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Big Bad Baptist | Epic Brewing Company

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BEER STATS
Reviews:
563
Ratings:
3,448
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
8.82%
 
 
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Big Bad BaptistBig Bad Baptist
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
It’s Big, it’s Bad, Whiskey &/or Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, with Coffee and Cocoa Nibs.

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

ABV varies by batch

Added by JohnGalt1 on 09-30-2011

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Reviews: 563 | Ratings: 3,448
Photo of DMarlinJ
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Had this with friends for New Year's eve, from a bottle. Release #17

Poured into non-beer glasses but at about 55' to 60' it produced a nice lasting head. The aroma hits you with the coffee and chocolate and the taste followed true to what you smelled. I was impressed with how long you could continue enjoy the smell.

The taste was exactly what was advertised. I love big and bold flavors, coffee and chocolate is one of my favorite combos. This is a sipper because the taste does start to overwhelm the buds. You need to refresh your palette with food then you can continue to enjoy the beer. I would have rated this higher if the taste was more balanced and complex and not so overwhelming. It was more like a dessert milkshake, which is ok but why I loved the mouthfeel. It was luxurious, creamy and silky. I thought it fit the style and taste perfectly for what I like in a mouthfeel.

Overall I would look for this again, just to see if I love it as much and taste with my palette fresher. It was New Year's Eve after all. Everyone who tasted it thought it was outstanding, beer lovers and wine drinkers alike. Cheers!

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Batch #14

A pitch black body with a long lasting sticky brown head. It’s got the look down of a big ol’ Imperial Stout.

The nose is met with a rich roasty aroma. Big coffee and roasted malt comes through. Deep dark chocolate follows. Some whiskey vapors provide some warmth in the nostrils and vanilla from the barrel flesh it out.

The taste does not disappoint. It follows nicely along with the nose. Big roasted coffee character. I feel I get more dark chocolate and cocoa nib on the taste. It is almost desserty, but does not come across with much sweetness. The booze and roast keep it in check. Whiskey comes forth in the finish and lingers with the dry oak tannins. Big heavy body that goes down smooth with mild carbonation.

This is incredibly drinkable for being 12%. It isn’t hot and the flavors are balanced well.
I got sent this from Colorado and have never heard of it. Blew me away for sure.

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Photo of cvm4
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Release #13

A - Pours pitch black with a dark one finger tan head. Light lacing and alright retention.

S - An overload of dense roasted coffee flavors. Secondary smells of dark chocolate and roasted malts. Not a lot of barrel notes as like I said the coffee is very forward. Not a problem for me as I'm loving this smell.

T - The taste follows the nose except that the barrel characteristics come forth. Still coffee forward, but you can taste the roasted malts, sweet vanilla, dark chocolate and bourbon notes.

M - Medium to full bodied and low carbonation. Very velvety and creamy body with minimum alcohol burn.

O - A delicious coffee stout that will not disappoint those that dig the style.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.83/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Batch #23...22 oz shelf turd from Woody's west.

Black with an oily surface and plenty of legs that muck up my snifter something proper.

Very coffee forward on the nose....heavily roasted with lots of tar and char. A big coffee stout here, but not pulling barrel or cocoa.

Taste is much the same with some cocoa and bitter chocolate through the middle before a long lingering punch of extra strong black coffee.

As a big coffee stout, this is pretty good. As a beer that I anticipated to have a nice barrel presence and a shelf barrel bomber at that, I honestly can't say for sure that this beer ever saw a barrel. What's confusing, a perhaps a bit deceptive, is that early vintage listings show barrel aging, but then the barrel designation goes missing. Yet, the bottle still claims it. Is this actually a barrel aged stout? I'm not convinced.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black. Medium creamy brown head, fairly lasting with lace. Aroma is loaded with coffee, dense coffee with cream and sugar, milk chocolate, cocoa, sweet roasted malty, just an awesome coffee character. Flavor still has coffee but not as overt, nice sweet whiskey, clean roast, chocolate. Medium to full body. Creamy. Pleasant alcohol warmth. Not quite as complex as I would hope for but stilt very very good. Whiskey barrel character shows up more and more with each sip, especially in the finish, overall stays in the background.

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Photo of davemathews68
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Release 17, 12% abv

A- A vigorous pour yields a vary dark brown body with a brow head that lingers slightly.

S- alcohol, coffee, dark malts, biter sweet chocolate.

T- boozy,strong coffee, slight chocolate, no whiskey. I had to double check the fact that it was barrel aged.

M- good but a bit thinner and slightly more carbonation than desired.

O- a great coffee stout. I would pick up other releases to compare.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.24/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Batch 15.

Appearance - Black with a small khaki head. Medium collar.

