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Big Bad Baptist - Epic Brewing Company

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460 Reviews

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Reviews: 460
Hads: 3,042
Avg: 4.3
pDev: 23.26%
Wants: 405
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 

ABV varies by batch
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Photo of dfernandez77
4.64/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown like bittersweet bakers chocolate. Clear but dark enough light barely penetrates. Medium dark tan head that dissipates to creamy tan foam.

Bittersweet chocolate, vanilla caramel, butterscotch, espresso, and dulce de leche. Amazing rich depth and complexity.

All of the richness and characteristics of the aroma. Like a smooth 70% Cacao chocolate, with vanilla, espresso, and sweetened condensed milk. Super phat roasty malts well balanced with the cacao bitterness. Like a beerTiramisu mouthgasm.

Big slippery fat oat stout assault, then the slight dry astringency is all over your tongue. Finishes inexplicably simultaneously slippery and dry. Crazy complex.

OMFG! Stunning. Sign me up for a barrel. Give me a huge Chalice full accompanied by a Tiramisu soaked in French roast espresso with secret layers of blackberry jam. Amazing.

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Photo of KlayWey
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had release #13, great beer with good balance of chocolate, coffee and grain bill. Whiskey barrel comes through with smoothness more than aroma or flavor. Alcohol at 12.2% is present, but not over whelming. A little sweet and buttery on the tongue, but overall a great production from Epic.

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Photo of chanokokoro
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Fairly aggressively poured from a 22 oz. bottle labeled as Release #7 into an unbranded short stemmed tulip/snifter

Pours a motor oil darkest brown bordering on black capped by a two finger fluffy tan head. Some retention, which is unusual for barrel-aged stouts, and even a hint of lacing. The nose is wonderful, espresso, dark chocolate, toasted oak, roastiness, and some whiskey-tinged booziness. The balanced flavor of this brew is amazing: cocoa powder, roastiness, rich dark coffee notes, charred oak, some hints of vanilla and integrated whiskey. Finishes smooth with roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Full-bodied, slick and smooth with some underlying creaminess. Overall this brew is a masterpiece and shows a level of balance rarely found in big, barrel-aged imperial stouts. Impressive on every level.

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Photo of Beejay
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Release #1

A: Thick and deep brown as it pours. Waiting a few moments lets the head grow up out of the body in a nice dark tan color. The beer in the glass is black.

S: Man there is a lot of chocolate in there. The first thing that hits is cocoa nibs, followed by a rich, but slightly bitter smelling coffee aroma. There is a nice oak and vanilla character in the finish, although it is a lot more subdued than the coffee and chocolate. If someone planted a cafe mocha and it grew into a tree, this is how an orchard of them would smell.

T: Coffee, chocolate, and now a hint of the whiskey. The finish is sweet, with a meandering coffee note, and an oaky overtone. It's certainly one hell of a beer.

M: Thick, and creamy. The finish has a bit of an oily feel about it. The carbonation may actually be just a touch high on it for me, but it's a thin line between being a bit too much, and being perfect.

O: This is luscious, rich, and delicious. Everything that a coffee, chocolate, whiskey barrel stout should be. Fine work.

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Photo of yamar68
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An imposing looking beer... thick black syrup that shows barely an edge of copper clarity, dense half finger of light brown that leaves loads of boozy lacing.

Massive charred wood on the nose, sweet whiskey notes, bitterish coffee presence, sphagnum, burnt caramel, oats, syrupy dark chocolate notes... hot cocoa or something, the 11% abv is perfectly integrated on the nose.

Oh, wow... one word comes to mind - "whiskey-choco-timber-syrup-cafe-caramel." Such enormous flavors taking so many different directions. What I'm actually most impressed by though is the perfect placement of hot whiskey... it blends beautifully with earthy charred woods and mocha flavors. Fantastic stuff.


Jesus, man.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a pitch-black color. The head is a finger high, with a tan shade. Creaminess is excellent, but the retention is rather low (unsurprising, considering it’s a 12% barrel-aged monster). Some lacing is at least left on the glass. (4)

Smell: Holy crap. This is mocha heaven. Roasted black coffee, dark chocolate, and brownie batter, oh my! And the barrel presence is beautifully nuanced inside the other notes, bringing very slight vanilla and oak. But the best part? It doesn’t come across as being excessively sweet. This is massive and decadent smelling, yet not cloying or diabetic – in other words, nearly perfect. (4.5)

Taste: The flavor profile thankfully follows through. It opens up with black coffee and dark chocolate (read: mocha), slowly but surely fading into oaky barrel notes. I pick up wisps of bitter hops, dark fruit, and whiskey on occasions. A finishing combination of vanilla cream and *slight* alcohol really just work. As does everything else about this brew – it’s balanced, it’s deep enough, it’s cohesive, it’s sophisticated, it’s beautiful, it’s like someone melted an 85% cocoa bar into my cup of Irish coffee…while in heaven. (4.75)

