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Big Bad Baptist | Epic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
96
world-class
556 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
556
Ratings:
3,422
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
21.81%
 
 
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Big Bad BaptistBig Bad Baptist
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
It’s Big, it’s Bad, Whiskey &/or Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, with Coffee and Cocoa Nibs.

 http://www.epicbrewing.com/the-bee ... rial-stout 

ABV varies by batch

Added by JohnGalt1 on 09-30-2011

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Reviews: 556 | Ratings: 3,422
Photo of Myotus
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured at 48°F from a 22oz bottle (release #58, undechirable bottling date) into a Spiegelau Stout glass. Allowed to warm up to 50°F before reviewing. Consumed on 28May16.
LOOK: Pours with a finger and half worth of dense, cinnamon colored foam. The foam head changes color to khaki within thirty seconds. Well after three minutes, the foam head has only dissipated to a fingers worth. The large quantity of tiny, rising bubbles explains why the head refuses to die. Lacing is high in quantity and both thick and very thick.
SMELL: Very strong aromas of bittersweet chocolate and coffee intertwine with strong vanilla aromas and mild aromas of coconut, oak, and spicy whiskey. To my surprise, no aromas of bitter roasted malts are present.
TASTE: Very strong bittersweet chocolate flavors first explode on to the palate. Coffee flavors immediately strike right after and bring a strong and desirable bitterness. Strong spicy whiskey flavors next present a welcoming booziness. Mild flavors of vanilla and subtle oak, coconut, and bitter roasted malts finish off this symphony of taste as all previous flavors persist, except for bittersweet chocolate, which fade to strong.
FEEL: The thickness of this brew is incredibly full-bodied. There are hints of carbonation. Goes down ridiculously smooth while also clinging to the back of the throat like syrup. Due to the high presence of alcohol, this finishes with a strong and undesirable dryness.
NOTE: Usually, I'm not a fan of barrel-aged beers that have the liquor flavors stand out, but due to the fact that the chocolate and coffee stood out, I was perfectly fine with perceiving all the whiskey in this. This was an overall balanced Stout that kept a smile on my face the whole time as I drank it.

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Photo of FBarber
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours oily viscous black. One finger tan head sticks around for a bit before dissipating to a thin layer of film. Impressive head retention for a barrel aged beer.

Smell is a pleasant blend of bourbon barrel, bourbon, cocoa, coffee bean aromas and slight hints of vanilla.

Taste ... holy cow this is how a barrel aged (ba) beer should taste. There is certainly a bourbon barrel character to the beer with flavors of bourbon, barrel, oak, and a hint of vanilla. However, the barrel does not overtake the imperial stout in any way, but rather acts as a complimentary flavor. Most ba beers tend to have more bourbon flavor than stout, but not this one. This is an Imperial Stout first acted in bourbon barrels second and I love it. The stout itself is wonderful. Lots of cocoa, pleasant mild coffee flavor that is not overpowering, deep roasted malts and a discernible hoppy bitterness on the finish. The fact that all the imperial stout notes still shine through is a huge plus and very impressive. Also this beer hides the ABV frighteningly well. You really don't notice it until you're nearing the end of the glass and suddenly you have a realization that wow, that was a hefty beer.

Feel is thick and viscous. Very velvety and smooth with all the flavors nicely melded together. Incredibly sippable. I loved the fact that because of the still present hoppy bitterness on the finish, the beer finishes rather dryly on the end - something I prefer in my Imperial Stouts, but almost never see in a ba Imperial Stout. Really gave it a nice depth to the overall feel.

This might be my favorite ba stout I've ever had. Not necessarily the best one out there, but certainly the only one I'd want to or be able to drink on a regular basis. Major props for balancing the Imperial Stout with the right amount of barrel aging to keep all the flavors intact.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Got on trade! 650ml bottle served at 12deg C in a tulip.

A- Opens well and pours a tiny 1/2" head on a vigorous pour but very brown and thick rich head. That head lased for 3mins before film out.

S- Coco, heat and malt. Touch metallic.

A- Nice balance of coco, coffee and whiskey not of the bourbon kind (or if there is bourbon barrel it's low on the ratio). Rich undertones of coffee and coco. It's all there.

M- Creamy going down but dries out quickly

O- Nice brew. Don't age this one as it won't do anything for it good. Nice to try brew.

Food Pairing

This brew went well with...... Smoked beef brisket on apple wood and hickory.

Enjoy

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Photo of Antg8989
4.81/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is what an imperial stout should be. Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a brown head. Considerable lacing for a beer at this ABV. Aroma is of molasses, dark chocolate, candied fruit and cream. It even smells like this has been aging in bourbon barrels. Taste is dark chocolate, cranberry and alcohol. Feel is light silky and smooth. Overall, a great example of the style and not very sweet by any means.

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Photo of rorykanderson
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Outstanding, surprisingly available bourbon barrel stout. Dark as the (submit review) button below with a frothy head that you could spoon up if you're quick enough. Nice amount of carbonation. Big aroma of chocolate, coffee, oak and booze. Taste is fudge, French roast, kilned barley, charred wood and a little of that sweet vanilla-bourbon. Alcohol heat compliments the creamy mouthfeel. Nothing astringent or caustic about it. Smooth smooth smooth.