Smell - A little bit peppery and spicy. Oaky. A little chocolate.

Taste - A little more bourbon. Some spice. Cinnamon. Coffee. Bitter oak.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Kinda thin. Very oaky.

Overall - Not terribly impressed. Very spicy.

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Photo of beergoot
4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Release #14, 12.1% ABV, brewed in Denver, CO

Opaque, black body with a thin but persistent, creamy and tan head. Cocoa aroma notes up front with touches of coffee and the expected dark malt aromas for a stout. Roasted grains and coffee grounds are the first taste impressions, followed with creamy milk chocolate and coffee flavors; nice combination of alcohol warmth and a tad bit of hop bitterness at the finish. Heavy and smooth body; sugary but not cloying.

A very drinkable, smooth and soothing imperial stout. Deep and complex flavors and feel throughout.

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Photo of Jonada
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch #22 10.2% ABV. Served in a Goose Island stemmed glass

Appearance: Pours nearly black in color with a finger of a dark tan head that dissipates to a thick ring and wispy coating of foam. Body is nearly opaque with only the smallest hints of ruby red when held up to light.

Smell: Extremely fresh ground coffee, roasted malt, dark chocolate, maybe a hint of vanilla. Not super complex, and is lacking really any barrel character, but the coffee aromas are excellent.

Taste: More of the same as the aroma. Fresh ground coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, slight smoke. Again, where is the whiskey barrel character? Even as the beer warms there's little to no barrel presence.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Booze masked fairly well.

Overall: This was a bit of an odd beer to rate. I scored this fairly high since it is a very good coffee stout, however I'm a bit let down considering the lack of barrel presence coupled with the price paid for the beer. If you're looking for a good coffee stout, then this is probably worth a try (though there are better options for cheaper), but I can't recommend this as a great bourbon/whiskey barrel aged stout.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a black body with one finger head that died slow with lace patches. Aroma is standard but contains alot as I get roasted and coffee malts, some bready (or biscuit) malts, dark chocolate, hints of vanilla and woodiness but surprisingly not a real boozy aroma. Notice the same thing in the beer - the alcohol is well-hidden in this beer and never leaks out, not even as beer warms and smoothes. In fact, for a "double" stout, this beer is incredibly smooth and easy to drink and has a great balance that seems to actually tip from the dry/roasted/coffee malt notes to the sweeter, dark chocolate, vanilla, hints of toffee sweet tastes (not too complex as I don't get any "dark fruits" that sometimes slip in these beers). Since I like my stouts a little less dry/heavy with touches of more sweetness this beer hit the spot.

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Photo of blindtiger24
4.61/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a chalice. Release # 18, among the first they've brewed in Denver!

A: Opaque with a thick mocha head upon pouring that thins out quickly. Carbonation right out of the bottle is very active and noticeable, at times the bubbles seemed to jump out of the glass disturbing the head. Interesting to see explosive carbonation like this in a stout.

S: Wow! Amazing coffee aromas either espresso or fine ground dark roast. Cocoa nibs and some nutmeg are there as well.

T: Again, powerful coffee flavor. This may be a turn off if you don't like strong, dark coffee, but I love it! The cocoa flavors jump out more here and offer a nice sweetness to balance out the coffee bitterness. Spice really jumps out as the beer warms up - I notice black pepper and maybe some peat from the whiskey barrel. Left with a chewy, gingerbread type flavor at the end.

M: Syrupy, more like black samba than a beer viscosity, but that isn't a bad thing and it thins out eventually. The throat warming effect of the whiskey is noticeable.

O: This is a statement stout. More often, brewers opt to highlight the chocolate / cocoa side of this relationship. I really like the strong coffee expressions in aromas and flavor. Truly worthy of an Epic designation!

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Photo of CassinoNorth
3.74/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #22 10.2% alcohol. No info online about this batch.

Appearance- Semi aggressive pour leaves a 2 finger mocha head that sticks around quite a while. Thick bands of lacing wrap the glass. Pitch black like you'd expect.

Smell- Roasted burnt coffee, more coffee and chocolate. The slightest hint of bourbon. Gonna be honest this comes up short on the smell side big time.

Taste- Again, this is more of a coffee stout than ever bourbon. If you served this beer to me without prefacing it as a bourbon barrel stout I'd have no idea honestly. Overwhelming coffee. Slight hint of bourbon. For 10.2% it drinks very nice.

Mouthfeel- Nice and chewy. Great mouthfeel without being too overwhelming going down. Surprisingly drinkable for a 10.2.

Overall- It's a great coffee stout, a very disappointing bourbon barrel stout and for $.50/oz, I want something thats aged in Bourbon...not something that has hints of it.

Pretty let down.

