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Big Bad Baptist - Epic Brewing Company

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Reviews: 461
Hads: 3,047
Avg: 4.3
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 410
Gots: 930 | FT: 113
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

It’s Big, it’s Bad, Whiskey &/or Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, with Coffee and Cocoa Nibs.

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Photo of dar482
4.79/5  rDev +11.4%
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 Bung
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
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 ArrogantB
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at hops and pie. Standard imperial stout appearance: motor oil. Filmy head. Aroma was the most glorious coffee beans, so rich with a dab of chocolate. The flavor followed suit and was just as nice. Overall this was a fantastic beer and I need to score some bottles of this stuff or else head back for another glass.

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Photo of cbutova
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #29. Purchased in Flagstaff, AZ. Says 9.9% on the bottle. Full review written at night on Christmas.

A- Bomber reveals a pitch black brew to a few snifters. In the glass you can see some super dark brown at the sides after the half finger mocha tan head dies to a silky ring.

S- Coffee, coffee and more coffee. Dark coffee grounds burst out of the bottle and glass and I have to say dominate the aroma. The flavor reveals more complexity but here it is all about the coffee beans. Roasted grains and cocoa pretty much just exist to remind you that this is a beer. Slight vanilla whiskey and oak but I keep going back to coffee.

T- Coffee forward for the most part once again but some other dimensions are reveled here. The barrel has a bit more influence with mostly a degraded oak vanilla sweetness and slight whiskey spirit. Roasty black barley, toasted almonds and bread, espresso beans, left over french press grounds, slightly bitter cocoa and a bit of toasty woody oak. Milk chocolate joins the party as the beer warms up.

MF- Medium to thick bodied leaning a bit toward the stout side with a slightly oily texture and a moderate creaminess. Carbonation towards the high side and it seems to give it just a bit of a thinner body than it should have for the flavors. Finishes with black coffee bean bitterness and acidity on the palate.

Espresso, french press and just about any coffee complexity attacks the taste buds with milk chocolate and bitter cocoa notes. The barrel does just enough to make me appreciate it along with the roasted grains but I think the coffee is just a bit too strong here. Damn tasty but you can see how much more could be done.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

big thanks to hanzo for tossing me this one in the LNBA Secret Santa BIF. enjoyed from my sam adams snifter.

Release 9

a - brew pours a fairly lush and thick black with a thin creamy mocha tan head that hung out for the party. nice chunky lacing giving the head a concave look as the lacing clung to the glass while the head fizzled away.

s - big chocolate covered booze soaked wood. really decadent and rich. the dark coffee is evident and really compliments the smell. everything is in the right place.

t - huge chocolate. dark coffee. i get more whiskey than bourbon, but the wood and booziness is a great match for the beer and the blend.

m - the first thing i noticed about this beer was the feel. super silky. really rich and filling.

o - BIG beer. very rich and very filling, but really tasty. super enjoyable.

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Photo of Pencible
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This poured an opaque black with a little tan head.
S: It smelled like huge fresh black coffee, with oak and toasted coconut and a little dark chocolate and molasses.
T: It tasted like lots of fresh black coffee, with some bitter dark chocolate and oak, and a little toasted coconut and smoke. It had a clean and surprisingly mellow bitter aftertaste.
M: It was slightly thick with lots of carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was a great coffee stout, up there with Black Xantus, and better than Cafe Royale. I loved the scent and taste. The body was a bit weak, but finish was so smooth, it was really easy to drink. Should be drunk fresh, but may be interesting to age. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of gford217
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle.

Pours dark mahogany out of the bottle but settles in close to black in the glass with a modest but thick tan head.

Man does this smell good, at least for a coffee lover like me. It's full of freshly roasted coffee beans. Some bitter chocolate and heavily roasted malts underneath, but the coffee is dominant in the nose.

Taste is like a big iced mocha. The chocolate is subtle in the nose but not in the taste where the chocolate is right up there with the roasted coffee. Roasted malts and some lactose creaminess. Wonderful taste.

The mouthfeel is much thicker and creamier than I was expecting from the pour. It's right up there with the big boys in terms of feel.

I'm reviewing this beer as a coffee lover and, because of that, it's an outstanding beer. One of the better coffee impy stouts I've had. Even if you're not a coffee fan, you should try this, but if you like coffee stouts, get this. Now.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

HUGE thanks to VegasBeerMan...

A: Pours a pitch black motor oil slime with a full finger of mocha colored head. The foam settles fairly quickly leaving a nice frothy ring around the edges of the glass.

S: The nose is coffee, chocolate, roast, ans smoked meat. It's the perfect balance of everything wonderful in an Imp Stout. Damn. I want to drink this beer immediately.

