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Big Bad Baptist - Epic Brewing Company

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2,238 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,238
Reviews: 362
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.22%
Wants: 325
Gots: 565 | FT: 82
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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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

AbeFroman, Feb 01, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

FremontBar, Feb 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

ste5venla, Jan 31, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

TheBierBoutique, Jan 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

JeffreyJDavis, Jan 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Stavros1977, Jan 30, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Fresh, Jan 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

flipdog0, Jan 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

danieelol, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of BMMillsy
4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Release #10. 11.4% abv. Pours pitch black with a small brown head. Aroma of some oak, chocolate, and loads of coffee. Sweet but with the perfect bitterness to balance it out. Lots of roasted coffee lingering after the burst of chocolate. Thick and chewey. Prickly carbonation. I do get some oak from this, but little if any bourbon tones. Maybe the bitterness is just balancing these well? In any case, this is one of the best impy’s I’ve had. It’ll keep ya warm for sure. Very nice.

BMMillsy, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of Someguy1_8t
4.78/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Release #7 - served in a tulip glass.

Appearance - The color for this was black. It had about a finger of rapidly diminishing head.

Smell - The first aroma to hit me was a strong coffee scent. This was followed by wet oak or wood grilling planks, which I'm assuming comes from the whiskey barrel aging. The aroma was strong enough to smell from about 2-3 feet away. There where also hints of sweet vanilla and chocolate and some booze, again probably from the barrel aging.

Taste - The taste was much like the smell. Bold taste of roasted malts , chocolate and dark roast coffee. There was also vanilla, oak, and a hint of booze.

Mouthfeel- There was a full bodied mouth feel to this one with very little carbonation. Viscous and velvet like. With a lingering of the roasted coffee for a bit.

Overall - I thought this was one of the best Imperial stouts I have ever tried, if not certainly the most interesting and intriguing.

Someguy1_8t, Jan 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

oglmcdgl, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of rangerred
4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Release #10. Poured into a snifter out of a 22oz bomber.

Pours inky black with just a small dark tan head that fades to a ring around the side of the glass. Pretty decent lacing considering the abv.

Coffee is quite prominent in the aroma with hints of dark chocolate. Lots of roasted malt that seems slightly burnt. There is vanilla and just the slightest hint of whiskey buried way in the background.

The coffee carries big time into the flavor mixed nicely with cocoa creating almost a mocha character. Lots and lots of heavily roasted malt that borders on being a bit acrid and charred. There is still just a little bourbon in the background that I wish was a little more prominent. Nice vanilla and caramel touches too. The alcohol is well hidden with just a slight warmth in the back of the throat with a creamy and just slightly sticky mouthfeel.

Overall, a very tasty imperial stout but one that is not quite Earth-shattering. I don't know if I would go out of my way to pick this up but if you do come across it, it is worth drinking.

rangerred, Jan 28, 2013
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3/5  rDev -30.9%

jrallen34, Jan 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

dave122382, Jan 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

TheBronze, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of DaveAnderson
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Release #7, 11.0% ABV.

I wasn't really planning to review this beer. I just wanted to open in and drink it. But then I smelled it, and knew I would have to review it. So here goes.

A standard pour into a tulip produces a pitch-black liquid and an ethereal, dark tan foam. The head is not aggressive, and it dissipates fairly soon, leaving little lacing. The beer itself is as dark as any I have seen. It's not quite as viscous as some, but it's espresso black.

Coffee is evident to my nose. But chocolate is the dominant smell. And I don't mean it smells like a typical chocolate stout. To me, it smells like one of those chocolates that are 75% or 85% cocoa. The label says it spent time in whiskey barrels, but I would never have guessed.

It tastes like it smells. A hint of coffee, but huge, high cocoa chocolate notes. No oak, no whiskey. And hey -- it's none the worse off for lack of whiskey notes. I sometimes think brewers try to cram too many flavors into a bottle. This one is complex enough as-is.

Mouthfeel is a little thin for such a big beer. Alcohol is well-masked. This one is really easy to drink. It's my favorite beer from Epic so far.

DaveAnderson, Jan 27, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Westmi, Jan 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Rifugium, Jan 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Boilerfood, Jan 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

miadw3, Jan 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

jcjerabek, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of KingEdward
4.98/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is awesome! Smell is of coffee, caramel, and sweet malt. Taste is of dark roasted coffee, vanilla, roasted malt, dark chocolate, and finishes with a boozy whiskey flavor. It looks good with a light brown head that becomes a creamy ring and the beer is jet black. The feel is very thick, creamy, and like velvet. Overall this is a great beer! I will drink as much as i can get!

KingEdward, Jan 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

SPRichard, Jan 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

Lunch, Jan 23, 2013
Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,238 ratings.