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Photo of Talbott92
4.98/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A- Black as night with creamy chocolate head that dissipates quickly and leaves a fair amount of lacing.
S- Right up front Black coffee and dark chocolate. There's just a faint hint of whiskey.
T- Incredible. Just how it smells. Coffee and Dark Chocolate coats the whole tongue and a slight whiskey taste at the finish but the alcohol is hidden really well. There is a lingering black coffee taste after swallowing.
MF- Not too thick at all. It's honestly like drinking a cup of cold coffee.
OV- Go out and pick this up. I'm regretting only getting 22oz.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.85/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had Big Bad Baptist several times now and I stand by my original, relatively-low rating. It is a very good coffee imperial stout, but it is not a good barrel-aged coffee-and-cocoa imperial stout.

All I get is coffee- quality, well-roasted beans, but not much else. Little chocolate, a bit of vanilla at the end of the sip, almost no whiskey or barrel.

The mouthfeel is too thin, ends watery. The best part of this brew is the look- it pours thick and lovely, with a sizable head that lasts. The nose is pretty attractive too, with a bit of char, leather, smoke and vintage wooden plank.

I will not buy another bottle of BBB, but may revisit on draft.

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Photo of TastefulNudity
4.77/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Batch #13. Been sitting on this one for a month or two. 22oz poured in to a snifter.

A: Served at cellar temp. Thick pour on this one that leads to a mocha brown head. Fades down pretty quick to a ring around the glass. Not too much lacing but some patches.

S: This is where it's at. Dark, dark chocolate with extreme char. Coffee, vanilla, roasted malt, Hershey's syrup. Deep inhale gives way to a bit of alcohol but for 12.2% it's nothing.

T: Chocolate covered coffee beans, char leading in to woody vanilla and then whiskey. Minimal burn but some noticeable alcohol mouth. Translates well from the nose. I love it.

M: This is smooth. Silky but leaves a touch of alcoholic residue in the mouth and throat.

O: I was craving a huge stout and got what I bargained for. My first offering from Epic left something to be desired but this one is satisfying. Have it on a cold night and it'll warm your bones.

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Photo of pmarlowe
3.86/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch #13. Tulip glass.

A: Pours black with a medium-dark brown cap of head which fizzles out pretty quickly, leaving a thin ring and some on the surface. No lacing and so-so retention.

S: An inviting, medium roast coffee in the forefront, a spot on match of Kopi Luwak, with some deep cocoa and charred dark malt. Big flavors that nevertheless manage to display balance.

T: Charred coffee, very dark chocolate, and just a hint of oak. I think the dark chocolate is a bit overwhelming, kind of like chocolate with a high percentage of cacao—just not that pleasing. A little boozy with moderate alcohol burn.

M: Round, full body and light carbonation. Very smooth and viscous.

O: Decent enough, has a nice aroma but the flavor is a bit one dimensional and too heavy on the dark cocoa and alcohol. The barrel treatment barely comes through.

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Photo of BB1313
4.66/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Release #13. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours jet black and I don't see much light getting through at all; overage khaki head that falls and leaves solid retention/lacing. The aromas are very nice. Tons of black coffee. Lots of chocolate. Hints of vanilla. The whiskey seems to be overshadowed and seems to be just an accent in the nose. The flavors are wonderful. Lots of stuff going on. The coffee really seems to be the star of this beer. More milk chocolate to give it a sweetness and dark chocolate to give it a subtle bitterness. The whiskey comes through more in the flavors, in my opinion. The oak/wood notes are pretty subtle. Lots of cocoa malts. Alcohol goes unnoticed for such a big beer. Mouthfeel is great. It's full-bodied and smooth. It's creamy and fluffy, but not like a milkshake. Moderate carbonation. This is a very fun beer to drink and a great beer to sip on. It's dangerously drinkable.

This is a wonderful stout. The coffee really shines and can go toe to toe with almost any coffee brew. The coffee flavors makes you forget this was even aged in whiskey barrels. Lots of depth to this one. It's extremely enjoyable. Highly recommended.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Release #17. Den (Ben?) #1307. Bottle says 12% ABV. Scoped this one at the Middleburg Heights Heinens.

An aggressive pour gets me a finger of cocoa colored head. The body is as near black as it can be. The head diminishes to a frothy ring in a little over a minute, and a thin sheet of lacing is caught clinging against the glass.

This smells of dark chocolate and dark, richly roasted coffee. A little maltiness joins with a faint nuttines to create a nice undertone.

The java is quite strong with this one. Coffee starts it off, then in glides the chocolate, to almost gild the mouth. This is topped off with the slight flavors of wood and roasted nuts, and capped with a mild alcohol burn at the end.

