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Big Bad Baptist | Epic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
96
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567 Reviews
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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%
 
 
Wants:
430
Gots:
1,184
For Trade:
124
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Photo of corby112
3.85/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark chocolate brown color with a one finger mocha head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Roasted malt aroma with a very strong coffee bean and dark chocolate presence along with a well integrated barrel character. Deep roasted gourmet coffee, dark chocolate, toast and oatmeal complimented by toasted oak. Subtle booze/whiskey in the nose.

Medium bodied with some tight carbonation and a very dry, roasted malt presence that dominates the flavor, lingering into a dry finish. Slightly acrid, heavily roasted coffee bean and bitter dark chocolate notes along with some toffee and oatmeal. Barrel character is most prominent toward the finish with dry, toasted oak complimenting the roasted malt profile and faint boozy whiskey sweetness providing warmth in the finish. Whiskey notes are there but subtle, allowing the other flavors to come through. As it warms the richness from the cocoa and dark malts shine but it's still a bit strong in the roast department for my liking.

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Photo of output01x
3.86/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. capped bottle (Release #1) into a snifter glass.

A vigorous pour yields a 1 1/2-finger tan-colored head that fades over the course of a couple minutes to a thick, clumpy dusting and thick foam ring. The body is a nice near black with no traces of color when held to light. Some decent lacing can be seen throughout consumption.

A subdued whiskey (almost like well liquor) aroma is the first and strongest character of the nose. Some baker's chocolate and roasted coffee beans aromas are also there but take a little digging to find.

Dark and bittersweet chocolate, freshly roasted coffee beans, concentrated espresso, and just a touch of dark fruit (black cherry?) all hit the tongue at first sip. As the beer is swallowed, dark and milk chocolate flavors really come out along with more espresso. Just a hint of bourbon-like alcohol warmth is noticed in the back of the throat. A nice black coffee aftertaste settles in between sips.

Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation, this beer isn't as creamy as it is silky. The body is a bit on the light side for an 11.7% ABV Imperial Stout, which helps to keep this beer from becoming overly sticky and syrupy (which it is neither). The carbonation is almost unnoticeable but is definitely doing a fantastic job in the background. This beer really slides over the tongue smoothly while coating it completely.

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Photo of pmarlowe
3.86/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch #13. Tulip glass.

A: Pours black with a medium-dark brown cap of head which fizzles out pretty quickly, leaving a thin ring and some on the surface. No lacing and so-so retention.

S: An inviting, medium roast coffee in the forefront, a spot on match of Kopi Luwak, with some deep cocoa and charred dark malt. Big flavors that nevertheless manage to display balance.

T: Charred coffee, very dark chocolate, and just a hint of oak. I think the dark chocolate is a bit overwhelming, kind of like chocolate with a high percentage of cacao—just not that pleasing. A little boozy with moderate alcohol burn.

M: Round, full body and light carbonation. Very smooth and viscous.

O: Decent enough, has a nice aroma but the flavor is a bit one dimensional and too heavy on the dark cocoa and alcohol. The barrel treatment barely comes through.

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.88/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One finger tan head, black body, nice lace.

Nose is coffee grounds, and rich ones, too. But pretty much nothing else.

*Huge* coffee taste. Some bitter cocoa, subdued bourbon, decently balanced, on the bitter side.

Rich and thickly textured.

A stout that's both rich and dry... rare. Incredibly coffee heavy. I can only wonder what aging would do.

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Photo of Beerandboards
3.88/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch #8, reviewed 12/30/12

Poured from a bomber into a snifter.

A - pours almost black, poured pretty cold, so a small amount of head forms and dissipates to a ring and some whisps. Lightens a little on the edges when held to the light. Second pour after warming a little doesn't produce much more in the way of head.

S - Coffee forward and coffee dominates throughout. Also some vanilla and a little bit of the bourbon whiskey. Some oak-y barrel as well. Petty nice,if not a little thin.

T - COFFEE. This is almost a coffee bomb. Medium roast coffee dominates the whole show. It's good, near great, but the coffee dominates. There are notes of vanilla and bourbon, as well as some roasty elements as well. There is some hop bitterness to finish. Can't quite decide whether I don't like it or if I really like it. At first I found it a little bit of a turn off, but I find it keeps me wanting another sip. Nice element I suppose.

M - above average. Low carbonation, thick. No complaints here.

O - I would definitely buy this again. I put it in the like it but don't absolutely love it. The interplay between the coffee dominance and the hop bittering at the end was interesting. I like coffee beers, and this one was very enjoyable.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.88/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A finger of bubbly tan head on the pour which was present on the edges of the glass while drinking. Above average active carbonation for the style. Pours and sit pitch black.

