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Big Bad Baptist - Epic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

1,817 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 1,817
Reviews: 324
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.45%
Wants: 284
Gots: 474 | FT: 73
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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dannykugler

Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

02-14-2014 02:15:42 | More by dannykugler
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shangwang

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

02-14-2014 01:01:57 | More by shangwang
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reebtaerG

Maryland

4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle from batch 23 den 1328 11.5 ABV into New Belgium globe during snow storm Pax

A-Dark body with brown foamy head, quickly fades, not a lot of lacing.

S-The aroma is certainly intense, very very coffee and a touch of cocoa.

T-Taste is less coffee than the aroma, rich velvety, sweet with a nice roastiness.

M-Mouthfeel is naturally thick and syrupy with low carbonation while the alcohol is relatively subtle. Well done dark chocolate coffee bomb.

O-Didn’t get a lot of bourbon in this, maybe a touch in the aftertaste, but I think the roastiness is stronger than the sweet bourbon element you usually expect. Overall, it is a well done dark chocolate coffee bomb. Glad to have the next day off, might want to share this bomber next time.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 15:20:30 | More by reebtaerG
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Bosoxfan20

Missouri

4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Slides into glass a pitch black with a 1 finger caramel colored head. Quickly dissipates. A serious looking stout

S- Massive coffee notes stake its territory on the nose. The roasted malt level is intense. I was unaware this is such a coffee stout. Dig deep to smell the barrel character.

T- Coffee still present, but mellows to a degree creating stellar balance. Cocoa nibs take over where the roasted bean leaves off. Blends so nicely. Barrel, booze, and dark fruits add to the complexity and depth. Charred wood and smoke are welcomed. Vanilla creeps in when warm. This is a beer with a flavor profile that comes out guns blazing.

M- A meal of a stout for sure. Full body and hearty. But remains drinkable.

O- Outstanding. A Barrel aged beer that lets the base do the talking instead of being totally controlled by the barrel. This thing is flat out gettin' after it! Depth, bold, brash. This stout rides a coffee backbone to heaven...or hell, whatever floats your boat.

Pairing- A juicy ribeye or NY strip. Might overpower a center cut filet.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 05:15:02 | More by Bosoxfan20
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Vonerichs

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch 9, Sept 2012

Dark brown with a slight reddish hue around the edges. Minimal tan head.

Robust aromas; cocoa, fudge brownies, freshly ground espresso beans, earthy

The flavor is layered with tootsie rolls, brownies, vanilla, lots of coffee and root beer as it warms. It may be due to the age of the bottle, but I don't pick up any barrel flavors. Regardless, it's delicious.

Low carbonation and smooth, but I wish it was more hefty with the body. More body would go well with the deep rich flavor.

A great beer and a must try if you enjoy coffee in your stout. I'd love to try it fresh in hopes of capturing the barrel notes.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 01:27:33 | More by Vonerichs
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hansenm72

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

02-12-2014 20:40:28 | More by hansenm72
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CraftFan5

New York

3/5  rDev -30.9%

02-12-2014 14:29:16 | More by CraftFan5
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apasternak

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

02-12-2014 05:14:05 | More by apasternak
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threedaggers

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

02-12-2014 03:50:27 | More by threedaggers
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RollTide7

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

02-12-2014 03:40:42 | More by RollTide7
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trebud

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

02-12-2014 02:21:10 | More by trebud
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LLL_MKE

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

02-11-2014 22:24:57 | More by LLL_MKE
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dannypo

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

02-10-2014 02:53:52 | More by dannypo
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Prager62

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

02-10-2014 02:08:37 | More by Prager62
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McUbermensch

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

02-09-2014 20:45:36 | More by McUbermensch
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Ozzie1111

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

02-09-2014 07:42:15 | More by Ozzie1111
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msubulldog25

Oregon

4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A 22 oz. bottle, poured to a pair of snifters and split with my wife on a snowy/sleety afternoon in Portland. Bought the bottle last weekend at Taps n Caps in nearby Camas, WA. First time I tried this was at last year's Portland International Beerfest - what a memorably bold coffee/chocolate stout!

