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Big Bad Baptist - Epic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

2,677 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,677
Reviews: 437
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 369
Gots: 789 | FT: 108
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 

ABV varies by batch
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of jlindros
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch #9 thanks to rudzud for sharing, and thanks to jedi111 (Reddit) for sending me a bottle I can save for the right time to share.

Pours a nice creamy darker but small head covering, light lacing, just about pitch black color.

Nose brings plenty of fresh espresso, roasted coffee beans, so much fresh coffee it almost seems like I poured some beer into my fresh espresso. Chewy oats in there, light chocolate, light wood dust, hint of roast, hint of dark chocolate, wood and oak dust and barrel, a bit Canadian Whisky like surprisingly but I think mostly due to the beer overpowering what would be whisky.

Taste again fresh coffee, roasted espresso, ground coffee, light chocolate, roast, caramel, vanilla, toasty oak and again some Canadian like whisky that tastes sweet, fruity, and gamey almost. there is some booze warmth as well, with the fruity whisky, a maple cream whisky like too. Chewy oats come in, with light caramel and more vanilla barrel, some bitterness from roasted malts but also light earthy spicy hops. Some light wood dust and oaky flavors in there rounding it just a bit and bringing all that vanilla. Finish is drier, light booze, chocolate, caramel, lots of fresh roasted coffee all lingering, a light bitterness as well, and light wood dust esters lingering.

Mouth is thicker bodied, decent carb, fairly rich, light warming booze.

Overall quite a nice beer. Great coffee, freshly roasted, as well as nice malt base, some hops kicking in with a decent touch, and booze is hidden fairly well. All that with nice barrel flavors and whisky def cuts in but not the best whisky, more Canadian like it seems, or at least seems due to influence from the beer, but can't get any bourbon. Still a great beer and I'm glad I got another one in the cellar.

Photo of oline73
4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a tasting glass.

Appearance: Pours almost black with a layer of tan head that fades fairly quickly. This is a very smooth beer. Roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. There is just the right level of sweetness. This is a very good imperial stout. I'd definitely have more.

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of mactrail
4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Release #11 and 11% ABV. Cocoa and coffee with Nugget, Chinook, and Cascade hops. No mention of barrel aging. Smooth and rich with less of a bite than many other big stouts. A whiff of coffee in the aroma.

Totally black color with a very nice foam, lighter than the usual dark beige. Rich and tangy with a surge of malty sweetness all the way back to the throat. Best coffee flavor I can remember in a beer, which is to say it's not immediately identifiable as coffee, but grows into a nice roasted flavor with bitter, burnt notes. This is all quite mellow and seamless. Less bitter than most big stouts, but still enough to nicely balance all the malt.

A great beer with a velvety mouthfeel. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bottlecraft for $11.65 in San Diego.

Photo of DrunkinYogi
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of MasterSki
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Batch #10. Shared at Jason's place. Served in a snifter.

A - Tan foam settles to a thin cap, thick collar, and splotches of lace. Body is pitch black. Very nice looking brew.

S - A delightful blend of whiskey, oak, coffee, roasted malts, dark chocolate, and perhaps a touch of vanilla. Some faint charry notes, and not as sweet as many American stouts; excellent depth and balance here.

T - The taste is nearly as good, with heavy doses of roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, and oak. Perhaps a bit too far on the burnt and bitter side things, but never gets heavy-handed or fatiguing. Low sweetness and well-hidden alcohol.

M - Medium-full body, creamy texture, pleasant carbonation, and well-hidden alcohol. Was surprised by how soft this was considering the oak and coffee.

D - An excellent barrel-aged coffee stout. I would happily purchase this again if it were available locally and would very much like to have it again. Probably the best beer I've had from Utah.

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4/5  rDev -8%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.32/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Hops and Pie.

A: Pours oily black with a thin mocha head which fades to the rim and leaves no lace.

N: Dark cocoa powder, roasted coffee with some dark cherries on warming.

T: Rich roasted coffee with cream, toasted nearly perfect expresso and marshmellow, The bourbon is present but not overpowering. Toffee with some burnt char on warming along with a nice floral note. Smokey with tobacco and leather. Complex.

M: Rich and creamy. Full body and moderate carbonation.

O: Lucious and heavenly with a big wow.

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

Shared by Lunch the other day thanks! He told me it was described to him as a "poor man's KBS" but since this is slightly more expensive than KBS and not as good, I didn't understand why anyone would say that.

