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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3,484
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4.32
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8.8%
 
 
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Photo of antoneloc
4.57/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L - opaque, lightbtan 1/2 finger head

S - coffee bomb. Thats it

T- heavy coffee front end, boozy thick body, espresso and chocolate finish

M- little thin for the alcohol content and flavor profile, but still great

O - outstanding stout, could be a little too much coffee though

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Photo of elNopalero
4.57/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Holy smokes, I had this on tap for $2.50! Bought one for my brother too.

This pours insanely black with a cocoa-colored foam.

The aroma has a full bodied coffee-and-roast intensity. Heavy coffee aromas and flavors dominate the beer, with a drying roasty character underneath. There’s a touch of vanilla bean under this, along with some bitter chocolate notes.

It’s a sipper but that didn’t stop my brother from downing it like a light beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.57/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

this is an absolutely insane bottle of beer, dont ever pass up a chance to drink one of these. it pours inky black, thick, and dangerous. smell is coffee, dark dark pure cocoa, burnt barley, and pipe tobacco. the taste is unbeatable to me, and i almost never give out 5's. this surpases the abyss to me on flavor, really. fantastically rich brewed coffee up front with lots of woodsy, burning, organic matter hitting in the middle. big semisweet chocolate flavors come in just past the halfway point, followed by fresh tobacco tones and a syrupy sugar cane alcoholic tingle. this all rides on a slow rolling wave of the fullest body you can imagine and mellow carbonation just enough to keep it moving. a touch sludgy though, and maybe a good one to share around for the fainter of heart. gets downright hot boozy as it warms up, and is a definite slow sipper. if there is a better imperial stout on the planet, bring it to me, because this one is absolutely magic. black magic! best beer ive had from epic, and the highlight of my beer tour of utah. world class

edit: this has some real variability batch to batch, and while the first one i had was the king of the heap, i have appreciated each one, but liked the first one more than all of them by far. bumping down a few scores just a nudge to reflect that.

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Photo of Avast
4.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite imperial stouts I've ever had. Great body, pours a smooth, deep black color. Beautiful dark copper head. Right off the bat you can smell the coffee and chocolate. First taste is a bitter bite from the whiskey cask aging and the acidity from the coffee. Smooths out with a wonderful dark chocolate finish. I love this beer. Perfect for a cold winter night. Make sure you share, its a big boy.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep jet black, slightly oily but highly viscous with a very thin layer of creamy light khaki foam.

An immediate wave of chocolate and freshly ground coffee hits first, with some vanilla, toffee, and caramel notes to add as well as a ton of roastiness in general.

Coffee and chocolate both battle to be the standout ingredient in this beer. Tons of bitter but not overwhelmingly roast and some oak, earth, and vanilla.

Heavy-bodied, light carbonation, bitter roast, silky smooth, semi-chewy.

I was very happy with this beer overall, the one downside I have to remark on is the lack of bourbon aroma and flavor, but that is splitting hairs because this is damn good either way.

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Photo of Ohiovania
4.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a chance to try this at 2011 Brewzilla in Cleveland during Beer week. So I decided to pick up a couple bottles @ Acme in Akron, OH.

$12.99/ bottle (worth it)

Knocked my socks off. Best chocolate/ coffee imperial stout I have ever had to date. The only down side is that it's a bit sweet.

The alcohol is barely noticeable and the flavor is overwhelmingly complex. Get this one while it last. It's rumored to be a one time brew.

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Photo of Damian
4.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1 pt. 6 fluid ounces bottle acquired in a trade with mps
Release# 25
Served in a snifter

The beer poured dark brown and moderately viscous. Somewhat light for the style. The liquid was topped by a one-finger tall, tight, foamy, caramel colored crown. The head slowly faded to a lasting mass of bubbly froth. Odd shaped streaks of lacing coated the glass.

The aroma was very coffee forward. Freshly roasted coffee beans came to mind. Perhaps some coffee grounds as well. Roasted malts were noticeable, along with subtle hints of char. Dark chocolate and molasses notes came through as well. A touch of vanilla appeared as the beer warmed.

Coffee notes dominated in the flavor profile as well. The coffee reminded me a lot of a freshly brewed, lighter roast coffee. There was a notable malt presence, with the malts being sweet, dark and slightly roasty. Bakers chocolate and brown sugar notes contributed a pleasant bitter-sweet quality. Dark fruits appeared in the center. Cherries and plums were detectible. The beer finished with lingering notes of leafy, earthy hops and a fleeting, whiskey-like kick.

