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Big Bad Baptist | Epic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
96
world-class
563 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
563
Ratings:
3,452
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
21.58%
 
 
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Big Bad BaptistBig Bad Baptist
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by JohnGalt1 on 09-30-2011

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Reviews: 563 | Ratings: 3,452
Photo of John_M
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%

A nice effort from Epic, with some pleasant notes (on the nose and palate) of chocolate, coffee and light bourbon. While this pales in comparison to the big boys of the bourbon barrel aged RIS world, this was still an enjoyable RIS, and one I was glad to try.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a top-notch barrel-aged stout without the hype of higher profile beers but it can definitely hang with them in terms of overall quality, complexity and drinkability, at least in my book. It's also my clear favorite from this brewery, whose beers don't always fall to far up my alley.

BBB pours a rich black color with a sizable tan head that has excellent retention and strong lacing. Appearance for the style is top notch. Big aromas of chocolate, bitter and sweet, roasted malt notes, vanilla, lots of whiskey.

The flavor blends all the expected notes extremely well; bitter and milk chocolate, roasty, slightly charred malts, espresso, vanilla, anise, whiskey and oak are perfectly integrated and nothing overwhelms anything else. Has a nice barrel presence but it's not overly assertive. Nice sweetness but isn't cloying either.

Full-bodied, medium carbonation, smooth, sticky, and creamy feel. Right on once again.

I have no complaints with this beer. It's big but not over-the-top, looks the part, has great balance, and has the requisite heft to carry all of its complex elements. Highly recommended for fans of this style.

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Photo of corby112
3.85/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of dvmin98
4.81/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow. Coffee coffee coffee. You smell it and you feel like you just woke up and got bitch-slapped by Mr. Coffee. That is one awesome nose!

The head is a small lacing.

Deeep dark color.

Taste is a very big coffee flavor up front with hints of cocoa. Then you can taste the whiskey on the way down. Very very nice flavor. I didn't taste the 11% like you can with other beers. This was smooth as silk.

Loved every sip of it.

Went back and grabbed two more today! Can't wait til its cold. Maybe I will have it for breakfast...mmm

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

- cocoa nibs, coffee, aged in whiskey barrels. Release #65.

A: Darkest of pours produces a one inch, dark mocha capping with a very good retention. A thick sheet band lacing sticks well.

S: Freshly ground dark roast beans comes right from the grinder to your nose, beautifully dry, with a silty campfire roast. Seriously like sticking your nose into a freshly grounded bag of coffee beans. The duration is very lengthy as well with a very good rate of strength. Light complimentary hints of whiskey and vanilla.

T: Beautiful dark roast, fresh, oily, rich with the cocoa coming through with very good results. Vanilla bean, oily coffeee roast combine with a dark chocolate bittering roastiness. Fresh splashes of whiskey are wet and tempting.

M: Medium heavy body, oily, chewy depth, low carbonation, soothing, silty and alcohol warming.

O: Every bit as good as advertised. A huge freshly grounded coffee presence takes center stage here, added fresh i presume after the aging ala BCBS. The aroma and flavor are a coffee beer lovers dream here, nicely accented, rich, deep and worthy seeking out. World class offering indeed.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.41/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

From 22oz bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 3/9/12
*From notes

-- Bomber split with my Pops, which is always a pleasure. --

A: Dark, velvety brown. A generous pour yields a dense 1.5 finger head. Creamy, thick lacing follows as the head begins to fall.

S: Really green. Overly so, in fact. It's freshly harvest coffee beans to the max. It's all a bit much for me.

T: Not a whole lot of bourbon here, sadly. Really, when they say "coffee infused", they aren't kidding. Sure, there's some chocolate here, but that green coffee vibe simply can't be shaken. In your face doesn't begin to describe it.

M: Now that's more like it. One of the thicker ADIS's I've encountered the last few weeks. Creamy like heavy whipping cream.

O: Where's the balance here? The coffee is untamed and out of control. I don't think aging will do much good, as there's not enough whiskey booze to keep it in check. Not a bad beer, but there's certainly better and more readily available Imperial Stouts on the market.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black. Medium creamy brown head, fairly lasting with lace. Aroma is loaded with coffee, dense coffee with cream and sugar, milk chocolate, cocoa, sweet roasted malty, just an awesome coffee character. Flavor still has coffee but not as overt, nice sweet whiskey, clean roast, chocolate. Medium to full body. Creamy. Pleasant alcohol warmth. Not quite as complex as I would hope for but stilt very very good. Whiskey barrel character shows up more and more with each sip, especially in the finish, overall stays in the background.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.88/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Batch #20. SLC # 1442. into a snifter.

