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Double Barrel Big Bad Baptist | Epic Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States
epicbrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial Stout with cacao nibs, whiskey-barrel aged coffee added and 100% aged in whiskey barrels.

Added by WCKDVBZ on 09-29-2016

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#566
Reviews:
59
Ratings:
309
pDev:
5.73%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
26
Gots:
71
Trade:
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Ratings: 309 |  Reviews: 59
Reviews by herman77:
Photo of herman77
4.56/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

More User Reviews:
Photo of Brutaltruth
4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the masterminds of Epic comes another fantastic imperial stout.
This beast pours a rich opaque with subtle dark brown highlights and a
nice head of khaki foam that subsides to a thin ring, thin pool, and nice light
lacing. Nose of fudge, coffee, subtle bourbon, heavy alcohol booze, light char,
and tons of sweet malts. Flavors exceed the nose and surpass the original
incarnation of the BBB fudge and warming smooth bourbon that is more refined
than the original with dark roasted coffee and medium char notes touched by oak,
vanilla, and bourbon. Exceptional mouth feel; smooth, rich, VERY warming, sweet,
low carbonation, and very coating.

Overall a pleasant surprise and one that blows the original out of the water.

Cheers

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.62/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This one pours a very dark black, with a lovely mocha colored head, and a little bit of lacing.

This smells super strongly of whiskey, with heavy chocolate, super roasty and acidic coffee, roasted malt, and a hint of booze.

The combo of the beer and the coffee being in the barrel has absolutely made this a whiskey bomb. It's a delicious whiskey bomb though- it feels a a shot of espresso mixed with whiskey was dropped in the beer. The coffee flavor is super strong, dark, roasty and a bit acidic. There's definitely a deep chocolate flavor to this, very high quality- not just Hershey's like. Wow- this is really incredible.

This is very thick, and quite chewy. There's a normal level of carbonation for the style.

This is a really unique and wonderful stout. Highly, highly recommended.

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Photo of John_M
4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours the expected blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive, though not overly complex or extraordinary. I pick up considerable coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, light bourbon and a hint of licorice and leather. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this fairly sweet beer. Mouthfeel is fairly full and soft, and the beer finishes well. There's no heat on the finish, and the beer isn't cloying or tiring to drink. So alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile.

This is a solid beer, no doubt, but I'm not sure it's appreciably different or better than the regular BBB. Maybe this beer will improve and develop with age, but for my money, I'm not sure I can see any reason to obtain this (no matter how rare the label says it is), as opposed to the regular BBB.

Sampled on draft and by the bottle with no appreciable difference. It's a good beer, but there are a lot of good BA impy stouts on the market these days. Not sure I need to revisit this any time soon.

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Photo of Damian
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
Release#1
Served in a snifter

The label states that, amongst other things, this beer was made with green Ethiopian coffee beans that were aged in whiskey barrels. Huh? Why unroasted coffee beans were used is beyond me. In any case, the oily, near pitch black body was topped by a finger-tall mass of super tight and creamy, mocha colored froth. Decent retention. The head slowly fell to a thin film. A thick, bubbly halo encircled the liquid. Copious amounts of streaky lacing stuck along the glass.

The aroma was pleasant but somewhat muted initially. Powdered cocoa came through strongest. Creamed coffee was also noticeable. Somewhat milky. There was a noticeable booziness in the background. Bit of roastiness too. As the beer warmed, the nose intensified. Rich chocolate fudge notes appeared. Definitely some chocolate syrup as well. Big and bold. Fairly sweet. Impressive.

The flavor was much boozier than I anticipated. Solid up front with dark chocolate and cold coffee notes. The sharp booziness really kicked in mid palate however. Loads of roast too. A bit acrid and ashy. The boozy, whiskey-like notes crescendoed on the back end and in the finish. I would definitely not hesitate to call this beer "hot." More bitter roastiness as well. With time, the boozy notes mellowed and the overall flavor profile smoothed out substantially. The rich cocoa and coffee notes slowly took over. Some brown sugar also came forth.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied for the style and contained a fine, soft effervescence. Somewhat creamy. Decent but fairly nondescript.

Double Barrel Big Bad Baptist started out rather rough around the edges but finished with a fairly smooth and robust flavor and aroma. If you purchase a bottle, definitely give it some time to open up.

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Photo of Dope
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Release #1, just released

A: Pitch-black pour. Big tall dense dark brown head. Quite good retention but minimal lacing.

S: Heavy bourbon. Tons of caramel and vanilla. Coffee behind it, strong but hiding behind the immense sweet bourbon aroma. A touch of bittersweet chocolate too. Divine.

T: Huge sharp bourbon notes immediately usurped by an enormous coffee flavor. Bursting with flavor right out of the gate, it literally made me jump with a double-take. Nice milk chocolate. Coffee dominates in the middle with caramel backing and a light vanilla sweetness. Sweetness runs out and leads to an ultra dark chocolate and some lingering coffee. Aftertaste is all dark, dark, dark chocolate and maybe a hint of char and coffee.