T: Mmm. Great sweet malt up front mixed with char and barrel aged greatness. I get chocolate and more chared wonder as this beer comes through in the middle. The finish is pure milk chocolate and roast. Absolutely fantastic.

M: Full bodied beer. This beer is silky smooth, coating, and lingers forever. It's perfect.

O: This beer is killer! I had no expectations before I opened the bottle, and now I want a case more. This is one of the best/most memorable BA beers I've had in a long, long, long, long ass time. This beer is glorious.

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Photo of Rutager
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From Steasy66, thanks man! Release #3.

Appearance. Pours a a deep chocolate brown, black in the glass with 1.5 fingers of creamy tan head that paints the sides of the glass.

Smell. Whiskey, chocolate, vanilla and old barrel. Maybe a little bit of coffee, but wouldn't have guessed it was in there.

Taste. Dark chocolate, lots of wood and woody vanilla, some sharp whiskey and dark roasted coffee in the finish.

Mouthfeel. Full body with medium+, smooth and soft carbonation, quite creamy and nice. There's a little astringent alcohol, but nothing too upsetting.

Overall. A very nice stout with lots of barrel but maybe not as much coffee as I would have liked.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.72/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of dvmin98
4.81/5  rDev +11.9%
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 jera1350
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
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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Photo of woosterbill
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a Surly Darkness glass. Big thanks to knifestyles for opening this under-the-radar powerhouse.

A: Black with orange highlights under a thin layer of tan bubbles. All right.

S: Mmmm. Intense coffee + cocoa powder. Not much in the way of whiskey, but the coffee and chocolate are so radically fresh and intense that I don't care. Awesome.

T: Coffee and chocolate essence. Seriously, this is like chocolate-flavored coffee or coffee-flavored chocolate, whichever sounds more delicious to you. There's nothing else here, and what's here is some of the most delicious coffee/chocolate flavor I've ever experienced. The finish is spicy with booze, which is the only thing keeping this from getting full marks. Incredible.

M: Quite viscous - much more so than the appearance would suggest. Moderate carbonation. Absolutely luscious.

O: What a beer. Complex it is not, but it gets the job done like no other stout I can remember. I'd buy more in a heartbeat if I knew where to find it. Drink this beer.


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Photo of BMMillsy
4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Release #10. 11.4% abv. Pours pitch black with a small brown head. Aroma of some oak, chocolate, and loads of coffee. Sweet but with the perfect bitterness to balance it out. Lots of roasted coffee lingering after the burst of chocolate. Thick and chewey. Prickly carbonation. I do get some oak from this, but little if any bourbon tones. Maybe the bitterness is just balancing these well? In any case, this is one of the best impy’s I’ve had. It’ll keep ya warm for sure. Very nice.

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Photo of morimech
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.81/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

10oz poured into a tulip glass at Tipsy Cow in Madison, WI today, 3/25/2014.

App- dark black opaque body, one finger mocha head with decent retention. Not much lacing.

Smell- lots of bitter dark toast coffee, some milk chocolate sweetness from the malts. Nice and very coffee forward stout.

Flavour- solid, more heavy on the milk chocolates but the coffee bitterness takes a step back compared to the nose. Some bitter dark chocolate with a coffee forward aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- medium bodied on the thicker side, good carbonation. Otherwise standard imperial coffee stout. Bitter coffee finish.

Overall- decent coffee imperial stout that doesn't make me go crazy. But this isn't a bad option to pick up at the store if you're craving a pick me up and a throw me down bro simultaneously.

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Photo of FosterJM
2.71/5  rDev -37%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

1593rd Review on BA
Bottle to Woodshop snifter

Release #9
Purchased at Total Wine Brea for $10.99

App- A really great looking stout in the glass. It was a very deep brown. Bordered on black and very dense in the center and even the edges stay black. A good 1" tan head that faded to a small ring. Couple dots of cling.

Smell- Well it completely loses me here. Pure pressed coffee thats already been brewed with a big malt backbone. Large bitter. 

Taste- Pure over brewed and roasted coffee. I get nothing but coffee and bit roast.

Mouth- A thin medium body with a thin carbonation. Way too much coffee. Just not a great flavor.

Drink- Just a bad beer. Wont come back.

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Photo of papat444
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

***Release #25***

I think i owe thanks to F2brewers for this one but it might be someone else.

Poured from a bomber.

Thick, dark pour with hanging lace. Aroma is sweet cocoa, heavy and intense. Flavor is very good; rich cocoa, chocolate, rye, strong coffee, nice whiskey overtones play wonders. Very robust yet remarkably easy to drink. One of my favorite barrel aged stouts, wish i had 12 of these!

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.92/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft poured into a snifter

A: Pours pitch black with a heavier than normal consistency and light brown bubbles that favor a coffee's creme.

S: Aroma is all coffee with hints of bitter roasted malt and some chocolate sweetness as well.

