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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4.32
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Photo of buschbeer
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 PT. 6 FLUID OUNCE bottle
Served in a snifter
Release #11

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

Even at three years old the coffee aroma is still there. It is faded but not gone. It allows some anise, chocolate, and roasted malt to come through.

I taste roasted coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt.

Full, creamy mouthfeel

This is a phenomenal beer fresh and pretty damn delicious with some age. This is not a beer I would pass up a taste.

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Photo of schwemjw
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch #11

A: Black as night, a standard 1 finger mocha head and has a creamy looking texture. looks like an imperial stout!

S: Dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee and a surprising amount of dark fruit underneath it all. definitely some nice roast and a little spicyness to it. Fantastic!

T: NICE! vanilla, chocolate cocoa shavings, a deep espresso roasted malt with a lot of coffee bitterness. There is definitely a whiskey burn and corn/rye note on the end. There is almost a graham cracker flavor.

M: Not much carbonation, very creamy, but lighter than i expected it to be. you definitely know there is alcohol in this though

O: Excellent stuff! it got better as it warmed up and gave you enough of a burn to know there was some whiskey there. but its complex and balanced. alot of depth. Gonna pick another one up to age! 95 was spot on!

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Photo of woosterbill
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a Surly Darkness glass. Big thanks to knifestyles for opening this under-the-radar powerhouse.

A: Black with orange highlights under a thin layer of tan bubbles. All right.

S: Mmmm. Intense coffee + cocoa powder. Not much in the way of whiskey, but the coffee and chocolate are so radically fresh and intense that I don't care. Awesome.

T: Coffee and chocolate essence. Seriously, this is like chocolate-flavored coffee or coffee-flavored chocolate, whichever sounds more delicious to you. There's nothing else here, and what's here is some of the most delicious coffee/chocolate flavor I've ever experienced. The finish is spicy with booze, which is the only thing keeping this from getting full marks. Incredible.

M: Quite viscous - much more so than the appearance would suggest. Moderate carbonation. Absolutely luscious.

O: What a beer. Complex it is not, but it gets the job done like no other stout I can remember. I'd buy more in a heartbeat if I knew where to find it. Drink this beer.

Cheers!

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet. Batch #57.

A: Oil black with a tan one finger head that whittled down to foam. Thick lacing.

S: Dark chocolate, cocoa nibs, a bit of bourbon. You can smell this one a couple feet away from the bottle.

T: So robust, sweet and decadent. Like drinking from a chocolate fountain with anise, leather and cocoa nibs. As it warms, more flavors pop up; bourbon becomes more pronounced and the chocolate smooths out so nice. Vanilla and molasses slide in for the kill.

M: Medium to heavy with medium, chewy carbonation.

O: One of the best stouts I've ever had the pleasure of going to church with. Seek this one out. It's unholy delicious.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

- cocoa nibs, coffee, aged in whiskey barrels. Release #65.

A: Darkest of pours produces a one inch, dark mocha capping with a very good retention. A thick sheet band lacing sticks well.

S: Freshly ground dark roast beans comes right from the grinder to your nose, beautifully dry, with a silty campfire roast. Seriously like sticking your nose into a freshly grounded bag of coffee beans. The duration is very lengthy as well with a very good rate of strength. Light complimentary hints of whiskey and vanilla.

T: Beautiful dark roast, fresh, oily, rich with the cocoa coming through with very good results. Vanilla bean, oily coffeee roast combine with a dark chocolate bittering roastiness. Fresh splashes of whiskey are wet and tempting.

M: Medium heavy body, oily, chewy depth, low carbonation, soothing, silty and alcohol warming.

O: Every bit as good as advertised. A huge freshly grounded coffee presence takes center stage here, added fresh i presume after the aging ala BCBS. The aroma and flavor are a coffee beer lovers dream here, nicely accented, rich, deep and worthy seeking out. World class offering indeed.

