Big Bad Baptist - Epic Brewing Company
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4.4/5 rDev +1.4%
A: Pours like one would hope: pitch black with a hearty, persistent head.
S: Definite whiskey, with lots of espresso and some wood smoke.
T: A style that's easy to overdo on the whiskey end in my humble. But this gets it just right in a great balance between the coffee and the whiskey. Chocolate is somewhat present, but definitely takes a backseat to the other two flavors. No matter. What's there works wonders. Smokiness and espresso lingers on the roof and tongue long after. Zero to slight booziness, which is amazing.
M: Not the best judge of this, admittedly. Smooth, inoffensive overall, but with a bit of astringency in the end.
O: I was told this is an excellent supplement to Founder's KBS. I've not had that, but this is a tremendous beer I hadn't even heard about until I bought it. I highly recommend it for fans of barrel aged anything.
10-26-2012 20:54:00 | More by Giraffe
4.4/5 rDev +1.4%
This is a top-notch barrel-aged stout without the hype of higher profile beers but it can definitely hang with them in terms of overall quality, complexity and drinkability, at least in my book. It's also my clear favorite from this brewery, whose beers don't always fall to far up my alley.
BBB pours a rich black color with a sizable tan head that has excellent retention and strong lacing. Appearance for the style is top notch. Big aromas of chocolate, bitter and sweet, roasted malt notes, vanilla, lots of whiskey.
The flavor blends all the expected notes extremely well; bitter and milk chocolate, roasty, slightly charred malts, espresso, vanilla, anise, whiskey and oak are perfectly integrated and nothing overwhelms anything else. Has a nice barrel presence but it's not overly assertive. Nice sweetness but isn't cloying either.
Full-bodied, medium carbonation, smooth, sticky, and creamy feel. Right on once again.
I have no complaints with this beer. It's big but not over-the-top, looks the part, has great balance, and has the requisite heft to carry all of its complex elements. Highly recommended for fans of this style.
10-26-2012 17:29:29 | More by tobelerone
4.23/5 rDev -2.5%
A= Pours a deep black color with the smallest amount of nice brown head that falls to a skin on top of the glass. Solid lacing and little retention are left in the glass.
S= Smells like a big ass imperial stout. Tons of liqorice and soy sauce. A deep chocolate and coffee flavors are buried under it.
T= The flavor isn't nearly as harsh as the nose is. It's got a great chocolate flavor. Tons of almost a milk chocolate to it. There is a decent amount of roasty malt to it as well but mostly a delicious milky chocolate. The soy sauce from the nose is almost totally gone and there is no harsh alcohol present.
M= Well carbonated to a silky smooth texture.
O= The smell left me wanting something different but this beer is bad ass. A great beer actually. I had written off Epic after being dissapointed by a few of their beers but this one is no joke. I almost can't believe it's the sae brewery. This beer is excellent. Get this and drink them no need to age.
10-22-2012 21:25:31 | More by jjanega08
4.28/5 rDev -1.4%
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Duval glass. Batch #9.
A - pours an almost pitch black. Not as inky nor as thick as expecting. A nice medium brown colored head 2.5 finger tall builds from a firm pour. Head collapses fairly quickly leaving tracing of foam tat provides. Fair amount of lacing.
S - lots if coffee and cappuccino aromas to get you going right off the bat. Alcohol detected. Dark bakers chocolate.
T - lots of the same you would expect from the nose. A rush of coffee paired with dark chocolates. Lots of coffee. I would like this to rest a little and let the coffee reside a tad. It's like FBS's way bigger brother. Slightly bitter, mostly from coffee on the back end.
M - medium bodied with a fairly creamy feel. A nice warming affect from the booze.
D - fairly easy to drink for the alcohol and style.
Overall, a very nice stout that downtown get enough props. Coffee and chocolate pair well to make a nice drinking beer for this abv. Most of the barrel flavors evaded me but they may have been masked by the intense coffee flavors. Not much opened up as if warmed which was slightly surprising too. If you get a chance pick this up and give it a whirl.
10-21-2012 18:48:55 | More by beesy
4.48/5 rDev +3.2%
Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass. Release #7.
Appearance: Pours a dark and oily black with no other color coming through. About two fingers of deep tan head that fade into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass.
Smell: A big dark aroma of coffee and chocolate. Dark roasted malts with big hints of coffee beans, dark chocolate and cocoa nibs, burnt toast, caramel, toffee, and nuts. The barrel aging is pretty subtle. Light hints of vanilla, whiskey, oak, and wood. Some molasses and brown sugar. Light hints of dark fruit and earthy hops in the background. The smell is very coffee and chocolate forward. Very rich aroma.
Taste: As big and rich as it smells. Dark roasted malts with a huge taste of fresh coffee beans. Rich chocolate and cocoa nibs. Notes of burnt caramel, toast, toffee, and nuts. The whiskey barrel is a little stronger in the taste. Notes of vanilla, oak, and wood. A little brown sugar and molasses add some sweetness. Subtle notes of hops and dark fruit. Again, the coffee and chocolate dominate, although it is not overly sweet. It is more of a bitter, drying dark.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very rich and creamy. Has a drying bitter feel from the heavy coffee. Alcohol is hidden fairly well.
