Big Bad Baptist - Triple Barrel
Epic Brewing Company

Big Bad Baptist - Triple BarrelBig Bad Baptist - Triple Barrel
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Style:
American Imperial Stout
ABV:
11.2%
Score:
97
Avg:
4.43 | pDev: 6.77%
Reviews:
103
Ratings:
438
From:
Epic Brewing Company
 
Utah, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  22
Gots
  95
SCORE
97
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Big Bad Baptist - Triple BarrelBig Bad Baptist - Triple Barrel
Notes: Rum and whiskey barrel-aged imperial stout with barrel-aged coffee, barrel-aged coconut, and cacao nibs.

ABV varies by batch
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fabulous, jet black syrupy pour. I had a 2017 vintage in 2020 (coronavirus antidote!). So, so smooth with the additional aging, coffee and coconut wrapped in a semi-sweet cacao blanket. High alcohol content completely undetectable. Delicious!

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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey, Apr 21, 2020
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4.51/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at Bar Gernika. Pours like an oil slick. Woody, chocolaty aroma. Taste brings in some vanilla, bourbon and alcohol heat. Incredibly smooth, leaves the palate tingling. Conpleex, but delicious

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stevoj from Idaho, Jan 08, 2020
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been sitting on this for over two full years now I think. I know it’s aged well but I wish I had cracked it sooner! The coconut really makes it, the perfect amount. Glad I have another bottle!

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JLK7299 from North Carolina, Dec 14, 2019
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4.26/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a thick pitch black with a small tan head that dissipates rather quickly and leaves a few small fingers of lacing.\

S: Sweet coconut interlaces with vanilla, a strong note of bourbon and alcohol, some sweet milk sugar and chocolate, a touch of roast. The coconut and bourbon are the major flavors here.

T: Sweet coconut, mixes with notes of bourbon and booze, bittersweet chocolate, a touch of milky sugar, vanilla and roast, a light to medium bitterness. Sweet but not overly sweet.

F: Body is thick but feels a bit thinner than most of the Baptist beers.

O: Once again another amazing entry in the Big Bad Baptist line.

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Parmesan from Colorado, Oct 11, 2019
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2.68/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. 2017 vintage, marked release #3.

A: Pitch black pour, short lived head. Wispy lacing.

S: Almond Joy candy bars and shaved coconut. Mocha and chocolate syrup. Layers of roast. Chocolate cake. Bourbon, barrel, and char are layered in there too. Red fruit skins and tart currant too.

T: All of what the nosed promised is here, but unfortunately so are the telltale signs of infection. That tart currant and tart cherry impression overrides all else.

M: Full, rich, thick. Great feel.

O: It’s a shame. I can pretty much imagine how great this beer would have been if not for the infection. First I’ve heard of it or experienced with these guys, but barrel aged beer can sometimes be a gamble. This is a 1.5 year old bottle, and I imagine the infection developed slowly. I’ll definitely give it another crack if I see a newer vintage around.

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ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts, May 22, 2019
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4.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm really glad that I have more bottles of this left, because this is drinking stupid good right now.

Following all the clamor and ruckus by various neckbeards and craft-drinking populaces that "Double Barrel" Big Bad Baptist wasn't quite double barrel in the sense that most would perceive it to be, Epic Brewing one-upped their potential fraudulent misrepresentation with a "Triple Barrel" BA Stout that has actually only spent life in two barrels. Not quite sure how this works, but apparently spending time in whisk(e)y, then rum barrels, and then adding barrel-aged coffee beans and then adding barrel-aged coconut to the mix makes this "Triple Barrel."
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If they wanted to follow up in the fashion of last year's potential Uniform Commercial Code §2-721 claim, they should have named this "Quadrupel Barrel Baptist" since there's arguably FOUR barrel components involved; or if they wanted to be more accurate in a way that doesn't provide grounds for an express warranty under Uniform Commercial Code §2-313, they should have called this something like "Double Barrel--BA Coffee & BA Coconut--Big Bad Baptist." Boy, that's a mouthful.

Nomenclatures that may or may not be subject to contractual / tortuous litigation aside, this brew delivers exactly what it purports to do while maintaining an admirable level of harmony spread out across its constituents.