The mouthfeel was rich, creamy and velvety smooth. Thicker than average for the style but not super viscous. The liquid contained a super fine, moderate effervescence that gave the beer a pillowy soft quality. Quite impressive.

Big Bad Baptist is an amazingly tasty and complex imperial stout. While most flavor-infused, barrel-aged stouts tend to be high ABV monsters, this beer managed to be surprisingly drinkable yet immensely interesting. Fans of Coffee BCBS should definitely seek this out.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really great beer and so underrated. This one is pretty readily available, but it is right on par with other great stouts. Lots of chocolate on the nose and the finish.

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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch #7 poured from a bottle into a clear plastic cup while tailgating.

Appearance- Oily black with a rich brown bubbly head that set up about one finger on the top. Leaves lacing even on the inside of a plastic cup. Greasy, leggy, and rich looking.

Smell- Not much booze, but robust espresso and roasted nuts dominates. Hints of cacao and vanilla sneak out. A bit of a peanut butter sharpness is hiding in there somewhere. Very pleasant. Like walking through a bulk coffee aisle at an upscale grocery store.

Taste- Like the smell, espresso and dark roast coffee dominates. The barrel appears and brings with it a hint of tobacco spiciness, but is quelled quickly by the roasty malt backbone. A nutty, roasty coffee stout accented perfectly by the whiskey notes. Not overpowering from the whiskey at all. The only drawback would be the finish. It finishes fast and very bluntly. Not much of an issue considering the balance of this one.

Mouthfeel- Smooth. Not overly oily or heavy in the mouth or on the way down. Smooth and creamy, surprisingly lighter than some of its contemporaries.

Overall- This may be THE dark horse in the world of hyped-up BBL stouts. A bit surprised by this one. Very well balanced. Not overpowered by the booze. This one has had some age on it in the cellar. Can't wait (but will) to try the other one in the cellar with a few more months on it.

Cheers!

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.56/5  rDev +5.6%
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 mfavoino
4.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a New Belgium globe on 3/2/13.

A: Poured an oily black with one finger of espresso head that retained well. Head receded to a creamy rim covering the body.

S: Tons of roasted coffee jumping out of the glass, roasted malts, sweet milk chocolate. Huge coffee nose.

T: Wow, the roasted coffee comes at the palate right away. Bitter coffee, sweet chocolate, and subtle whiskey barrel as it finishes. Leaves a lingering coffee flavor on the tongue.

M: Thick and creamy with a slight touch of alcohol warmth. Dry finish.

O: I think this is the most coffee flavored stout I've ever encountered. Super flavorful, bold, and decedent. A must have for coffee lovers and those that appreciate a coffee forward Imperial Stout.

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Photo of kitch
4.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A 22oz bomber from release batch #46 with a brew date of 24th September 2013 and a packaged date of 8th December 2014 and poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: The beer poured an opaque black colour with a one finger brown head that dissipated fairly quickly leaving a thin whispy layer and spotty lacing.

Aroma: Strong aromas of chocolate mixed in with coffee, caramel and vanilla. There is also a hint of whisky alcohol aroma.

Taste: Taste is much like the aroma. Chocolate and espresso coffee dominate followed by hints of slightly burnt caramel and vanilla. There is also some roasted malts and oakiness but not a lot of whisky even though its aged in whiskey barrels.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, light carbonation, smooth.

Overall: I’m a sucker for coffee, whisky and beer (my three favourite drinks). Now put together into a single drink, although the whisky is not so prominent here, this brew is fantastic. It’s right up there with Founders Breakfast Stout and Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break. Another must buy beer to add to my list.

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Photo of tigg924
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours opaque, pitch black color, with minimal head. Taste is coffee, baker's chocolate, vanilla, and a bit graham cracker. Medium bodied with low carbonation. Super tasty. The graham cracker flavoring really puts this one over the top for me. One of the better coffee flavored imperial stouts I have had in a long time if not due to the balance alone. Delicious, I will get this again.

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into tulip. Label says this is release #50, 12.6% abv.

Pours nearly total black with dark brown edges when held to the light. Thin head of mocha bubbles that leaves erupting volcano lace as it recedes.

Smells of black chocolate, fresh ground coffee, dark berries, campfire smoke, soft boozy whiskey barrel and faint leafy hops.

Tastes of rich dark fudge, strong coffee, dried cherry and raisin, soft licorice, charred wood and gentle whiskey notes of vanilla and toffee. Earthy, leafy hops barely make themselves known.