Smell: Coffee, lots of coffee hit the nose right away. The coffee has a medium roasted aroma that mixes well with the silky cocoa nibs. Light oak and mossy hops are picked up underneath everything else. Barrel character has a light touch of spices on the back end.

Taste: Milk chocolate and vanilla sweetness greets the drinker. Robust coffee grounds integrate well with the silky chocolate on the front. Roasted malt picks up on the back end. Slight touch of alcohol and barrel character on the back end but is very light.

Mouthfeel: Rich coffee and chocolate texture graces the palate throughout. Carbonation fits the beer.

Overall: Definitely a little disappointed here, especially after how much I loved the Imperial Stout from the Exponential Series. This beer is so coffee forward that it stifles everything else going on. And where is the barrel character? Despite those two things this is still a really good stout. Looking forward to sitting on the second bottle I have for a good long while and seeing what happens.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.88/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Batch #20. SLC # 1442. into a snifter.

Pours a pitch black with a big creamy beige head. The smell is a massive coffee bomb that hits you as soon as you crack open the bottle. I mean massive. taste is also HUGE on coffee and that basically overwhelms any other flavors here. Now im a fan of coffee..but this is even too much for me. Full bodied, creamy feel, ABV undetectable.

Overall fresh this is just a coffee bomb. I got 2 bottles so i will rereview this a year from now to give it time to mellow out.

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Photo of MaxSpang
3.9/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

APPEARANCE

Hey, this a stout here. It's dark, and it's viscus. It had a smidge of a khaki head that went away fast. Only a little bubbles crept up the glass. What else can you say about this Big Bad Baptist?
SMELL

Coffee dominates the nose at first. It's followed up by a nice amount of bitter dark chocolate. After awhile, the whiskey comes through and brings a tinge of alcohol, but it doesn't smell boozey. There's a little bit of bread notes a well as some slight raisin and dark fruits. It's definitely heavy on the coffee, but isn't completely overpowered by it.

TASTE

Like the nose, coffee dominates the palette. The first sip was almost all coffee. Subsequent tastes brought in the dark chocolate in a big way. The whisky is present, and comes through toward the end. There's a lingering sweetness toward the end as well, which brightens the chocolate character. The bitterness is also high, from the hops, coffee, and bitter chocolate. There's a little liquoroce after taste. This isn't as boozy as expected, but it does have a little heat as the beer warms in the class.

MOUTHFEEL

This has got some definite body. It's pretty big on residual sugars, and it's not the easiest drinker. It has a slighlty dry finish, but it isn't smooth per se. The carbonation is medium, and only slighty foams up in the mouth. It's a good example of a "meatier" Imperial Stout.

OVERALL

This is a tasty beer! It's not as polished as other similar beers (Founders KBS, for example) but it's still a good brew. It could stand a little age on it to smooth out, but it's very nice fresh. The name implies that perhaps omeone was sending a message in the land of Mormons, but the massage I'm getting is that this is good beer.

Cheers.

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Photo of crewfan16
3.9/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

the girlfriend surprised me with two bottles of release #1. poured from a bomber to a snifter.

a- looks completely black to me. khaki colored head doesnt rise too high, but its 11.7 %, so I didnt expect a ton of head.

s- tons of coffee grounds on the nose and some bittersweet chocolate. just a hint of oak and whiskey.

t- again with tons of coffee, but the chocolate comes out way more. just a light tingle of whiskey and oak at the end. nice flavors but seems to lack a little of that complex heavy punch that i expect from a huge imperial stout

m- a tad light for the style. flavors linger on the palate nicely, but lacks the heavy thick feel of a great imperial stout. abv is hidden nicely though, which is a nice plus.

overall, I had mixed feelings on this brew. the coffee and chocolate flavors were great, but the whiskey and barrel again didnt seem to come out much. it was also a little light texture-wise. if offered again, I would definately have some, but I dont know if i would put in the extra effort to find this somewhat rare beer.

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Photo of 98green
3.9/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bomber of batch 56. Look is dark of course. Smell is tons of coffee. Taste follows, plus a bit of bourbon and typical stout elements. Feel brings a nice boozy burn. Not as over the top as other BBA stouts, and maybe that is a good thing. I didn't really love it, but as I rated it I couldn't find anywhere to knock it too much

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Photo of Magpie14
3.91/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Release #7.

A: velvet pour. Inky brownish black in color with soft cocoa cream cap. Looks sumptuous.