Coconut and light rum are the first aromatic elements to jump out of the glass, followed swiftly by a mocha-like combination of medium-roast americano and cacao nibs. An almost Malibu Rum-like bright "sunshine in a bottle" alcoholic coconut scent remains consistently dominant throughout the drinking experience, with the mocha providing a nice subtle, yet balancing backdrop. No acetaldehyde detectable on this particular batch of Big Bad Baptist, which brings immense joy to my heart.

The composition of flavors on this beer is absolutely gorgeous.

Imagine you're having a bowl of cheerios. But instead of regular milk, you drown those poor pulverized oats in the shape of a solid torus in a Mudslide (the cocktail) except it's not frozen. Then you decide that you haven't made enough bad decisions already, and throw in a shot of Malibu into the unholy mix, and top it off with dark chocolate powder, and you're around the ball park of what this beer realistically tastes like. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Somehow in that mix, there's also a slight hint of french vanilla and charred oak, which sparkle for a brief moment before being enveloped by Mudslide/dark chocolate powder. Reading the description on the bottle I'd thought there was way too much going on with this beer, but it turns out that out of chaos comes beauty.
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Sexy medium veering towards full body, with a creamy consistency. This beer is borderline chewy. Trace amounts of carbonation, typical of a Double/Triple/Quadruple Barrel-aged Stout. One caveat would be that although there's no heat detectable, this drinks more like a 14% beer than an 11%; I may only weigh just slightly less than four-fifths of an adult male red kangaroo, but I can usually solo-dome bombers with relatively no problem. DB/TB/QB BBB however, is kicking my ass right now.

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amano_h from Oregon, May 12, 2019
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2.53/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Pouring from a 22 oz. bottle from 2017, this beer pours out not quite pitch black, but very dark brown. It forms two fingers worth of frothy, thick and creamy, peanut butter fudge colored crown that leaves a heavy wall of lacing as it slowly recedes. Epic does great on making sure these beers look beautiful. I honestly wouldn’t ask for more from this. 5

The smell brings that tropical, coconut like rum to the front line while backing it with faint chocolate. I hate to say it, but the coconut in there is almost reminding me of something medicinal; like an artificial coconut or being at the dentist for some reason or like if they made a coconut cough syrup. It’s off putting to me. It could be the rum too. It’s not letting much else through for me, either. 2.75

The taste comes in an absolute mess. Were these infected? Or is it really just the way everything is mixing for me? Whew, I’m getting an array of things, from cherry, cough syrup, artificial coconut, tropical suntan lotion rum. I think the only quality that isn’t bothering me is the very faint chocolate. This just tastes cheap. No whiskey or coffee detection. 2.75

It has a cherry like tartness to it. A dry kind of burn, but cough syrupy sweetness. 3.25

Overall, it’s tough to finish a glass for me, let alone a bottle. I hate that too, as I am usually in love with the Baptist series and fully expected being high on the rating here because of my experiences with the others. What a strikeout. I’m done for the day. 2.75

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Photo of Juicer
4.41/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just the right combination of coffee and coconut. The coffee and coconut come through more right out of the fridge. As it warms, getting a lot of lingering rum barrel and stickiness. Well done.

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Juicer from Illinois, Mar 28, 2019
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4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle. 2017 vintage, Release #6. 11.4%ABV.
Black colored body, with some garnet colored back lit highlights. Two fingers of light tan head, which settles to thick creamy and bubbly cap. Leaves behind strings of lacing.
Aroma is a mix of barrels with quite a bit of rum, flake coconut, and cacao. Coffee is very faint.
Taste is a very pleasant blend of whiskey/rum barrel soaked chocolate and coconut. Later the coffee arrives in the flavor profile. The aftertaste is mildly coffee bitter but not bitter per se.
Medium plus mouth feel, with a touch of smoothness. Very good carbonation.
I like how the sweeter coconut and chocolate fill the mouth first and then the coffee comes in to balance with a touch of its bitterness. Barrel aging is there but does not overwhelm or increase the booziness. Very easy to imbibe.

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I tried the 2017 Release #3 prior to the 2017 Release #6. The Release #3 had soured.

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Photo of kitch
4.57/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 22 fl. oz. bomber, release #6, bottled on 15th November 2017. Poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Black in colour with an almost one finger dark beige head that had decent retention and eventually settled to a thin layer and left some nice spotty lacing.

Aroma: Roasted malts, coffee, cacao nibs, chocolate, toasted coconut, vanilla, oak, with hints of whiskey and Malibu.