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Photo of jeff1973
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a HofTD tulip. Batch #13 (bottled in August 2013), so about a month old or so. Bought for $11.99 @ Whole Foods Newport Beach.

A - Pitch black, looks very silky. Mocha heads leaves great lacing. Everything you want to see in a good Imperial Stout.

S - Mostly big cocoa and bittersweet chocolate. A little faint vanilla and coconut. Not the most aromatic beer.

T - What it lacks in the nose, it makes up for in the taste. Big dark chocolate note, along with the coffee. A lot like a Cafe Mocha. Pretty sweet upfront, but the back end dries out nicely. You get the whisky/bourbon mid palate. Nice toffee, vanilla, coconut notes that blend perfectly w/ the cocoa and coffee. Only a slight hint of alcohol burn, but very light for 12.2% and being that it is fairly young.

M - Perfect for this style. Very thick and viscous (again thick a rich cafe mocha). You get a very creamy (half and half) note. Carbonation is low to go along with that silky, creamy mouthfeel.

O - Great beer!! The chocolate and coffee meld seamlessly with the whiskey and bourbon. This is the creamiest alcoholic cafe mocha that I have had. Starbucks should have this on their menu!

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Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tons of cocoa and coffee in the nose and first sip. And very nice amount of whiskey, just enough to announce itself without overtaking it. Cinnamon taste just lightly appears and lasts gently through the finish. This is a complex and well made brew. Very slight barrel character and ok body.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a rich black color with a dense looking one finger mocha colored head. Looks amazing. Exactly what I look for in a stout.

S: Crazy dark coffee. Someone else noted black iced coffee and I get that. You can tell that the coffee is really high quality. Espresso, dark chocolate covered coffee beans, some faint vanilla and some char. The smell is a little faint, but what I can pick out is really good.

T: The coffee absolutely dominates this beer, but that's a very good thing because this is some bomb coffee. Opens with a touch of dark chocolate and roasted malt. Then comes a huge wave of dark roasted coffee. The finish brings just a hint of whiskey, some anise, charred wood and burnt coffee grounds. Mouthfeel is slightly creamy and rich without being too thick and syrupy. Really nicely done.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Release #13. Thanks go to the crew at Craft Shack!

Pitch black with close to a 2 finger head of foam, excellent lacing, this looks grand!

The bittersweet chocolate nibs stand out in the smell big time. Accompanied by roasted malt and some coffee, the whisky barrel aging seems to be playing second fiddle and that's fine by me.

A chocolate delight on first sip, a get a big dose of coffee following closely behind and at times, dominates. The big ole alcohol is there and warming but it's not interfering too much as to detract from my session. Whisky is on the mild side and again, that's okay in Bitterbill's book.

Thick and creamy mouthfeel, very very nice.

This a is a very delicious and satisfying brew! There's not much to knock except...the coffee gets really strong at times. Minor quibble. Major brew.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Such a great bourbon and coffee imperial stout, especially for the cost. The only negative, if you even can call it that, is it finishes pretty dry. Love this beer. Cheers!

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Photo of MattyG85
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass. Release #7.

Appearance: Pours a dark and oily black with no other color coming through. About two fingers of deep tan head that fade into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A big dark aroma of coffee and chocolate. Dark roasted malts with big hints of coffee beans, dark chocolate and cocoa nibs, burnt toast, caramel, toffee, and nuts. The barrel aging is pretty subtle. Light hints of vanilla, whiskey, oak, and wood. Some molasses and brown sugar. Light hints of dark fruit and earthy hops in the background. The smell is very coffee and chocolate forward. Very rich aroma.

Taste: As big and rich as it smells. Dark roasted malts with a huge taste of fresh coffee beans. Rich chocolate and cocoa nibs. Notes of burnt caramel, toast, toffee, and nuts. The whiskey barrel is a little stronger in the taste. Notes of vanilla, oak, and wood. A little brown sugar and molasses add some sweetness. Subtle notes of hops and dark fruit. Again, the coffee and chocolate dominate, although it is not overly sweet. It is more of a bitter, drying dark.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very rich and creamy. Has a drying bitter feel from the heavy coffee. Alcohol is hidden fairly well.

