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Big Bad Baptist - Epic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

1,817 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,817
Reviews: 324
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.45%
Wants: 284
Gots: 474 | FT: 73
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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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle, Batch #2, Brewed on June 10, 2011, Packaged November 28, 2011 (says that on Epic's website). Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch tan head that stayed around for a little while. There's also a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is strong and roasty, the brew smells mostly like coffee, along with some roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, and a little bit of whiskey. Taste is mostly like the aroma, there's roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, whiskey, oak and burnt/charred malt flavors all noticeable. The coffee flavor is dominant, but there's more sweetness that comes out as the brew continues to warm up. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and creamy with good carbonation. I think this is a pretty good brew, if you're a fan of coffee beers then this one is for you! $12.99 a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 23:10:51 | More by bluejacket74
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Keyes88

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

12-20-2011 03:43:04 | More by Keyes88
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark chocolate brown color with a one finger mocha head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Roasted malt aroma with a very strong coffee bean and dark chocolate presence along with a well integrated barrel character. Deep roasted gourmet coffee, dark chocolate, toast and oatmeal complimented by toasted oak. Subtle booze/whiskey in the nose.

Medium bodied with some tight carbonation and a very dry, roasted malt presence that dominates the flavor, lingering into a dry finish. Slightly acrid, heavily roasted coffee bean and bitter dark chocolate notes along with some toffee and oatmeal. Barrel character is most prominent toward the finish with dry, toasted oak complimenting the roasted malt profile and faint boozy whiskey sweetness providing warmth in the finish. Whiskey notes are there but subtle, allowing the other flavors to come through. As it warms the richness from the cocoa and dark malts shine but it's still a bit strong in the roast department for my liking.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 04:36:13 | More by corby112
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CardShark

Ohio

5/5  rDev +15.2%

12-15-2011 06:02:58 | More by CardShark
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jera1350

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pure black with a cocoa colored head of fluffy and rocky foam that makes some nice lacing on the glass.

If this was a sniff test, I would have guessed this was Founders Breakfast Stout. Lots of coffee and chocolate on the nose.

Mmm, nice big flavor. A big malty blend of coffee and chocolate with some warm alcohol permeating up through my nose. There is some warm lingering bourbon in the background. Seems to be more felt than tasted, but it is a nice little compliment. Throw in some oak also. Very tasty, very long flavor. The flavors are nice and mellow where it seems like it's been aged a while.

Very smooth with a lightly sticky feel. Full bodied and plenty warm.

This is a very nice impy stout. Along the lines of a KBS/Breakfast Stout in my opinion. I may have to grab another bottle or two of this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 01:23:58 | More by jera1350
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Dael5859

Ohio

5/5  rDev +15.2%

12-14-2011 13:36:46 | More by Dael5859
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sweatervest27

Ohio

5/5  rDev +15.2%

12-13-2011 21:16:54 | More by sweatervest27
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xdefeatsy

Ohio

5/5  rDev +15.2%

12-11-2011 22:10:19 | More by xdefeatsy
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ucis

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +15.2%

12-11-2011 03:23:27 | More by ucis
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RocPorterFanatic

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours dark brown, not black into a tulip with a subtle, creamy, off white head. Leaves trace amount of lacing down the glass as it dissipates.

S - Big blast of espresso/dark roast coffee in the forefront with some dark chocolate notes following.

T - Chocolate and dark roast come up front. The coffee from the nose is muted. Whiskey and the alcohol warmth come running in. An uncommon nutty flavor is coming in on the sides of the palate, something I've not seen much of in an imperial stout.

M - Very pleasant, creamy but not overdone. There's some other more intense coming in as well, but that may be from the nucleation sites in the glass.

O - Delicious beer. Another win from Epic. In this category that's overwhelmingly dominated by bourbon barrel aged beers, this whiskey variety is a true standout.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 00:53:33 | More by RocPorterFanatic
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ithinkimasofa

Washington

3/5  rDev -30.9%

12-11-2011 00:25:14 | More by ithinkimasofa
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mhaugo

California

4/5  rDev -7.8%

12-06-2011 15:21:13 | More by mhaugo
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mindspin315

New Jersey

2.2/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Almost black body with hints of brown. Small chocolate brown head initially on the pour but has faded to nothing. Lacing is very minimal, gradually falls back into the body.