Overall: A very good coffee forward imperial stout. Great dark taste. Could of used a little more barrel aging. This might not be ideal for aging as the coffee is a huge element here.
10-21-2012 06:19:38 | More by MattyG85
4.69/5 rDev +8.1%
bomber into an oversized wine glass
Ap- dark dark brown in color and thick looking. Looks like a typical big stout. Dark tan had sticks around for just a bit then clings to the glass.
Ar- coffee bomb, cocoa, dark chocolate, roasted malts, some dark fruit...this one is one of the best smelling beers I have ever stuffed my nose into. As a HUGE fan of coffee stouts this one earns a rare "5".
T- weird...coffee, cocoa, roasty malts and a bit of barrel but just barely. Not being a huge fan of "whiskey" tasting beers this one fits just perfect. The barrel presense is barely there but in just the right amount. Bottle is labeled 12.5% alcohol and this beer hides it very well.
M- a bit bubbly for a stout but nothing outragous or anything. thick bodied and the alcohol warms your mouth on the hold.
O- an awesome stout, very well done, this is the best beer by EPIC that I have ever had. Ive had FBS, KBS, CBS and other big stouts I can honestly say this one is just as good!
10-20-2012 12:53:50 | More by BeerNutz324
4.1/5 rDev -5.5%
22oz. Nice deep black pour, tan layer floats above and sags into the brew to give that layered look.
Aroma, about the strongest roast coffee I've smelled since Breakfast Stout. Some malt, dark chocolate, cocoa beneath.
Taste, Heavy roast again. Malt and coffee. More sweeter notes of chocolate, vanilla, toffee. Cocoa coffee finish. Whisky-oak is just present.
Fairly full bodied, the carbonation is just a bit too lively to give a creamy mouthfeel. Still coats very well. A faint warming but very under control for 11%.
At $13 it is worth trying, maybe not buying a bunch of. Wouldn't mind seeing what some time would do though. It's good, like a big Breakfast Stout, just not quite as all around good as Breakfast Stout, mainly because of the heat.
10-20-2012 02:43:14 | More by Bung
4.08/5 rDev -6%
Appearance: Black with a fair-sized medium beige head. Nothing to change here.
Smell: Upfront coffee with some mild brown sugar notes. Maybe the faintest of whiskey notes as well.
Taste: Coffee and some roasted malt notes. I also get some mild vanilla and whiskey from the bal-aging. The beer finishes with some slight hop and roasted malt notes. The alcohol presence is very subtle for the ABV. The bal-aging pays second fiddle to the coffee notes.
Mouth-feel: Medium to full bodied with the perfect level of carbonation for the style (for my taste).
Overall: Let me preface this by stating if there were a coffee advocate site I would be a long-standing member. The prominent coffee, the good mouth-feel and the coffee nose work well for me. With the pricing in my area I'll be revisiting this one.
10-20-2012 00:25:22 | More by IKR
4.48/5 rDev +3.2%
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.
10-17-2012 01:30:57 | More by WillCarrera
4.5/5 rDev +3.7%
Wow. Coffee coffee coffee. You smell it and you feel like you just woke up and got bitch-slapped by Mr. Coffee. That is one awesome nose!
The head is a small lacing.
Deeep dark color.
Taste is a very big coffee flavor up front with hints of cocoa. Then you can taste the whiskey on the way down. Very very nice flavor. I didn't taste the 11% like you can with other beers. This was smooth as silk.
Loved every sip of it.
Went back and grabbed two more today! Can't wait til its cold. Maybe I will have it for breakfast...mmm
10-15-2012 21:22:26 | More by dvmin98
4.43/5 rDev +2.1%
On tap at hops and pie. Standard imperial stout appearance: motor oil. Filmy head. Aroma was the most glorious coffee beans, so rich with a dab of chocolate. The flavor followed suit and was just as nice. Overall this was a fantastic beer and I need to score some bottles of this stuff or else head back for another glass.
10-15-2012 18:53:45 | More by ArrogantB
4.13/5 rDev -4.8%
On-tap at Beachwood I,
A: Pours black with a firm creamy dark tan head, good retention, nice lace.
S: Like sticking my nose in a coffee machine, big heavenly coffee bean aroma, some secondary dark chocolate.
T: Coffee and chocolate dominated the first half. The second half gets quite hoppy and grassy, it reminded me of ST Creme Brulee in this aspect, hops when you'd never expect it. Big, full flavour.
M: Full-bodied, though it does feel a bit thinner at the finish than I'd like. Creamy, with a soft carbonation.
O: An interesting tasty beer for sure, like Peche Mortel meets Yeti. The bomber price is a bit out there, but a pour on-tap was a good deal methinks.
10-14-2012 23:21:23 | More by Halcyondays
4.7/5 rDev +8.3%
A - Deep black and beautiful, no lacing...
N - Chocolate, sweet fruit, coffee
T - Coffee, sweet fruit, chocolate, lite bourbon(mainly on after taste) Taste more like a bourbon soaked fruit with nibs...
M - Full bodied, medium carbonation, smooth!
O - One of my fav stouts for winter!! So good not to try it!! Enjoy!
10-14-2012 01:52:48 | More by jtd1969
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