Overall: A very good coffee forward imperial stout. Great dark taste. Could of used a little more barrel aging. This might not be ideal for aging as the coffee is a huge element here.

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Photo of papat444
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

***Release #25***

I think i owe thanks to F2brewers for this one but it might be someone else.

Poured from a bomber.

Thick, dark pour with hanging lace. Aroma is sweet cocoa, heavy and intense. Flavor is very good; rich cocoa, chocolate, rye, strong coffee, nice whiskey overtones play wonders. Very robust yet remarkably easy to drink. One of my favorite barrel aged stouts, wish i had 12 of these!

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Photo of omniscientcause
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Deep dark black with a tan tint. Slim 1 and a half finger inch head only cause i poured aggressive, some sticky lacing that last throughout the entire duration of the beer.

Smell - Very malty, smokey roasty, charcoal, nutty, coffee, molasses, oak. Some whiskey notes also. A little chocolate and cocoa round this monster out but as the beer warms more coffee becomes present.

Taste - Much like the smell, huge malts, roasted with tons of coffee notes. Strong and bold that drinks nicely over and hour. Nice underline of sweet choclate and cocoa, with a little dark fruit presence.

Mouthfeel - Big beer, punches your tongue with roasted malts, where palate gets more chocolate and cocoa, and the sugars. The aftertaste is malty, coffee and sugary. But it is oh so drinkable for almost 12 percent.

Overall - Its a really nice beer, the only beer I have had from epic, but certainly wont be the last. Huge malty flavor, loads of coffee and some sugars. As it warms it becomes one sided with the coffee flavor, but that isnt a bad thing.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber, release number 9, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours pitch black, thick and viscous looking, produces a thin brown head that recedes to a wisp, some spotty lacing.

S- Smells incredible, lots of coffee beans, rich dark chocolate, dark fruit, sweet bready malts, roasted grain and a bit of sweet alcohol. The coffee/espresso aroma is really great, very rich and intense.

T- Loads of chocolate and bitter coffee, which dominate the flavor and are immensely bold and awesome. There's also some roasted grain and a bit of fruity alcohol, but the booze is well-restrained for being so huge.

M- Medium-to-full-bodied, smooth, thick and viscous feel. Some alcohol warmth on the finish. This is what an imperial stout should feel like.

O- This is an big, tasty, Bible-loving, get-evolution-out-of-our-schools-I-ain't-related-to-no-goddamn-monkey, they-took-our-jobs awesome beer.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood Brewing

The beer pours black in color with a finger of tan head. There is a huge coffee aroma to this. Quite a bit of oak with just a mild vanilla note. Some nice bourbon to go with roasted malt and brown sugar. The flavor has a touch of licorice and molasses to go with vanilla, bourbon, and chocolate. Really solid mouthfeel as well.

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Photo of gford217
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle.

Pours dark mahogany out of the bottle but settles in close to black in the glass with a modest but thick tan head.

Man does this smell good, at least for a coffee lover like me. It's full of freshly roasted coffee beans. Some bitter chocolate and heavily roasted malts underneath, but the coffee is dominant in the nose.

Taste is like a big iced mocha. The chocolate is subtle in the nose but not in the taste where the chocolate is right up there with the roasted coffee. Roasted malts and some lactose creaminess. Wonderful taste.

The mouthfeel is much thicker and creamier than I was expecting from the pour. It's right up there with the big boys in terms of feel.

I'm reviewing this beer as a coffee lover and, because of that, it's an outstanding beer. One of the better coffee impy stouts I've had. Even if you're not a coffee fan, you should try this, but if you like coffee stouts, get this. Now.

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Photo of Chaney
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Release #1

A: Poured out like a big vat of prune juice with black food coloring. Thick and with no head, this monster just saw there staring at me ominously....

