This was one of the best beers I’ve had from Epic Brewing. I’ve had a few others, and was less than impressed, but they have completely redeemed themselves with their Exponential Series Big Bad Baptist Imperial Stout. This was a beautiful beer.
It poured a thick inky black with a relatively thin and lightly colored head. To be fair this beer had rested a few minutes before I snapped the photo, so the head was a bit more active at first. No problems with carbonation. This beer was good that way.
It smelled of coffee and a hint of the whiskey barrels it was aged in. I looked on their web site to try and find out what whiskey barrels they were aged in, but to no avail. I wish the brewers would realize that knowing the whiskey that was in the barrel prior to aging their beer is really important to the flavor of the beer, and geeks like myself really want to know the different flavor profiles that different barrels give off. The reason I mention it is the whiskey flavor in this brew is scrumptious and if I knew this was Heaven Hill Elijah Craig barrels that is one thing, but if they are George Dickel barrels that is quite another.
Either way, the whiskey flavor in this beer is unique and reminded me of Jack Daniels or Old Grandad. It was a touch harsher with a bit of a whiskey kick that I really appreciated.
This beer is made with coffee too, so I’ve been told that coffee stouts don’t age well, and you lose the coffee flavor. I haven’t ever run into this before, because I haven’t really aged any coffee stouts, but I’ve been told by others that have that coffee stouts are best drank young while the coffee is still very pronounced. The coffee in this beer blended very well with the whiskey and the big malt character of this stout. I highly recommend that you give the Big Bad Baptist a try if you can find one. Epic is still a relatively small brewery so they aren’t widely distributed yet. But put this beer on your radar. It is a great coffee stout.
What say you? Have you tried the Big Bad Baptist? What did you think?