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Big Bad Baptist - Epic Brewing Company

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2,673 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,673
Reviews: 437
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 369
Gots: 785 | FT: 107
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:
Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 09-30-2011

One Big Bad Imperial Stout with Cocoa nibs and Coffee nibs.

 http://www.epicbrewing.com/the-bee ... rial-stout 

ABV varies by batch
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4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Release #13 22oz bottle poured into snifter.

Pours black with a thin dark khaki head. Dark roasted coffee right up front in the nose. Also lots of chocolate with vanillia, oak, and smoked toffee. This thing has a certain smokeyness in the aroma. The chocolate comes out up front in the taste leaving the coffee to play second fiddle. You get a bit of the whiskey notes in the middle of the mouth, in the form of smokey oak. This thing is very rich, lots of bold flavors. The mouth feel is full bodied. ABV is slightly noticeable, but for the percentage it excellent. This one makes for a perfect desert beer or even a late nightcap. All the flavors are there, they don't blend together very well but instead sit on their own.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of spoony
4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 650 ml bottle (Batch 14, Denver Bottle # 1317, 12.1% ABV) into a snifter.

A-The pour is thick and heavy-looking. The brew is pitch-black with finger of brown head that fades quickly into a collar. Pretty standard stuff.

S-The smell is heavy on the coffee and dark/bitter chocolate. The coffee scent is rich and heavily-roasted, like espresso grounds. It is a touch acidic with only a little bit of dark caramel underneath for sweetness. The alcohol is well-concealed for a 12.1% brew.

T-The taste is also full of coffee at first, but the acidic nature of the smell is mitigated by milky chocolate and cocoa powder that (along with the dark chocolate tastes) give a little more balance and sweetness. There is some vanilla-bourbon caramel underneath the coffee and chocolate. Booze is warming, but never burning or obtrusive.

M-The feel is pretty heavy and substantial. Carbonation is low to moderate. This beer is a sipper.

O-This is a well-done, but not extraordinary, coffee imperial stout. I could use a little less coffee ground scent in the smell, but if you like your java dark and higher in acidity, this brew should appeal. The taste is more balanced, and the milky cocoa and vanilla/bourbon caramel provide a nice counterpoint to the coffee. Nice, heavy mouthfeel, too.

Photo of SFACRKnight
3.08/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bomber into the trusty new belgium globe.
Pours a black body with a tan, almost caramel colored head. Good retention, sticks around for a bit and recedes into a 1/4 in layer of creamy goodness. Smells like coffee grounds in the garbage. Getting some rotten vegetables on the nose too, seriously. This smells like a trashcan in a coffee shop. Taste is pretty good, getting the coffee, dark malts, toffee, chocolate, but that damned rotten vegetable composted coffee smell permeates the experience. Mouthfeel is good, consistant with an imperial stout. Overall I feel cheated. I'm not sure if I got a bad bottle or what. Flavors were spot on, but the smell was pretty horrible. For now my rating stays, but I want to revist this in hopes it was some sort of terrible mistake...

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev -8%

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4/5  rDev -8%

Photo of MenryAZ
4.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is from Batch #3 according to the label. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter. I recently bought this at a local bottle shop, so I wasn't responsible for its aging (it appears Batch #3 was bottled back in late 2011).

A: Opaque dark brown; thick and viscous. Not a ton of head, actually. Probably less than a quarter inch with very fine bubbles. Looks like the small bit of foam you'd get in a cup of French-pressed coffee.

S: Vanilla, bourbon, mocha/espresso. Not super strong-smelling, but nonetheless pleasant.

T: Coffee jumps out, then chocolate; it's relatively sweet, and I expected a slightly bitter finish that never actually came. It was just a rumor of bitterness, really, just on the back of the tongue. If I tried, I might get a tinge of bourbon every three sips. Overall, it is sweeter than it is bitter.

M: Thick and viscous, even more so than expected after the pour. Very smooth, with subtle carbonation. It coats the tongue like good braising liquid.

Overall: This is a fantastic version of the style, one that I picked up on a whim after my wife suggested it. Hadn't had much from Epic before, coming from the east coast. I was very pleasantly surprised and would happily pay another 10-12 bucks for this. Good on a cool, wet fall night.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev -8%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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5/5  rDev +14.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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5/5  rDev +14.9%

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4/5  rDev -8%

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Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,673 ratings.