S: More than a hint of coffee...jeez loueez! The coffee was of the gourmet variety and had sort of a soft, buttery quality on the scent.

T: Perhaps that butter is whiskey? ...now that I actually got proactive and read the bottle, it definitely is, alas! Still, lots of coffee and I got some cocoa infusion as well as more sweetness as it warmed.

M: It's rare that I get an equal amount of bourbon and coffee in a beer (usually one trumps the other), but this is one of those that pulls it off. After my tongue pulled out its magnifying glass, it got a few bubbles posing as carbonation, and the aftermath on the glass: minimal lacing. The aftermath on the palate: coffee....and then some.

O: This totally blew me away. If you really want to taste coffee AND bourbon in your beer, this is the one for you!

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Photo of Brenden
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is the biggest stout I've had in a while, and it takes just a look to make me realize how much I've missed them. Black, thick, viscous, and heavy-looking, it looks as much the part as any like it. The head is medium brown, a good-sized cap, and tight. It's craggy and rocky, and it recedes very slowly. All the while, it leaves some strong patching in plenty clinging to the glass's walls.
There's a toasted brown sugar sweetness with vanilla, and the wood shows on the nose. The whiskey gives off a heat and a steady note in the nose that neither takes over nor gets overwhelmed by the huge malts, the creaminess, or the bittersweet cocoa. Coffee adds to the roasty note with its own particular essence, and just a touch of char adds to the overall effect.
It all comes together in the flavor; it's rich, complex and delicious. Booziness is overlying but not overwhelming, coffee and cocoa come out nicely, and it's a beautiful balance of sweet, woody, nutty, roasty, warm, and creamy, balancing slightly dry, with a certain thickness in the flavor.
Speaking of, this is a rich and full-bodied brew. It's got just a slight crispness, enough to keep it entertaining, and it's plenty smooth.

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Photo of Boski
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch #8

A: Dark brown to black. Not quite as jet black as I thought it might be. Head dissipates quickly but very nice lacing.

S: Strong coffee and bourbon.

T: Big coffee and espresso notes. Mild whiskey notes compared to other similar class stouts I have tried. Alcohol extremely well hidden for 12.5%. Drinks smooth.

M: Not quite as heavy as I expected, but packed with tons of flavor. Leaves a nice espresso vanilla aftertaste lingering.

O: Fantastic beer. This one drank very smooth but still had substantial flavor and character. Will definitely try some of the other batches when I can find them.

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Photo of Radome
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber bottle into a snifter.

L - Brown so dark it is almost black. When seen at edges it is clear, but light does not make it through the glass. Head is dark tan. It is not very thick on the initial pour, but a moderate sheet remains on the surface. Light lacing and "legs" like a strong wine.

S - Aroma is mostly espresso with a hint of smoke and roastiness. Nesquik chocolate milk. Oak. Bourbon with a strong alcohol smell.

T - Complex blend of espresso, chocolate and bourbon, with the balance leaning slightly towards bourbon. Hops are evident, but the type is not obvious to me. Slightly chalky powdered chocolate milk mix.

F - Medium to full body. Low carbonation. Silky feel. Strong alcohol burn. strog hops bitterness. Everything well blended.

O - Well balanced chocolate and bourbon. Smooth and drinkable for such a big beer. Nice.

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Photo of arizcards
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber from Total Wine in mid-November 2012 for $11.99. Batch #8 is infused with Sumatra Coffee and aged in Colorado Whiskey barrels for a short period of time.

Beer poured black as night with a generous brown head that is leaving lacing behind 4.5.

Nose is cocoa and coffee 4.0.

Taste is coffee forward with the cocoa mixing in nicely. Generous amount of northwest hops keep the sweetness at bay. Slight hint of the whiskey in taste and warming but coffee is predominant in the end 4.5.

Mouthfeel in one word is perfect. It is what i look for when i am in the mood for an imperial stout. Thick and chewy, viscous, and pure satisfaction 5.0!

