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Big Bad Baptist - Epic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

2,222 Ratings
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97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,222
Reviews: 361
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.22%
Wants: 323
Gots: 559 | FT: 84
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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4.85/5  rDev +11.8%

ShadyRigglesbee, Nov 11, 2014
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4.85/5  rDev +11.8%

gfg0020, Nov 06, 2014
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4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Amazed by this beer, pitch black pour into my Stone R.I.S. chalice, absolutely absorbed all the light in my glass. Big thicket of khaki tan head forms fine even bands of lacing between sips. A perfect breakfast beer, hair of the dog, basically smells and tastes like a coffee bomb with dark bitter chocolate and oak barrel aging effects smoothing things out a good bit. Espresso notes creamy vanilla and charred oak, this was one big complex Big Bad Baptist Imperial Stout that I enjoyed immensely. Body wasn't cloying full to the max with flavor and texture, evenly carbonated...excellent offering. Overall I'm in love and I need to find more I only had one bottle and I need more of this nectar. I've officially been baptized!

WVbeergeek, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of dvmin98
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow. Coffee coffee coffee. You smell it and you feel like you just woke up and got bitch-slapped by Mr. Coffee. That is one awesome nose!

The head is a small lacing.

Deeep dark color.

Taste is a very big coffee flavor up front with hints of cocoa. Then you can taste the whiskey on the way down. Very very nice flavor. I didn't taste the 11% like you can with other beers. This was smooth as silk.

Loved every sip of it.

Went back and grabbed two more today! Can't wait til its cold. Maybe I will have it for breakfast...mmm

dvmin98, Oct 15, 2012
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4.8/5  rDev +10.6%

farondb, Yesterday at 12:14 AM
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4.8/5  rDev +10.6%

Rich1818, Aug 24, 2014
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4.8/5  rDev +10.6%

mpolewan, Oct 20, 2014
Photo of dar482
4.79/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer comes in a black color with tinges of brown coming through in the light with a mocha brown head.

The aroma immediately reminds me of KBS. Bright coffee, black cherries, big sweet whiskey and oak notes, a light bitter chocolate, but generally surrounded by vibrant lively barrel character.

The flavor follows with that immediately of boozy dark fruit, coffee and vanilla that continues onto the finish. Then a dark chocolate comes in as the whiskey barrel attacks. This is not the most smooth barrel aged beer, but it is not offensive. It has forward spicy whiskey notes with a medium plus to full mouthfeel. It almost reminds me of a bigger barrel aged version of Founders Breakfast (which is not KBS because they are different base beers).

The finish is of dark chocolate and slight amounts of roasted coffee, alcohol, and oak.

A big amount of alcohol and whiskey flavor without too much sweetness. This definitely is up there with my favorite barrel aged stouts. It is different from other barrel aged beers with their silky, sweet, vanilla, and bourbon character. This has those complexities, but with more alcohol and a more restrained sweetness. One of my new favorite barrel aged brews.

dar482, Mar 13, 2014
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4.79/5  rDev +10.4%

Domvan, Oct 23, 2014
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4.78/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Release #7 - served in a tulip glass.

Appearance - The color for this was black. It had about a finger of rapidly diminishing head.

Smell - The first aroma to hit me was a strong coffee scent. This was followed by wet oak or wood grilling planks, which I'm assuming comes from the whiskey barrel aging. The aroma was strong enough to smell from about 2-3 feet away. There where also hints of sweet vanilla and chocolate and some booze, again probably from the barrel aging.

Taste - The taste was much like the smell. Bold taste of roasted malts , chocolate and dark roast coffee. There was also vanilla, oak, and a hint of booze.

Mouthfeel- There was a full bodied mouth feel to this one with very little carbonation. Viscous and velvet like. With a lingering of the roasted coffee for a bit.

Overall - I thought this was one of the best Imperial stouts I have ever tried, if not certainly the most interesting and intriguing.

Someguy1_8t, Jan 28, 2013
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4.76/5  rDev +9.7%

ncelauro, Oct 03, 2014
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4.76/5  rDev +9.7%

K-jack211, Nov 08, 2014
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4.76/5  rDev +9.7%

thejohnnyo, Nov 09, 2014
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4.76/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

TastefulNudity, Dec 03, 2013
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4.76/5  rDev +9.7%

Jmitchell3, Oct 26, 2014
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4.76/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a thick black, like motor oil, with a creamy brown head.

S: Dark coffee and espresso dominate the nose with a touch of dark bittersweet chocolate, vanilla and oak. The vanilla and oak come up after a few whiffs.

T: Dark roast coffee, espresso, vanilla, oak, dark chocolate. Coffee is the strongest flavor in the taste, but it's much more balanced than the nose.

M: Full bodied and creamy smooth. Nice balance between between sweet and bitter.

O: An excellent imperial stout, with great bourbon character.

BierJager89, Jan 17, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

mverity, Jun 03, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

SuperbikeShaun, Apr 27, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

warmbier804, May 29, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

timahood32, Apr 01, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

beerexplorer1973, Mar 28, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

HopAttack3, Oct 27, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

mtpHokie, Oct 01, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

dsauter, Oct 12, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Adkins1203, Mar 21, 2014
Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,222 ratings.