Epic Double Barrel Big Bad Baptist

Every year, Val makes lots of cookies. She invites friends over to help decorate them. Although we had a new cast this year, we had lots of fun. One of Val’s friend’s husband is really into beer, so I picked this one to crack open when he came over.

ABV: 12.8%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “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.”

Random: I really enjoyed visiting Epic in Colorado. They had a great space.

This beer poured with a barely there, tan head. It dissipated almost instantly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was black with no visible carbonation. The nose was incredibly fragrant. I picked up smoke, roasted malts, dark chocolate and lots of coffee. There was a booze note as well. The taste was amazing. It had a lot of roasted malts and dark chocolate. It quickly transitioned into coffee and vanilla along with the expected barrel characteristics. The body was silky smooth with light carbonation, which worked for this beer. The booze was present, but didn’t overwhelm. The finish was sticky and lengthy with cocoa nibs. I loved this beer. It was the ultimate sipper that I would definitely have again.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

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