Overall i was pleasantly surprised at how much i enjoyed this brew as it does not come with all the hype but it does bring all the flavor and viscosity desired in this style. Would definitely purchase again and i would recommend that this be consumed right away to enjoy the coffee and booze crafted into this brew 4.5.

Release #59 - Picked up from Craft Beer Hop Stop on 10-30-15. Brewed on 2-24-15 and packaged on 10-9-15 with Novo Coffee and cocoa nibs.

Beer poured black with a nice brown head that is leaving some lacing - 4.25.

Nose is a very nice combination of whisked, roasted malts, coffee, and dark chocolate - 4.5.

Taste initially was whiskey forward and warming. Cocoa, roasted malts, and whiskey meld nicely together. Whiskey is well played.

Feel is medium bodied and smooth - 4.25.

Overall this beer is extremely drinkable relatively soon after packaging - enjoy it now to get the most from the coffee and whiskey - 4.5!

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured a big, hearty looking deep, dep brown color, nealry black with a a nice creamy tan head which resedes after a moment leaving a topping of bubbles and moderate lacing

S: The nose is BIG coffee, shit man, did someone just dump my grampas Folgers into my beer BIG. Loads of dark and milk chocolate on the nose as well. You can tell by the little booze sting that this beer is packin heat. I get a moderate dose of whiskey as well.

T: Initial big coffee upfront, wowzers, more Folgers coffee beans, nothing tame about this beer and I love it. A big assertive chocolate presence comes along riding the curtails of the coffee, a blend of deep dark cocoa and a little bit of milk cocoa. The whiskey is sharp, cutting but not overbearing as it knows its role with the coffee being the main stage. A bit of char and light tobacco come to mind as it continues to grow on me. The finish has a bit of an astringency which I find common in big coffee beers, like BCBCS.

M: Hearty, big bodied, perhaps a tweak high on carbonation. It provides a nice warming, coffee flkavor driven, coating mouthfeel thats makes me happy

O: I am glad I scored these. One left and I plan to sit on it for quite some time. Cheers.

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Photo of Hootie159
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark brown, almost black. Very thin dark brown head. Quickly gone. Spicey nibs on the nose. As it warms the barrel smell kicks in. Very balanced taste. Dark chocolate that isn't overly bitter. Light coffee on the follow through. Again whiskey kicks in more as it warms. Very smooth, but a tad watery.

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Photo of Dopen993
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into tulip.

L. Pitch black with nice 2 finger head. Nice sticky lacing.
S. Tons of coffee, but not overwhelming. Nice sweet malt and chocolate.
T. Follows the nose with the coffee and chocolate. Add some vanilla and a touch of a caramel. Outstanding. Not detection of booze, super smooth.
F. Medium mouth feel. Nice carbonation.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Batch # 54, bottled 09/16/15 according to their website

Appearance - Pours black with dark cola brown edging with a dark tan, half finger width head. Sub-par retention, then dissipates to a mostly barren surface with a thin ring around the edge. Lacing consists isn't much outside a few small spots.

Smell - Coffee and a fudgy 'chocolate syrup' character really stand out in the aroma. Mild whiskey notes sit well beneath.

Taste - Follows the nose. Fudgy chocolate with lesser 'iced coffee' flavors of roast and a touch of caramel. Just enough whiskey character, with hints of leather, oak, vanilla and general booziness, to let you know it's there without overrunning the entire experience. The finish consists of earthy coffee character with lesser fudgy sweetness, and it lingers beautifully.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full in body with low carbonation. Super creamy texture that coats the mouth without much syrupy stickiness. Goes down stupid easy and finishes somewhat dry.

Overall - Oh wow, this is a beauty. So much flavor that seamlessly comes together to deliver an amazing drinking experience. I would gladly trade for this again, and I'll definitely keep an eye out the next time I travel to SoCal or Reno.

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Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 572 ratings.
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