The mouthfeel on this is beautifully thick and heavy. Full bodied. This is the full package.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Very dark, almost black. Small ring tan head, not much lace.

S - Big cocoa, soy, charred malt.

T - Gigantic malt, cocoa, and charred malt. Take the smell and triple it.

M - Big, heavy, good balance but strong.

D - Love this one. Tried it late on one night, but it would have put me to sleep even earlier.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.88/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Batch #20. SLC # 1442. into a snifter.

Pours a pitch black with a big creamy beige head. The smell is a massive coffee bomb that hits you as soon as you crack open the bottle. I mean massive. taste is also HUGE on coffee and that basically overwhelms any other flavors here. Now im a fan of coffee..but this is even too much for me. Full bodied, creamy feel, ABV undetectable.

Overall fresh this is just a coffee bomb. I got 2 bottles so i will rereview this a year from now to give it time to mellow out.

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Photo of Echosolace
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

I had just tapped this keg at my workplace and after pouring one for a customer, and after having closed, zoomed in on this for my Otsukare (closing time) beer.

What follows is my experience with the Big Bad Baptist.

A: Safe to say I did not expect this level of head from the Baptist today. Unexpectedly long lasting, and almost sticky. Both of these remind me of porn. If lace is your thang, well... it has it in spades. I'm practically looking at an upside down lace Colosseum.

S: Coffee notes hit strongly right away. That and what reminds me of dark chocolate. Chef's salty chocolate balls, if I had to imagine what they'd smell like.

T: Where the smell might seem diminished, it's just a shell, a signboard for the real experience in the glass. What happens next is like nothing I've seen in beer. It's got some kind of mature taste. It's not particularly one I'm all over, or could come close to calling a session beer, but god damn this is some flavor. If I had to compare this to the food world, this would be like a coffee-bean rubbed steak, char-coaled to a definite but balanced and blackened sear. O man this shit is glorious.

M: God. Fuck... O god. it's... It's so good and it feels so wrong. It... came in my mouth and... it slides smoothly over until you pull it back across the tongue... and those bubbles gently pop in just the right amount. For the beer... I don't think it could be any better one way or the other.

Sweet Jesus Mr. Baptist... Dunk my head in your glorious black pool of yeast splooge and I promise to never tell anyone... so long as you're on tap.

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Photo of PaulyB83
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a a 22oz. bomber into a tulip glass

A- Pours a thick black. With an aggressive pour a small cafe latte colored head forms and quickly dissipates to a ring.

S- Big coffee, then chocolate with some sweetness. Not getting a whole lot of the barrel.

T- Similar to the aroma but with the whiskey coming through. Tastes like a someone but a small shot of whiskey in a FBS. The sweetness level in this reminds me of an Irish coffee.

M- Thick, sticky and creamy.

O- A very good stout and a pretty good barrel aged one. I don't think this is aged long enough to become very complex and, as it is, remains just a great base stout with some added whisky flavor. I enjoyed how it reminded me of an Irish coffee and I guess $12 for a barrel aged bomber is pretty good. Having said that I could probably replicate the taste for cheaper by adding a shot of whisky to a FBS, actually think I'll try that soon.

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Photo of Wolfpack2005
3.62/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Release #20

A-Standard stout color, dark brown to black. Mocha colored head that leaves minimal lacing.

S-Nice fresh coffee aroma with a little bit of vanilla sweetness and hints of dark chocolate.

T-Follows the nose, but the coffee flavor overwhelms everything else. Nice roasted malt profile with notes of dark chocolate and vanilla. A very very faint hint of bourbon.

M-Nice smooth medium body stout. Lower than average carbonation.

O-A bit disappointed in this one. A decent coffee stout, but if it didn't say BBA on the label I wouldn't have know it was. They must have flashed aged it in the barrels. Would try other releases to see if there is any variance, but not this one.

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Photo of LiquidCucumber
4.93/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch # 17

This beer pours out pure onyx with a half finger of mocha head. Straight-up you get coffee wafting towards your nose and your mouth begins to water. When you stick your schozz into the glass you pick up other scents of whiskey/barrel, roast and chocolate. The beer hits the palate with a silk-like quality and the flavors spread quickly throughout the mouth. Despite the 12% ABV there is virtually no burn with the intake of this brew. Despite the fact that I've had several Big Bad Baptists, I think this may either be my favorite batch, or they are really hitting the mark.

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Photo of mjgarrett2
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch #9 on 11/15/13.

Very mellow but enjoyable imperial stout. Definitely smell and taste the coffee notes which I enjoy, but let intense, less bold than other stouts. A very strong IMP stout, but reserved in how bold any 1 flavor could be. GREAT mouthfeel however. Smooth as a beach rock.

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Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 563 ratings.