Feels thick and creamy. Full bodied with sturdy carbonation. Finishes dry with black chocolate and coffee bitterness. Alcohol is warm but surprisingly soft.

Verdict: Vigorously recommended. Barrel adds complexity without losing control, and it has more chocolate and coffee than the biggest Starbucks in the land.

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Photo of nUgZ
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle of Release #8 poured into a Nonic.

A: Pours a black color with a 1 1/2 finger head and some lacing.

S: Strong aromas of espresso, dark chocolate, vanilla, and oak. Very inviting smell.

T: The taste follows the nose...lots of espresso, dark chocolate, and oak. Hides the alcohol well.

M: Heavy bodied with good carbonation.

O: This is an exceptional Barrel Aged Imperial Stout. It's very smooth, extremely tasty, and quite enjoyable. I'll gladly have it again anytime.

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- thick dark brilliance

S-incredible aromas of chocolate, coffee but predominantly booze

T- follows the nose, very boozy and strong taste of whiskey along with the chocolate and coffee.

F- thick but full of alcohol that coats the mouth

O- boozy but absolutely superb.

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Photo of Sathanas
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

First off, when a brewery constantly tweaks recipes... I'm probably gonna be a fan!

So, Epic brewing's finally made it to my northern, frostbitten area of Canada! $21 Canadian per bomber of their batch #50 using coffee from Blue Copper coffee shop in Kansas City at 12.6%. Pours a (not completely pitch) black colour with a thick creamy finger of mocha brown head. Looks super promising!

Predominantly a high-end coffee start, goes into a dark chocolate and bourbon vanilla-ey taste then a milk chocolate middle with some dried dark fruit flavours like a prune and raisin and a still smokey vanilla aura through out. Ends with a strong coffee/hop bitterness. Absolutely beautiful.

Personally I love huge coffee stouts and pick em up whenever a new one comes available, but I usually get way too much coffee. This beer (after 3 1/2 months) balances damn-near perfectly, but still lets you know its a coffee bomb. Best coffee beer I've had thus far and makes me one happy (but cold) Mennonite! Highly recommended!

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Photo of Myotus
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured at 48°F from a 22oz bottle (release #58, undechirable bottling date) into a Spiegelau Stout glass. Allowed to warm up to 50°F before reviewing. Consumed on 28May16.
LOOK: Pours with a finger and half worth of dense, cinnamon colored foam. The foam head changes color to khaki within thirty seconds. Well after three minutes, the foam head has only dissipated to a fingers worth. The large quantity of tiny, rising bubbles explains why the head refuses to die. Lacing is high in quantity and both thick and very thick.
SMELL: Very strong aromas of bittersweet chocolate and coffee intertwine with strong vanilla aromas and mild aromas of coconut, oak, and spicy whiskey. To my surprise, no aromas of bitter roasted malts are present.
TASTE: Very strong bittersweet chocolate flavors first explode on to the palate. Coffee flavors immediately strike right after and bring a strong and desirable bitterness. Strong spicy whiskey flavors next present a welcoming booziness. Mild flavors of vanilla and subtle oak, coconut, and bitter roasted malts finish off this symphony of taste as all previous flavors persist, except for bittersweet chocolate, which fade to strong.
FEEL: The thickness of this brew is incredibly full-bodied. There are hints of carbonation. Goes down ridiculously smooth while also clinging to the back of the throat like syrup. Due to the high presence of alcohol, this finishes with a strong and undesirable dryness.
NOTE: Usually, I'm not a fan of barrel-aged beers that have the liquor flavors stand out, but due to the fact that the chocolate and coffee stood out, I was perfectly fine with perceiving all the whiskey in this. This was an overall balanced Stout that kept a smile on my face the whole time as I drank it.

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Photo of portia99
4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle (release #3, 11.4% ABV) courtesy of hoppymcgee. Thanks again Greg! Poured into a Brooklyn snifter.

A - Pours an almost pitch black color that is quite opaque in the glass. A finger of dense, dark brown head lingers for a minute or two and falls slowly to the surface leaving a foamy collar and some lacing on the glass.

S - From a distance to the glass, my first impression is a chocolate donut. Closer inspection changes this and reveals much more. Serious coffee which smells great, dark chocolate, faint hints of whiskey, a bit of char, lots of dark roasted malt. Actually reminds me quite a bit to a KBS. I hope this tastes as good as it smells.

