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

Epic Big Bad Baptist

This is a beer that I was excited to try. I’ve heard a lot of good things about it and I’ve looked for it multiple times, without success. I managed to find it at Joe Canal’s when I was looking for another beer. I probably should have aged it, but I couldn’t wait to try it.


ABV: 11.8%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Imperial stout with cocoa nibs and Coffee beans. Each season’s release uses a different dark roasted coffee.”

Random: They recommend pairing this with hard cheeses and dark chocolate desserts. I can see that.

This beer poured with a one finger, light brown head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the snifter. The body was an inky, black color with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose had smoke, espresso, roasted malts and dark chocolate. It smelled really good and there was no hint of the high ABV. The taste had espresso, although not as strong as the nose. It had roasted malts and dark chocolate as well. Some oak came through with vanilla and whiskey. After it warmed, some dark fruit came through at the end of the sip. The body was thick and silky with light carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with char and dark chocolate. A bomber of this set me back $15.99, which came to $.72 per ounce. It’s a bit on the expensive side, but worth every penny. This beer was awesome and had so much depth and flavor. I would definitely have this again.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Epic Lil’ Brainless Raspberries

We finally have a mattress for the guest room. We set the bed up earlier in the week with the nightstands, so the room is finally coming together. The cat is busy testing the new mattress, so I’m told. Anyways, let’s get to this beer which the other half picked out last week.


ABV: 5.2%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Lil’ Brainless Raspberries is an easy drinking canned version of our big, bold 22 oz. bottle of Brainless Raspberries, crafted especially for those who seek bright, fresh, and real raspberry flavors in a convenient size. We brew exclusively with natural raspberry puree, which gives this beer its unique pink color as well as hints of raspberry bubble-gum, sweet fruit jam, and a pleasant dryness that makes this beer perfect for easy going affairs, indoors or out.”

Random: I could go for an English muffin with jam right now.

This beer poured with a half a finger of what looked like cream-colored head, but since it dissipated instantly, I couldn’t guarantee that was the actual color. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, deep pink color with no visible carbonation. The nose had notes of raspberry extract and bubble gum. It smelled like a raspberry candy to me, which is funny because the website makes such a big deal of how they don’t use extract and that was exactly what I was picking up. The taste was peculiar. It started with the expected raspberry extract and went into this misplaced tart note. Lots of bubble gum came through as well. The body was thin and watery with very little carbonation that desperately needed to be dialed up. The other half kept saying that it didn’t taste pink (which to the rest of us means, doesn’t have enough notes of fruit). The finish was quick with raspberry. This beer was $2 for the can, which broke down to $.17 per ounce. At that price or not, this beer was a disappointment that I will not be having again.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

Epic Fest Devious

The week is almost over. I’ve been trying to finish up all of my Christmas shopping online because I have absolutely no desire to go near a mall to shop. I think I can finish my shopping by Monday and then I have to start wrapping, which is something I dread. I wish I could train the cat how to wrap. That would be very convenient. Anyways, this was a brew that I picked up awhile back at Canal’s. Let’s see how it was.


ABV: 6.2%

Style: Marzen/Oktoberfest

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The Fest Devious line will be similar to Epic’s Exponential Line in that the beers will be limited batches of highly creative recipes designed for the Fall Seasons palate.”

Random: Every year, I have a million things that I say I will put on my Christmas list and when Christmas actually rolls around, I completely forget what it is that I want.

This beer poured with a half a finger of thick, cream-colored head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the pint glass. The body was a hazy, warm and dark orange color that had moderate carbonation visible. The nose had significant malt to it, with notes of caramel and nuttiness. Toasted bread was present as well with some spice as well. The body was thick with generous carbonation. It had a long, caramel malt finish. This beer wasn’t all that expensive at $5.99 for a bomber, but the body was way too heavy for the style. I wouldn’t rush back to have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Epic Escape To Colorado

As I mentioned in my last post, we went to a wedding last night. One of my oldest friends got married and it was a really nice wedding and I got to see a few people that I hadn’t seen in years. I wore a dress for the occasion, which was interesting since I haven’t had an event that I’ve needed to wear a dress for in at least a few years. For the record, my friend did make fun of me for a wearing a dress. Now, let’s talk about a new beer from a brewery that puts out some seriously good stuff.