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Photo of thebeers
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black with a finger of slowly-rising chocolate-colored head that quickly dissipates into thin, sudsy soap bubbles. There's a nice chocolate aroma with sweet bourbon behind. Delicious taste with dark chocolate ganache, dark-roasted coffee and sweet bourbon mixing in perfect balance. It's thick-bodied with a somewhat oily mouthfeel that's only partially cut by the carbonation. A kiss of alcohol comes through in the backend, along with a slightly bitter aftertaste. This is an amazing beer.

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Photo of mchegash
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

#66 (http://www.epicbrewing.com/beer-release-notes/item/7038-big-bad-baptist-imperial-stout-66)

L: Dark, essentially black. Very dark tan colored head, about 2/3 of a finger.

S: Coffee, whisky, vanilla, cocoa, oak.

T: Delicious creamy vanilla, coffee, chocolate and whisky flavors.

F: Creamy, medium-full body, a moderate amount of moderate-high intensity carbonation.

O: Delicious. I can see why this is so highly rated.

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Photo of erk0607
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Opaque blackish brown with a gorgeous dark tank head that lingers.

Smell: Alcohol, roasted malt, syrup, chocolate

Taste: Alcohol, dark chocolate, roasty malt, coffee, roasty

Feel: On the thicker side of the spectrum, heavy, light syrup

Overall: Excellent and incredibly rich. Would get again and would definitely get a second one to age.

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Photo of hopflyer
4.61/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Release #65. Bottled 10/27/15 according to Epic website. Consumed 5/7/16 so has about 6 1/2 months on it.

Pours jet black, leaving no highlights of any kind. Maybe a hint of cola dark brown at the collar when held up to light.lighter tan head which receeds to a robust collar throughout.

Smell is a lot of chocolate and light coffee background but not overpowering. Pretty subtle aroma but

First taste at pretty cold temp again is chocolate up front with well blended coffee flavors. Coffee flavor not carrying much bitterness at first but then opens up a little more a couple sips in. Some tame whisky flavor and it's just about perfectly complimenting the bittersweet chocolate and roasted flavors. It also has a little bit of sugary sweetness and some vanilla as it warms some. Not a whole lot of deep roast or char flavor. ABV well hidden.

Feel is medium for such a big stout and the carbonation is on the lower end of medium. It's a bit oily and does leave a coating in the mouth but I wouldn't say this is a "heavy" beer. Not much heat from the alcohol.

Very impressed with this beer. I've seen a lot of other enjoys this on BA and I was lucky to find 2 bottles a few months ago. I like it much better than KBS, which is one of the only other BBA coffee stouts I've had. This is the first one and I'm already looking forward to the next. But I think I'll save it for late fall/early winter. Maybe I'll be able to get some more before then.

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Photo of MacSon1982
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: strong darkness in color. Poured into a snifter and created about 1/2 of head that sticks around long after. Each sip leaves a light amount of lacing that slowly fades.

S: whiskey, chocoate, and sweet malt.

T: strong booze, whiskey, vanilla, hints of chocolate, coffee and molasses.

F:medium to high mouthfeel with a syrupy type sweet stickiness.

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Photo of Pierre_Pressure
4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Solid unpenetrable black. Slight mocha head decent lacing.
S: Coffee presents upfront with a chocolate undertone. Notes of vanilla and a slight presence of booze.
T: Follows the nose closely. The coffee strikes the perfect balance between being too subtle and completely overpowering the other flavors which I find happens in some beers. The only nitpick I have here is that I would like to see the cocoa nibs separate themselves a bit more from the other flavors.
F: Medium thickness, creamy and with little carbonation.
O: This is a fantastic offering. It is so easy to go wrong when using coffee or aging in barrels, but this nailed it on all fronts. There is a hint of alcohol present which is just enough of a reminder that this is a hefty beer and you shouldn't go at it too fast.

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Photo of Buck89
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Release #60. Poured into a snifter. Beautiful thick opaque dark brown color with a nice resilient tan head. Strong aromas of chocolate, coffee, toast, vanilla, and whiskey. The taste was a nice mix of cocoa, dark roasted malt and an understated whiskey presence. Feel was thick and viscous, but it did not feel overly sweet. Nice warming presence on the back, but the alcohol is not overly noticeable. A huge, beautiful beer.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Release #46. Black pour with thick, full finger cinnamon tan head; long lasting cap with clarity underneath; heavy lacing. Cacao nibs and roasted coffee beans nose. Chocolate and coffee flavors up front; a little oak and even less whiskey middle; the alcohol all but hidden in the roast malt finish. Rich, almost full mouthfeel; semi dry, cocoa powdery tongue coating; moderate carbonation. Overall, an excellently balanced stout with bittersweet dark chocolate and roast malt linger.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet. Batch #57.