Mouthfeel: Not quite as viscous as motor oil, but the texture is more than good enough – medium to slightly full bodied, and velvety smooth. It finishes sweetly, though not ridiculously so. It also hits a nice medium between being rich and being easy to drink. Carbonation levels are just right, as well. (4.5)

Overall: This is EXACTLY what I anticipated KBS would taste like. Except there’s no hysteria surrounding the release of this brew, just a ridiculously delicious imperial stout that almost sits on the shelf. But even if this beer did reach KBS/BCBS/Parabola levels of yearly release insanity…I’d still hunt it down like Predator hunting down a fat guy. This beer is worthy of being hyped, and thank Diablo it really isn’t. (4.75)

4.64/5: And there we go, I just found my Best Beer of 2014™

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Photo of blindtiger24
4.61/5  rDev +7.2%
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 lmperialChad
4.61/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I have had Epic's Big Bad Baptist several times from a bomber, but this review is based on my experience having it on tap at Freshcraft in Denver. I had not been overly impressed with Epic Brewing based on my prior limited experiences with their Brainless Belgian-style golden ale and one of their IPAs; however, the Big Bad Baptist came along and converted me with a spiritual awakening that any evangelical Southern Baptists would envy. The Big Bad Baptist pours a deep dark brown/black with a thin brown head. The smell is reminiscent of freshly brewed dark coffee with hints of mocha and vanilla, but the coffee scent definitely dominates. The taste is more righteous than Jesus Christ himself dressed in his Sunday best. Huge dark roasted coffee notes, espresso, bittersweet and milk chocolate cocoa nibs, creamy vanilla, oak, some faint whiskey notes, and some hop bitterness lingering in the background. It has a medium thickness with some creamy vanilla essence in the body that compliments the bitter dark coffee and dark chocolate notes. A beautiful combination of coffee, chocolate, and vanilla flavors. I would not have guessed that the Big Bad Baptist clocked in at 12+% ABV. One of my all-time favorite coffee imperial stouts.

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Photo of lochef81
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this one in the fridge for a few months just waiting for the right night to pour it. The wicked Michigan weather is breaking and Spring is blooming; I think it is time. This stout pours a near black color with a thick tan head that gives way to a beautiful lasting film and sticky silken lacing. The nose is rich and complex with notes of coffee, dark chocolate, Sweet roasted (almost European style) malts, and plenty of booze. This is definitely a cold weather, warm you up kind of beer. The mouthfeel is thick and luxurious. Coating every inch of taste buds with rich stout flavor. The taste is everything the nose promises. A punch of chocolate and coffee on the front followed by a sweet vanilla and pipe tobacco middle and finished with the bitterness of cacao and burnt coffee. There is also a hop note on the tail that rounds this out to perfect stout elegance. The alcohol prevalent in the nose is nearly indiscernable in the mouth. TThis is an amazingly well crafted stout that is so rich and complex it is almost beyond words. Very well done
I can't wait to sample future batches of this deep well crafted ale.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$ 12.99/bomber from Craft Shack
Release # 37 (13 %) at 45 degrees into hand washed and dried tulip
Aroma very strong of roasted malt and coffee
Head average (3 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, creamy, diminishing to 3 mm ring and layer
Lacing good – nearly complete rings of tiny bubbles
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor very coffee forward, followed by chocolate and whiskey; stomach warming after swallow; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate full, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 4.5, Flavor 4.75, Palate 4.5, Overall 4.5

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle. Release #1, 11.7% abv. Deep brown, approaching black. Nice contrasting mocha head. Head fades to a thin layer after a minute, but still a good looking brew. No lace.

Coffee and some cream seem to jump out of the glass. A nice, darker roast. Caramel, burnt sugar, and some bittersweet dark chocolate notes. Maybe a hint of oak.

Dark chocolate, along with some fresh roast coffee. Some dry, burnt notes. Caramel, and burnt sugar. Dry tannins at the finish, along with a hint of booze.

Full body, chewy with lower carbonation. Some warmth at the finish. This is certainly a blast of coffee, with some nice compliments. Very nice.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

release # 36 poured into snifter.

A: jet black with a half finger of tan head. recedes to a ring around the glass with traces in the center. slight lacing. good considering 12.4 ABV according to the bottle.

S: fresh roasted coffee upfront, slight chocolate, a bit of bourbon/oak, dark malts

T: delicious. fresh coffee is upfront followed by a bit of chocolate, a hint of oaky vanilla, and just a touch of bourbon on the finish. alcohol is well hidden, though there is a slight burn on the finish. I would like just a bit more bourbon to come through.