Beer is black with a thin tan head, low retention, some lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is nice, coffee, sweet, a little chocolate, mild vanilla, no oak or bourbon.

I wouldn't have guessed this was a bourbon stout. I still don't really think so. This is a coffee stout to me, the coffee bitterness is there, the flavors are mostly sweetness up front, malt and a nice coffee finish. I liked it but probably won't have it again.

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4/5  rDev -8%

Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of mdfb79
4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 01/28/12 notes. Shared with some friends, 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a pitch black color with one finger of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks great.

s - Smells of coffee, cocoa, roasted malts, bitter chocolate, whiskey, oak, and toasted malts. Lots of coffee for a whiskey barrel aged stout, but still very nice.

t - Tastes of coffee, cocoa, roasted malts, vanilla, coffee grinds, whiskey, oak, and choclate. Lots of coffee again, and some nice vanilla here. I like the taste a little bit more than the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and not very hot.

o - Overall a really nice stout; one of the best beers I've had from Epic so far. I thought there was a lot more coffee then whiskey in the nose and taste, but still really liked it. Would have it again.

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of kojevergas
3.91/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired in Los Angeles for $11.99 a couple days ago. Reviewed live. 11.4% according to my (2012) bottle. Release #10. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Expectations are high given its current ratings.

Served refrigerator cold but allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger rich tan colour head of great cream, thickness, and retention (considering the high ABV). Body colour is a solid nontransparent opaque black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Solid for the style.

Sm: Cocoa, coffee, quite strong roast bitterness from the coffee, roasted barley, some stale coffee notes, and dark malts. Coffee/java is definitely dominant. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Coffee (with some notable bitterness on the climax), some roast, java, subtle chocolate on the open, and whiskey - as subtle as can possibly be. Wow. A bit of malty sweetness. Coffee is dominant. Some caramel. Really marvelously balanced. I quite like it, though the bitterness does come through a bit too much on the finish.

Mf: Great. Ideal smoothness/coarseness balance. Good wetness. Perfect carbonation. Suits the flavour brilliantly. Great thickness to support the flavours. Actually not too heavy on the palate.

Dr: Very drinkable for the high ABV. I'm impressed. A very coffee oriented imperial stout. I could down this all night. Incredible. It's surpassed my expectations. I'd definitely have this again. Epic surprised me. I'd like to have it on-draught. Not a perfect example of the style, but a pretty damned good one.

Low A-

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11.22.14: Notes on Release #36. $9.99 in Austin, TX. 12.4% ABV.

A: Pours a creamy dark rich vibrant head with a fantastic complexion and a full creamy consistency. Soft-looking and appealing, with 30 second retention. Leaves no lacing.

Body colour is black, with an opacity that prevents any yeast particulate or hop sediment from becoming visible if present.

Sm: Rich chocolate and roasty coffee. Abundant traces of cocoa nibs. Dark malts, chocolate malts. Whiskey presence is quite limited, unfortunately - I get no signature whiskey spiciness, no vanilla, and no oak. At best there's a hint of generic wood. The coffee/java notes dominate, but lack the depth and intricacy of the coffee notes in world-class coffee stouts.

T: This is less balanced than I remember it, with aggressive coffee notes dominating the flavour profile, hiding the dark malts and chocolate. Where's the whiskey character? I do get some light vanilla, but there's no oak or spiciness. Maybe a dab of marshmallow.

Not hoppy, yeasty, or boozy.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Should be creamier and softer. Apt thickness. This texture is a nice companion to the taste, but doesn't elevate the beer. Overcarbonated.

O: It's a drinkable enjoyable imperial stout, but I vastly preferred release #10. It's still good, but I'd like to see Epic get their batch variation in check. I'll definitely be trying future versions - especially if this stays at $10 a bottle, but Epic really needs to work on consistency.

Low B

Photo of InspectorBob
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of DrBier
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.72/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Release #4; Sampled February 2012
A vigorous pour into my small De Glazen Toren tulip produces a three finger thick, densely bubbled, darkly brown stained head. The beer is a concentrated, almost perfectly black color that shows quiet opaque. As I pour this I get rich notes of dark chocolate and spicy / toasted oak. An actual stop to inspect the nose yields deep, roasted, coffee notes (bright coffee notes actually), a deeply toasted grain character, light vanilla notes, blackened chocolate, cold espresso, some malt ball like notes, and perhaps a hint of oak woodiness and spiciness. The vanilla and and coffee notes, along with the rich dark malt base, makes me think of some sort of vanilla scented, coffee liquor. The oak / whiskey Barrel character is weird here, the spicy, woody oak was definitely quite prominent at the front of my first smell of the aroma, but it is now a lot harder to find and blends in with the ample coffee and toasted malt notes. This really smells a lot more like a coffee dessert drink of some sort than like a beer; the coffee aromatics are just so prominent. I do like that the coffee notes don’t quite get into acrid or sharp territory as the nose is quite smooth