Big aromas and they're very sweet smelling. Lots of chocolate covered espresso beans, brown sugar, chocolate candy bars, and roasted coffee notes.

Espresso and chocolate are on the palate right away. Not quite as medium or full-bodied as I was expecting this to be. Tastes are actually thin. The beer doesn't seem to be over carbonated so I can't see that being the factor in the watered down flavors. You can detect the coffee, espresso, cocoa, but they don't really shine as much as I thought they would. I do get heat here but nothing that shows me this was aged in Whiskey barrels. Alcohol is quite predominant in the middle then left with a touch of heat and a roasted semi-dry bitterness on the finish.

I was hoping for a little more from this one. It has plenty of things going on that should be good...cocoa nibs, coffee, and aged in whiskey barrels. Altough this one doesn't showcase all that much of a whiskey character and the flavors don't add up to much here. I'd like to see how this beer comes through on tap or a nitro pour.

[68/100]

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 06:40:04 | More by mindspin315
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kirok1999

Ohio

4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich looking black with a nice thick rising light brown head.
Smells of mild milk chocolate mixed with some rich coffee. A mild sweetness comes through as well.
Taste is very nice. Sweet and creamy with lots of coffee and mild milk chocolate. The coffee is well done here, not overpowering at all, just nicely there in the background. The chocolate comes through well and it finishes nicely with a lingering sweetness. Feels rich and smooth. A really well done stout but the price is a bit much to drink with any regularity.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 22:14:56 | More by kirok1999
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morimech

Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Release #1

Viscous liquid that is deep black color. Half inch of head forms and settles quickly to a thin cap. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left down the glass.

I get mostly coffee in the aroma. This does not change much even as the beer gets close to room temperature. Just subtle hints of roasted malt, chocolate, and the faintest trace of whiskey.

Coffee forward flavor as well. A little bit of roasted, burnt bitterness from the malt. Slight hint of chocolate. The barrel aging did not impart much flavor. Would of liked more. Alcohol is well hidden. Just slightly warming in the finish. A little unbalanced with the heavy coffee flavor.

Full bodied and close to perfect carbonation. Just a little too fizzy upfront.

The flavor was dominated too much by one element. For the cost of the bottle I wanted a much better executed stout. The barrel-aging needed to come out more. I would still give the next release another try.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 18:46:26 | More by morimech
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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7.8%

12-04-2011 02:58:58 | More by yeahnatenelson
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crewfan16

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

the girlfriend surprised me with two bottles of release #1. poured from a bomber to a snifter.

a- looks completely black to me. khaki colored head doesnt rise too high, but its 11.7 %, so I didnt expect a ton of head.

s- tons of coffee grounds on the nose and some bittersweet chocolate. just a hint of oak and whiskey.

t- again with tons of coffee, but the chocolate comes out way more. just a light tingle of whiskey and oak at the end. nice flavors but seems to lack a little of that complex heavy punch that i expect from a huge imperial stout

m- a tad light for the style. flavors linger on the palate nicely, but lacks the heavy thick feel of a great imperial stout. abv is hidden nicely though, which is a nice plus.

overall, I had mixed feelings on this brew. the coffee and chocolate flavors were great, but the whiskey and barrel again didnt seem to come out much. it was also a little light texture-wise. if offered again, I would definately have some, but I dont know if i would put in the extra effort to find this somewhat rare beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 03:49:54 | More by crewfan16
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Mahlik

Oregon

3.73/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber from Belmont Station. Poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

A - Pours an opaque black with a one-finger tan-colored head. Head seems to dissipate rather quickly, leaving behind some good lacing. Appears to be quite viscous.

S - Coffee, coffee and more coffee. Notes of cocoa float about in the background. I only get marginal hints of oak. It seems that the whiskey barrel aging didn't do much for the aroma.

T - Again, lots of roasted coffee. The roasted malts, cocoa and dark chocolate become more apparent in the taste. The whiskey and oak pop out a little more but still nothing significant.

