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Big Bad Baptist - Epic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

1,768 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,768
Reviews: 325
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.45%
Wants: 277
Gots: 466 | FT: 71
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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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Release #1

A: Poured out like a big vat of prune juice with black food coloring. Thick and with no head, this monster just saw there staring at me ominously....

S: More than a hint of coffee...jeez loueez! The coffee was of the gourmet variety and had sort of a soft, buttery quality on the scent.

T: Perhaps that butter is whiskey? ...now that I actually got proactive and read the bottle, it definitely is, alas! Still, lots of coffee and I got some cocoa infusion as well as more sweetness as it warmed.

M: It's rare that I get an equal amount of bourbon and coffee in a beer (usually one trumps the other), but this is one of those that pulls it off. After my tongue pulled out its magnifying glass, it got a few bubbles posing as carbonation, and the aftermath on the glass: minimal lacing. The aftermath on the palate: coffee....and then some.

O: This totally blew me away. If you really want to taste coffee AND bourbon in your beer, this is the one for you!

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 22:48:51 | More by Chaney
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birchstick

Colorado

4/5  rDev -7.8%

04-18-2014 14:20:58 | More by birchstick
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DarthKostrizer

California

4/5  rDev -7.8%

12-30-2013 00:08:23 | More by DarthKostrizer
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #58 (November 2011):

LOOK: Pitch black, impressive head

SMELL: Exotic coffee, dark chocolate, soft charcoal, burnt currants, vanilla, booze, wood

TASTE: Thick, syrupy, smooth, bitter char, wood, booze, espresso, cocoa powder, faint vanilla

This beer is a beast! Usually you don't see such grace and balance with bigger Stouts. From roasted, wood, booze and sweetness, it all comes together. Seriously, this one gives some of the more hyped Imperial Stouts something to think about. A true ticker, beer geek, hunter or whatever, should be seeking this brew out.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 03:40:55 | More by BeerAdvocate
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crobinso

Colorado

4/5  rDev -7.8%

10-21-2013 03:45:09 | More by crobinso
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mcallister

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an almost deep purple, a tan head of two fingers fades into a molten top leaving no lace.

Amazing aromas of big and bold freshly brewed coffee. Dark chocolate, black and blueberry, light whiskey and hints of oak. Roasted malts and a hint of smoke.

Coffee monster here and delicious, big and toasty with hints of mocha, heavy cream, burnt caramel, toffee, plum, blueberry, very light wood, with some bourbon notes late in the finish. Other brooding dark fruits, coffee tannins galore and a smidgeon of vanilla.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 18:55:14 | More by mcallister
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garymuchow

Minnesota

4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Batch #7
Cold snow and rain April night. Seems like a good time.
First whiffs are of heavy coffee and deep dark malt. The barrel aging lends a creamy quality to the aroma as part of the vanilla. The whiskey aroma is mostly background. Hints of the chocolate bits in the periphery.
Pretty much all black. Small dark head that settles to a smear but still leaves a little lacing after the drink. Dark red/brown highlights.
Still fresh enough to be sharp. Big, rather thick and chewy. Small sips fill the mouth with flavor with great endurance. Some heat. Has the complexity of the dark malts, some of the whiskey, some vanilla, bits of chocolate. Warmth pretty darn quickly in the gut. Heavy smooth. The dark malts push to the point too heavy (near burnt- could be the coffee addition). Rather fine carbonation. Aftertaste is strong on coffee with a ground like experience.
This is good. I'm not in love with it. Not sure why, but it's not inspiring a strong reaction. Interesting and well done.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 01:23:08 | More by garymuchow
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wagenvolks

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

12-29-2011 19:40:19 | More by wagenvolks
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bigred89

Maryland

4/5  rDev -7.8%

10-13-2012 01:49:57 | More by bigred89
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ADTaber

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

04-20-2012 01:12:33 | More by ADTaber
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beerpadawan

California

4/5  rDev -7.8%

11-26-2012 07:00:42 | More by beerpadawan
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ncaudle

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

10-13-2012 20:22:34 | More by ncaudle
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into chalice at 1702 in Tucson. I think this is the 2012 #9 based on the abv of 11.8 abv.
Pours a pitch black with a finger of deep tan head. Nice thin tan lacing remains throughout the drink.
Smells of fresh crisp coffee, some roasted malts, chocolate, and a hint of booze - bourbon.
Taste is bitter roasted coffee and bourbon....some chocolate flavors.
Its an easy drink abv wise but its full of flavor and heavy. Its a nice brew...a bit over boozey but nice.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2012 01:13:21 | More by DrinkSlurm
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

3.55/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good coffee laden stout, barely fair as a bourbonesque brew.

Presentation: 22 oz brown capped bottle. Paper label with a simple light cream background and a black label with the name of the brew and series branding punctuated by drawing of a pilgrim/like bearded man opening a jar.. Side narrative Offers a small note about the special and limited character of the brew, and encourages to check their website for more details. Notes release #1, and 11.7 % Alc. by Vol. Served in a snifter.

A - Black pour with brown edges, fair 1/3" creamy brown head, poor retention and lacing with a fair surface memory ring.

S - Prominent coffee nose, not badly done… a bit plain but fair with a minimal hint of complex sweetness behind it.

T- Palate follows with a roasted coffee commanding note, malty… touch of chocolate and a sweetness that is minimally vanilla, whiskyeske… very short there, but the roasted sense and the sturdy but correct coffee do a good job to sustain the brew.

M - Medium-full body with tingly carbonation, fairly smooth ride with a small bitterness and an emerging boozy touch.

O - Nice sipper, a bit to compact and too skewed towards the coffee but pretty pleasing.

Notes: Blasphemy: in the KBS range without the hype, missing the Bourbon barrel, and with good coffee.. not too good a coffee but a fair coffee… Dunno, it is nice but nothing that I would actively seek out.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 17:15:40 | More by Daniellobo
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

12-07-2013 05:08:57 | More by stereosforgeeks
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Tyrawlings

Ohio

4/5  rDev -7.8%

02-11-2012 13:54:17 | More by Tyrawlings
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WDJersey

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

01-22-2013 03:33:16 | More by WDJersey
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RedneckBeerz

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

08-22-2013 21:56:59 | More by RedneckBeerz
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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
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LoveStout

New York

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

01-05-2014 18:12:32 | More by LoveStout
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wedge

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

@ Ridgewood

Black with a super creamy beige head on top. Black coffee aroma straight away followed by wood, black malt, dark cocoa, mild creamy vanilla, and perhaps a bit of bread. Mocha, bourbon, dark chocolate, and sweetened espresso flavors. Super smooth, creamy, and heavy. Not overly aggressive with the barrel-aged-ness, which is a good thing in my eyes. Also, not boozy...another plus. I imagine, though, that this could become awesomely, ridiculously smooth(er) after a little time in the cellar. Very nice...

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2012 03:07:35 | More by wedge
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duff247

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

04-29-2014 03:45:51 | More by duff247
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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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millerbuffoon

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

12-15-2013 22:30:46 | More by millerbuffoon
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Smarty_Pints

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

01-14-2014 04:07:23 | More by Smarty_Pints
Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,768 ratings.