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Big Bad Baptist - Epic Brewing Company

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Reviews: 460
Hads: 3,041
Avg: 4.3
pDev: 23.26%
Wants: 406
Gots: 928 | FT: 112
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

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 

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Photo of Ohiovania
4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a chance to try this at 2011 Brewzilla in Cleveland during Beer week. So I decided to pick up a couple bottles @ Acme in Akron, OH.

$12.99/ bottle (worth it)

Knocked my socks off. Best chocolate/ coffee imperial stout I have ever had to date. The only down side is that it's a bit sweet.

The alcohol is barely noticeable and the flavor is overwhelmingly complex. Get this one while it last. It's rumored to be a one time brew.

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Photo of Damian
4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1 pt. 6 fluid ounces bottle acquired in a trade with mps
Release# 25
Served in a snifter

The beer poured dark brown and moderately viscous. Somewhat light for the style. The liquid was topped by a one-finger tall, tight, foamy, caramel colored crown. The head slowly faded to a lasting mass of bubbly froth. Odd shaped streaks of lacing coated the glass.

The aroma was very coffee forward. Freshly roasted coffee beans came to mind. Perhaps some coffee grounds as well. Roasted malts were noticeable, along with subtle hints of char. Dark chocolate and molasses notes came through as well. A touch of vanilla appeared as the beer warmed.

Coffee notes dominated in the flavor profile as well. The coffee reminded me a lot of a freshly brewed, lighter roast coffee. There was a notable malt presence, with the malts being sweet, dark and slightly roasty. Bakers chocolate and brown sugar notes contributed a pleasant bitter-sweet quality. Dark fruits appeared in the center. Cherries and plums were detectible. The beer finished with lingering notes of leafy, earthy hops and a fleeting, whiskey-like kick.

The mouthfeel was rich, creamy and velvety smooth. Thicker than average for the style but not super viscous. The liquid contained a super fine, moderate effervescence that gave the beer a pillowy soft quality. Quite impressive.

Big Bad Baptist is an amazingly tasty and complex imperial stout. While most flavor-infused, barrel-aged stouts tend to be high ABV monsters, this beer managed to be surprisingly drinkable yet immensely interesting. Fans of Coffee BCBS should definitely seek this out.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really great beer and so underrated. This one is pretty readily available, but it is right on par with other great stouts. Lots of chocolate on the nose and the finish.

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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch #7 poured from a bottle into a clear plastic cup while tailgating.

Appearance- Oily black with a rich brown bubbly head that set up about one finger on the top. Leaves lacing even on the inside of a plastic cup. Greasy, leggy, and rich looking.

Smell- Not much booze, but robust espresso and roasted nuts dominates. Hints of cacao and vanilla sneak out. A bit of a peanut butter sharpness is hiding in there somewhere. Very pleasant. Like walking through a bulk coffee aisle at an upscale grocery store.

Taste- Like the smell, espresso and dark roast coffee dominates. The barrel appears and brings with it a hint of tobacco spiciness, but is quelled quickly by the roasty malt backbone. A nutty, roasty coffee stout accented perfectly by the whiskey notes. Not overpowering from the whiskey at all. The only drawback would be the finish. It finishes fast and very bluntly. Not much of an issue considering the balance of this one.

Mouthfeel- Smooth. Not overly oily or heavy in the mouth or on the way down. Smooth and creamy, surprisingly lighter than some of its contemporaries.

Overall- This may be THE dark horse in the world of hyped-up BBL stouts. A bit surprised by this one. Very well balanced. Not overpowered by the booze. This one has had some age on it in the cellar. Can't wait (but will) to try the other one in the cellar with a few more months on it.


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Photo of BMMillsy
4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Release #10. 11.4% abv. Pours pitch black with a small brown head. Aroma of some oak, chocolate, and loads of coffee. Sweet but with the perfect bitterness to balance it out. Lots of roasted coffee lingering after the burst of chocolate. Thick and chewey. Prickly carbonation. I do get some oak from this, but little if any bourbon tones. Maybe the bitterness is just balancing these well? In any case, this is one of the best impy’s I’ve had. It’ll keep ya warm for sure. Very nice.

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Photo of mfavoino
4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a New Belgium globe on 3/2/13.

A: Poured an oily black with one finger of espresso head that retained well. Head receded to a creamy rim covering the body.

