Big Bad Baptist | Epic Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States

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.

ABV varies by batch

Added by JohnGalt1 on 09-30-2011

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Release # 17 - October 2013.

A - Black, solid, with red-brown highlights, and slight traces of tan head.

S - Barrel, booze, hints of vanilla, chocolate, and grassy hop notes.

T - Following the nose, the front is a wall of whiskey booze notes, woody and full. The middle comes in with big coffee and bitter chocolate notes, acidic. Flashes of char, tobacco and ash underlie the roast core. The close is narrows to a bitter line, hops coming in here with the bitter grassiness, but mostly this is the bitterness of deeply, profoundly roasted malts and coffee.

M - Silky and full, slightly oily and slick. Bitterness is present and the booze is hot and forward. This is not a beer that hides its walloping ABV.

O - Don't ignore the "Big Bad" here. This is a monster beer, fat and full, ready to lay you down in the river. Drinking it is an experience, with each drink offering up new elements. A masterly brew.

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Absolutely delicious! Aromatic, chocolate, coffee, maybe hint of tobacco in the smell. Taste is thick, creamy slightly chocolatey. Got just a hint of booze awhile into the glass. Surprisingly one of the best American Imperial Stouts I've ever had. Cheers!

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.56/5  rDev +4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.55/5  rDev +4.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown, almost perfectly black liquid, initially topped by a relatively moderate head, but growing in size respectably. Very dark brown head, very good retention. Lacing is soapy and inconsistent.

Aroma is incredibly strong, with a massive dose of roasted barley, accompanied by dark cacao and black coffee (it's unclear where the roast leaves off and the adjuncts take over, but it smells delicious). There is a bit of charred, sour oak, vanilla, and light bourbon along for the ride.

Bourbon/whiskey flavor is much more noticeable in the mouth than the nose, hitting immediately with a sweet, hot liquor note. Quickly followed - and indeed overwhelmed - by the chocolate and coffee riding a roasted barley wave. A bit of toffee as well. The bourbon returns on the back-end, where it belongs, settling in nicely with well-defined notes of whiskey and oak.

Thick and sticky mouthfeel, full but not chewy. ABV is well hidden. Brew is silky but lively. Relatively long, wet, and not-quite-hot finish.

An excellent stout, combining just about everything a stout-head could possibly want: chocolate, coffee, and barrel aging. They pull it off quite well, too. If this isn't right up there in the top tier of BA stouts (BCBS, Parabola), then it's just a notch below.

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4.52/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.24/5  rDev -25.9%

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4.28/5  rDev -2.1%

Chalky dark chocolate beer, with hints of bourbon and vanilla.

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3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.64/5  rDev -16.7%

Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing Company
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