ABV: 6.2%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “One sip and you’ll get the gist. This special hop-forward ale featuring Mosaic and whole leaf Apollo is both fruity and dank. We hope you enjoy our hoppy twist on the taste of freedom.”

Random: I really like the hop cone on the can. I think this is the first Epic beer that I’ve seen in the can.

This beer poured with a two finger, pure white head that dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing on my IPA glass. The body was a light orange color with light carbonation as well. The nose was strong with grapefruit pith and pine needles along with some grass. The taste was really clean with grapefruit and grass along with pine and then, some sweet caramel malt came through to balance it. The body was on the lighter side with moderate carbonation that could have been dialed up a bit. It had a quick finish, especially for the style with some slight hoppiness and grapefruit. This was a decent brew, but nothing I’d rush back to have again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Epic Brainless IPA Belgian-Style India Pale Ale

I got home before the other half tonight, which is relatively rare. What am I doing with my “alone time” right now? Watching a documentary that I got from Netflix yesterday. I haven’t been watching a lot of documentaries lately, instead I’ve been getting through “Third Watch” and season 4 of “Dexter,” both of which I really enjoy, much like beers from the brewery this beer came from. Let’s see if I liked it.


ABV: 6.3%

Style: Belgian IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our Brainless® IPA pays tribute to the collaborative efforts of innovative brewers. The fruity Belgian yeast and powerful American hops relentlessly tease your pallet.”

Random: The meow seems to be intently watching said documentary. It’s pretty amusing.

This brew poured with a four finger, cream-colored head that was very slow to dissipate. It left lots of lacing on my IPA glass. The body was a very cloudy yellow color with mild carbonation, which was surprising for the style. The nose was not all that Belgian-y. There was the typical hop notes of grass and grapefruit and a touch of pine resin, but no golden fruit and no spice. I was hoping that there would be more Belgian notes in the taste. Unfortunately, there weren’t much more there. I definitely got the IPA aspect with grapefruit and pine resin again. There was some Belgian yeast, but very little spice to it. I was really shocked at the lack of golden fruit as well. The body was medium thickness with very high carbonation. The finish was long with a lot of grapefruit pith. I wanted to love this beer, especially because I haven’t had a Belgian IPA in awhile. If you just billed it as an IPA, I would have thought it was pretty good, and indeed I didn’t have a problem drinking it. It just wasn’t as amazing as I would have wanted, especially because I tend to enjoy beer from this brewery. Still, it’s worth a shot if you find it.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Epic Brainless On Cherries Belgian-Style Ale (Batch 5+)

My other half tends to really enjoy fruit beers. I let her try whatever I happen to be tasting for the night, but fruit beers are really in her wheelhouse. When I saw that Epic put out a new batch of their fruity Belgians, I came home with a bomber of each of them. This was the first one that she requested that I open and I hadn’t ever tried it either, so I was pretty excited to crack it open.


ABV: 10.10%

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We took our double gold medal winning Brainless® Belgian, added cherry puree and aged it in French wine casks (cabernet and syrah) for a secondary fermentation in the barrels. Pours a beautiful deep ruby color with a medium white head. A nice nose of sweet cherries, Belgian malts, and barrel aging.”

Random: As much as I am sick of the cold here, I still would not want to live in Florida. Can you tell I’m watching CSI:Miami?

This beer poured with almost no head that dissipated instantly and left no lacing on the glass. So far, color me surprised. Given that it was a Belgian, I was expecting a huge head and lots of lacing. The body was a clear, dark mahogany color with low carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of tart cherries with Belgian yeast and a touch of spice, but the stars were definitely yeast and cherries. The taste had a lot of cherries and a touch of cinnamon, all in good balance. There was some Belgian yeast as well, but not nearly as much as in the nose. The body was thick with high carbonation. The long finish ended with cherry and a hint of booze warming. I really enjoyed this beer and would definitely have it again. Go grab one while you still can find it.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0