M - The mouthfeel is nice on this beer. It's full-bodied and creamy without being too viscous. Moderate carbonation. The alcohol is hidden well. The only time I really felt its presence is in the aftertaste.

O - A good imperial stout from a brewery I'm new to. I wish the whiskey/oak/barrel-aging characteristics were a bit more prevalent. The coffee seemed to dominate the other aromas/flavors.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 23:48:33 | More by Mahlik
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HopStoopid120

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +15.2%

11-29-2011 15:18:04 | More by HopStoopid120
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JayAre46

Texas

4/5  rDev -7.8%

11-29-2011 07:55:46 | More by JayAre46
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a Surly Darkness glass. Big thanks to knifestyles for opening this under-the-radar powerhouse.

A: Black with orange highlights under a thin layer of tan bubbles. All right.

S: Mmmm. Intense coffee + cocoa powder. Not much in the way of whiskey, but the coffee and chocolate are so radically fresh and intense that I don't care. Awesome.

T: Coffee and chocolate essence. Seriously, this is like chocolate-flavored coffee or coffee-flavored chocolate, whichever sounds more delicious to you. There's nothing else here, and what's here is some of the most delicious coffee/chocolate flavor I've ever experienced. The finish is spicy with booze, which is the only thing keeping this from getting full marks. Incredible.

M: Quite viscous - much more so than the appearance would suggest. Moderate carbonation. Absolutely luscious.

O: What a beer. Complex it is not, but it gets the job done like no other stout I can remember. I'd buy more in a heartbeat if I knew where to find it. Drink this beer.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 02:35:41 | More by woosterbill
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allouez86

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -7.8%

11-28-2011 02:21:34 | More by allouez86
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AgentMunky

California

4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a stemmed flare glass at Michael's in Charlottesville. Release #1 (11.7%). Brewed on December 2010 and blended with June 2011. Packaged 22 September 2011.

A: A big, gorgeous tan head. Incredibly black, but shot through with ruby highlights.

S: Amazing! Loads of coffee -- reminiscent of Péché Mortel, one of my all-time favourites -- and sweet, dark chocolate are utterly captivating.

T: Is there such a thing as TOO much coffee bitterness? Maybe... Regardless, this beer is chock full of it, resulting in a long, lingering bitterness and a bittersweet maintaste. I love this beer, even if it's a tad one-dimensional. Smooth and utterly delicious.

M/O: Surprisingly substantial, and altogether bitter. This is a great beer and an amazingly good Imperial Stout. Highly recommended...if you like coffee. I will have another. So good.

Notes
Malts: Muntons Maris Otter Malt, Briess 2-Row Brewer Malt, Crystal Muntons, Weyerman Light Munich Malt T1, 2-Row chocolate malt, 2-row black malt, roasted barley
Hops: Nugget, Chinook, Cascade
Other: Coffee, Cocoa Nibs
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Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into an Albemarle Ciderworks glass. Release #3 (11.4%). Brewed on 22 August 2011. Packaged 9 December 2011.

4.5A: Pours viscously, black and dark. Opaque, with little to no head.

4S: There is a strange scent here, lingering amongst the coffee. Nitrogen? Carbon dioxide? Not as powerful or as excellent as the first release. Still shit tons of coffee.

4.25T/4: Flat coffee. BIttersweet chocolate. Lingering (coffee) bitterness. The whiskey shows a little bit more on this release, offering a subtle, almost subversive, vanilla sweetness. Substantial, chewy, and thick, but little carbonation. Even some hops in up here.

4.5O: A big, bruiser of a coffee stout. I strongly suspect that actual brewed coffee is added (not just coffee beans). Recommended for coffee lovers. Would drink again, but man it's expensive.

Notes
Malts: Muntons Maris Otter Malt, Briess 2-Row Brewer Malt, Crystal Muntons, Weyerman Light Munich Malt T1, 2-Row chocolate malt, 2-row black malt, roasted barley
Hops: Nugget, Chinook, Cascade
Other: Millcreek Coffee nibs (French Roast), Cocoa Nibs

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 01:06:22 | More by AgentMunky
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

11-27-2011 20:33:14 | More by JAHMUR
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plumcrazyfx

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

11-24-2011 23:50:43 | More by plumcrazyfx
Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing Company
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