S: the nose suggests dark fruits and coffee. Whiffs of oak and whiskey can be noted as well. Not to involved overall. Not as big as I was planning.

T: sipping unlocks whiskey soaked coffee beans, bitter cocoa, ripe currants, and burnt oak. To me, the collection of flavors struggle to meld well. Not that it is bad, it's just a little lackluster. The tail end of each sip is occupied with whiskey and then burnt/charcoal bitters. Warming helps a little and brings a nice smoothness, helps round out the flavors a little.

M: smooth with moderate to heavy body. Standard for the style.

O: enjoyable and worth the trying. I will reach for others when spending/considering $12.99 for a bottle. Epic is fairly new to the market here in Michigan and this is my first Epic brew. Overall, it is nothing near "epic" in character, rather it is just shy of a "great" beer.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.91/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired in Los Angeles for $11.99 a couple days ago. Reviewed live. 11.4% according to my (2012) bottle. Release #10. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Expectations are high given its current ratings.

Served refrigerator cold but allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger rich tan colour head of great cream, thickness, and retention (considering the high ABV). Body colour is a solid nontransparent opaque black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Solid for the style.

Sm: Cocoa, coffee, quite strong roast bitterness from the coffee, roasted barley, some stale coffee notes, and dark malts. Coffee/java is definitely dominant. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Coffee (with some notable bitterness on the climax), some roast, java, subtle chocolate on the open, and whiskey - as subtle as can possibly be. Wow. A bit of malty sweetness. Coffee is dominant. Some caramel. Really marvelously balanced. I quite like it, though the bitterness does come through a bit too much on the finish.

Mf: Great. Ideal smoothness/coarseness balance. Good wetness. Perfect carbonation. Suits the flavour brilliantly. Great thickness to support the flavours. Actually not too heavy on the palate.

Dr: Very drinkable for the high ABV. I'm impressed. A very coffee oriented imperial stout. I could down this all night. Incredible. It's surpassed my expectations. I'd definitely have this again. Epic surprised me. I'd like to have it on-draught. Not a perfect example of the style, but a pretty damned good one.

Low A-

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11.22.14: Notes on Release #36. $9.99 in Austin, TX. 12.4% ABV.

A: Pours a creamy dark rich vibrant head with a fantastic complexion and a full creamy consistency. Soft-looking and appealing, with 30 second retention. Leaves no lacing.

Body colour is black, with an opacity that prevents any yeast particulate or hop sediment from becoming visible if present.

Sm: Rich chocolate and roasty coffee. Abundant traces of cocoa nibs. Dark malts, chocolate malts. Whiskey presence is quite limited, unfortunately - I get no signature whiskey spiciness, no vanilla, and no oak. At best there's a hint of generic wood. The coffee/java notes dominate, but lack the depth and intricacy of the coffee notes in world-class coffee stouts.

T: This is less balanced than I remember it, with aggressive coffee notes dominating the flavour profile, hiding the dark malts and chocolate. Where's the whiskey character? I do get some light vanilla, but there's no oak or spiciness. Maybe a dab of marshmallow.

Not hoppy, yeasty, or boozy.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Should be creamier and softer. Apt thickness. This texture is a nice companion to the taste, but doesn't elevate the beer. Overcarbonated.

O: It's a drinkable enjoyable imperial stout, but I vastly preferred release #10. It's still good, but I'd like to see Epic get their batch variation in check. I'll definitely be trying future versions - especially if this stays at $10 a bottle, but Epic really needs to work on consistency.

Low B

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.92/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft poured into a snifter

A: Pours pitch black with a heavier than normal consistency and light brown bubbles that favor a coffee's creme.

S: Aroma is all coffee with hints of bitter roasted malt and some chocolate sweetness as well.

T/M: Flavor adds a dimension of smokiness to the coffee and bitter malt. Bubbles are tiny and lend a creamy mouthfeel. There's a little bite from the alcohol, which is tamed, but also thins the beer out.

This is a well balanced, strong stout with an enhanced coffee profile that adds character.

TheBeerAlmanac.com

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Photo of Viciousknishs
3.92/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a solid black color with a finger and a half of creamy beige colored head. Good retention no lacing.

S- huge one two bunch of roasty malt and espresso roast oily coffee beans. The middle is cocoa nibs and rich gourmet dark chocolate. Soft oak tones on the finish with a touch of whiskey.