Pours a pitch black with a big creamy beige head. The smell is a massive coffee bomb that hits you as soon as you crack open the bottle. I mean massive. taste is also HUGE on coffee and that basically overwhelms any other flavors here. Now im a fan of coffee..but this is even too much for me. Full bodied, creamy feel, ABV undetectable.

Overall fresh this is just a coffee bomb. I got 2 bottles so i will rereview this a year from now to give it time to mellow out.

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Photo of rudzud
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
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 GreesyFizeek
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
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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Photo of clayrock81
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a black body with one finger head that died slow with lace patches. Aroma is standard but contains alot as I get roasted and coffee malts, some bready (or biscuit) malts, dark chocolate, hints of vanilla and woodiness but surprisingly not a real boozy aroma. Notice the same thing in the beer - the alcohol is well-hidden in this beer and never leaks out, not even as beer warms and smoothes. In fact, for a "double" stout, this beer is incredibly smooth and easy to drink and has a great balance that seems to actually tip from the dry/roasted/coffee malt notes to the sweeter, dark chocolate, vanilla, hints of toffee sweet tastes (not too complex as I don't get any "dark fruits" that sometimes slip in these beers). Since I like my stouts a little less dry/heavy with touches of more sweetness this beer hit the spot.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Release #13. Thanks go to the crew at Craft Shack!

Pitch black with close to a 2 finger head of foam, excellent lacing, this looks grand!

The bittersweet chocolate nibs stand out in the smell big time. Accompanied by roasted malt and some coffee, the whisky barrel aging seems to be playing second fiddle and that's fine by me.

A chocolate delight on first sip, a get a big dose of coffee following closely behind and at times, dominates. The big ole alcohol is there and warming but it's not interfering too much as to detract from my session. Whisky is on the mild side and again, that's okay in Bitterbill's book.

Thick and creamy mouthfeel, very very nice.

This a is a very delicious and satisfying brew! There's not much to knock except...the coffee gets really strong at times. Minor quibble. Major brew.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

650ml bomber poured into tulip 1/5/13 cheers Rutager for sending the bottle, looks like batch 3 but it also says 12.5% so I'm guessing that 3 is really a partial 8

A black but has a deep cola edge, a finger of dark mocha foam retains well for a monster and leaves a couple thick rings and random patches deeper down the glass

S nose is mellow but solid, coffee and dark chocolate, almost fudge, a little oak and vanilla with a hint of booze, very faint char and a little more coffee to top it off, everything's working for it but it could be stronger

T its the nose but beefed up, coffees very strong and high quality, there's a little booze but I'm thinking 8ish% 12.5%? I'd never guess and I'm not even sure I believe that. the chocolates not as dark but stronger then the nose, a little cream brulee and a faint nutty aspect. The barrels working for the flavor more then the nose, in fact I'd just say its the nose on steroids

M full bodied and creamy from the bubbles, booze is very well concealed and almost scary really, tannins are stronger then I'd guess from the barrel presence, and I'm loving the coco and coffee that just keeps going long after you swallow

O I like coffee and if I didn't I'd hate this beer, seems that it builds right until its in my stomach. great stuff but I could cope with a little more intensity but I'm happy with whats in my glass

I'm impressed how well they hide 12.5%, I feel it but don't really taste or smell it. barrels there but again the base had some power on its own, I'd look for this one and would love to taste how the batches differ

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Photo of dar482
4.79/5  rDev +11.1%
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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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

EBF sample. Pours syrupy and black. The beer sticks to my sample cup. Aroma is impressive. Coffee and chocolate, both very bold. Maybe a little bit of dark fruit. The flavor is immense and filled with bitter coffee and espresso along with dark chocolate. Faint dark fruit. It's mostly a big one-two punch of coffee and chocolate but it's done very well. Espresso bean finish. Full, thick and oily feel. Some alcohol heat. Great feel with lingering bitterness. I wish I had this on my radar earlier.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle, Batch #2, Brewed on June 10, 2011, Packaged November 28, 2011 (says that on Epic's website). Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch tan head that stayed around for a little while. There's also a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is strong and roasty, the brew smells mostly like coffee, along with some roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, and a little bit of whiskey. Taste is mostly like the aroma, there's roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, whiskey, oak and burnt/charred malt flavors all noticeable. The coffee flavor is dominant, but there's more sweetness that comes out as the brew continues to warm up. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and creamy with good carbonation. I think this is a pretty good brew, if you're a fan of coffee beers then this one is for you! $12.99 a bottle.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. Label says Release #20.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/2 inch brown head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and some bubbly surface foam. Non-resilient lacing leaves tiny specs behind.

S- Good shot of dark roast coffee plus some vanilla and chocolate. Hardly any alcohol fume or barrel presence.

