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RATINGS: 742   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 381   ABV: 12.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
It’s Big, it’s Bad, Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, with Coffee and Cocoa Nibs.

One Big Bad Imperial Stout with Cocoa nibs and Coffee beans. Each season’s release uses a different dark roasted coffee.

ABV may vary between batches: 10.2% to 12.7%

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4.8
Chico_Swanson (9) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - FEB 22, 2014 does not count
22oz Bomber: Coffee dominates across the board but all the undertones of cocoa, whisky and smoke make this one hell of a special bottle. The carbonation is perfect and the stout goes down like a light but creamy coffee spiked glass of Ovaltine. Not much bourbon heat present which was surprising. This is a definite coffee stout to seek out. If you like Founders Breakfast, Peche Mortel and Victory at Sea ( yes, i know this one’s a porter).... you will love this brew.

4.8
andyhwcinc (1884) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2014
Purchased at Discount Liquors in Milwaukee, WI; enjoyed at home after work on a late March night. I really should have shared this bottle with friends, because upon first taste it’s a beer that should be shared, and it’s also very potent. Release #27, 11.5% ABV. Appearance is a thick, rich black with a moderate off white head that rims around the glass. Aroma of extremely rich espresso notes, cacao nibs, light lactose, chocolate, smoke, oak, light bourbon, just an epic aroma with a ton going on. Taste is one of those beers where you say "wow" upon first sip. It’s not overpowering but is powerful with its ingredients. Coffee notes are fantastic and add to the bitterness, light burning going down from the high ABV, smoke makes itself known a bit more, also a little bit of vanilla with a great sweetness and light syrup. This is one of the best out there, and gives Dark Lord a run for its money (at half the price, at least). Really happy that I tried this one out, now it’s time to get sloshed on a work night!

4.8
arn8897 (392) - Trenton, Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2014
Pours jet black with a dark khaki head. Aromas of chocolate and coffee with a little alcohol smell also. Thick like cough syrup. Taste of chocolate, coffee, bourbon and licorice. Big huge beer. 13% alcohol. A definite sipper. Very good overall. More alcohol warmth as the beer warms.

4.8
nathan30533 (1020) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2014
This one is caramel sweet. Looks incredible, taste incredible. Enjoy this stout ale by epic brewing.

4.8
TheBear11D (365) - Michigan, USA - FEB 12, 2015
Bottle poured into a snifter. Release 40 Big Bad Baptist pours black with a thick creamy dark brown head that lasts a good while. The aroma is coffee, chocolate, woods and whiskey. It’s nice! The flavor is heavy coffee with some chocolate and a touch of caramel. The whiskey and wood then shine and the coffee and whiskey carry the aftertaste. Overall this is freakin’ fantastic!

4.8
dpgjrnhcraftbrew (81) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 13, 2015
Release #37. Dark/brown almost black in color with slight ruby red hues around the rim of the glass. Beautiful oil like viscosity with only a few bubbles in the middle and spotty in nature lacing. Faint aroma of cocoa, bourbon, wood, and chocolate. Tastes of strong bittersweet chocolate, some burnt sugar, hints of oak and bourbon plus maybe coffee. Thick, creamy, and smooth on the palate with just a bit of bitterness and burn on the finish. I must say I found this to be one of the best Imperial Stouts I’ve had the chance to enjoy. Well done Epic!

4.8
HuskerTan (2203) - Ravenna, Nebraska, USA - MAY 29, 2015
Bottle. 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 don’t know that there was much wrong with it, if anything at all.

4.8
MetalNHopHead (1981) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - MAY 30, 2015
Bible Belt and now Big Bad Baptist? It’s official. If an Imperial Stout has a name with a B-letter alliteration related to something scary and religious, it’s going to be awesome. Apparently. Because Big Bad Baptist is awesome. It’s equal parts roasted coffee and sweet chocolate. It’s 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, it’s probably the exact opposite of an actual Big Bad Baptist...

4.8
Jordanbousman (1) - Louisville, Colorado, USA - OCT 12, 2015 does not count
My favorite beer of all time and probably one of the most complex beers you’ll have. The aroma is smooth and chocolaty. The appearance is velvety and has a great foamy, smooth head. The taste is outstanding with a perfect balance between cocoa, coffee, and bourbon. This is a definite must try if you ever go to Epic... and an incredible beer for cold, snowy days.

4.8
nearbeer (5424) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 22, 2015
650 ml. release #45, 10.9% abv. Pours opaque black with a thin film of cream. Nose of dark chocolate, espresso, caramel and earthy roasted peanut. Flavors of bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, toasted barrel, peanut, whiskey and espresso. Heavy body has a dangerously drinkable balance and a smooth medium carbonation. Awesome dessert beer that’s way too chuggable.


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