T- huge dark roast French press coffee(just had some this morning) permeates this brew with layers of oily coffee bean and double shot espresso. The cocoa nibs come out in the middle with a bit of dark chocolate as well. Some roasty malt blends in as well with a slight char. Soft oak and a touch of burnt caramel hit the palate on the finish with a whisper of whiskey and alcohol warmth.

MF- oily coffee like mouthfeel with a medium body and low carbonation.

D- good drinkability

Overall the coffee dominates the brew with other flavors coming in softer and subtle. Pretty tasty if you like coffee.

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Photo of vkv822
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on-tap at Belmont Station.
from notes.

Pours black with a foamy, creamy looking light brown head.

Big chocolate and faint roast.

More chocolate and roast coffee in the taste as well.

Medium-light body with bubbly, medium carbonation.

Enjoyable Imperial Stout, chocolate and coffee for the most part, with the body sitting slightly on the lighter side for the style.

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Photo of gatornation
3.94/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Batch 27
A- pours a pitch black color not overly thick with a nice 1 finger mocha head that receded quickly very little lacing
S- roasted malts espresso cocoa roasted coffee semi-sweet chocolate
T-rich espresso roasted coffee roasted malts cocoa and vanilla it has a wood and smoke flavor slight whiskey
M- thick roasted coffee with a touch of bitterness a wooded roasted feel
O- robust stout with alot of coffee flavors barrel taste is very faint would have liked more

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Photo of ccg
3.94/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch #50 ("Blue Copper") poured into an Epic snifter.
Deep, dark brown, small amount of khaki foam, good retention. Does not bend the light on the edges the way a lot of BBA stouts do.
Smells amazing. Immediately, you get the coffee, but sweet coffee without the bitterness. A moment later, the sweet toffee and vanilla notes from the bourbon barrel emerge.
Coffee, vanilla, chocolate, and caramel flavors come through in the taste, but the finish is surprisingly bitter for how sweet and rich it smells. The bourbon barrel comes through only slightly but becomes a little more noticeable as it warms.
The mouthfeel is pretty standard for a stout but does not quite have the rich, syrupy viscosity I was expecting for a barrel-aged stout.
Overall: I'm glad I finally got to try, but I had built it up in my mind a little too much. I think I was hoping for a substitute for BCBCS, which it is not. BUT, for a $13-ish bomber of barrel-aged coffee stout, it's going to be hard to beat.

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Heard good things. Batch #2, just released I believe.

Dark brown to black pour. Some clarity in the light. Small coffee colored head.

Picking up a lot of coffee in the nose. Roasted malts, dark chocolate, but mostly dominated by coffee.

Taste had even more coffee. It was very bold and robust. Chocolate underneath. Bitter with a medium sweetness for an imperial stout. I had a little trouble picking up the whiskey barrel. At times, I tasted some vanilla, oak, and maybe some honey but it wasn't very forward at all so I wasn't sure if I was just imagining it. Mouthfeel was thinner than I'd like.

This was a nice surprise from Epic and definitely worth a try. Excellent price too. I hope they get some more character from the barrel for the next batch. This coud be a good substitute for Bourbon County Coffee.

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Photo of teromous
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I don't see an actual bottle date on here but the label says Release #51 and SLC # 2667
My bottle also lists 12.7%ABV which is stronger than the ABV listed here.

Appearance: Black body with a short creamy head that is light brown. It is a short head but it maintains a cap for a while then it fades out to a ring. Some spots but no real lacing.

Aroma: I smell some wood aroma married evenly in strength with the scent of coffee. It is a very mellow aroma.

Taste: Up front I get a good chocolate flavor and then this bourbon-like woody flavor. The beer says it is made with coffee and while I did pick up on its aroma I'm not getting any in the flavor.

Mouthfeel: It's a very drinkable beer with a nice dry finish. I wouldn't say it is full bodied but again it has too much presence to be medium bodied. It rests evenly between the two. I would say that it carries a presence of a regular stout vice an imperial one. It just has a little less coating potential on the palate. It is a high ABV beer (12.7%) and it doesn't burn the palate or hamper drinkability at all.

Overall: I would say this is an outstanding chocolate coffee barrel aged imperial stout and I would recommend it and I would drink it again.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Cam for sharing this bomber on Christmas Day. This was labeled as Release #26 at 9.9% ABV.

A - Pitch black pour duh. Tan head, good retention and decent lacing.

S - Really good coffee, good but lightish cocoa, but not much else going on for me. Weirdly, kinda has the strength of a 6% porter.

T - Once again, tons of coffee, pretty big cocoa, there is slight bourbon and oak after some time. Just enough roast to back it up and some light vanilla. Light hoppage. Mostly just smooth, quality mocha flavors.

