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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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
567
Ratings:
3,465
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
21.58%
 
 
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Photo of kalosjakar
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark black with a mocha colored head. Creamy.

Aroma: Coffee, sweet chocolate, bourbon notes, marshmallow.

Taste: bittersweet chocolate, coffee, toasted, roasted, noticeable bourbon flavor which grows as it warms. Blends perfectly with the chocolate.

Tremendous lacing.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

#9 (Sep '12) - Ibis Sumatra Dark Coffee, whiskey/bourbon casks, 11.8%

A - Thick, creamy, dark khaki head. Dark black body with thin cola highlights.

S - Nice roast, dark roasted chipotle peppers, dry espresso beans.

T - Awesome flavor profile. Medium roast coffee, milk, 60% cocoa, dry cocoa nibs, espresso beans, light woodiness.

M - Thick, smooth body. Lacks a little bit in depth.

O - An excellent Imperial Stout. Great complexity and integration.

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Photo of Josh012012
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

almost no head despite pouring it like I was having angry makeup sex with a stubborn ketchup bottle

Initially smells mostly like roasted coffee with whiskey/alcohol next and sweet stout smells last

For taste I get the nice roasty base stout first then start tasting mild additions of coffee cocoa and whiskey

mouth feel is pretty good and complements the brew very nicely.. a little heavier with a little more soft carb may have upped the rating

overall if you have never tried this beer expect a nice well balanced stout with no overly strong or offensive flavors.. to spell it out a nice base stout complemented by mild whiskey coffee and cocoa that is quire smooth for .6 abv

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle.

Pours a nice inky black color that allows no light to escape. There is a nice half inch tan head that is quite dense with some medium sized bubbles sprinkled around.

Aroma starts off with a great combination of coffee roast and some dark chocolate bitterness. Notes of sweet coca powder are also present. Not much barrel in the nose as the delicious coffee notes are pretty prevalent. Nice roasted and bu

Flavor is pretty smokey and roast. Strong notes of fresh brew espresso with some nice coffee acidity. Strong dark chocolate bitterness steps up after the roast and plays perfectly with it. Delicious mocha notes. The flavor shows some more whiskey barrel heat but not as much sweetness. Nice and dry flavor profile that relies on the barrel for some nice background heat and not as the main attraction. A very drinkable stout with great roasted and dark malt notes and just a sliver of sweetness. The body is nice full with great silky feel.

Great stout that shine because of the brewing and not just the barrel.

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Photo of Giraffe
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours like one would hope: pitch black with a hearty, persistent head.

S: Definite whiskey, with lots of espresso and some wood smoke.

T: A style that's easy to overdo on the whiskey end in my humble. But this gets it just right in a great balance between the coffee and the whiskey. Chocolate is somewhat present, but definitely takes a backseat to the other two flavors. No matter. What's there works wonders. Smokiness and espresso lingers on the roof and tongue long after. Zero to slight booziness, which is amazing.

M: Not the best judge of this, admittedly. Smooth, inoffensive overall, but with a bit of astringency in the end.

O: I was told this is an excellent supplement to Founder's KBS. I've not had that, but this is a tremendous beer I hadn't even heard about until I bought it. I highly recommend it for fans of barrel aged anything.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a pair of large snifters. Label says Release #19, 10.4% ABV, SLC #1261. Poured at fridge temperature, maybe 40ish.

Pours black, small, fast-fading light brown head. Too dark to tell whether it’s seriously carbonated or not. Smell is coffee, overwhelmingly coffee, super coffee, more so than this morning’s coffee. How do you make a beverage that smells more like coffee than coffee? I don’t understand. There’s also plenty of chocolate in the aroma. There might be a hint of smoke, which probably means a boatload that just happens to be completed covered up by the coffee.

Taste has lots of coffee, but is much more well rounded. The chocolate comes out more, the smoke balances it a little bit. Some mysterious sweetness, a little bit of black licorice. Very nice. Very interesting.

Mouthfeel is thick, slightly dry/gritty, nice. Overall, excellent beer.

If anything else pops up as it warms, I'll try to remember to update this review.

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Photo of Omnium
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber > Mason Pint

A - Pitch black motor oil with half a finger of fizzy tan head, small bubbly lacing.
S - Big smoky aroma with a huge chocolate presence, roasted malt and coffee beans, toasted almond, a little whiskey, burnt wood.
T - Lots of roasted dark chocolate malt, coffee isnt as big in flavor, which is good because it doesnt dominate, woody burnt caramel hints, the booze of the whiskey barrels comes in at the end, but its not over the top.
M - Rich velvety and creamy. Heavy beer for sure.
O - Best thing that Epic brews for sure, tons of rich bold flavor, whiskey barrels add just enough touch without making it an alcohol bomb.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This stout poured with an obvious thickness and resembled coffee in appearance. The head was a thin lace of fine bubbles.

