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Big Bad Baptist - Epic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

2,015 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,015
Reviews: 341
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.22%
Wants: 304
Gots: 493 | 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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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Stinger80OH, Jul 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

jds16, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of Retsinis
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Retsinis, Jun 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

HoistinBrews, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of KingofHops
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich dark pour with an exquisite head and color. Easily mistaken for a rich cup of coffee, the appearance clearly reflects that chocolate and java elements, smooth feel with a perfect complement of carbonation. The tones of java are unmistakable and are perfectly complimented by the settle chocolate hint. Fantastic imperial stout, one that most certainly requires indulging on multiple occasions.

KingofHops, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of Avast
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite imperial stouts I've ever had. Great body, pours a smooth, deep black color. Beautiful dark copper head. Right off the bat you can smell the coffee and chocolate. First taste is a bitter bite from the whiskey cask aging and the acidity from the coffee. Smooths out with a wonderful dark chocolate finish. I love this beer. Perfect for a cold winter night. Make sure you share, its a big boy.

Avast, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of superspak
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, batch 1; bottled 9/22/2011. Pours pitch black color with a small dense tan head with good retention; that reduces to a very thin cap that lingers. Some decent spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of huge dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, toffee, vanilla, whiskey, oak, molasses, toast, and light char. Fantastic aromas with awesome balance and complexity. Taste of big roasted coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, caramel, roasted malt, molasses, toffee, whiskey, oak, molasses, and toast. Light bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, coffee, whiskey, oak, toast, molasses, caramel, toffee, and vanilla on the finish for a while. Fantastic balance of the barrel flavors with the beer; no overwhelming whiskey flavors at all. Medium carbonation and full bodied; with a nice creamy, slick, and thick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely fantastic barrel aged imperial stout! Great balance of flavors with the barrel aging; and very smooth to sip on for being 11.7%. This is the easier to find substitute for KBS in my book.

superspak, Jun 10, 2012
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4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle (release #3, 11.4% ABV) courtesy of hoppymcgee. Thanks again Greg! Poured into a Brooklyn snifter.

A - Pours an almost pitch black color that is quite opaque in the glass. A finger of dense, dark brown head lingers for a minute or two and falls slowly to the surface leaving a foamy collar and some lacing on the glass.

S - From a distance to the glass, my first impression is a chocolate donut. Closer inspection changes this and reveals much more. Serious coffee which smells great, dark chocolate, faint hints of whiskey, a bit of char, lots of dark roasted malt. Actually reminds me quite a bit to a KBS. I hope this tastes as good as it smells.

T - Coffee is still front and center in the flavor but perhaps is second in intensity behind a prominent charcoal and burnt toast aspect. Cocoa nibs come thru nicely especially towards the finish. Barrel is extremely subtle but definitely adds a layer of nuance. Doesn't quite stand up to KBS or its own aroma, but this is really, really good.

M - Medium bodied with a lower level carbonation that is a touch tingly...or is that the whiskey? If it is the whiskey it is really the only evidence of the spirit in the mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden, no heat at all, flavor contribution is subtle but complementary. Maybe the weakest aspect of this beer, but that is a bit nit-picky and definitely speaks to how good the other aspects of this stout are.

O - Very glad Greg suggested this one to me...honestly hadn't heard of it at the time and had to look it up. This is one of the better imperial stouts I've had recently...really like the powerful coffee flavors, subtle barrel treatment, amazing aroma. Would really like to get another bottle of this one somewhere down the road.

portia99, Jun 10, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

drewone, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of thagr81us
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to beeruser for sharing this one at a recent tasting! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller oversized wine glass. Poured pitch black with a half finger tan head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, coffee, caramel, and sweet alcohol. The flavor was of roasted malt, coffee, cream, wood, sweet alcohol, and espresso. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was an excellent brew. I truly went into this brew not expecting to like what I found. Fortunately, I was QUITE surprised! This thing really amazed me with all the flavors and aromas I got off it. They were so intense throughout while still remaining balanced. This one really wowed everyone at the tasting that evening. If you have constant access to this, I definitely envy you. If you don’t, you need to get this thing on your palate STAT!

thagr81us, Jun 07, 2012
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4.14/5  rDev -4.6%

rkarimi, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of ao125
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've drank a number of beers, and done a number of beer reviews, but there are few things that come even remotely close to this beer.

The only way I can describe it is like: "Drinking a midnight-black and thick, glass of chocolate-covered espresso beans".

It's sweet.
It's filling.
It's difficult as hell to get through a whole bottle on your own.

But it's also quite delicious.

Definitely a dessert beer of "Epic" proportions.

The "Big Bad Baptist" name also fits, if you think about this as "coffee and donuts after church"... now I just need to find a church that serves it.

Hands down, one of my favorite beers. I've tried batches #1, #3, and #4.

ao125, Jun 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Rau71, Jun 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

muchloveforhops3, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from release #4 (bottled on 1/23/12) poured in to CBS snifter.

A - Poured black. One finger of bubbly espresso coloured head that receded to a thin layer. Some light lacing.

S - Whiskey up front that gives way to a bold espresso aroma, charred oak and cocoa nibs. The overall nose is very bitter with noticeable alcohol.

T - Massive espresso flavours up front that give way to whiskey, charred oak and heavily roasted chocolate malts. Bitter cocoa nibs are present as well, which combine with the espresso to create an almost overpowering bitterness that dominate the palate, somewhat muting the barrel aging qualities; but that is not a bad thing, as it allows the flavours to integrate well with good balance.

M - Medium to full body. Somewhat viscous. Light carbonation.

O - A little to heavy on the coffee but very good. Will be interesting to see what happens to my other bottle with a year or so of age on it.

TheSevenDuffs, May 27, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

im4beer, May 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

DarthGuitarHero, May 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

nycwinter, May 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

johnnyboy76, May 15, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

pschul4, May 11, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

szmnnl99, May 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

HumphreyLee, May 06, 2012
Photo of brstls4drmrs
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A--pours a dark, thick, opaque liquid with a perfectly thin caramel head. Good lacing occurs with some froth sticking to the glass.

S--dark chocolate malts, earth, coffee, burnt vanilla bean.

T--coffee and strong malts. Faint dark chocolate with some burnt, dark fruits.

M--thick and slightly creamy as temp rises. Finish sticks around for a while which is quite pleasing.

O--great brew. Would definitely get more of this.

brstls4drmrs, May 06, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

PluckyDucky, May 04, 2012
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

Cinderbike, May 02, 2012
Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 2,015 ratings.