Big Bad Baptist | Epic Brewing Company

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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-beers/exponential-series/item/635-big-bad-baptist-imperial-stout

ABV varies by batch

Added by JohnGalt1 on 09-30-2011

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572
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Avg:
4.32
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8.8%
 
 
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Photo of Jeffsta1
4.69/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

HOLY CRAP this is probably the best stout I've ever had.

Black in color, inspiring dark, just a sheen of brown. How much more black could it be? None. None more black. Medium to light brown head, ultra fine lacing. Perfect.

Smell is beautiful, awe-inspiring. Malt, molasses, cocoa, black licorice.

Taste is awesome - and yet still the weakest part of this incredible beer! It's so very mild, subtle - cocoa, licorice, malt.

Mouthfeel is simply perfect. Rich but not ridiculous. Carbonation is light, subtle, very very fine bubbles. Champagne producers would genuflect upon trying this.

Overall: long, moderately intense finish. Tremendous integrity - all elements of this beer come together perfectly.

Spiritually this stout is in the same company as Ten Fidy, but more subtle, more refined, more awesome. Bravo, gentlemen! You can tell from my other reviews, I do not give praise lightly or easily - and here I say you've done something wonderful.

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Photo of russpowell
4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

This was brewed in SLC, # 2072 then some numbers I can't read...

Pours ebony with 2 fingers of mocha colored head. Great lacing & head retention, very bubbly...

S: Coffee, chocolate, a little bit of red pepper

T: All the nose is here up front; loads of coffee, a little caramel as well. Seems like a little barrel hiding in the background as this warms. Much coffee & chille heat, some more caramel sweetness, mocha as well. Finishes with heat, dryness, caramel, & much coffee...

MF: Medium bodied, warming, & firm carbonation. Thins as touch as this warms, still pretty nice...

Drinks so easy for the style, I liked it a little more on tap. This on the must purchase list the next time I'm back where this is feasible. LOVED this...

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Photo of MenryAZ
4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is from Batch #3 according to the label. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter. I recently bought this at a local bottle shop, so I wasn't responsible for its aging (it appears Batch #3 was bottled back in late 2011).

A: Opaque dark brown; thick and viscous. Not a ton of head, actually. Probably less than a quarter inch with very fine bubbles. Looks like the small bit of foam you'd get in a cup of French-pressed coffee.

S: Vanilla, bourbon, mocha/espresso. Not super strong-smelling, but nonetheless pleasant.

T: Coffee jumps out, then chocolate; it's relatively sweet, and I expected a slightly bitter finish that never actually came. It was just a rumor of bitterness, really, just on the back of the tongue. If I tried, I might get a tinge of bourbon every three sips. Overall, it is sweeter than it is bitter.

M: Thick and viscous, even more so than expected after the pour. Very smooth, with subtle carbonation. It coats the tongue like good braising liquid.

Overall: This is a fantastic version of the style, one that I picked up on a whim after my wife suggested it. Hadn't had much from Epic before, coming from the east coast. I was very pleasantly surprised and would happily pay another 10-12 bucks for this. Good on a cool, wet fall night.

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Photo of pda22
4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark black with small head. Deep malt flavors with strong chocolate notes. Hints of bourbon aging are well balanced and not overpowering. Overall a great beer that I will buy again.

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Photo of JOldewurtel
4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just started really trying out some different stouts. Have had some issue finding one I really liked. Some have too much coffee. Some have too much chocolate. Some are too thin. And while I'm just in the beginning of trying out stouts, this may be the "one" that will be the benchmark going forward

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Photo of ISmith87
4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A 4.5 - pitch black beer with a mocha head that sticks and leaves surprisingly good lacing for a high abv beer
S 4.5 - dark chocolate, cafe mocha, espresso, bourbon, smoky, roasted malts, a very "dark" beer by all means
T 4.75 - the taste on this beer is phenomenal, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, espresso, roasted grains, smoky, cream, whole milk, wooden barrels, some bourbon but surprisingly light on that. It reminds me of well aged Bells Expedition stout (1.5-2 years)
M 4.75 - again, heavy as can be - a hot fudge milkshake in beer form. alc completely covered. Aftertaste is smoky, espresso/dark chocolate.
O - 4.75 - damn. The downside is the price tag at ~12/bomber? But its damn good and better than most beers that charge even more.

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Photo of Rizalini
4.67/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to Jeremy6566 for sending me this Big Bad bomber! Release#9 poured into my Deschutes tulip glass.

A - Pours almost black, with 1 finger of mocha colored head. It fades leaving a ring of brown lace.

S - The smell is amazing on this one! Coffee initally, but as I inhale deeper, I'm getting the bourbon, followed by some chocolate and coconut.