Rich feeling and viscous as it first hits the palate. The beer has a burnt sweetness to it that balances huge roast and coffee flavors, which really come to dominate the long finish of this beer. The bitterness in the finish is huge; some of it is hop derived, but a lot of it is contributed by the roasted malt and coffee notes that just cling to the palate and really dry out the finish. Toasted and even burnt whole grain toast notes are evident, though in truth it is like toast that has been burnt to the point that the fact that it is whole grain almost doesn’t matter. Noticeable vanilla note help to soften the burnt character at the front and through the middle of each sip; other oak flavors of spicy wood actually help to accentuate the almost harsh roasted character and the added astringency in the finish makes the lingering bitterness all that much more piquant. Some Bourbon like flavors contribute to the finish and seem to dry things out a touch more. Some nice, dark chocolate notes are noticeable in the middle after the beer warms up a bit, but it remains dominated by the coffee flavors, followed closely by the roasted notes.

With so much roast character, the sweet malt character could actually be quite a bit bigger here; to be well balanced, either the roasted / burnt notes need to be dialed back or the sweet / residual malt character needs to be increased. Still this is actually quite a tasty brew and I really like how subtle the Whiskey Barrel character is here; it really only plays a supporting role and could almost be overlooked. I am on the verge of getting a cold & this is certainly a good beer to kick off the fact that I am going to be on a self-imposed beer drought for the next week to recover. Despite being aggressively burnt in focus, I am actually enjoying this a fair amount; it could be so much more acrid and harsh than it is & it somehow is escaping that. I really like that this isn’t overly heavy or rich, on the other hand it makes it easier to drink a beer that is 11.1% abv, which isn’t necessarily a good thing either.

Photo of duceswild
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of orangesol
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Halcyondays
4.17/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours black with a firm creamy dark tan head, good retention, nice lace.

S: Like sticking my nose in a coffee machine, big heavenly coffee bean aroma, some secondary dark chocolate.

T: Coffee and chocolate dominated the first half. The second half gets quite hoppy and grassy, it reminded me of ST Creme Brulee in this aspect, hops when you'd never expect it. Big, full flavour.

M: Full-bodied, though it does feel a bit thinner at the finish than I'd like. Creamy, with a soft carbonation.

O: An interesting tasty beer for sure, like Peche Mortel meets Yeti. The bomber price is a bit out there, but a pour on-tap was a good deal methinks.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.09/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch #10 - Cocoa Nibs and Coffee in Whiskey Barrels

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some very dark amber highlights and a moderate amounts of visible carbonation near the surface. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy dark mocha head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer, a couple of small thicker patches, and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Strong aromas of dark roasted malts and green + freshly roasted coffee beans with moderate aromas of oak, whiskey, and cocoa. Lightly bitter in the aroma. Very light notes of vanilla and char.

T: Moderate to strong flavors of green and freshly roasted coffee beans with some more moderate flavors of roasted dark malts. There are some more moderate elements of oak, whiskey, cocoa, vanilla, and charred wood. Light amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: This beer is pretty easy to drink considering that it is 12% ABV (roughly) and it is quite enjoyable - the coffee is very present but the whiskey barrel is not as much. Very enjoyable but definitely a sipping beer considering the strength.

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4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, batch 1; bottled 9/22/2011. Pours pitch black color with a small dense tan head with good retention; that reduces to a very thin cap that lingers. Some decent spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of huge dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, toffee, vanilla, whiskey, oak, molasses, toast, and light char. Fantastic aromas with awesome balance and complexity. Taste of big roasted coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, caramel, roasted malt, molasses, toffee, whiskey, oak, molasses, and toast. Light bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, coffee, whiskey, oak, toast, molasses, caramel, toffee, and vanilla on the finish for a while. Fantastic balance of the barrel flavors with the beer; no overwhelming whiskey flavors at all. Medium carbonation and full bodied; with a nice creamy, slick, and thick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely fantastic barrel aged imperial stout! Great balance of flavors with the barrel aging; and very smooth to sip on for being 11.7%. This is the easier to find substitute for KBS in my book.

Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,677 ratings.