T- Dark roast coffee is heavy on the palate. The barrel is detected a little now, as is the booze but the coffee smooths everything over so well. A slight lingering bitterness. Man, this is some drinkable stuff. Even after multiple sips, the heavy malt, coffee and alcohol never reaches a state of imbalance. Remarkable. Semi-sweet but, in comparison to other coffee beers, this one is very low on the sugary scale.

M- Slightly creamy, sticky and thick with medium-low carbonation and the fullest of bodies.

O- While I was struggling to find the barrel's influence in the flavor profile, everything worked together just about perfectly in this one.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 2.15.13
Release #8

A - Pours a very dark brown with an active head that slowly fades.

S - Strong coffee, bitter chocolate, subtle whiskey.

T - Whiskey, then chocolate, then strong coffee finish. A touch of booze again.

D - Good carbonation and a heavier body.

O - Nice coffee, chocolate, and a touch of whiskey.

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Photo of Bung
4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Nice deep black pour, tan layer floats above and sags into the brew to give that layered look.

Aroma, about the strongest roast coffee I've smelled since Breakfast Stout. Some malt, dark chocolate, cocoa beneath.

Taste, Heavy roast again. Malt and coffee. More sweeter notes of chocolate, vanilla, toffee. Cocoa coffee finish. Whisky-oak is just present.

Fairly full bodied, the carbonation is just a bit too lively to give a creamy mouthfeel. Still coats very well. A faint warming but very under control for 11%.
At $13 it is worth trying, maybe not buying a bunch of. Wouldn't mind seeing what some time would do though. It's good, like a big Breakfast Stout, just not quite as all around good as Breakfast Stout, mainly because of the heat.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
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!

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Photo of tbeckett
3.83/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Whole Foods in DC. From notes.

A - Black pour with one finger of tan head that faded to a cap fast. Mild visible carbonation. Spatterings of lace and a half finger of retention.

S - big boozy dark fruit and barrel notes when poured. Big dark fruit and wood, coffee, nice milk chocolate.

T - Dark fruit, whiskey, wood, mild coffee, lot's of barrel, dry cocoa powder, roast, more chocolate. Bottom of the bottle provides more chocolate, wood, and whiskey.

M - Mild carbonation, full body, very dry woody finish.

O/D - A little odd. The coffee and chocolate were a bit subdued. Left me wanting more from this beer. Complex and nice all things considered. Barrel took over a touch too much.

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Photo of claspada
3.3/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Release #1.

Pours a 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.

Aromas begin with mainly fresh black coffee, lots of darkly roasted espresso beans. This does not change much even as the beer gets close to room temperature. Subtle complementary notes of roasted malt, dark bitter chocolate and the faintest trace of whiskey.

The tastes follow the nose with a straightforward coffee flavor, overtaking all the complementary base beer flavors. A little bit of roasted, burnt bitterness from the malt. Slight hint of dark chocolate. The barrel aging did not impart much flavor, definitely would have liked a lot more and I am not a fan of overly barrel heavy beers, but this needs more. Alcohol is well hidden. Just slightly warming in the finish. Quite unbalanced with the heavy coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and close to perfect carbonation. Finish is dry and mildly bitter from the abundant coffee additions.

Overall, the flavors were way too dominated by one element; the coffee. Little to no barrel flavors, bitter roasty coffee overshaddows everything else here. It is not bad by any means, flavor-wise, but I can go get a cup of Joe for a buck at the convenience store. A coffee bomb of a beer indeed, so if that's your thing, not for me though, and I love coffee.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter; release #1

Pours a still ink black, absolutely no light getting through this guy. A small brown colored head bubbled up and never truly took shape before fading away.

Charred roasted malt, coffee grounds and bitter dark chocolate leap out of the glass. I could smell it while I was pouring it. Oak and bourbon are low lying additions.

There is a uniqueness to this stout that is growing on me. Charred roast and coffee carry you through the middle where bitter chocolate, dark fruits and bourbon take over. The finish is some more char and bitter coffee grounds. The mildest amount of warming is noticeable, but doesn't detract from anything.

The feel is pretty damn good. Oily smooth with a good amount of heft behind it. Lingering char and coffee with bourbon notes.

The charred malt lends a great partner flavor to the bitter chocolate and coffee grounds. One that I haven't come across before. This is a damn fine stout that is welcome in my glass any time. Solid job, Epic.

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Photo of tigg924
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours opaque, pitch black color, with minimal head. Taste is coffee, baker's chocolate, vanilla, and a bit graham cracker. Medium bodied with low carbonation. Super tasty. The graham cracker flavoring really puts this one over the top for me. One of the better coffee flavored imperial stouts I have had in a long time if not due to the balance alone. Delicious, I will get this again.

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Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 563 ratings.