T/M - Wow, there's a lot going on in the taste. Starts out with a big wave of coffee and bourbon. After the initial burst of coffee and bourbon comes the chocolate and coconut. A nice blend of all the flavors. The coffee and bourbon really take center stage, but then the chocolate comes and really rounds out the flavors. It is a little boozy, but at 11.8% that's to be expected. Full mouthfeel, perfect carbonation

O - Hands down one of the best BBA stouts I've ever had. All the flavors are on point, nothing too over powering. Alcohol is there, but very subdued. Excellent brew, and again, a big thanks to Jeremy6566 for this amazing brew!

Cheers!

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.67/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2011 bottle opened in 2015. It's possible my review is on the high side due to the aging.

Appearance – Pitch black with a nice brown head and lacing that initially runs back into the beer, then sticks to the glass as the beer sits longer.

Smell – A powerful blast of espresso coffee (maybe too much in the smell, but it works for the taste), roasted malts, whisky, and chocolate. Just a touch of vanilla.

Taste – Whisky is more pronounced in the taste than the smell, but it's not overpowering; it’s actually the perfect amount. Espresso, malt, and chocolate. Very nice!

Mouthfeel – Creamy, and velvety, perfectly carbonated. Although the whiskey lingers in the aftertaste, it’s very pleasant and not too strong.

Drinkability – A surprisingly good stout. Highly recommended!

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Photo of homebrew311
4.67/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served on tap at the brewery in Denver. Pours a pitch black with viscous apperance and dark brown head. The nose is amazing, freshly brewed bold coffee is oozing with light notes of whiskey and roasted malts in the background. Vanilla and chocolate are also present. Taste matches the nose. Coffee up front, smooth notes of vanilla and chocolate with mild whiskey at the end. The barrel aged character is well integrated with the base beer. Mouthfeel is silky smooth with mild carbonation. Overall, this is an under the radar beer for sure. It can be found on shelves pretty easily, but the taste is right up there with many of the beers that never see the light of a shelf.

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Photo of jtd1969
4.67/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep black and beautiful, no lacing...

N - Chocolate, sweet fruit, coffee

T - Coffee, sweet fruit, chocolate, lite bourbon(mainly on after taste) Taste more like a bourbon soaked fruit with nibs...

M - Full bodied, medium carbonation, smooth!

O - One of my fav stouts for winter!! So good not to try it!! Enjoy!

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Photo of johnnybgood1999
4.67/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poors pitch black with a mellow, brown cocoa head. Smells like a delicous mocha coffee. Vanilla and bourbon are noticeable secondary notes.
On the first sip, Big Baptist coats the tongue with a well balanced mix of cocoa and coffee. The coffee blend tastes like a quality brand was used, very robust and quasi espresso flavors come through. The chocolate was dark, sweet, and bitter. This made me happy, as I prefer dark chocolate versus super sweet in my beers. Vanilla, bourbon, and oak are present throughout, but become more pronounced on the back end of the palate. The mouthfeel is viscous, yet pleasantly light enough. Baptist drinks smooth and easy. I actually wanted more after I finished my bomber. Overall, this was an impressive beer that I rank right up there with The Abyss, but slightly below Goose Island BCBS. I can't compare it to KBS, as the only one I was able to procure mysteriously disappeared a year ago from my fridge. Yes, I'm still crying about that. Baptist fills a niche that I'm fond of; a beer you want when you can't tackle a bigger BCBS type brew. My first beer from Epic and it will not be my last. Very nicely done.

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Photo of BB1313
4.66/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Release #13. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours jet black and I don't see much light getting through at all; overage khaki head that falls and leaves solid retention/lacing. The aromas are very nice. Tons of black coffee. Lots of chocolate. Hints of vanilla. The whiskey seems to be overshadowed and seems to be just an accent in the nose. The flavors are wonderful. Lots of stuff going on. The coffee really seems to be the star of this beer. More milk chocolate to give it a sweetness and dark chocolate to give it a subtle bitterness. The whiskey comes through more in the flavors, in my opinion. The oak/wood notes are pretty subtle. Lots of cocoa malts. Alcohol goes unnoticed for such a big beer. Mouthfeel is great. It's full-bodied and smooth. It's creamy and fluffy, but not like a milkshake. Moderate carbonation. This is a very fun beer to drink and a great beer to sip on. It's dangerously drinkable.

This is a wonderful stout. The coffee really shines and can go toe to toe with almost any coffee brew. The coffee flavors makes you forget this was even aged in whiskey barrels. Lots of depth to this one. It's extremely enjoyable. Highly recommended.