S: Tons of roasted coffee jumping out of the glass, roasted malts, sweet milk chocolate. Huge coffee nose.

T: Wow, the roasted coffee comes at the palate right away. Bitter coffee, sweet chocolate, and subtle whiskey barrel as it finishes. Leaves a lingering coffee flavor on the tongue.

M: Thick and creamy with a slight touch of alcohol warmth. Dry finish.

O: I think this is the most coffee flavored stout I've ever encountered. Super flavorful, bold, and decedent. A must have for coffee lovers and those that appreciate a coffee forward Imperial Stout.

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Photo of kitch
4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A 22oz bomber from release batch #46 with a brew date of 24th September 2013 and a packaged date of 8th December 2014 and poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: The beer poured an opaque black colour with a one finger brown head that dissipated fairly quickly leaving a thin whispy layer and spotty lacing.

Aroma: Strong aromas of chocolate mixed in with coffee, caramel and vanilla. There is also a hint of whisky alcohol aroma.

Taste: Taste is much like the aroma. Chocolate and espresso coffee dominate followed by hints of slightly burnt caramel and vanilla. There is also some roasted malts and oakiness but not a lot of whisky even though its aged in whiskey barrels.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, light carbonation, smooth.

Overall: I’m a sucker for coffee, whisky and beer (my three favourite drinks). Now put together into a single drink, although the whisky is not so prominent here, this brew is fantastic. It’s right up there with Founders Breakfast Stout and Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break. Another must buy beer to add to my list.

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Photo of nUgZ
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle of Release #8 poured into a Nonic.

A: Pours a black color with a 1 1/2 finger head and some lacing.

S: Strong aromas of espresso, dark chocolate, vanilla, and oak. Very inviting smell.

T: The taste follows the nose...lots of espresso, dark chocolate, and oak. Hides the alcohol well.

M: Heavy bodied with good carbonation.

O: This is an exceptional Barrel Aged Imperial Stout. It's very smooth, extremely tasty, and quite enjoyable. I'll gladly have it again anytime.

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Photo of portia99
4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of AmericanGirl90
4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As a coffee addict, this beer had me sold just by the smell. A strong whiff of espresso, cocoa, alcohol, and vanilla. Color was deep black with no light escaping.

Bold taste of espresso, cocoa, and alcohol/malt, but not sharp at all. Quite mellow, balanced, and easy to drink...slowly. Slight hint of oak and vanilla in the back.

If you like coffee, this is a fantastic beer for you.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Epic Brewing Big Bad Baptist

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a CBS snifter. Served at cellar temperature.

A) Thick black brew with a dark tan head. Really nice retention and some spotty lacing too. This has some legs.

S) Heavy on the coffee... A fresh ground dark roast. This is all about coffee. Is this beer??? A little bit of dark chocolate, but mostly coffee. If you love coffee, you will love this aroma. I am a coffee lover...

T) Again, a whole lot of coffee in the flavor. The cocoa nibs are also noted. I don't get a whole lot of barrel aging presence in the flavor, perhaps a bit of wood. The alcohol is well hidden, and just slightly detected on the backend.

M) Near full bodied with lighter carbonation. This goes down nice a smooth. A good amount of coffee bitterness coats the palate. Light alcohol. Nice aftertaste....

O) A really well made beer right here. While Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout is clearly the gold medal winner in this category, I'm of the opinion Big Bad Baptist likely makes the medal stand. Glad to recommend this beer...

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bomber into a snifter.

Pours aggressively without me even trying and produces a fizziness that forms into a finger and a half, dark khaki-colored head. There's a considerable amount of carbonation visible and that forms little colonies on the sides of the glass, creating the phenomenon in which this otherwise pitch black liquid appears lighter. A thin lace eventually settles over the beer.

Even as I cracked the bottle, the strong dark coffee aroma was prominent. Vanilla and caramel hit my nose when I take a whiff and combine with the coffee to suggest a mocha or other coffee concoction. The coffee aroma is more suggestive of beans than the liquid product, the smell is so intensely robust and potent. I also get dark chocolate as well, like a pure bar. This beer is impressive on the nose alone.

