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Big Bad Baptist - Epic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

2,020 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,020
Reviews: 341
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.22%
Wants: 306
Gots: 494 | FT: 77
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 GregSVT
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into a snifter - Release #3

A: Pours a very dark brown, nearly black, with a light brown head that fades to a ring and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: Holy coffee! The aroma of fresh roasted coffee immediately hits me as I breathe this in. As it warms I can detect subtle notes of chocolate, vanilla, and molasses. The coffee dominates here but it smells wonderful.

T: The taste follows the nose with a big rush of dark roasted espresso on the tongue followed by nice flavors of vanilla, cocoa, and a touch of molasses. Again the coffee dominates but the barrel and base beer are noticeable as well.

M: The feel is medium bodied and creamy from the carbonation.

O: I think this could be world class if it toned down the coffee just a touch...maybe 10% less coffee. Otherwise it's a damn tasty beverage. If you don't like coffee I'd steer clear of this one as it's basically a nice stout with a double shot of espresso dumped in. I have a Batch #1 someone sent me as well and I may age it for a while to see if the coffee fades enough to bring out more flavors.

GregSVT, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of yamar68
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An imposing looking beer... thick black syrup that shows barely an edge of copper clarity, dense half finger of light brown that leaves loads of boozy lacing.

Massive charred wood on the nose, sweet whiskey notes, bitterish coffee presence, sphagnum, burnt caramel, oats, syrupy dark chocolate notes... hot cocoa or something, the 11% abv is perfectly integrated on the nose.

Oh, wow... one word comes to mind - "whiskey-choco-timber-syrup-cafe-caramel." Such enormous flavors taking so many different directions. What I'm actually most impressed by though is the perfect placement of hot whiskey... it blends beautifully with earthy charred woods and mocha flavors. Fantastic stuff.

Wow.

Jesus, man.

yamar68, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of HoshuaJobbs
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

HoshuaJobbs, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of DovaliHops
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick, pitch black color with a large, brownish-java colored head that goes down slowly. Scent is...amazing...So much fresh coffee in the aroma. Sweet vanilla aromas with subtle oak. A good amount of bourbon whiskey in the nose. Dark chocolate with more coffee and espresso. Such an inviting aroma. Taste is just as good! At first, I get sweet vanilla and bourbon. A bit of a chocolate liqueur flavor as well. Fresh espresso with a hint of coconut and dark fruits. More bourbon in the finish. High ABV is noticeable, but well-balanced with the flavors. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and creamy. Drinkability is high, especially for such a big beer. Overall, I was blown away by this beer. I haven't been too impressed by all the other offering I have had from Epic, but this one definitely is EPIC (as much as I hate to use that overused word). Definitely goes up there with the BCBSs, Parabolas, and KBSs.

DovaliHops, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer #62 in my great Utah Brew Hunt.

So this is #9, which is aged in whiskey and bourbon barrels.

Hey now. Super tasty cocoa tones. It has quite a bit of coffee bitterness that seems to mesh extremely well with all of the characteristics of the beer. I get a very slight touch of vanilla that shows in a quite interesting way. Seems the perfect tone from a barrel, or the nicest way it could show.

I remember seeing someone on the boards here say that this was better than KBS, or something along those lines. Founders Breakfast Stout will always be one of my favorite beers, so I can't really go near that statement. But this is definitely a world class beer.

If this were bottled year round, and available at a cheaper price, this would be my go-to beer almost every day of the year. A pity it is such a rare release, but I am definitely glad I had a chance to try it.

Too bad this will most likely overshadow all other beers brewed in Utah I try from here on out.

RblWthACoz, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of denver10
4.71/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pours black with a dark khaki head. Alright retention given its barrel aged. Never smelt anything quite like this and I like. No, I love it. Smells of huge whiskey filled burnt mocha frappucino. Huge cocoa, coffee, and whiskey barrels. Flavor is just as unique; starts off with the whiskey barrels, then some coffee, and leaves with a huge thick, melted chocolate. A medium to fuller mouthfeel. Overall, yeah, this beer is great. Glad I had someone to share this bomber with because its a little too big for me to personally drink on my own, but enjoyed every sip of this I took. Just might have to head back to the liquor store to grab a few more bottles of this.

denver10, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of aaronblain22
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

aaronblain22, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of Hardcore
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Hardcore, Oct 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

usofar, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of arash1000
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

arash1000, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of CEDAMA
5/5  rDev +15.2%

CEDAMA, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of cycoduck
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

cycoduck, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

t0rin0, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of rwilde
3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

rwilde, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of Travisnin
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Travisnin, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of gamanley
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

gamanley, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to TATURBO for sharing this beer! Thanks Chris!

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: black bodied beer with 1 finger of light tan head. Beer has some spotty lacing clingn to the side of glass.

Smell: Heavy char, beef jerky / bacony / meaty smoke, oak, little chalky, touch of vanilla, and roast.

Taste: Really oaky and fully roasted to the point of being charred notes upfront that mix with some vanilla and chocolate sweetness. A hint of molasses, black licorice and cocoa. Beer finishes with a smokey whiskey finish!

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low end of maderate carbonation. Really smooth with just a hint of heat from ABV. This beer really well made and carbonated very nicely!

Overall: This is my third beer from EPIC Brewing. They picked an appropriate name for the brewery bacause 2 of the 3 beer I have drank from them have been EPIC! I am a fan of Big Bad Baptist!

4DAloveofSTOUT, Aug 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

lemongelo, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of MrDanno96
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours pitch black with a finger of tan head and some foamy lacing.

S: A burst of dark-roasted coffee immediately meets the nose, intermingled with strong aromas of roasted malt. Alcohol-soaked coco nibs linger in the background as well. Notes of oak are also present, but surprisingly little whiskey aroma. Nevertheless, the nose is really incredible--the in-your-face roastiness is sublime.

T: Coco nibs and straight chocolate comes through much more in the flavor and almost becomes cloying before it is saved by roasty bitterness in the finish. Some oaky vanilla flavors and alcohol burn come through in the finish as well. The whiskey finally makes an appearance! After the nose, the flavor is a slight let down, but still very good.

M: Full bodied. Thick and oily. Very mild carbonation and a slight warming from the alcohol. Spot-on mouthfeel.

O: The flavor needs just a little more balance, but otherwise this brew is spot on. Well done! I will be looking out for future iterations of this brew for sure.

MrDanno96, Aug 21, 2012
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

3Hops, Aug 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Hanzo, Aug 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Hophead717, Aug 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

thebouch01, Aug 10, 2012
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

BaconBandit, Aug 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Kopfschuss, Jul 30, 2012
Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 2,020 ratings.