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Photo of byronic
4.66/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #60

Pours a midnight black with minimal mocha head leaving just a little lacing kissing the edge of the glass. A hint of vanilla and coffee with a very big cocoa presence sublimely finished with touch of whiskey, one of best noses I've ever come across on a stout. A flavour explosion of creamy rich dark chocolate balanced with hints of bourbon, vanilla and a nice malt base. A sweet lingering finish that makes this the perfect sipper.

A fantastic well rounded stout that I'd love to have again.

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Photo of drrone
4.66/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Epic goblet

A- Pours a jet back fluid. It produced a light tan head that faded quickly and left only trace lacing.

S - Great smell with strong coffee and cocoa, with roasted/burnt malt and a touch of vanilla. It is aged in whiskey barrels, which definitely come through, but overwhelmingly so.

T- Very similar to the S, but the whiskey comes through a little more at the end and it has a nice booziness to it, although it finishes very clean. Just great.

M - Smooth, with minimal carbonation. A little heavy on the booze, but I really like it and it doesn't take away from how great it is.

O - Amazing IS. This deserves more credit and is well worth trying. It is well balanced, complex and easy to drink for a big beer. Well done Epic!

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Photo of MajorPaver
4.66/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best Imperial Stouts I have had in a long time. Initial nose is heavy on the alcohol, but that disappears on drinking. Mouth feel is smooth and a little chewy. Very chocolaty with some coffee notes. Experienced on draft.

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Photo of Auraan
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured a deep black with a thin ring of tan head. It looked quite true to style, with perhaps a bit too thin a head, but it was fine, still quite nice looking. Scents of rich black coffee upfront, as it warm dark cocoa comes out and combines with the coffee. It's very coffee forward, but it does bring forward some cocoa. It's a very nice scent for a coffee lover. Taste follows the nose. Rich black coffee, some dark cocoa, rich bittersweet chocolate, slight milk chocolate, cocoa nibs, roast malt and faint hints of alcohol. It's very well done, very cocoa and coffee forward, fitting a beer brewed with coffee and cocoa nibs. It's nice, quite nice, though not as balanced as some other Imperial Stouts. Mouthfeel is thick bodied with moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Quite a nice feeling, very much a sipping beer. Overall this is another excellent RIS. It's much more a coffee stout than some others, but it is quite nice, less balanced but very well done if you like coffee and dark cocoa. I recommend it.

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Photo of DonDirkA
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Release #2, 11.3% ABV. Very very strong nose of roasted black coffee. Cocoa scents weave their way in and out through the coffee smell. The coffee is dominant through the sip and the swallow, but not in an overbearing way, as can be the issue with many coffee stouts. There is a slight trace of chocolate that is followed by a subtle oakiness. The swallow is a bit hot, no doubt from the whiskey barrel aging, but not uncomfortably so. The rich mouthfeel is complimented by the coffee flavors that wash everything down and stick around on your tongue long after you've finished. Overall this a pretty extreme beer from all angles and it will definitely be too much for some but fans of strong, burly stouts will find plenty to love here.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%

Picked this up from a great trade with Evan. Release #12, July 6, 20133. Thick pitch black pour with a one finger caramel colored head with decent retention and great lacing. The nose is rich and roasty with huge coffee notes along with hints of dark chocolate, espresso, cocoa, bourbon, and subtle smoke. The taste follows suit, with the coffee once again being the star. Hints of bourbon, cocoa, dark chocolate, espresso, vanilla, subtle piney hops, and a touch of licorice. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy, smooth and velvety, with excellent balance and huge drinkability. Overall, this is one of the best coffee stouts I've tasted. Definitely in the same league as Founders Breakfast and Bourbon County Coffee.

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Photo of Donco
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Batch #36. 12.4% ABV
From everything I've read this beer varies greatly in ABV and ratings from batch to batch. I was lucky to come across several bottles of this 2013 brew and absolutely find it is one of my favorite coffee Imperial Stouts.
Look is black as night with a bit of lacing as I let it sit in my tulip glass.
Smell is amazing with tons of coffee and chocolate mixing with a bit of oakiness as well.
Taste follows the nose with delicious hits of coffee and chocolate and bourbon barrel with each warming taste. Extremely smooth and drinkable for it's ABV.
I've never tried any other batch but this one is a total winner!

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Release #62 - 11.9% abv - La Barba coffee version

Pours black with a fluffy, creamy tan brown head. Smells deeply of roasted coffee, deep dark chocolate, some mild vanilla, whiskey, caramel, toffee and oak. Tastes like huge coffee, dark chocolate, sweet whiskey, vanilla, caramel, toffee, oak, some mild smoke and woodsy herbal notes, with a lingering dark chocolate coffee aftertaste. Feels light-medium bodied, creamy with low carbonation. Overall a really great and balanced whiskey barrel aged imperial coffee chocolate stout.

