Big Bad Baptist - Epic Brewing Company
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4.23/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
02-15-2013 23:22:42 | More by oline73
4.05/5 rDev -6.7%
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.
06-20-2013 06:30:26 | More by mactrail
4.03/5 rDev -7.1%
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.
02-01-2012 01:46:41 | More by mdfb79
3.71/5 rDev -14.5%
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.
08-31-2013 20:28:40 | More by Gueuzedude
4.13/5 rDev -4.8%
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.
10-14-2012 23:21:23 | More by Halcyondays
4.03/5 rDev -7.1%
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 definiteley 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.
*I had to manipulate the appearance score to give it the letter grade I wanted. Please see my profile page for more information. This keeps my reviews fair and consistent.
12-08-2012 05:48:07 | More by kojevergas
3.85/5 rDev -11.3%
Pours a dark chocolate brown color with a one finger mocha head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.
Roasted malt aroma with a very strong coffee bean and dark chocolate presence along with a well integrated barrel character. Deep roasted gourmet coffee, dark chocolate, toast and oatmeal complimented by toasted oak. Subtle booze/whiskey in the nose.
Medium bodied with some tight carbonation and a very dry, roasted malt presence that dominates the flavor, lingering into a dry finish. Slightly acrid, heavily roasted coffee bean and bitter dark chocolate notes along with some toffee and oatmeal. Barrel character is most prominent toward the finish with dry, toasted oak complimenting the roasted malt profile and faint boozy whiskey sweetness providing warmth in the finish. Whiskey notes are there but subtle, allowing the other flavors to come through. As it warms the richness from the cocoa and dark malts shine but it's still a bit strong in the roast department for my liking.
12-17-2011 04:36:13 | More by corby112
4.45/5 rDev +2.5%
A: Poured a big, hearty looking deep, dep brown color, nealry black with a a nice creamy tan head which resedes after a moment leaving a topping of bubbles and moderate lacing
S: The nose is BIG coffee, shit man, did someone just dump my grampas Folgers into my beer BIG. Loads of dark and milk chocolate on the nose as well. You can tell by the little booze sting that this beer is packin heat. I get a moderate dose of whiskey as well.
T: Initial big coffee upfront, wowzers, more Folgers coffee beans, nothing tame about this beer and I love it. A big assertive chocolate presence comes along riding the curtails of the coffee, a blend of deep dark cocoa and a little bit of milk cocoa. The whiskey is sharp, cutting but not overbearing as it knows its role with the coffee being the main stage. A bit of char and light tobacco come to mind as it continues to grow on me. The finish has a bit of an astringency which I find common in big coffee beers, like BCBCS.
M: Hearty, big bodied, perhaps a tweak high on carbonation. It provides a nice warming, coffee flkavor driven, coating mouthfeel thats makes me happy
O: I am glad I scored these. One left and I plan to sit on it for quite some time. Cheers.
03-01-2013 22:54:41 | More by barleywinefiend
4.28/5 rDev -1.4%
Batch #22. A very nice coffee and chocolate Russian Imperial Stout. What I don't get are any whiskey barrel notes. Unfortunate, as I love those flavors. Luckily, the coffee and chocolate notes as well as the base beer itself are all rock solid- I just wonder how amazing this would be with a real Bourbon note as well. The coffee is obviously top notch, as is the cacao. You het each in almost equal measure, perhaps just a tad more coffee. The base beer itself shows off a nice roasty note. Silky smooth, and beautifully integrated. Very Nice.
02-16-2014 22:55:13 | More by Georgiabeer
4.5/5 rDev +3.7%
Batch #3 care of joefc, thanks man! Bomber into a cervoise, the brew appears black with a finger of brown to khaki head that fades slow leaving some stringy lace sticking to the glass. A swirl revives about a finger back to the surface and paints some spotty lacing effect on the glass. When held to the light, the brew shows some ruby clarity through the body.
The smell is robust with earthy coffee. For being a year old at this point, it is still smelling pretty fantastic. I can only dream about how awesome the sumatra versions must be when fresh. The coffee imparts its own unique blend of citrus aspect mixed with hops. There is a raw oak quality about this that blends into the earthiness mixing with some mineral aspect that is almost dusty to rusty. The roasted aspect of the grain provides a bit of chocolate and a tang of whiskey becomes more evident as the brew warms up.
The taste is very roasty from a combination of heavily kilned grains and strong coffee flavors that are both earthy and include a bit of citrus coffee bean elements. Some warming alcohol is present with an accenting whiskey tang. The coffee's earthen aspect reminds me very much of kopi luwak for some reason. More sips reveal a bit of dusty to almost rusty mineral inclusion that while awkward at first dissolve away into a flavor of nothing but coffee and roasted grains that are at this point almost like milk chocolate with a bit of herbal hop flavoring.
This is a medium to lighter bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. I tip my hat to epic brewing company for making a seriously epic coffee stout. The alcohol is masterfully integrated and while the coffee flavors push to be almost excessive and overdone, it is fantastic. I need to try the other batches of this ASAP.
12-06-2012 02:18:46 | More by stakem
4.1/5 rDev -5.5%
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.
01-21-2013 02:33:14 | More by dbrauneis
4.38/5 rDev +0.9%
Pours like motor oil and looks like it to. Inky black colored beer with a tiny brown colored head.
Smells strongly of coffee. Strong scent of fresh ground coffee bean. Bitter cocoa powder and mild whiskey. Still this is a monolithic coffee beer.
Starts out mildly sweet with a strong coffee flavor and a lesser whiskey flavor. Medium level of bitterness, this is certainly mild mannered. Good alcohol warmth in the chest and a slight sensation of alcohol in the mouth. Strong espresso taste. If you don't like coffee you would be nuts to buy this because it is all about the coffee. Vanilla and bitter chocolate but in the end it is a coffee beer and a quite strong one.
Mouthfeel is THICK.
Overall a good stout and an outstanding coffee beer.;
but if you don't like coffee you will hate this one.
01-08-2014 01:39:28 | More by Zorro
Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,894 ratings.