M - Smooth and well-carbonated, kinda light but in a good way, very hard to believe this is almost 10%.

O - Good, excellent coffee+cocoa, 10% is wha?, just wish there was more going on.

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Photo of brentk56
3.96/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color capped by an inch of tan foam; a smattering of lace is left behind

Smell: Ashy oak and burnt coffee beans with bittersweet chocolate undertones

Taste: Scorched black bread and "Charbucks" coffee, up front, with bittersweet chocolate building, in the middle; after the swallow, the Whiskey barrel treatment adds weight and a hint of vanilla; somewhat boozy in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Overall: Normally, my reviews mark down beers for having to much sweetness but, in this case, I think the beer would have benefited from some sweetness in the malt to balance out all of the char and burnt flavors; not a bad beer but just my two cents

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Photo of Rutager
3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From Steasy66, thanks man! Release #3.

Appearance. Pours a a deep chocolate brown, black in the glass with 1.5 fingers of creamy tan head that paints the sides of the glass.

Smell. Whiskey, chocolate, vanilla and old barrel. Maybe a little bit of coffee, but wouldn't have guessed it was in there.

Taste. Dark chocolate, lots of wood and woody vanilla, some sharp whiskey and dark roasted coffee in the finish.

Mouthfeel. Full body with medium+, smooth and soft carbonation, quite creamy and nice. There's a little astringent alcohol, but nothing too upsetting.

Overall. A very nice stout with lots of barrel but maybe not as much coffee as I would have liked.

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Photo of TheRougeBastard
3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is one big beer in terms of taste, feel, and effect! Poured black as black can be and thick with minimal head. The 11.7%abv wasn't hidden at all and smacked you with each swig. Notes of roasted cocoa beans, dark chocolate and vanilla(?) were there along with the alcohol. As it got warmer in the glass, the bite got bolder. All in all, I enjoyed this bad boy from the folks at Epic, just glad I was safely at home as this one easily brought out the drunkard in me:)

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Received this as an extra in trade with BA BrettHead. Enjoyed out of a 22 oz brown bomber with a production date of October 2013. Poured into an oversized 33 oz snifter.

Appearance (4.0) - Pours a rich, dark brown that pretty much comes across as black. Holding it up to the light reveals some shades of charred wood brown, but it's not very capable of letting light through at all. Atop the body sits a half to three-quarters finger of mocha colored foam that provides a blanket of head with just a few places where a larger bubble has burst, revealing the dark liquid beneath. Retention is moderate and before long, that blanket has turned into an intermittently dispersed film. Lacing is almost nonexistent, save for a few speckles on the sides of the glass as I drink it down.

Smell (4.0) - I'm a bit surprised at how well the coffee continues to power through 10 months later. I've never had this fresh, so I don't know how aggressive it is normally, but to me, there is just a really nice amount of the roasty brew infused into this beer. French roast and bittersweet chocolate interplay up front, and there is a hint of oak and whiskey hidden behind the pleasant bitterness from the coffee/cacao.

Taste (4.0) - Here, the coffee seems to have succumbed to the extended time period, but what's left is a nice roasted highlight to the roasted grains and malts contained therein. At this point, it hits the palate with the essence of coffee, rather than being a straight-up assault of arabica. This allows the bittersweet and chocolatey goodness of the nibs to shine, providing a nice sweet counterpoint to the more astringent elements of the barrel, with notes of whiskey, vanilla and wood.

Mouthfeel (3.75) - Medium-to-full bodied, with moderate-to-low carbonation. It's a bit thin, but not unpleasantly so, and that is to be expected from barrel-aged beers, I suppose. There is a lingering but pleasant bitterness on the palate after the beer is long gone. Makes for a great digestif.

Overall (4.0), a really nice barrel-aged beer. I'm happy to have been able to try this one, but since it's ultimately no easier for me to get than any of my favorite, hard-to-acquire barrel-aged imperial stouts, I'm not likely to have it much moving forward. At the very least, it has me curious to try some of Epic's other offerings, as this was my first.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Thick motor oil viscous RIS. Pretty typical of the style.

S- Very coffee forward. Some fig/prune/dark fruit background along with faint dark chocolate.

T- Again, coffee forward with alcohol following. The RIS is unfortunately next. Hidden by the forwardness of the coffee and booze.

M- Moderately thin here; with a good amount of carbonation for this style.

O- This is a great fall/winter BA stout beer to buy during the holidays. Denver does not get as many as the Midwest does; so I need to stock up on these brews.

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