EPIC Brewing Company Big Bad Baptist #27
What the brewers say
One big bad imperial stout with cocoa nibs and coffee beans. Each season’s release uses a different dark roasted coffee.
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Coffee up front with a touch of malt sweetness to balance. Notes of roasted malt, espresso, and dark chocolate. Oak is subtle and comes through as vanilla. Very strong coffee notes in the nose. Nice roast character, chocolate, some vanilla, and some oak wood character. Some sweet tobacco notes and a bit of green pepper.”
Flavor: “Intense coffee/espresso notes with a wonderful chocolate character to round it out. A mild amount of barrel character, but the coffee is the star of this show. Caramel malt sweetness and subtle vanilla oak character come through, and the finish is mostly balanced—impeccably smooth without being cloying.”
Overall: “Extremely tasty beer—coffee is well-executed and balance is excellent. An amazing coffee beer
that presents the coffee perfectly—balanced and accented well with delicious chocolate and roast notes and just a touch of barrel character.”