Taste: Toasted coconut, Malibu, rum, whiskey, light sweetness, chocolate, coffee, light bitterness, with hints of roasted malt and a touch of booze.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium to full bodied and soft carbonation.

Overall: Loved the aroma and great easy drinking flavours. Body was a little light, but other than that, everything was just so good, especially the coconut.

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kitch from Hong Kong, Mar 15, 2019
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4.41/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle, bought at Sunset Beer Company in 2017, shared at TZT, 1 March 2019. Pitch black colour. Brown head with some retention. Aroma's of cocos, ground coffee, vanilla sweetness, chocolate. Retronasal there's cocos, vanilla, coffee, roast, light booze. Flavour is moderate sweet with some bitterness from coffee coffee and/or roasted malts. Also some wood Rather strong alcohol feel, warming but not too sharp. Medium to full bodied. Finish is slightly dry with wood, roast, moderate bitterness. Lovely stuff!

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Arjen from Netherlands, Mar 04, 2019
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4.51/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L - 3-finger frothy hazelnut head atop a pitch black body.

S - coconut for days. Rum, chocolate, coffee, vanilla.

T - tons of coconut. A little rum, a little whiskey, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, just a hint of coffee. Low bitterness. Low sweetness. Low booziness.

F - medium body and carb.

O - damn that coconut is tasty.

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CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania, Mar 03, 2019
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4.65/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Excellently balanced beer with moderate sweetness, hint of roast on the palate, bright coffee flavor, and just enough barrel coming through. Coffee predominates on the nose and in the aftertaste. Very enjoyable.

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bshefftz from California, Feb 28, 2019
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4.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle into a snifter. Release #2 2017. Bottled 10/25/17, had 6/2/18.

Pours dark, thick looking, opaque, with not much of a head and some soapy lacing. Aromas of whiskey, rum, roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, cocoa, some coconut, some toffee. Smells rich and delicious. Flavors of rum, much more coconut than the nose, whiskey, malt, chocolate, caramel, coffee- more as it warms, some vanilla. Smooth, a solid full body, well carbonated.

Another outstanding member of the series. The coconut somehow manages to stand out among tough competition, and the coffee is a sneaky star. Great barrels. This is best very warm. Well worth a purchase.

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stortore from Illinois, Feb 21, 2019
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4.16/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 PT. 6 FL. OZ bottle
Served in a snifter
2017

This beer pours black and is topped with an inch of mocha head that leaves spotty lacing.

Coconut is the most pronounced smell. I get some coffee, caramel, vanilla, and chocolate as well.

Coconut is up front in the taste, too. The coffee is a little more noticeable than in the smell. I get some spice from the rum along with chocolate, caramel, and vanilla.

Medium bodied with smooth, creamy mouthfeel

This is a good beer. I do not like it as well as regular ole Baptist as I am not a big coconut fanatic. I am glad a tried it, but at $18.99 a bottle I think I will pass in the future.

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

Pours pitch black with minimal mocha head. Big coffee aroma. Flavor is big coffee , chocolate, muted coconut. Barrel flavors meld the aforementioned flavors nicely. A little on the thin side for such a big beer. This beer was better when it was fresher, age muted the adjuncts.

2/2/19
2017 vintage
4.5 rating

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Tony210 from New Jersey, Feb 03, 2019
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4.26/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2017 bottle

A: Black pour with a tall and thick light brown head. Almost no lacing at all. Halfway decent head retention.

S: Oh very nice. Sweet chocolate and rich coconut. Plenty of barrel character, mainly from the whiskey I'd say. Vanilla in there too. Yum.

T: Tons of rum up front. There's whiskey too but the rum stands strong. Lots of rich coconut everywhere too, almost adding an oily character. Some dark chocolate but no real sign of coffee - it may have faded with time. Stinging whiskey on the back end with hints of oaky vanilla. Coconut is omnipresent.

M: Heavy, thick and oily.

O: A lot going on this beer, pretty much the same complaints I had with the quad barrel version. It's excellent but it feels like they're just adding more and more for the fun factor/gimmick. That may just be me though, I think I enjoy "regular" big bad baptist the most.

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Dope from Massachusetts, Dec 03, 2018
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4.32/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look - jet black thick head and supper sticky lacing and a great foamy head
Smell - sweet rum barrel scent slight toast
Taste - sweet vanilla toasty rum
Feel - medium body light carb
Overall - fantastic

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Photo of Tucquan
4.38/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2018-10-05 in Columbia, PA from a 2017 22oz bottle

A - Opaque dark brown with a short tan head, light lace, alcohol legs.

