Beer bums in the greater Salt Lake City area and beyond have come to know and appreciate the small batch creativity of Epic Brewing’s Exponential Series. The series is an ever growing selection of unique variations on traditional and non-traditional beer styles that are never lacking in character.
During my most recent excursion, or stumble over, to the brewery I picked up a few bottles for “research” purposes that included Epic’s Big Bad Baptist Imperial Stout and Santa Cruz Brown Ale. Originally bold, the Big Bad Baptist is a powerful mind-numbing stout made with cocoa nibs that is built for coffee aficionados, while the Santa Cruz Brown Ale strikes memorable/enjoyable cords for hop and malt lovers alike.
Click here to see if Epic Brews are available in your neck of the woods and here are my complete reviews of each beer:
Epic Brewing Big Bad Baptist Imperial Stout (Release #5, 11.2% alc)
Coffee black in color, the beer pours thick with little to no head. The nose ebbs from that of flavored coffee with hints of bitter acidity, chocolate from the nibs, and a slight nuttiness to the essence of wet coffee grounds. Medium bodied on the palate with clean coffee and cocoa on the front followed by a welcoming creaminess on the back half. Finishes with the comforting warmth of 11.2 % alc, soothing the body and mind.
Epic Brewing Santa Cruz Brown Ale (Release #2, 6.3% alc)
Molasses brown in color the beer pours with a cappuccino like foam head. The nose is a simple yet assertive combination of sweet and tart citrus notes. Your taste buds initial interaction on the palate is a 180 from the nose with toasted coco malt flavors followed by a return to bitter citrus hops that illuminate the back half of the palate. Medium-bodied with a lingering finish of coffee/coco notes and a zing of citrus.
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