The aroma held a deep roasted coffee, spicy chili peppers, chocolate malts and a smokey tobacco.

The flavor was so smooth and diverse with a nice roasted coffee, whipped cream, chocolate, tobacco smokiness, malty Graham cracker cocoa powder and a dry lactose-sweetness.

The feel is almost velvety in its smoothness and has a nice thickness. It comes across as a bit dry.

Big Bad Baptist is a big, bad stout with nice varied flavors and a strong decisive complexion.

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Photo of SebastianOwl
4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled labeled "release # 61" which was bottled on 10/9/15 per the Epic website; 12.1% ABV, aged in whiskey barrels and uses Caffe Ibis coffee; drank for St. Patrick's Day

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch #55, 12.7% abv.

Pours dark and thick. Dark tan head dissipates to a thin film. Leaves spotty lacing.

Smell is sweet and notes of whiskey. Taste starts with vanilla and cocoa, followed by slow creeping whiskey. The barrel character is subtle at the onset and builds. The flavors come together masterfully. Nice thick, oily mouthfeel. No carbonation, but nice body.

Overall, this is a fine example of a barrel aged imperial stout. The tastes are not unique, but the balance is excellent. Not too hot, but a sipper none the less.

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Photo of Brabander
4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a very well made Imperial stout. Very balanced with a good hint of the coffee. Not so much barrel smell and the cocoa nibs....i did not notice them...

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Photo of HoposaurusRex
4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: 22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

A: Pours an opaque black with thin tan head.

S: Very forward coffee aroma with hints of syrup and chocolate. Initial scent reminded me of walking into a coffee shop.

T/M: Very intense coffee taste with hints of cocoa and smokiness. Slightly syrupy mouthfeel, but the beer is in no way cloyingly sweet. The bitter coffee taste cuts the sweetness and masks the alcohol excellently.

O: Wow! This beer has some intense coffee flavor. Reminded me of biting into a chocolate-covered coffee bean. I would have enjoyed a bit more smokey bourbon flavor, but on the whole this is a fantastic imperial stout. Great after a hearty dinner of steak or ribs.

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Photo of AppaZappa
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Release 45 poured into a tulip glass at cellar temp.. L: dark brown color, nice 1/4 inch head that hangs around. S: fresh coffee, chocolate, malt, vanilla, touch of bourbon. T: follows suit: coffee, chocolate, with oak and vanilla. the bourbon is slight here, but there's no alcohol either. the finish is really smooth on this one. M: silky, creamy, very nice carbonation.

Fresh off some other coffee stouts, I gotta say I'm impressed with this one. Have another that I'm aging, so that'll be fun. But I'll echo others in saying that this is overlooked. If you see it and you like the style, pick one up!

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Slides into glass a pitch black with a 1 finger caramel colored head. Quickly dissipates. A serious looking stout

S- Massive coffee notes stake its territory on the nose. The roasted malt level is intense. I was unaware this is such a coffee stout. Dig deep to smell the barrel character.

T- Coffee still present, but mellows to a degree creating stellar balance. Cocoa nibs take over where the roasted bean leaves off. Blends so nicely. Barrel, booze, and dark fruits add to the complexity and depth. Charred wood and smoke are welcomed. Vanilla creeps in when warm. This is a beer with a flavor profile that comes out guns blazing.

M- A meal of a stout for sure. Full body and hearty. But remains drinkable.

O- Outstanding. A Barrel aged beer that lets the base do the talking instead of being totally controlled by the barrel. This thing is flat out gettin' after it! Depth, bold, brash. This stout rides a coffee backbone to heaven...or hell, whatever floats your boat.

Pairing- A juicy ribeye or NY strip. Might overpower a center cut filet.

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Photo of bballmj2k
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Surprised and impressed with this beer.

A - standard stout - bit more head than normal for a barrel aged beer.

S - much dark chocolate, coffee, bit of whiskey

T - really great flavors. This beer reminds me of an FBS/KBS hybrid. Lots of coffee but incredibly smooth, sweet and bitter.

M - this is where the beer wins. For 11.3 alcohol there's such a minimal burn with a beautiful creamy mouthfeel.

