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Big Bad Baptist - Epic Brewing Company

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97
world-class

2,652 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,652
Reviews: 430
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 364
Gots: 773 | FT: 105
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

One Big Bad Imperial Stout with Cocoa nibs and Coffee nibs.

 http://www.epicbrewing.com/the-bee ... rial-stout 
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3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of morimech
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Release #1

Viscous liquid that is deep black color. Half inch of head forms and settles quickly to a thin cap. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left down the glass.

I get mostly coffee in the aroma. This does not change much even as the beer gets close to room temperature. Just subtle hints of roasted malt, chocolate, and the faintest trace of whiskey.

Coffee forward flavor as well. A little bit of roasted, burnt bitterness from the malt. Slight hint of chocolate. The barrel aging did not impart much flavor. Would of liked more. Alcohol is well hidden. Just slightly warming in the finish. A little unbalanced with the heavy coffee flavor.

Full bodied and close to perfect carbonation. Just a little too fizzy upfront.

The flavor was dominated too much by one element. For the cost of the bottle I wanted a much better executed stout. The barrel-aging needed to come out more. I would still give the next release another try.

Photo of crobinso
4/5  rDev -8%

Photo of Florida9
4.19/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very dark brown, if not black, in color. Fully opaque. Forms a modest, creamy, mocha colored head. Decent retention. Little lacing. Aroma is quite pleasant. Lots of deeply roasted malts, cocoa, burnt coffee beans, and a hint of char. Tastes starts off with a mild sweetness. Again, there are the roasted malts, along with chocolate, coffee, and a bitter-sweetness. Maybe a touch of blackstrap molasses. There is a smooth alcoholic quality on the backend. However, there is very little to suggest bourbon barrel. Full bodied. Lower carbonation. Slightly chalky. Bitterness comes more from the heavily roasted malts than hops.
A very nice beer. One of the better Imperial Stouts I've come across recently.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of StJamesGate
3.72/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Viscous jet with sepia film.
Pure coffee bean oil nose – fresh but one dimensional.
Molasses and fig up front, a big coffee hit, some umami fish sauce, and a whisky barrel bite.
Soily finish and chocolate-covered espresso bean linger.
Fill, thick, and chewy.

Big on coffee – actual gives a bit of a caffeine buzz. Huge body, too; this could pour over vanilla ice cream. But the chocolate and whiskey are mostly missing under all that java. A monstrous stout that needs to lay.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Release #1, one of "a few thousand bottles released."

4.0 A: Black color. One and a half fingers of dense, creamy light brown head. Retention is good and a small ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: This is quite a smeller. The whiskey is lightly charred and earthy with melon, apple, and smoky notes. Light booziness. Light woodiness and just a hint of vanilla. The base stout gives a soft roastiness with dark chocolate, coffee, molasses, and an earthy quality.

4.0 T: The bourbon again is slightly more powerful than the stout and offers the same components found in the nose. The cocoa nibs and coffee stick out more in the taste and for that I'm thankful. Booze is very well hidden, but does offer a welcomed warming on the finish. Good stuff.

3.5 M: This is the only part of this beer that I'm not thrilled about. Just thicker than a medium body. This could use a touch more carbonation, but it has a decent creaminess to it. Light astringent aftertaste. I'd prefer a bit of a thicker body.

4.5 D: A couple categories could have been a notch higher, so this is the score it gets here. Solid brew.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at the Ithaca Luminous release.

Pours a thick, dark opaque black, with a mocha head of about one inches. Small little globs of lacing on the glass.

Smells include roasted malt, chocolate, and some vanilla.

The taste is similar. I think this is bourbon or whiskey barrel aged, but I'm not really picking that up. Lots of chocolate, vanilla, and some oakiness, molasses, Hershey's syrup, etc. Great taste, but a little subdued, I think. Still quite good.

Medium to full bodied, low carbonation, creamy, thick mouthfeel.

Another great stout today. This is turning out to be one of the best beer days I've ever had.

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5/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to TATURBO for sharing this beer! Thanks Chris!

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: black bodied beer with 1 finger of light tan head. Beer has some spotty lacing clingn to the side of glass.

Smell: Heavy char, beef jerky / bacony / meaty smoke, oak, little chalky, touch of vanilla, and roast.