T/M: Flavor adds a dimension of smokiness to the coffee and bitter malt. Bubbles are tiny and lend a creamy mouthfeel. There's a little bite from the alcohol, which is tamed, but also thins the beer out.

This is a well balanced, strong stout with an enhanced coffee profile that adds character.


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Photo of Holland
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: jet black, just as a coffee stout should be. Decent sized tan head, low lacing, heavy looking.

S: coffee, coffee, coffee, chocolate, malt.

T: delicious for a coffee stout, but I get little if any of the barrel flavor. Maybe that just blends so well into the beer I don't notice that the vanilla and toffee notes are from the whiskey, or maybe the coffee and stout overpowered the barrel.

M: fairly thick, but still well carbonated enough for my liking.

O: great coffee stout, but I might be missing the barrel on this one. Still very drinkable, something that some people enjoyed who don't care for stouts. Thanks to Mister_Joshy for sending me this one in a trade!

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black as night, mocha head. Sits still with a brown ring on the the glass. Chocolate and coffee dominate the aroma, with an underlying vanilla and wood note. Toasted notes and some dark fruits. Cocoa leads the taste. Some bittersweet coffee follows, toasted and roasted notes, some sweetness and dark fruitiness. Back end vanilla and toasted oak round it out with some accompanying whiskey notes. The feel is full, and somewhat coating. The alcohol can get a bit heavy, so this makes a good closer.

Overall, a wonderful stout. -bal stouts are hit or miss with me, but this is a hit.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a bottle of Epic's Big Bad Baptist a couple weeks ago for $11.49 at The Lager Mill. I have never had anything from Epic before but I've been interested in giving them a try ever since their beers started showing up in my area, I was told if I like KBS then I needed to try this beer, so I decided to take a chance on it, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date Batch #10 2012 Vintage. Poured from a brown 22oz bomber into a snifter.

A- The label looks nice and I think the name is pretty funny. It poured a nice dark black color that didn't let any light come through and it had two fingers worth of mocha colored head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and left some nice rings of lacing. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma start off with lots of coffee that is very roasted and robust, it imparts a very strong black coffee aroma that seems to dominate this beer. Up next comes some more roasted malt aromas followed by some dark and milk chocolate and a medium amount of sweetness. Towards the end I get a slightly oaky aroma that may have a little bit of whiskey to it but it hardly sticks out. This beer had a good aroma, it almost smelled exactly like an iced black coffee, but I wish the barrel stuck out a little more.

T- The taste seems to be very similar to the aroma and it starts off the same with lots of great coffee flavors that make for a taste that is very similar to an iced coffee. After that comes some roasted malts, chocolate and a medium amount of sweetness. Up next comes the barrel which shows up more when it warms but it's still a little light and imparts some whiskey, oak, and light vanilla flavors. Towards the end comes a medium amount of bitterness that resembles the bitterness you get in black coffee and it had a roasted and very coffee like aftertaste. The alcohol is hidden very well no way does this taste like it's 11.4%. This was a good tasting beer that was very coffee forward, almost too much so, it would be nice if the barrel stuck out more to balance out all that coffee.

M- Pretty smooth, creamy, velvety, full bodied, and it had a nice amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was really good and it fit this beer perfectly, super smooth.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and a good example of a Imperial Coffee Stout, it had tons of great coffee flavors and it was very smooth, but I think it could have used a little longer in the barrel to balance out all those coffee flavors. This beer had great drinkability, it was very smooth and it did a good job at holding my attention, a bomber seems like the perfect amount for me, I wouldn't want to follow it up with another one. What I liked the most about this beer was the drinkability and the mouthfeel they were both very good and better than I expected. What I liked the least about this beer is that the barrel didn't stick out as much as I would like. I would buy this beer again when in the mood for a big Coffee Stout, but I won't be buying it often, I recommend it to anyone who loves Coffee Stouts. All in all I was happy with this beer but I don't think it's the KBS killer that some people told me it would be, it's pretty good, but the coffee is a little too dominating, it lacks the great balance that makes KBS so awesome. For my first Epic beer this made a pretty good first impression on me and I am down to try many more beers from Epic, good work guys, you got me to pay attention to your brewery.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-Black in the glass, clear around the edges, one finger brown head that tries to leave some lacing.

S-Woah. Lots of great coffee. Some chocolate and roasted malt, more oak than whiskey. The coffee dominates and it is a good thing.

T-Again lots and lots of coffee. What wonderful coffee flavor. Then some roasted malt and chocolate. FInishes with oak and very slight whiskey, it could use longer aging I believe.

M-Medium bodied, slight carbonation, tad creamy.

O-One of the better coffee stout on the market. Could use some more whiskey flavor but still a knock out. Thank you Clif!

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Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 461 ratings.