S - Big whiff of rum and bourbon immediately after the pour. Then tons of coconut, vanilla and fudge. Then toasted raisin bread with cherry preserves. Really nice.

T - Rum-infused fudge brownies with coconut frosting. Decadently-rich. There's some caramel, cinnamon, oak, cola and dried cherry. Alcohol sweetness is there but not much heat. Backing up the sweetness is some earthy spice and toasted/light-char bitterness.

M - Full body and light carbonation. Big, creamy, smooth and long-lasting on the palate. Nice!

O - This is one bad ass stout. Desert in a glass without being cloying. Top notch for sure. Seek this out.

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Tucquan from Pennsylvania, Oct 05, 2018
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4.42/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Note: Release #1 (2017)

A: Pours an opaque thick viscous jet black in color with moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising quickly along the edges of the glass and faint dark coal brown + chestnut brown colored highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy dark tan head that reduces to a large patch of thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Slightly heavier than moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Just shy of strong aromas of freshly roasted coffee, bourbon, and rum with moderate to strong aromas of vanilla + toasted oak + chocolate/cacao nibs + slightly toasted coconut. Moderate aromas of roasted + chocolate malts with a moderate amount of caramel sweetness.

T: Upfront there are slightly stronger than moderate flavors of roasted + caramel + chocolate malts with a moderate amount of caramel sweetness. That is followed by strong flavors of freshly roasted coffee, slightly sweet bourbon, and spicy rum. There are moderate to strong flavors of vanilla + toasted oak + chocolate/cacao nibs + slightly toasted coconut. Hints of earthy hops. Moderate amounts of lingering roasty bitterness.

M: Just shy of full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: This beer is extremely complex with multiple layers going on in both the flavor and the aroma of the beer. Drinks quite easily considering the strength of the beer and the alcohol is very well hidden,.Really enjoyable and the multiple different barrels really add to this beer. Definitely one I will be on the look out for again.

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dbrauneis from North Carolina, Sep 30, 2018
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4.23/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black beer with a thick tan head that hangs around a while and leaves a nice curtain of lacing behind. Smells like coffee, coconut, oak, chocolate, and bourbon. A little thin, not super sweet but filled with dark chocolate, coffee, oak and coconut.

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FriedSlug from North Carolina, Sep 20, 2018
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4.59/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours black with nice mocha colored head that settles to a thick ring that sticks to the side of the glass. Spotty lacing all around the glass.

Aroma - Big coconut and chocolate, oak, hint of rum, roasted malt, maybe a touch of vanilla. Very coconut dominate.

Taste - Big coconut and milk chocolate similar to a mounds bar. more of a bourbon taste instead of rum but the oak is there in the taste as well.

Feel - Thick creamy coating feel, little heat from the alcohol but other than that you can not tell it is there. Really smooth.

Overall - Love this beer like a liquid mounds bar, great flavors very smooth.

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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina, Sep 15, 2018
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4.59/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce Prowler bought at Liquor Shed. $8

It pours a pitch black, a small head of tannish foam that lasts, whoa, that little bit of foam leaves more than adequate lacing. Big surprise there.

Biggest smell that I get is coconut. Followed by roasted malt, dark chocolate, whiskey or perhaps rum, more coconut. Pleasing.

Flavours are smooth yet assertive. Coconut, barrel tastes from both rum and whiskey, roasted malt, dark chocolate, definitely boozy but enjoyable each and every sip.

Big body with mild carbonation.

I have a bottle that I am cellaring until later this year for a bottle share. This on draught version sure does kick ass!

How remiss of me not to mention the vanilla presence here. It's big and bold.

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Bitterbill from Wyoming, Sep 02, 2018
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3.11/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not sure if I got a bum bottle but this was a considerable disappointment. Loose and foamy carb, very little nose (a hint of coconut, not any barrel), a slight sourness, and watery body.

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Kurmaraja from California, Sep 01, 2018
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4.54/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours Pitch Black with a medium khaki head. It has low carbonation. The beer smells of coffee, coconut, oak, molasses, rum, and whiskey. It tastes of coconut, molasses, coffee, oak, and rum. The feel is medium and complex, well integrated. A very good Barrel aged stout from Epic.

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Phineasco from Massachusetts, Aug 10, 2018
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