Taste: Really oaky and fully roasted to the point of being charred notes upfront that mix with some vanilla and chocolate sweetness. A hint of molasses, black licorice and cocoa. Beer finishes with a smokey whiskey finish!

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low end of maderate carbonation. Really smooth with just a hint of heat from ABV. This beer really well made and carbonated very nicely!

Overall: This is my third beer from EPIC Brewing. They picked an appropriate name for the brewery bacause 2 of the 3 beer I have drank from them have been EPIC! I am a fan of Big Bad Baptist!

Photo of jera1350
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pure black with a cocoa colored head of fluffy and rocky foam that makes some nice lacing on the glass.

If this was a sniff test, I would have guessed this was Founders Breakfast Stout. Lots of coffee and chocolate on the nose.

Mmm, nice big flavor. A big malty blend of coffee and chocolate with some warm alcohol permeating up through my nose. There is some warm lingering bourbon in the background. Seems to be more felt than tasted, but it is a nice little compliment. Throw in some oak also. Very tasty, very long flavor. The flavors are nice and mellow where it seems like it's been aged a while.

Very smooth with a lightly sticky feel. Full bodied and plenty warm.

This is a very nice impy stout. Along the lines of a KBS/Breakfast Stout in my opinion. I may have to grab another bottle or two of this one.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of TX-Badger
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of argock
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz brown bottle into a clear glass snifter. Release #3 on label. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $13.99.

A: Black body with 1-finger beige cookie colored head with big bubbles and decent retention with only spotty lacing.

S: Cocoa and dark chocolate with a fairly strong unfermented almost lactose sweetness with some light whiskey sharpness and bitter black coffee. I wish all of these components were more prominent, but there is nothing wrong with this nose.

T: The flavor is sweeter than expected all the way through with accents of strong black coffee and espresso. The milk chocolate middle add some sweetness. The roast comes through more as the beer warms giving some strong tobacco character. The whiskey adds a touch of vanilla sweetness but not much else.

M: I bumped this up a notch because this dangerously does not drink like 11.4% -- the body is medium and very silky and slick.

O: I liked this beer but like a little more presence. It's a good stout but needs a little more body and a little less sweetness. I agree with those that don't think this will age well - the alcohol is amazingly well-hidden and I think the base stout is a little lacking in complexity.

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3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of dar482
4.79/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of msubulldog25
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of Dope
4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle is labelled Release #2 - 11.3% ABV.

A: Pours pitch black with a big, dense mocha-colored head. Fades nice and slowly - excellent retention. Thick, almost solid wall of lacing left behind.

S: Whoa, big strong roasted coffee beans. A bit of dark chocolate mixed in as well. No noticeable effect from the barrels, mainly due to the coffee being so strong I think.

T: Touch of whiskey influence up front. Very mild. Hints of caramel and toffee and chocolate. Then the coffee bomb hits. Like drinking ground up coffee beans. Strong and bitter with just enough dark chocolate to try to balance it a little and give it more of a mocha flavor. Creamy towards the finish with a little sweeter chocolate here and some drying oak. Oak and residual coffee bean lingers between sips.

M: Heavy, thick, viscous. So smooth and creamy.

O: Big time coffee bomb stout. A must-have for the coffee lover. I don't even like coffee but the coffee flavor and aroma in this is very rich, fresh and delicious. Not much influence from the whiskey barrels, I think that really could have made this beer incredible. It's quite good regardless, big sharp and strong flavors. I enjoyed it a lot.

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4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Effectively black with a thin brown head. Leave the glass oily and spotted on the way down.

Full aroma of chocolate, mild coffee, and complementary whiskey and barrel. Vanilla and oak combine nicely with the base beer.

The flavor is, too, very well integrated. Nice combination of melted chocolates, some coffee, and integrated bourbon and barrel flavor. Alcohol is hidden very well. Some mild roast and molasses present.

Near full in body with low-moderate carbonation.

A very nice beer. I wish I could find a bottle of this to enjoy.

Photo of srandycarter
4.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Very dark, almost black. Small ring tan head, not much lace.

S - Big cocoa, soy, charred malt.

T - Gigantic malt, cocoa, and charred malt. Take the smell and triple it.

M - Big, heavy, good balance but strong.

D - Love this one. Tried it late on one night, but it would have put me to sleep even earlier.

Photo of birchstick
4/5  rDev -8%

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4.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,652 ratings.