes release #1, and 11.7 % Alc. by Vol. Served in a snifter.

A - Black pour with brown edges, fair 1/3" creamy brown head, poor retention and lacing with a fair surface memory ring.

S - Prominent coffee nose, not badly done… a bit plain but fair with a minimal hint of complex sweetness behind it.

T- Palate follows with a roasted coffee commanding note, malty… touch of chocolate and a sweetness that is minimally vanilla, whiskyeske… very short there, but the roasted sense and the sturdy but correct coffee do a good job to sustain the brew.

M - Medium-full body with tingly carbonation, fairly smooth ride with a small bitterness and an emerging boozy touch.

O - Nice sipper, a bit to compact and too skewed towards the coffee but pretty pleasing.

Notes: Blasphemy: in the KBS range without the hype, missing the Bourbon barrel, and with good coffee.. not too good a coffee but a fair coffee… Dunno, it is nice but nothing that I would actively seek out.

Daniellobo, Nov 09, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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

IrishColonial, May 14, 2013
Photo of mcallister
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Pours an almost deep purple, a tan head of two fingers fades into a molten top leaving no lace.

Amazing aromas of big and bold freshly brewed coffee. Dark chocolate, black and blueberry, light whiskey and hints of oak. Roasted malts and a hint of smoke.

Coffee monster here and delicious, big and toasty with hints of mocha, heavy cream, burnt caramel, toffee, plum, blueberry, very light wood, with some bourbon notes late in the finish. Other brooding dark fruits, coffee tannins galore and a smidgeon of vanilla.

mcallister, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of wagenvolks
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

wagenvolks, Dec 29, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

akang, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of beerpadawan
4/5  rDev -7.8%

beerpadawan, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of shelby415
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

shelby415, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of Rutager
3.99/5  rDev -8.1%

From Steasy66, thanks man! Release #3.

Appearance. Pours a a deep chocolate brown, black in the glass with 1.5 fingers of creamy tan head that paints the sides of the glass.

Smell. Whiskey, chocolate, vanilla and old barrel. Maybe a little bit of coffee, but wouldn't have guessed it was in there.

Taste. Dark chocolate, lots of wood and woody vanilla, some sharp whiskey and dark roasted coffee in the finish.

Mouthfeel. Full body with medium+, smooth and soft carbonation, quite creamy and nice. There's a little astringent alcohol, but nothing too upsetting.

Overall. A very nice stout with lots of barrel but maybe not as much coffee as I would have liked.

Rutager, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of wedge
4.08/5  rDev -6%

@ 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...

wedge, Nov 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Tyrawlings, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of Immortale25
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%

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
Photo of RedneckBeerz
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

RedneckBeerz, Aug 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

lupercmda, Oct 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Falcone, Dec 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Lovely85, Jan 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Todd, Feb 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

2dogbrew, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of BMMillsy
4.56/5  rDev +5.1%

Release #10. 11.4% abv. Pours pitch black with a small brown head. Aroma of some oak, chocolate, and loads of coffee. Sweet but with the perfect bitterness to balance it out. Lots of roasted coffee lingering after the burst of chocolate. Thick and chewey. Prickly carbonation. I do get some oak from this, but little if any bourbon tones. Maybe the bitterness is just balancing these well? In any case, this is one of the best impy’s I’ve had. It’ll keep ya warm for sure. Very nice.

BMMillsy, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of rlee1390
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%

A-Black in the glass, clear around the edges, one finger brown head that tries to leave some lacing.

S-Woah. Lots of great coffee. Some chocolate and roasted malt, more oak than whiskey. The coffee dominates and it is a good thing.

T-Again lots and lots of coffee. What wonderful coffee flavor. Then some roasted malt and chocolate. FInishes with oak and very slight whiskey, it could use longer aging I believe.

M-Medium bodied, slight carbonation, tad creamy.

O-One of the better coffee stout on the market. Could use some more whiskey flavor but still a knock out. Thank you Clif!

rlee1390, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of Jeffo
3.18/5  rDev -26.7%

Got this one from ScottO. Cheers for the trade man!

From a bomber into a snifter
Exponential Series
Release no.22
ABV: 10.2%
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.

Jeffo, Feb 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

egrace84, Feb 27, 2013
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

hollywood_15063, Oct 28, 2013
Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,926 ratings.