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Big Bad Baptist - Epic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

2,224 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,224
Reviews: 361
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.22%
Wants: 324
Gots: 558 | 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%

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
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

ejyoung, Jan 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

mtrog313, Jan 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

WDJersey, Jan 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

Prospero, Jan 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

BdubleEdubleRUN, Jan 21, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Jspriest, Jan 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

jampics2, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of dbrauneis
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch #10 - Cocoa Nibs and Coffee in Whiskey Barrels

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some very dark amber highlights and a moderate amounts of visible carbonation near the surface. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy dark mocha head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer, a couple of small thicker patches, and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Strong aromas of dark roasted malts and green + freshly roasted coffee beans with moderate aromas of oak, whiskey, and cocoa. Lightly bitter in the aroma. Very light notes of vanilla and char.

T: Moderate to strong flavors of green and freshly roasted coffee beans with some more moderate flavors of roasted dark malts. There are some more moderate elements of oak, whiskey, cocoa, vanilla, and charred wood. Light amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: This beer is pretty easy to drink considering that it is 12% ABV (roughly) and it is quite enjoyable - the coffee is very present but the whiskey barrel is not as much. Very enjoyable but definitely a sipping beer considering the strength.

dbrauneis, Jan 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

GrindFatherBob, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of chanokokoro
4.64/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Fairly aggressively poured from a 22 oz. bottle labeled as Release #7 into an unbranded short stemmed tulip/snifter

Pours a motor oil darkest brown bordering on black capped by a two finger fluffy tan head. Some retention, which is unusual for barrel-aged stouts, and even a hint of lacing. The nose is wonderful, espresso, dark chocolate, toasted oak, roastiness, and some whiskey-tinged booziness. The balanced flavor of this brew is amazing: cocoa powder, roastiness, rich dark coffee notes, charred oak, some hints of vanilla and integrated whiskey. Finishes smooth with roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Full-bodied, slick and smooth with some underlying creaminess. Overall this brew is a masterpiece and shows a level of balance rarely found in big, barrel-aged imperial stouts. Impressive on every level.

chanokokoro, Jan 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

RyanBeer13, Jan 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

SeaOfShells, Jan 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

extra, Jan 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

laymansbeerfan, Jan 17, 2013
Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,224 ratings.