Monday, April 9, 2012

Epic Brewing (USA) Big Bad Baptist Imperial Stout

My buddy Josh brought over a bottle of Epic Brewing (USA) Big Bad Baptist Imperial Stout. The bottles was marked as Release #2. The beer pours a black color with a frothy tan head that leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma consists of strong cocoa flavor, vanilla, whiskey, toasted malts, and caramel. The taste is smooth and chocolaty at first with lots of roasted malts. A large coffee profile comes out to play, and vanilla and caramel have a solid presence before whisky and oak take over the mouth. It is a warming finish, as the whiskey takes over the beer. The alcohol content is 11.3% ABV. For the large whiskey presence in this beer, it was very well balanced with coffee and cocoa. It went down pretty smooth, but was also very warming.

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