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Big Bad Baptist - Epic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

2,657 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,657
Reviews: 431
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 363
Gots: 778 | FT: 105
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:
Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 09-30-2011

One Big Bad Imperial Stout with Cocoa nibs and Coffee nibs.

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

ABV varies by batch
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4.71/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A very good beer!
Poured with a creamy head.
Chocolaty roasty aroma, not burning with alcohol, reminded me of a mellow roasted chocolate aroma.
Lots of chocolate flavor, smooth, mellow, no alcohol burn, not a lot of oak or barrel flavor, but a definite vanilla buttery smoothness. Maybe the vanilla is from the barrel, but whatever, it works well with this beer, one of the best barrel stouts.
I wish I had more of this one, it is definitely worth seeking out.

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5/5  rDev +14.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.79/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer comes in a black color with tinges of brown coming through in the light with a mocha brown head.

The aroma immediately reminds me of KBS. Bright coffee, black cherries, big sweet whiskey and oak notes, a light bitter chocolate, but generally surrounded by vibrant lively barrel character.

The flavor follows with that immediately of boozy dark fruit, coffee and vanilla that continues onto the finish. Then a dark chocolate comes in as the whiskey barrel attacks. This is not the most smooth barrel aged beer, but it is not offensive. It has forward spicy whiskey notes with a medium plus to full mouthfeel. It almost reminds me of a bigger barrel aged version of Founders Breakfast (which is not KBS because they are different base beers).

The finish is of dark chocolate and slight amounts of roasted coffee, alcohol, and oak.

A big amount of alcohol and whiskey flavor without too much sweetness. This definitely is up there with my favorite barrel aged stouts. It is different from other barrel aged beers with their silky, sweet, vanilla, and bourbon character. This has those complexities, but with more alcohol and a more restrained sweetness. One of my new favorite barrel aged brews.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With Epic recently beginning distribution to Wisconsin, this was my first taste of one of their beers. With winter starting to wind down, I decided I wanted one last big, boozy stout before moving onto lighter beers in the spring. This one did not disappoint.

The coffee was fairly prominent in both the smell and the taste. I was hoping to get a little more of the barrel aged taste but it was pretty well muted in the background. There was a nice sweetness that followed the coffee. I drank an entire bomber of this on my own but I think normally this would be a good one to share as it was pretty heavy.

Also, I really like how Epic has information on their website for each individual batch of beer they do for some of their bigger beers. A nice touch for the beer geeks out there!

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bomber into a snifter.

Pours aggressively without me even trying and produces a fizziness that forms into a finger and a half, dark khaki-colored head. There's a considerable amount of carbonation visible and that forms little colonies on the sides of the glass, creating the phenomenon in which this otherwise pitch black liquid appears lighter. A thin lace eventually settles over the beer.

Even as I cracked the bottle, the strong dark coffee aroma was prominent. Vanilla and caramel hit my nose when I take a whiff and combine with the coffee to suggest a mocha or other coffee concoction. The coffee aroma is more suggestive of beans than the liquid product, the smell is so intensely robust and potent. I also get dark chocolate as well, like a pure bar. This beer is impressive on the nose alone.

Oh my, this is killer. The whiskey adds a subtle spice, smoke and peat, without hijacking the beer or its other tastes. Dark chocolate, vanilla, and coffee swirl around, suggesting a vanilla coffee then a mocha, as if the two drinks were poured together. And much like a combination of those two drinks, this beer is both creamy and smooth, yet still feels burly and big.

I'd consider this beer almost perfect, but the one thing I have to slightly ding it for is a hint of odd, almost plasticky flavor I get with the lingering whisky. I think it's just a characteristic of the whisky doing something funny and it is only mildly noticeable, but without that, I think I'd give this a 5 in taste and mouthfeel.

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4.67/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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5/5  rDev +14.9%

Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,657 ratings.