Thursday, February 15, 2018

February 15th, 2018 - The Electric Wizard's Big Bad Baptista

Good evening evil-doers!  The Meista here tonight gettin' heavy and dark with a Big Bad Baptista from Epic Brewing Company and the debut, self-titled album from Electric Wizard!  Hells yeah!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Electric Wizard
  • Title: "Electric Wizard"
  • Recorded: 1994 at Rhythm Studios
  • Release date: January 1995 (1st studio album by Electric Wizard)
  • Record company: Rise Above Records
  • Production: Jus Oborn and Paul Johnson
  • Album cover art: Dave Patchett
  • Personnel: Tim Bashaw (bass), Mark Greening (drums), and Jos Oborn (guitar and vocals)
  • Musical style: Doom metal, stoner rock/metal
  • Sound: Heavy as hell, a crushing wall of sludge, and just as bleak, this is post-Sabbath dirge doom metal perfection!  It is spacy, dark, and in-your-face!  'Nuff said!
  • Major themes: Death, drugs, space voyages, the occult, evil, darkness, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Stone Magnet"
  2. "Mourning Prayer"
  3. "Mountains Of Mars"
  4. "Behemoth"
  5. "Devil's Bride"
  6. "Blake Butterfly"
  7. "Electric Wizard"
  8. "Wooden Pipe"

    Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Epic Brewing Company (Salt Lake City, Utah)
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  • Brew: Big Bad Baptista
  • Style: Imperial Stout
  • Serving: 22 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 11.4%
  • Ingredients: 100% aged in whiskey barrels, the Big Bad Baptista is made with Ultra Premium Maris Otter, Briess 2-Row Brewers Malt, Muntons Crystal, Weyermann Light Munich Malt I, 2-Row Chocolate Malt, 2-Row Black Malt, and Roasted Barley with Nugget, Chinook, and Cascade hops and Cinnamon, Vanilla, Blue Copper Mexican coffee, and Solstace cacao nibs
  • Pour: Ink black with a huge 2+finger, creamy mocha head with good retention and sticky lacing.
  • Nose: The nose of the Big Bad Baptista is earthy, sweet, spicy, and roasty.  There are big notes of cinnamon and nutmeg upfront along with vanilla bean, dark chocolate, dark roasted and bitter coffee, roasted malts, oak, and hints of bourbon.
  • Taste: The taste follows the nose... lots of roasty, chocolaty, earthy, boozy, and spicy flavors.  There are notes of roasted coffee, bittersweet baker's chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, cream, marshmallow, burnt toffee/caramel, and lots of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove along with oak, and bourbon.
  • Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with low carbonation, the mouthfeel is thick, sticky, and smooth and velvety with a dry, chocolaty finish.

Overall pairing: The bold, boozy, and spicy flavors and aromas of Epic's delicious Big Bad Baptista is great for the spicy, heavy-duty punch of Electric Wizard's debut album!  The richness and complexity of the brew really adds to the intensity and musicianship of the album!

Cheers and hails!!

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