M: Heavy and smooth.

O: Damn. Great bold flavors, great balance, great contrast of sweet bourbon flavors and bittersweet coffee and dark chocolate. No real sign of alcohol despite the ABV and barrel aging, just a tiny bit of sharpness is all. Stellar stout.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle, 2016 release. Served in a snifter glass.

Pours a dark black body, opaque as night with a one finger mocha head, fairly substantial with a perfect amount of retention and even bits of lacing. Smells of rich milk chocolate, more astringent cocoa, bourbon, roasted coffee beans, a bit of dark fruit, light vanillin and oak. The coffee is more of a bitter roastiness here as well. Even a bit of smoke. Flavour is essentially bourbon milk chocolate with a shot of espresso in it. This is a rich creamy combination of milk chocolate and espresso with some roastiness and even a little bit of smoke, with bourbon up front and never really receding. This is a nice, complex and exceptionally tasty beer. Mouthfeel is full bodied, creamy and substantial; light smoke and espresso lingers on the finish with a bit of bourbon heat. Overall, this really impressed me right out the gates. The distinct coffee flavours are certainly different than the normal blends used in the regular Big Bad Baptist, and I think it blends in better.

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Photo of maximum12
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle with a paper “RARE RELEASE!!!” banner wrapping up & over the bottle cap. Somebody’s been attending Marketing 1001. Release #1 per the label, split with my wife.

Pour is blacker than the soul of Black Jack Morris the moment he signed with Toronto in 1992. Smells like the my wife grinding coffee beans on, well, every morning (& sometimes lunch) plus wood & whiskey. Just as advertised.

Double Barrel Big Bad Baptist should be given away as samples at the Jim Beam plant. Whiskey deeper than a Proust has all its legs wrapped around the delicate, ladylike roast. The whiskey is just hard-edged enough to offset the slightly fruity, slightly acidic roast. Stout staves, cream, vanilla berries (which I wish I could find in the wild), cocoa, echo of hoppy bitterness on the end. All smooth milk chocolate…the way my dad would have made it. I could have done the whole bomber, easy.

Lovely, & the barrel really tames what is a coffee overload in the base Baptist. Base Baptist. Hehehe. Excellent beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this is an outstanding beer to begin with, not sure how much difference the barrel aged coffee makes. i have been seeing these coffees around a lot lately, the beans are aged from what i understand, not brewed coffee. something about the gasses the breathe takes in some of the barrel character, but there is enough actual barrel aged bourbon elements to this beer that the slightly more whiskey forward coffee does not make for a radically different beer than the original. i know they mix up the coffee in baptist a lot, and while this might have a little more of a chocolate and char note to it, im not sure its more whiskey forward than any other. still, the beer is amazing, deep on the dark malts with plenty of the coffee coming through in the aroma and the flavor. i do get a somewhat cleaner oak profile here, almost newer or something, adds a vanilla character too. the nibs are bitter and earthy, and it works great with the coffee. i suppose there is a somewhat richer nature to this, a little more exposed booze, and i do appreciate the high quality of the coffee, but that its barrel aged is almost more of a novelty than a flavor contribution to this one. great beer, baptist rules, and this is a cool variant, but nowhere near as radical a departure as i suspect baptista might be, dying to try that one...

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Photo of DanGeo
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of t2grogan
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of heddar33
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of AlarmClock314
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, release #1, 12.3% ABV. Pours jet black with a medium sized brown head; nice lacing. Smells of bourbon, coffee, earthy hops, cocoa, molasses, and oak. The taste follows closely with bourbon, coffee, cocoa, earthy hops, molasses, oak, and subtle spice; fairly earthy and good intensity. Even better after it warmed up. Medium bitterness and sweetness. No noticeable alcohol. Above average body and below average carbonation for the style. Overall, this is a pretty tasty and complex IS; it's earthy, full of cocoa, and has lots of bourbon flavors. It might benefit from some cellaring.

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Photo of JakerLou
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PprBurke
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bpfrush
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PSU_Mike
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of warmbier804
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of buyyourfreedom
4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zonian1
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of striker2160
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JamesStreet
4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.01/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2016 Release

Appearance - Pours black with cola brown edging where light can penetrate. Cocoa colored, near finger width head. Good retention, resulting in a thick, frothy and consistent layer of suds. Good amount of lacing, mostly consisting of spotting but also some broken lines mixed in there.

Smell - The aroma fills the room with notes of whiskey, chocolate and vanilla. Lesser coffee roast.

Taste - Strong whiskey flavor and booziness upfront, with a good punch of coffee roast following shortly after. Syrupy chocolate hits mid-taste. Finish rides that chocolate sweetness and adds hints of vanilla, oak and continued heat from the booziness.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with low carbonation. Sticky, near syrupy texture with a boozy, quick drying finish.

Overall - Pretty good, but a bit hot for my tastes. I prefer the regular big Bad Baptist, though if I'm being honest I found that one bit too syrupy sweet the last time I tried it, much like the chocolate syrup character I found in this one.

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Double Barrel Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 309 ratings
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