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Photo of FBarber
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours oily viscous black. One finger tan head sticks around for a bit before dissipating to a thin layer of film. Impressive head retention for a barrel aged beer.

Smell is a pleasant blend of bourbon barrel, bourbon, cocoa, coffee bean aromas and slight hints of vanilla.

Taste ... holy cow this is how a barrel aged (ba) beer should taste. There is certainly a bourbon barrel character to the beer with flavors of bourbon, barrel, oak, and a hint of vanilla. However, the barrel does not overtake the imperial stout in any way, but rather acts as a complimentary flavor. Most ba beers tend to have more bourbon flavor than stout, but not this one. This is an Imperial Stout first acted in bourbon barrels second and I love it. The stout itself is wonderful. Lots of cocoa, pleasant mild coffee flavor that is not overpowering, deep roasted malts and a discernible hoppy bitterness on the finish. The fact that all the imperial stout notes still shine through is a huge plus and very impressive. Also this beer hides the ABV frighteningly well. You really don't notice it until you're nearing the end of the glass and suddenly you have a realization that wow, that was a hefty beer.

Feel is thick and viscous. Very velvety and smooth with all the flavors nicely melded together. Incredibly sippable. I loved the fact that because of the still present hoppy bitterness on the finish, the beer finishes rather dryly on the end - something I prefer in my Imperial Stouts, but almost never see in a ba Imperial Stout. Really gave it a nice depth to the overall feel.

This might be my favorite ba stout I've ever had. Not necessarily the best one out there, but certainly the only one I'd want to or be able to drink on a regular basis. Major props for balancing the Imperial Stout with the right amount of barrel aging to keep all the flavors intact.

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Photo of beer2day
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opaque black pour with no light filtering through at all. Dark khaki head, 1 fingers worth. Only downside is the beer is light on head retention. Thin sheen of wet lace all around the glass.

Nose is very complex. Coffee overwhelms, but cocoa comes through along with oak underneath that. Smells like a roasted chocolate covered espresso bean.

Strong coffee flavor, espresso even, with a strong roast chocolate presence. Citrus hops manage to sneak through all the coffee and chocolate bitters in the finish. Definite smoked oak flavor from the barrels. Not really picking up the whiskey until the very end of the bottle. Vanilla starts to pick up late in the bottle, too. Wow, this is complex.

Feel is a bit disappointing. A little on the thin side. For a beer this powerful on the tongue, a thicker feel would pair better.

Overall, this rivals the best coffee stouts I've tasted. The best beer I've had from Epic.

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Photo of magnessr
4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours very dark into a snifter. Smells of coffee and chocolate. Taste is a very strong combination of roasted coffee and bitter chocolate, with a slight bourbon hint. Very smooth feeling in the mouth, as you would expect for such a high caliber stout. Excellent beer.

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Photo of raynmoon
4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Looks pitch black, small, light brown head sticking around the glass. Some alcohol legs sticking behind. Looks really nice.

Smells like a mocha. Big chocolate and coffee. Cold pressed coffee, with some cream and sugar perhaps. I wouldn't prefer that sweetness in my own coffee, as I like it black, but it smells like a great chocolatey, coffee forward dessert.

Upfront, the dryness from the oak, then some semi-sweet chocolate and soft vanilla, almost like a cookie. Then it goes down and the alcohol starts to tingle and lightly burn the tongue and warm the throat. Finishes very nicely and balanced.

Lighter side of full bodied, more of a medium plus body. Pretty nice creaminess to it as well.

Overall, if you dislike the thin mouth from KBS and maybe find the coffee to dominate the bourbon and are looking for more balance, then this is for you. Not sure why the ratings aren't more around 4.5. It likely hasn't quite met the masses yet or does not deliver that rareness factor.

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Photo of dfernandez77
4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance:
Dark brown like bittersweet bakers chocolate. Clear but dark enough light barely penetrates. Medium dark tan head that dissipates to creamy tan foam.

smell:
Bittersweet chocolate, vanilla caramel, butterscotch, espresso, and dulce de leche. Amazing rich depth and complexity.

taste:
All of the richness and characteristics of the aroma. Like a smooth 70% Cacao chocolate, with vanilla, espresso, and sweetened condensed milk. Super phat roasty malts well balanced with the cacao bitterness. Like a beerTiramisu mouthgasm.

mouthfeel:
Big slippery fat oat stout assault, then the slight dry astringency is all over your tongue. Finishes inexplicably simultaneously slippery and dry. Crazy complex.

overall:
OMFG! Stunning. Sign me up for a barrel. Give me a huge Chalice full accompanied by a Tiramisu soaked in French roast espresso with secret layers of blackberry jam. Amazing.

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Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing Company
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