Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - FEB 27, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle. Batch #8 (Sept. í12 release). Poured into my brand new Hardywood snifter.
This beer just hesitantly glugs out of the bottle. This is an Łber thick coal black beer. Sits in the glass nicely. A small mocha head rests atop. Great spotty lace left behind, reminding me of what was. The aroma just smacks of fresh coffee. Big roasted coffee bean scent, chocolate powder, some booze quality. Really a nice inviting aroma.
Wonderful creamy feel that just envelopes the palate like a warm blanket. Subtle carbonation never forces itself. Smooth finish. This is one of the heavier beers Iíve had in quite some time. Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. Did I mention the coffee? This is one of the most potent coffee-forward beers I have ever had. This would wake up a dead man. Huge roasted flavors abound. Subtle sweetness of cocoa nibs and chocolate chips. Mild oak-like character gives it s a slight dry aftertaste. The whiskey isnít as prominent as I expected. I had hoped for more of a bourbon kick, but with this batch, there is none. This sort of muddles out at the end, and just finishes with more coffee.
Iím not sure what I think of this. I guess I expected a more balanced barreled beer, but this is a one-trick pony: a straight up coffee beer. I normally like that style, but this just seemed too much overkill. I donít think Iíd revisit this batch again. Glad I tried it, but holy crap was this rich.
Aniela (3088) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 2, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black beer with an beige head. Roasted ashy cocoa leather tar coffee vanilla aroma. Roasted ashy coffee tar spicy dark chocolate fruity licorice flavour. Really a nice one :-)
jbuskirk (576) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - MAY 30, 2015
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bible Belt and now Big Bad Baptist? Itís official. If an Imperial Stout has a name with a B-letter alliteration related to something scary and religious, itís going to be awesome. Apparently. Because Big Bad Baptist is awesome. Itís equal parts roasted coffee and sweet chocolate. Itís black as my heathen soul and velvety smooth. Big Bad Baptist is full-bodied and has plenty of booze, but it disappears all too quickly. In that way, itís probably the exact opposite of an actual Big Bad Baptist...
HuskerTan (733) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - MAY 29, 2015
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A- Coffee, mocha, cocoa, malty, roasty.
A- Black color, black liquid, brown head.
T- Coffee, cocoa, chocolate, roasty, slightly bitter.
P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, smooth finish.
O- I expected pretty good things here but this was fantastic. So very smooth and balanced and full of coffee and robust flavors and aromas. I donít know that there was much wrong with it, if anything at all.
UrbanCaveman (159) - Ohio, USA - MAY 27, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at The Lackman, arrived in a snifter.
Appearance: Your usual imperial stout impenetrable black, capped with a dark brown head that dwindled somewhat quickly to a cap and ring. Lacing was patchy but persistent.
Smell: Chocolate, and quite a bit of it, riding atop a wave of coffee and caramel. Some hints of spice as well.
Taste: This has some over the top intensity of flavor. The aforementioned chocolate is present in spades, alongside French roast coffee, burnt caramel, white and black pepper, ginger, cinnamon, and a slurry of dark fruits. Some wooden, vanilla, and almost chile-like undertones waft along through the background as well. The finish is sour dark fruit, bread, coffee, and oak.
Mouthfeel: Thick, full, sticky, and rich, this is definitely an imperial stout.
Overall: Iíd have this again were I to come across it. Iíd have just one, but Iíd still have it again.
SaultSteMarie (5) - - MAY 23, 2015 does not count
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Iím having this beer after a long day at work and damn is it fine. Pours dark as dick with minimal head. The coffee, cocoa and barrel aged flavors were so beautifully paired I had to punch the wall just to bring some disorder into my life.
PhilJackson80 (499) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 22, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz boo. Tasted on 5/22/15. Bottle from LoneStar Liquor. Drank from Spiegal Stout glass. Amazing aroma & taste on this one. Really great balance.
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rumproasts (3774) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 17, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Black with small head. Very rich malt with huge coffee. Mild bitterness in the finish. Complex and very tasty.
Beerman6686 (5191) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This poured a dark brown to black with a tan head. Aroma was of lots of.coffee, chocolate, light green pepper and light barrel. Flavor similar, a little thing, but hides the booze very well, very drinkable. Great stuff.
Art (2153) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown black pour with a medium brown head that quickly dissipated. Aroma of light whiskey, coffee, roasty malts. Taste is sweet with a slight acrid coffee bitterness in the finish. Slightly fudgey in the finish too. Very drinkable. Medium light body. Smooth. Lower carb. Digging it.
kaser (3832) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black pour with brownish ring of head, fluffy. 22oz bottle poured at home from Blackwells. Nuts, coffee, roasty and milky aroma. Taste big. Cocoa, rich chocoate, rich coffee, and a hint of the whiskey barrels. Hides the big ABV - more like drinking a tasty coffee/cocoa smoothy than a heavy beer. Fantastic..