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Big Bad Baptist - Epic Brewing Company

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96
world-class

1,822 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 1,822
Reviews: 324
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.45%
Wants: 285
Gots: 476 | FT: 74
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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DCgolfpro

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

03-15-2012 05:07:47 | More by DCgolfpro
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baerb69

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

03-15-2012 04:20:50 | More by baerb69
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johnnybgood1999

Virginia

4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poors pitch black with a mellow, brown cocoa head. Smells like a delicous mocha coffee. Vanilla and bourbon are noticeable secondary notes.
On the first sip, Big Baptist coats the tongue with a well balanced mix of cocoa and coffee. The coffee blend tastes like a quality brand was used, very robust and quasi espresso flavors come through. The chocolate was dark, sweet, and bitter. This made me happy, as I prefer dark chocolate versus super sweet in my beers. Vanilla, bourbon, and oak are present throughout, but become more pronounced on the back end of the palate. The mouthfeel is viscous, yet pleasantly light enough. Baptist drinks smooth and easy. I actually wanted more after I finished my bomber. Overall, this was an impressive beer that I rank right up there with The Abyss, but slightly below Goose Island BCBS. I can't compare it to KBS, as the only one I was able to procure mysteriously disappeared a year ago from my fridge. Yes, I'm still crying about that. Baptist fills a niche that I'm fond of; a beer you want when you can't tackle a bigger BCBS type brew. My first beer from Epic and it will not be my last. Very nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 13:43:50 | More by johnnybgood1999
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Surly Goat in West Hollywood, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is absolutely fantastic with dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, and huge coffee bean and coffee ground aromas. Taste is of dark roasted malt and a flavor very similar to tiramisu that has been dusted with cocoa powder and coffee grounds. There is a nice roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a medium body. Overall, this is a good stout with an outstanding aroma but the taste just doesn't match up.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2012 06:19:13 | More by UCLABrewN84
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beerFool28607

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

03-08-2012 23:25:27 | More by beerFool28607
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rogueleonardi

Ohio

5/5  rDev +15.2%

03-07-2012 16:11:12 | More by rogueleonardi
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largadeer

California

4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to drgonzo3705 for this one. Batch 4, bottled in Jan 2012.

Appearance: Pretty standard black bodied RIS appearance here, pouring with a couple fingers of leather-hued foam that settles to a thin film. Looks solid.

Smell: Not terribly subtle but thoroughly enjoyable coffee and cocoa up front. Gentle roastiness is noticed beneath, along with some molasses sweetness. Little bit of barrel peeks through, lending vanilla and faint alcohol.

Taste & mouthfeel: Coffee, cocoa and vanilla, in that order. The coffee used has a robust earthy, spicy note that's pretty nice. Pleasantly roasty malt backbone without any burnt qualities. The body is a solid medium-full, never approaching syrupy, and sweetness likewise is pretty reigned-in for an 11%er. Subtle bourbon barrel flavors here, I'm guessing this didn't spend much time in the barrel. The finish is long but mellow, very coffee-forward.

Overall: This stuff is pretty legit, I'm very surprised. It isn't quite in the same league as beers like BCBCS and KBS, but it isn't too far off.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 03:37:32 | More by largadeer
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beer2day

North Carolina

4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opaque black pour with no light filtering through at all. Dark khaki head, 1 fingers worth. Only downside is the beer is light on head retention. Thin sheen of wet lace all around the glass.

Nose is very complex. Coffee overwhelms, but cocoa comes through along with oak underneath that. Smells like a roasted chocolate covered espresso bean.

Strong coffee flavor, espresso even, with a strong roast chocolate presence. Citrus hops manage to sneak through all the coffee and chocolate bitters in the finish. Definite smoked oak flavor from the barrels. Not really picking up the whiskey until the very end of the bottle. Vanilla starts to pick up late in the bottle, too. Wow, this is complex.

Feel is a bit disappointing. A little on the thin side. For a beer this powerful on the tongue, a thicker feel would pair better.

Overall, this rivals the best coffee stouts I've tasted. The best beer I've had from Epic.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 02:47:40 | More by beer2day
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Lynn

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

03-05-2012 23:30:20 | More by Lynn
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KnightRider

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

03-05-2012 05:42:30 | More by KnightRider
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Amazed by this beer, pitch black pour into my Stone R.I.S. chalice, absolutely absorbed all the light in my glass. Big thicket of khaki tan head forms fine even bands of lacing between sips. A perfect breakfast beer, hair of the dog, basically smells and tastes like a coffee bomb with dark bitter chocolate and oak barrel aging effects smoothing things out a good bit. Espresso notes creamy vanilla and charred oak, this was one big complex Big Bad Baptist Imperial Stout that I enjoyed immensely. Body wasn't cloying full to the max with flavor and texture, evenly carbonated...excellent offering. Overall I'm in love and I need to find more I only had one bottle and I need more of this nectar. I've officially been baptized!

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 21:10:02 | More by WVbeergeek
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CoryR

Oregon

3/5  rDev -30.9%

03-03-2012 17:52:56 | More by CoryR
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bdake

Arizona

5/5  rDev +15.2%

03-03-2012 03:56:02 | More by bdake
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tclapper

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

03-02-2012 17:26:15 | More by tclapper
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emaciated

California

4/5  rDev -7.8%

02-29-2012 06:27:19 | More by emaciated
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gregmoscetti

California

4/5  rDev -7.8%

02-28-2012 06:36:29 | More by gregmoscetti
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fehrminator

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -7.8%

02-28-2012 00:28:38 | More by fehrminator
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HoposaurusRex

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: 22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

A: Pours an opaque black with thin tan head.

S: Very forward coffee aroma with hints of syrup and chocolate. Initial scent reminded me of walking into a coffee shop.

T/M: Very intense coffee taste with hints of cocoa and smokiness. Slightly syrupy mouthfeel, but the beer is in no way cloyingly sweet. The bitter coffee taste cuts the sweetness and masks the alcohol excellently.

O: Wow! This beer has some intense coffee flavor. Reminded me of biting into a chocolate-covered coffee bean. I would have enjoyed a bit more smokey bourbon flavor, but on the whole this is a fantastic imperial stout. Great after a hearty dinner of steak or ribs.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 04:26:32 | More by HoposaurusRex
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popery

California

4/5  rDev -7.8%

02-26-2012 00:12:51 | More by popery
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wolfeman007

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +15.2%

02-25-2012 02:22:48 | More by wolfeman007
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micstache

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

02-22-2012 06:18:34 | More by micstache
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uvm2003

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7.8%

02-22-2012 01:46:28 | More by uvm2003
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Dano420

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -7.8%

02-21-2012 14:27:53 | More by Dano420
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jak

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

02-20-2012 14:37:17 | More by jak
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

3.93/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft poured into a snifter

A: Pours pitch black with a heavier than normal consistency and light brown bubbles that favor a coffee's creme.

S: Aroma is all coffee with hints of bitter roasted malt and some chocolate sweetness as well.

T/M: Flavor adds a dimension of smokiness to the coffee and bitter malt. Bubbles are tiny and lend a creamy mouthfeel. There's a little bite from the alcohol, which is tamed, but also thins the beer out.

This is a well balanced, strong stout with an enhanced coffee profile that adds character.

TheBeerAlmanac.com

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2012 02:12:57 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,822 ratings.