O - excellent and highly recommended. Up there with the best bal-aged stouts.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into an imperial nonic pint glass and a snifter. In both glasses, the appearance was a nice black color with some decent brown tinges roaming around the edges of the glass. There was a half fingered off white to tan foamy head that died within about thirty seconds. There was some decent lacing kinda roaming all over the place. The aroma had a nice balance between the cocoa nibs to the coffee nibs. It smelled exceptionally well and then allowed just enough bourbon to come through but not over do anything. The taste was sweet and roasty with a decent edge of alcohol "hotness" but that mainly just balances the whole thing. There was a decent bourbon-like sweet sticky aftertaste leading to a somewhat dry roasty finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium to heavy, but doesn’t show as much sipping aspects as I thought it would have. I’m not necessarily gulping this, but I find that I can drink this and enjoy it pretty well. The carbonation is exceptionally smooth. Overall, this was a very well done American Double/Imperial Stout well worthy of having again.

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Photo of Buck89
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Release #60. Poured into a snifter. Beautiful thick opaque dark brown color with a nice resilient tan head. Strong aromas of chocolate, coffee, toast, vanilla, and whiskey. The taste was a nice mix of cocoa, dark roasted malt and an understated whiskey presence. Feel was thick and viscous, but it did not feel overly sweet. Nice warming presence on the back, but the alcohol is not overly noticeable. A huge, beautiful beer.

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Photo of darktronica
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch #63, 12.3% abv, but review applies to multiple releases sampled over the past few years. Despite the fact that Epic changes up the construction and type of coffee, Big Bad Baptist is consistently one of the most potent coffee-forward stouts around. Cacao nibs add a raw, earthy nuttiness to the aroma, but the coffee is clearly the star of the show.

Some other standout coffee stouts, like Treehouse's Double Shot or Modern Times' Mega Black House, are exceptionally smooth, fragrant, and chocolaty, utilizing cold-brew to avoid introducing much additional bitterness. The handful of batches of Big Bad Baptist I've tried, on the other hand, are bold, uncompromising, dark-roasted beasts. The nibs bring chocolate balance to the finish, but there's no effort here to please anyone who isn't a coffee drinker.

The influence of the barrel is to shore up the body into a full, smooth mouthfeel, only adding a touch of wood pulp and spice to the flavors.

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Photo of embass
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Procured from Corks & Kegs in Rich, VA

A: Jet black in color. Poured into an Alewerks snifter. Dark tan head.
S: Strong aroma of coffee and some chocolate.
T: Taste of coffee, chocolate, vanilla up front and ends a bit bitter for me (roasted coffee).
M: Medium-bodied with a small amount of carbonation.
O: Excellent BA stout; I like that the beer does not try to hide its booziness. My only complaint is that it left a slight bitter taste in my mouth; flavors up front were awesome.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Batch #10. Shared at Jason's place. Served in a snifter.

A - Tan foam settles to a thin cap, thick collar, and splotches of lace. Body is pitch black. Very nice looking brew.

S - A delightful blend of whiskey, oak, coffee, roasted malts, dark chocolate, and perhaps a touch of vanilla. Some faint charry notes, and not as sweet as many American stouts; excellent depth and balance here.

T - The taste is nearly as good, with heavy doses of roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, and oak. Perhaps a bit too far on the burnt and bitter side things, but never gets heavy-handed or fatiguing. Low sweetness and well-hidden alcohol.

M - Medium-full body, creamy texture, pleasant carbonation, and well-hidden alcohol. Was surprised by how soft this was considering the oak and coffee.

D - An excellent barrel-aged coffee stout. I would happily purchase this again if it were available locally and would very much like to have it again. Probably the best beer I've had from Utah.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Elysian snifter. Pours pitch black with a nice one finger brown head with good retention and lots of lacing. Nice aroma of toasted and sweet malt, chocolate, nuts and a hint of wood. Flavor follows aroma with toasted and biscuit malt, chocolate, coffee, nuts; boozy. Finishes with smoke, toasty malt, vanilla. chocolate liqueur and grassy hops. Medium bodied with some creaminess. A very nice flavor progression and the rich flavor almost covers the high ABV. One the dangerous stouts, it constantly invites further tasting, but the alcohol requires paced sipping. Very enjoyable and well made.

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Photo of VashonGuy
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Now this is a real stout!! I'm reacting in part to an imperial stout I had earlier today that was mostly cocoa and not roasty. Big Bad Baptist has a great roasted malt character. It's pretty much the exemplar of an imperial stout. The whisky barrel influence is there, but it takes second place to the stout itself when first served cold. As the beer warms, the bourbon becomes stronger. It's incredibly rich. The ABV is noticeable.

In the last couple of days, I've had seven barrel aged stouts or strong ales. I think this is the best of the lot. If Epic could conjure up the marketing savvy of AB/InBev, people would chase Big Bad Baptist like they chase BCBS.

