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97
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RATINGS: 96   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 384   ABV: 12.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The idea behind Double Barrel Big Bad Baptist was born when our friends at HotBox Roasters, based out of Longmont, CO told us they’ve been aging green coffee beans in retired spirits barrels. Our eyes widened at the possibilities, it was like a new frontier of flavor had been opened up. Green coffee beans are like sponges, they soak up the aromas and flavors of their environment. If you put them in a used whiskey barrel, you’ll get notes of toffee, vanilla, oak, and campfire alongside the beans natural fruity and roasted flavors. The barrel aged coffees coming from HotBox are some of the most exciting and truly unique coffees we’ve tasted. We selected their single origin Ethopian Yirgacheffe for its bright blueberry and pomegranate flavors. It’s a major departure from the classic Columbian and Central American flavor profile we normally select for Big Bad Baptist but with the additional flavor contribution from the whiskey barrel and Hot Box’s carful roasting, the coffee comes to the forefront of the beer and really showcases the unique process. To accommodate the bold flavors of the coffee we sourced equally creative and maliciously crafted cacao nibs from Solstice Chocolate. Solstice Chocolate is a small artisan chocolate maker based out of Salt Lake City. They specialize in sourcing exotic, organically grown cacao from around the world. Each single origin cacao is roasted in house to bring out its inherent characteristics. Double Barrel Big Bad Baptist is the cream of the crop with only the choicest barrels selected for the blend, barrel-aged single-origin coffee, artisanal micro-batch cacao nibs, and our ceaseless passion for style.

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4.1
Adamsville (400) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 17, 2017
Apparence : Noire, col brun moyen ayant une bonne rétention et alimenté d’une faible carbonatation. Laisse une légère dentelle.

Nez : Malt grillé, bourbon, chocolat noir, café, léger alcool qui paraît être bien intégré.

Goût : Malt grillé, torréfaction, toffee, cacao, bourbon, amertume moyenne et légèrement sucrée.

Sensation : Assez dense, belle longueur, chaleureuse, piquante du bois ou de l’alcool plutôt que de l’effervescence.

Bref : Si le malt grillé, voire torréfié, semble un peu trop à l’avant-plan, surtout couplé aux notes de café et de bois, lorsque plutôt froide, les arômes et les saveurs s’agencent à merveille lorsque la bière respire et tempère. Ça ne devient jamais une bière sucrée, ce que j’apprécie, mais les notes peut-être un peu âcres lorsque fraîche s’efface et l’équilibre est atteint. Tout de même moins sucrée et plus torréfiée que la version de base. Bien hâte de voir les versions 2017.

3.9
Tide (4509) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 14, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2017 Draught at City Beer SF. Black color, beige head. Bitter taste with roasted malts, coffee, bourbon, oak, dark fruits, chocolate, a bit of vanilla and licorice. Bitter finish with roasted malts, coffee, licorice, oak, bourbon, chocolate and dark fruits. Excellent imperial stout.

4.4
cards04 (2939) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 12, 2017
This one has been high on my list for a long time and it doesn't disappoint. Pours a solid black with minimal tan head. Aromas are earthy coffee Bourbon Barrel and cocoa powder. It tastes like it smells but not as sweet as the original big bad Baptist. The double barrel takes away some of the sweetness, lots of roasty chocolatey notes, coffee and bourbon. This is incredibly smooth and very delicious.

3.6
crossovert (14038) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 12, 2017
Draft. Pitch black pour, bartender said it was 14%. It is boozy but doesn't seem like that, it is very coffee-forward, not too green pepepry or vegetal, full-bodied, decent.

4.3
zejel (10) - - SEP 2, 2017
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2017 Coffee comes through in spades with a deep brown-black pour that glistens in the light.

4.3
Bill Becker (1916) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - AUG 26, 2017
On draught at Frontier Brewing Company and Taproom in Casper.
Pitch black, tan foam. Foam lasting longer than I expected for a high abv beer. It’s STILL there.
Big nose of cocoa, coffee, dark and milk chocolate. The whiskey plays a lesser role to my nosebuds.
Taste has some bitter cocoa and dark chocolate notes up front. Vanilla and molasses, some very sweet notes, toffee, assertive but smooth whiskey flavour.
Feel the burn! I like that the alcohol is most noticeable in the swallow.
Full bodied with gentle carbonation.
Exceptional sipping brew.

4.1
kraddel (9210) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - AUG 24, 2017
Pours black, small ring of what seems to be a dark foam ( hard to tell without glasses- it is that small ) Smell is roasty malts. Taste is a bomb though. Impressive amounts of roasted malts, chocolaty flavors, bourbon barrels ( is double barrel just 2 bourbon barrels these days ? ) rich creamy and complexity. Oats, burnt malts. really nice. Aftertaste has a lot of chocolate going on. Yes, this is my kind of stout !

4.4
wombat23 (1842) - Texas, USA - AUG 20, 2017
22 oz. bottle. 2016 release. Pours almost black with a creamy tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, bourbon, chocolate, coffee. Taste is similar to aroma with hints of smoke, toffee and wood. Decadent.

4.4
JaBier (8316) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 16, 2017
Bottle from Whole Foods. Pours black with a thick light brown head. Aroma of malt, bourbon, coffee, roast, chocolate and vanilla. Malt and chocolate flavor with vanilla and bourbon accents before a roasty coffee finish. Really nice work.

4
BVery (11395) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUL 11, 2017
Tap at Red Cow North Loop. Dark dense pour with a massive brown head. Rich chocolate, coffee, toffee, vanilla. Slick dense palate. Yummy stuff.


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