M: thick and creamy. low carbonation, as it appropriate for the style.

O: this is an incredible beer. I'll definitely be seeking this out again.

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Photo of shirazed
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

#3 poured into a Libbey Craft Pub glass on 2/28/14.

Bottled Dec. 2011, purchased 2012 at Belmont Station in Portland, brought home to Seattle and consumed in Columbus, OH after moving here over a year ago.

Freaking awesome!!!

Showing the cocoa nib flavors and bitterness with subtle cask aging. Not alcoholic at all! Integrated!

A: Black! with caramel froth. Didn't pay attention to the head.
S: My nose isn't what it could be, so not a lot of anything here. Coffee, roast, dark dried fruit (prunes, raisins?).
T: Roasty, coffee, dark chocolates, caramel, bitterness, but maybe not so much hoppiness.
M: Rich, med-heavy, not alcoholic at all, smooth!
O: I so wish I had lots more of this! Should continue to drink well for more than a year.

consumed with Nirvana Belgian Chocolates Aztec Chocolate

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Photo of stephens101
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Spit-shined boot black with a thin coating of dense tan head.

Has a well-focused aroma consisting of dark chocolate, coffee and molasses.

Quite smooth and creamy up front with a hit of coffee and chocolate following. Other notes of grain, pine, caramel and plum float in the middle. Has a touch of grind residue in the finish that serves to make it that much more authentic.

Has a big body of course, but carries its weight and hold its alcohol well.

This is how it ought to be.

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Photo of rudzud
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #7, received in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a nice deep dark brown with a good slightly bigger than one finger mocha head that faded to leave a thin blanket and light, light side lacing. Nice appearance for an 11% beer.

S - Mmmm. Sumantra coffee. Super light bourbon notes along with oak and good vanilla. Make no mistake, this nose is pure Sumantra coffee, light alcohol. Not getting much roast malts of chocolate as this glorious coffee drowns it out.

T - Much more bitter coffee notes here, fresh grounds, light 85% cocoa. The bourbon comes out nicely in this one and interplays wonderfully with the coffee. 2 months old, has this faded a bit? Possibly, but the coffee is still dancing around in the mouth. The wiskey is a bit faint but that is alright, the alcohol isnt super noticeable, however, its still a sipper. Absolutely delicious

M - Mouthfeel is lowly carbonated, silky smooth. Alcohol isnt really noticeable but definately a sipper. Nicely done.

O - Overall, this is a damn good stout. Damn good. The marks would have been higher if BA Speedway wasnt fresh in my memory as far as coffee stouts go. Seek this one out BAers, its worth it.

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Photo of ljjpowers
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Full disclosure: I’ve sampled Epic’s Big Bad Baptist before. From the source. In Salt Lake City. And I don’t remember doing it. At all. Four hours prior to takeoff, my friend and I decided to stop off at the brewery and proceeded to order every beer on tap. Every. Single. One. I know that the Baptist was mixed into that enormous “flight” somewhere, but I can’t recall where it landed. It sounded good… I mean, how can you go wrong with coffee, whiskey, and cocoa nibs? But with a sober mind and a clean palate, does it deliver? Is it worthy? Well…

The short answer is yes: it does deliver and it is worthy. Pouring the Baptist is an adventure in and of itself— the liquid settles quickly into a pitch-black pool after mocha-tinged lacing falls gracefully from the top of the glass. As if on a blind date, the beer opens up after taking the proper amount of time to get to know it. Aromas are subtle at first, but fresh-ground coffee, strong whiskey, and bitter chocolate are immediately noticeable. A few minutes after that, wood, vanilla, roasted malt, tobacco, and molasses emanate from the glass. The taste of this beer is unrivaled in many respects, as the Baptist allows the drinker to taste everything that it has to offer without tasting too much of anything. The mouthfeel is also much more intense than what would be expected of a barrel aged stout. While imparting rich flavor, barrels tend to mellow, balance, and smooth brews. This is not true of Epic’s barrel aged beauty. Swigs go down with a pleasant burn that mimics a less-intense whiskey shot. The striking taste of alcohol then fades to a lingering chocolate/tobacco aftertaste. And though I don’t remember our first encounter (nor do I remember passing through the security line at SLC), you can be assured that I won’t forget this experience. And I’ll be back for more.