Oh my, this is killer. The whiskey adds a subtle spice, smoke and peat, without hijacking the beer or its other tastes. Dark chocolate, vanilla, and coffee swirl around, suggesting a vanilla coffee then a mocha, as if the two drinks were poured together. And much like a combination of those two drinks, this beer is both creamy and smooth, yet still feels burly and big.

I'd consider this beer almost perfect, but the one thing I have to slightly ding it for is a hint of odd, almost plasticky flavor I get with the lingering whisky. I think it's just a characteristic of the whisky doing something funny and it is only mildly noticeable, but without that, I think I'd give this a 5 in taste and mouthfeel.

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Photo of KingofHops
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 27 poured into a BCBS snifter.

Pours dark as night with minimal dark brown / tan head which quickly dissipates. Abundance of dark chocolate and roasted coffee, my favorite! Only drawback here is that I wish I could taste the barrel, hardly if even noticeable here. Very velvety and creamy body with no alcohol burn at all.
Simply delicious but where's the booze? :-)

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick, pitch black color with a large, brownish-java colored head that goes down slowly. Scent is...amazing...So much fresh coffee in the aroma. Sweet vanilla aromas with subtle oak. A good amount of bourbon whiskey in the nose. Dark chocolate with more coffee and espresso. Such an inviting aroma. Taste is just as good! At first, I get sweet vanilla and bourbon. A bit of a chocolate liqueur flavor as well. Fresh espresso with a hint of coconut and dark fruits. More bourbon in the finish. High ABV is noticeable, but well-balanced with the flavors. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and creamy. Drinkability is high, especially for such a big beer. Overall, I was blown away by this beer. I haven't been too impressed by all the other offering I have had from Epic, but this one definitely is EPIC (as much as I hate to use that overused word). Definitely goes up there with the BCBSs, Parabolas, and KBSs.

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Photo of stakem
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #3 care of joefc, thanks man! Bomber into a cervoise, the brew appears black with a finger of brown to khaki head that fades slow leaving some stringy lace sticking to the glass. A swirl revives about a finger back to the surface and paints some spotty lacing effect on the glass. When held to the light, the brew shows some ruby clarity through the body.

The smell is robust with earthy coffee. For being a year old at this point, it is still smelling pretty fantastic. I can only dream about how awesome the sumatra versions must be when fresh. The coffee imparts its own unique blend of citrus aspect mixed with hops. There is a raw oak quality about this that blends into the earthiness mixing with some mineral aspect that is almost dusty to rusty. The roasted aspect of the grain provides a bit of chocolate and a tang of whiskey becomes more evident as the brew warms up.

The taste is very roasty from a combination of heavily kilned grains and strong coffee flavors that are both earthy and include a bit of citrus coffee bean elements. Some warming alcohol is present with an accenting whiskey tang. The coffee's earthen aspect reminds me very much of kopi luwak for some reason. More sips reveal a bit of dusty to almost rusty mineral inclusion that while awkward at first dissolve away into a flavor of nothing but coffee and roasted grains that are at this point almost like milk chocolate with a bit of herbal hop flavoring.

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. I tip my hat to epic brewing company for making a seriously epic coffee stout. The alcohol is masterfully integrated and while the coffee flavors push to be almost excessive and overdone, it is fantastic. I need to try the other batches of this ASAP.

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Photo of MTKATL
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a big beer. 12.2% with very full flavor of cocoa, coffee, and booze. The nose is very boozy, but the taste is more coffee and chocolate. Mouthfeel is full without being overly thick. This is a great beer.

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Photo of brewdude1982
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This was a bomber and poured into a snifter for this review however I have had it on draft as well.

A: 4.0 nice and dark with slight head
S:  4.5 rich and malty with a slight whiskey hint
T: 4.5 lovely rich dark malts that lead into one of the best combinations of stout and bourbon
MF: 5.0 very very very full body that gives and gives. Such a nice great finish that ends in this amazing bourbon flourish
O: 4.5 this beer is one of my favorite bourbon Stouts that I have ever tasted

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Black with a coffee colored head and spotty lacing. Notes of coffee, chocolate, bourbon, wood, vanilla, coconut, burnt toast, and light earth. Full body, creamy, chalky and slightly dry. This is an amazing bourbon barrel aged stout. The chalky feel isn't my preference but this is well done despite this.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up tonight at Brewforia Bown... Paid about $15ish... Christ .. Epic is getting pretty damn proud of their bottles :-) Seriously though, this is a great beer... Poured into my HotD goblet.... 3/4" dark tan head with little lacing atop an obviously black brew.. spotty lacing.