T - Coffee is still front and center in the flavor but perhaps is second in intensity behind a prominent charcoal and burnt toast aspect. Cocoa nibs come thru nicely especially towards the finish. Barrel is extremely subtle but definitely adds a layer of nuance. Doesn't quite stand up to KBS or its own aroma, but this is really, really good.

M - Medium bodied with a lower level carbonation that is a touch tingly...or is that the whiskey? If it is the whiskey it is really the only evidence of the spirit in the mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden, no heat at all, flavor contribution is subtle but complementary. Maybe the weakest aspect of this beer, but that is a bit nit-picky and definitely speaks to how good the other aspects of this stout are.

O - Very glad Greg suggested this one to me...honestly hadn't heard of it at the time and had to look it up. This is one of the better imperial stouts I've had recently...really like the powerful coffee flavors, subtle barrel treatment, amazing aroma. Would really like to get another bottle of this one somewhere down the road.

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Photo of AmericanGirl90
4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As a coffee addict, this beer had me sold just by the smell. A strong whiff of espresso, cocoa, alcohol, and vanilla. Color was deep black with no light escaping.

Bold taste of espresso, cocoa, and alcohol/malt, but not sharp at all. Quite mellow, balanced, and easy to drink...slowly. Slight hint of oak and vanilla in the back.

If you like coffee, this is a fantastic beer for you.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Epic Brewing Big Bad Baptist

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a CBS snifter. Served at cellar temperature.

A) Thick black brew with a dark tan head. Really nice retention and some spotty lacing too. This has some legs.

S) Heavy on the coffee... A fresh ground dark roast. This is all about coffee. Is this beer??? A little bit of dark chocolate, but mostly coffee. If you love coffee, you will love this aroma. I am a coffee lover...

T) Again, a whole lot of coffee in the flavor. The cocoa nibs are also noted. I don't get a whole lot of barrel aging presence in the flavor, perhaps a bit of wood. The alcohol is well hidden, and just slightly detected on the backend.

M) Near full bodied with lighter carbonation. This goes down nice a smooth. A good amount of coffee bitterness coats the palate. Light alcohol. Nice aftertaste....

O) A really well made beer right here. While Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout is clearly the gold medal winner in this category, I'm of the opinion Big Bad Baptist likely makes the medal stand. Glad to recommend this beer...

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bomber into a snifter.

Pours aggressively without me even trying and produces a fizziness that forms into a finger and a half, dark khaki-colored head. There's a considerable amount of carbonation visible and that forms little colonies on the sides of the glass, creating the phenomenon in which this otherwise pitch black liquid appears lighter. A thin lace eventually settles over the beer.

Even as I cracked the bottle, the strong dark coffee aroma was prominent. Vanilla and caramel hit my nose when I take a whiff and combine with the coffee to suggest a mocha or other coffee concoction. The coffee aroma is more suggestive of beans than the liquid product, the smell is so intensely robust and potent. I also get dark chocolate as well, like a pure bar. This beer is impressive on the nose alone.

Oh my, this is killer. The whiskey adds a subtle spice, smoke and peat, without hijacking the beer or its other tastes. Dark chocolate, vanilla, and coffee swirl around, suggesting a vanilla coffee then a mocha, as if the two drinks were poured together. And much like a combination of those two drinks, this beer is both creamy and smooth, yet still feels burly and big.

I'd consider this beer almost perfect, but the one thing I have to slightly ding it for is a hint of odd, almost plasticky flavor I get with the lingering whisky. I think it's just a characteristic of the whisky doing something funny and it is only mildly noticeable, but without that, I think I'd give this a 5 in taste and mouthfeel.

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Photo of KingEdward
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer is awesome! Smell is of coffee, caramel, and sweet malt. Taste is of dark roasted coffee, vanilla, roasted malt, dark chocolate, and finishes with a boozy whiskey flavor. It looks good with a light brown head that becomes a creamy ring and the beer is jet black. The feel is very thick, creamy, and like velvet. Overall this is a great beer! I will drink as much as i can get!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a nice large dark brown foamy head with good retention. Aroma of chocolate notes with light vanilla and coffee notes is quite awesome. Taste is also a great mix of creamy chocolate notes with some vanilla and bourbon notes and light floral coffee notes which is well integrated in the mix. Body has nice creamy texture with good carbonation and no real apparent alcohol notes. Super well-balanced with great drinkability.

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Photo of pollocwr
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Such a tasty beer. Strong coffee flavors with some bitter chocolate. Smooth all the way through. Only downside for me was a smokey flavor somewhere in the middle. Still good and will be better after sitting for 2 years.

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Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing Company
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