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Photo of KnucklesMcFisty
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Tried this one on tap and had to buy a bomber of it...great imp stout! It hits all the classic notes...coffee, chocolate, hint of bourbon and booziness but what stood out to me was the mouthfeel...it's unbelievably drinkable for such a big stout. The flavors meld so nicely that makes this thing an incredible brew

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Photo of kkleu357
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thick dark black pour with no head. Smells like cocoa and coffee beans. Not much alcohol smell at all. Big thick mouthfeel. Tastes like a chocolate covered espresso bean. Minor hints of whiskey. No alcohol taste. Terrific beer!

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours very little head even with a hard pour. The head is a bubbly dark and chocolatey brown that dissipates very quickly. The beer itself is a very dark brown that borders on black and is opaque.

The beer smell is a variety of roasted malt, dark and milk chocolate smell, and a very strong coffee smell with a slight hing of the whiskey barrels that are in. The beer taste is even more complex and richer than the smell.

The beer taste has a complex mix that starts with a roasted malt taste that turns into a sweet dark chocolate with coffee in notes and finishes with coffee and whiskey barrel with hints of vanilla.

The mouthfeel is fairly smooth and silky with some light carbonation that gives it a bit more texture.

Overall, a fantastic beer and one of the best Imperial Stouts. In addition to a cheap price relative to other beers of this caliber, I would highly recommend this one.

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Photo of antoneloc
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L - opaque, lightbtan 1/2 finger head

S - coffee bomb. Thats it

T- heavy coffee front end, boozy thick body, espresso and chocolate finish

M- little thin for the alcohol content and flavor profile, but still great

O - outstanding stout, could be a little too much coffee though

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Photo of elNopalero
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Holy smokes, I had this on tap for $2.50! Bought one for my brother too.

This pours insanely black with a cocoa-colored foam.

The aroma has a full bodied coffee-and-roast intensity. Heavy coffee aromas and flavors dominate the beer, with a drying roasty character underneath. There’s a touch of vanilla bean under this, along with some bitter chocolate notes.

It’s a sipper but that didn’t stop my brother from downing it like a light beer.

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Photo of Cannibalgasm
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle.

A: Pours a rich deep black with a finger of thick creamy mocha colored head. Solid retention and moderate lacing.

S: Coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts, smoke, oak, bourbon, dark fruits, and some earthy hops.

T: Roasted coffee, dark chocolate, bourbon, roasted malts, oak smokiness, dark fruits, ginger, pepper, cinnamon, oatmeal, molasses, vanilla, tobacco and some earthy hops provide the right amount of bitterness. There is a lot of going on in this brew.

M: Rich full body, low to mid carbonation, smooth and creamy mouthfeel. What an imperial stout should drink like.

O: This is a fantastic brew, it is unique and complex. A truly great sipper with excellent depth. I highly recommend this brew to stout lovers everywhere.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

this is an absolutely insane bottle of beer, dont ever pass up a chance to drink one of these. it pours inky black, thick, and dangerous. smell is coffee, dark dark pure cocoa, burnt barley, and pipe tobacco. the taste is unbeatable to me, and i almost never give out 5's. this surpases the abyss to me on flavor, really. fantastically rich brewed coffee up front with lots of woodsy, burning, organic matter hitting in the middle. big semisweet chocolate flavors come in just past the halfway point, followed by fresh tobacco tones and a syrupy sugar cane alcoholic tingle. this all rides on a slow rolling wave of the fullest body you can imagine and mellow carbonation just enough to keep it moving. a touch sludgy though, and maybe a good one to share around for the fainter of heart. gets downright hot boozy as it warms up, and is a definite slow sipper. if there is a better imperial stout on the planet, bring it to me, because this one is absolutely magic. black magic! best beer ive had from epic, and the highlight of my beer tour of utah. world class

edit: this has some real variability batch to batch, and while the first one i had was the king of the heap, i have appreciated each one, but liked the first one more than all of them by far. bumping down a few scores just a nudge to reflect that.

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

This is one of my favorite imperial stouts I've ever had. Great body, pours a smooth, deep black color. Beautiful dark copper head. Right off the bat you can smell the coffee and chocolate. First taste is a bitter bite from the whiskey cask aging and the acidity from the coffee. Smooths out with a wonderful dark chocolate finish. I love this beer. Perfect for a cold winter night. Make sure you share, its a big boy.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep jet black, slightly oily but highly viscous with a very thin layer of creamy light khaki foam.

An immediate wave of chocolate and freshly ground coffee hits first, with some vanilla, toffee, and caramel notes to add as well as a ton of roastiness in general.

Coffee and chocolate both battle to be the standout ingredient in this beer. Tons of bitter but not overwhelmingly roast and some oak, earth, and vanilla.

Heavy-bodied, light carbonation, bitter roast, silky smooth, semi-chewy.

I was very happy with this beer overall, the one downside I have to remark on is the lack of bourbon aroma and flavor, but that is splitting hairs because this is damn good either way.

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