The aroma is amazing.... it immediately reminds me of Johnnie's Diner in McConnellsburg PA... 1st day of deer season... 4:00 AM.. Very Strong coffee... and NOW what I know as whiskey. :-) I was young... come on.. give me a break.

The nose is pretty phenomenal... tons of coffee beans.. lite cocoa... and there is a decent whiskey note that really doesn't jive as what I think of as "bourbon" ... almost an Irish whiskey nose.

Flavor has much more cocoa and a significant boost in the whiskey department... still right now, the coffee is the big player.. cold brewed and loving it.. the gears mesh perfectly .. cocoa nibs come across as milk chocolate with the lite malty sweetness..

I love that the "stout" flavors are in the background compared to the coffee and the cocoa... and whiskey... For a brew this big, it works very very well right now... I do NOT think this is an ager... whiskey notes come proud and sorta intrusive with warmth, but it still works. Coffee in beer drops off quickly.

I loved this brew.. Brewforia Chris hooked it up... Nice A quality beer easily.


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Photo of Jimmys
4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

bomber. release #3.

A: pitch black with a dark brown head. retention really is not very impressive. neither is the lacing.

S: coffee all up in your face. and chocolate. man this is inviting. a little bit of bitterness with dark burnt grain.

T: similar to the nose, a rich french roast starts the palate off. vanilla beans. dark chocolate. burnt grains. this thing is complex with new flavors coming across each sip. the flavor lingers with coffee and chocolate. bitter. absolutely fantastic.

M: mild carbonation. definitely a full body.

D: man this is good. the flavor as well as the nose is everything i want in a coffee stout. really impressed and well worth the search.

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Photo of don1481
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

#23 on tap at Stubbys MKE.

Poured into an Epic glass.

Appearance: pours dark, dark with a surprisingly lingering khaki head.

Smell: holy coffee notes, Batman. some chocolate, but this is definitely coffee. No booze notes to mention.

Taste: for something that's 11.5% the alcohol is well masked here. Neither the coffee nor the chocolate are overpowering. It's a pretty nice dance they're doing here.

Mouthfeel: Very clean. Not a strong aftertaste.

Overall: Dangerously sessionable. I have a bottle of this release aging at home. Very excited to see how this turns out.

Update 10-4-14: opened one of the release 27 bottles I was cellaring. So awesome. Even more dangerously sessionable than before. Just... wow. This puts Speedway Stout to shame. And I LOVE Speedway Stout.

I am so happy I still have another 23 and 27 in the cellar.

Review adjusted upwards slightly to reflect the 27 from the cellar.

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Photo of Magbas
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

A perfect winter beer that is remarkably smooth considering the ABV. This is my winter beer, though I don't usually drink more than a few during the winter for functionality's sake.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

A: Black as obsidian which is expected slight mocha head that quickly vanishes, coats the lass slightly from the alcohol

S: Nice coffee smell has the vanilla toffee slight oak smell of a nice barrel aged beer get a slight chocolate smell. It's rich aroma is very enticing .

T: a deep roast taste, rich vanilla, soft toffee, tastes of chocolate, not much heat for barrel aged but you know the alcohol is there sweet but not over powering so on the end.

M: This has the mouthfeel of what KBS should have had it's not super thick but it holds it's own and you feel it envelope your tongue.

O: This is the beer that KBS wants To be I know they use different barrels whiskey v. bourbon but The chocolate and coffee and whiskey blend together here instead of being at harsh contrasts. This is a nice beer but if you are looking for BCBCS this doesn't have the exquisite mouthfeel although leaps and bounds ahead of KBS.

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Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing.

Pours a big, blackish brown with a mountain of brown head that has great retention. The nose is big and robust with an immense coffee aroma and faint chocolate. The flavor is dominated by coffee with some rich, roasted malts and underlying chocolate. There is a faint, citrusy hop finish that adds a little balance to the richness of the malts. The mouthfeel is definitely full bodied, very smooth, and well carbonated.

This was a great stout. The coffee was immense and intense, the alcohol is big and warm, the flavor was profound, but at the same time it was drinkable and smooth. It was all around enjoyable.

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Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 460 ratings.