Serving: on tap, in a snifter.

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Photo of do_ob
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

100th beer review.
Batch #40, 11.5% abv

Bomber into a snifter. Pours pitch black with about 1 finger of dense, bubbly mocha-colored foam. Incredibly sweet aroma of coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, and caramel. There's also a profound oak charring on the nose that's unlike any other Imperial Stout I've had. I also detect some bourbon notes within the sweet alcohol aroma. Medium-heavy weight, but among the less-dense Imperial Stouts I've had before. Despite not being an overly heavy beer, there's a smooth creaminess that fills the mouth.

Sweet, roasted coffee and malt up front with notes of chocolate. A slight bitterness sets in middleways that I attributed to the chocolate. On the back end, I get a more profound, yet still subtle bitterness along with a slight bourbon flavor. Finishes as smooth as butter. The aftertaste sees a lingering bitterness coupled with a stronger bourbon presence, while still retaining much of the coffee sweetness.

Overall, this beer is delicious. Absoloutely one of the best Imperial Stouts I've ever had. It's more coffee-forward, which isn't something I was expecting, but the balance between sweetness and bitterness, and flavor and alcohol is perfect. You taste everything this beer has to offer without tasting too much of anything. Simply awesome.

Different batch: #56, 11.9% ABV
Same dark brown pour and back appearance in the glass. I feel as though this batch is different, as I'm picking up little bourbon and oak presence. Instead, I get a medley of expresso, roasted malt, sugared candy, and straight whiskey. This batch has a much more raw aroma to it than #40.
Taste wise, it follows along with the aroma. Very heavy whiskey presence accompanied by roasted malt, suagry expresso/coffee, and sweet, roasty malt.
In terms of the feel, this batch is a little more abrasive than my previous review. Not that it's hard to drink - it isn't - but just that buttery smootheness is gone. This batch is rougher around the edges in terms of balance and texture, but still very good.

numbers adjusted accordingly, but overall I much prefer the BBA vs the WBA version.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a stemmed flare glass at Michael's in Charlottesville. Release #1 (11.7%). Brewed on December 2010 and blended with June 2011. Packaged 22 September 2011.

A: A big, gorgeous tan head. Incredibly black, but shot through with ruby highlights.

S: Amazing! Loads of coffee -- reminiscent of Péché Mortel, one of my all-time favourites -- and sweet, dark chocolate are utterly captivating.

T: Is there such a thing as TOO much coffee bitterness? Maybe... Regardless, this beer is chock full of it, resulting in a long, lingering bitterness and a bittersweet maintaste. I love this beer, even if it's a tad one-dimensional. Smooth and utterly delicious.

M/O: Surprisingly substantial, and altogether bitter. This is a great beer and an amazingly good Imperial Stout. Highly recommended...if you like coffee. I will have another. So good.

Notes
Malts: Muntons Maris Otter Malt, Briess 2-Row Brewer Malt, Crystal Muntons, Weyerman Light Munich Malt T1, 2-Row chocolate malt, 2-row black malt, roasted barley
Hops: Nugget, Chinook, Cascade
Other: Coffee, Cocoa Nibs
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Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into an Albemarle Ciderworks glass. Release #3 (11.4%). Brewed on 22 August 2011. Packaged 9 December 2011.

4.5A: Pours viscously, black and dark. Opaque, with little to no head.

4S: There is a strange scent here, lingering amongst the coffee. Nitrogen? Carbon dioxide? Not as powerful or as excellent as the first release. Still shit tons of coffee.

4.25T/4: Flat coffee. BIttersweet chocolate. Lingering (coffee) bitterness. The whiskey shows a little bit more on this release, offering a subtle, almost subversive, vanilla sweetness. Substantial, chewy, and thick, but little carbonation. Even some hops in up here.

4.5O: A big, bruiser of a coffee stout. I strongly suspect that actual brewed coffee is added (not just coffee beans). Recommended for coffee lovers. Would drink again, but man it's expensive.

Notes
Malts: Muntons Maris Otter Malt, Briess 2-Row Brewer Malt, Crystal Muntons, Weyerman Light Munich Malt T1, 2-Row chocolate malt, 2-row black malt, roasted barley
Hops: Nugget, Chinook, Cascade
Other: Millcreek Coffee nibs (French Roast), Cocoa Nibs

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Photo of Gorilla_Biscuits
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch #59 12.3% 2015 edition. This is amazing. The whiskey shines through this thick and creamy stout nicely. The coffee isn't as strong as expected, but it's apparent. It's a bit bitter from the chocolate. However it's smooth and tasty for how strong this beer is.

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Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 567 ratings.
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