Label:
Release #20
10.5 Alc/Vol
SLC #1442

A: Very dark and very rich, but almost no head. A thin skim of light tan swirls across the top and hangs around as a slender ring. Sparse lacing.

S: So intensely forward with the "coffee" aroma, strikingly fresh grounds with sooty chocolate. Lacking some of the expected "whiskey barrel" notes, even when warmed. Coffee bean roast is dominant; good thing I love that aroma.

T:

M:

O: Still remarkable for its huge scent and flavor, although I remember it enthralling a bit more from the keg.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 22:56:55 | More by msubulldog25
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king75

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

02-08-2014 15:35:32 | More by king75
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BuckeyeFaninMI

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

02-07-2014 22:31:51 | More by BuckeyeFaninMI
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MrPlayboy

Illinois

3.76/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Batch #18, October 2013, 12% ABV

I agree with others below that this was like a coffee stout and not much else. I didn't get any barrel characteristics and it tasted like a cup of black coffee with a shot of scotch poured in. Almost no sweetness and very little complexity. This has nothing on BCBCS or KBS. Founders regular Breakfast Stout is even more enjoyable than this and its too bad because I had high expectations.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 20:18:28 | More by MrPlayboy
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Jordantb313

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

02-07-2014 20:07:55 | More by Jordantb313
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GoGators

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -7.8%

02-07-2014 14:15:45 | More by GoGators
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strohme2

Michigan

4/5  rDev -7.8%

02-07-2014 02:19:30 | More by strohme2
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madtowndmb1

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I feel I had to review this just because it seems fairly batch dependant. This was batch #27 and it was a coffee bomb. While I love coffee in beers this was more of a coffee with beer in it, somewhere? So take my end number with a grain of salt. It poured a very nice black with an off white head that was a little too pop like for me with next to no lacing. The smell was the best part of this beer, it smelled like a coffee shop, lovely. Too bad it tasted like a cup of coffee, very little cocoa and no whiskey barrel. it came across a little thinner than I like but nice. Overall this beer was OK. Would try again just not batch #27

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 03:18:16 | More by madtowndmb1
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Jeffo

Netherlands

3.18/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Got this one from ScottO. Cheers for the trade man!

From a bomber into a snifter
Exponential Series
Release no.22
ABV: 10.2%
Stout with cocoa nibs and coffee added and aged in whisky barrels

APPEARANCE: A clear black pour produces a 1+ finger, medium looking, fluffy tan head with very good retention. Black body with higher levels of carbonation for the style. Head eventually fades to a full film and ring and the carbonation calms quickly as well. A slight wisp and ring remain leaving some dots of lacing down the glass. Pretty good looking.

SMELL: Lots of coffee on the nose. Roasted and burnt coffee beans, espresso, sweet cream, caramel and toffee notes on the nose. Very coffee dominant, with burnt coffee beans and some light notes of sweet cream. Little to no cocoa or whisky barrels. One dimensional and not as advertised, but still a solid imperial coffee stout.

TASTE: Like the nose, lots of burnt coffee up front. Burnt and roasted black coffee beans with light sweet cream notes, then touches of caramel through the swallow. A big and bitter finish with notes of whisky and cocoa under an avalanche of bitter, black coffee beans and burnt espresso. Very roasted with lots of coffee bitterness that pretty much dominate any hints of whisky barrel or cocoa that might be there. Tasty for sure, but not really as advertised.

PALATE: Medium-full body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth with a scratch at the swallow and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Big with more than enough weight. Some bitter coffee lingers. Really good feel.

OVERALL: This is actually a really good coffee stout. As a BA cocoa and coffee stout it is definitely lacking, but as a coffee stout, it's great. The cocoa are way outplayed here and the whisky barrel aging is pretty minimal at best, but it's still really tasty and enjoyable. Take the scores with a grain of salt, as I'm reviewing to the label specification. This is a quality imperial coffee stout, nevertheless. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 21:06:46 | More by Jeffo
Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,817 ratings.