A: Oil black with a tan one finger head that whittled down to foam. Thick lacing.

S: Dark chocolate, cocoa nibs, a bit of bourbon. You can smell this one a couple feet away from the bottle.

T: So robust, sweet and decadent. Like drinking from a chocolate fountain with anise, leather and cocoa nibs. As it warms, more flavors pop up; bourbon becomes more pronounced and the chocolate smooths out so nice. Vanilla and molasses slide in for the kill.

M: Medium to heavy with medium, chewy carbonation.

O: One of the best stouts I've ever had the pleasure of going to church with. Seek this one out. It's unholy delicious.

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Photo of byronic
4.66/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #60

Pours a midnight black with minimal mocha head leaving just a little lacing kissing the edge of the glass. A hint of vanilla and coffee with a very big cocoa presence sublimely finished with touch of whiskey, one of best noses I've ever come across on a stout. A flavour explosion of creamy rich dark chocolate balanced with hints of bourbon, vanilla and a nice malt base. A sweet lingering finish that makes this the perfect sipper.

A fantastic well rounded stout that I'd love to have again.

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This was a rare treat. Poured a deepndark black with a minimal rootbeer head that left some lacing in its wake. The smell was amazing, cocoa and more cocoa with roasts and whiskey backing that up. The nose carries over into the taste and this really makes for a good sipper. There is some nice alcohol warmth from this but it's not too boozy. All in all a great beer...would like to have more.

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Photo of ksimons
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Release #60
A-pours is thick and black with a fingers worth of dark tan head that leaves a bit of lacing around the top

S-smell is of vanilla, bourbon, dark chocolate, and roasted dark coffee

T-similar to the smell with dark chocolate and dark coffee, molasses, vanilla, bourbon, and a roasted malt finish

M-medium full body and crisp carbonation, slight dry finish

Overall the smell on this one is pretty unbelievable, taste doesn't quite live up to the smell but still a very good imperial stout

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black with less than a fb of light brown foam. Smells of vanilla, bourbon, cedar/wood notes, leather, coffee. Tastes sweet malts forward, bourbon, vanilla, notes of cocoa/coffee, notes of dark dried fruits. Textures is full bodied, a little syrupy like a desert with the barest amount of carbonation - leaves a sticky residue on the palate - but a very pleasant one at that.

A thoroughly enjoyable stout, well balanced, tasty without being too sweet and the complexity of notes made it highly quaffable.
Great beer - I'd better stock up on this before people get wise. . .

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Photo of kculrich
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 22oz. bottle, release #62. Served in a tulip.

Pours deep black with a tight three-finger crown of lush dark mocha foam. Good-to-moderately-good retention and a fairish amount of fat sticky lacing.

Releases a cloud of sweet booziness as soon as the bottle's uncapped. Smells of sweet fruity booze, overripe fruit and rich chocolate cake. There is coffee and wood smoke, but they are minor notes.

Taste is bourbon, oak and vanilla, sweet smoky roasted malts, tobacco and dried apple. Long, slow bittersweet cocoa lingers on the palate while warm coffee-infused booziness lingers in the sinuses.

Feel is full, creamy and luscious, thick and mouth-coating.

Overall, a substantial, slow-sipping imperial stout, rich, delicious and deeply satisfying. I feel like every few weeks I say, OMG, this is one of the best stouts I've ever had but, for what it's worth, OMG, this is one of the best stouts I've ever had.

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Photo of soupyman10
4.77/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pitch black pour, Big bourbon aroma. Chocolate. Roasted malt. A touch of dried fruit. Flavor is mind-blowing. Huge. Chocolate. Bourbon. Tons of dried fruit. Delicious beer. Body is perfect, smooth, thick body, with appropriate carbonation. Overall a delicious beer - one of the best I've tried, perhaps only behind the KBS and CBS from Founders.

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Photo of SebastianOwl
4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled labeled "release # 61" which was bottled on 10/9/15 per the Epic website; 12.1% ABV, aged in whiskey barrels and uses Caffe Ibis coffee; drank for St. Patrick's Day

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Photo of CNoj012
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a jet black color with a small mocha head that fades quickly to a ring around the edge of the glass. There are a few spots of lacing. Smell is bourbon, oak, vanilla, chocolate and roasted malts. Taste is similar. Bourbon definitely makes itself known, but doesn't dominate like some stouts. Feel is thick, full and viscous. Really Coates the whole palate. Overall a very good stout. Will be on the lookout for this again.

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Photo of rrock44
5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've heard a lot about this beer. In particular as an alternative to BCBS. This is a phenomenal beer. Super thick, creamy, chocolate, coffee...dessert in a glass. I would say it is a lot less boozy/bourbon on the smell and taste than BCBS. The bourbon is way more subtle. I mention that for two reasons - if BCBS is too boozy, then this is the beer for you. If you want a bourbon bomb, then perhaps not (I still think you'll love it though). Love this beer; wish I bought more than one.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Release #62 - 11.9% abv - La Barba coffee version

Pours black with a fluffy, creamy tan brown head. Smells deeply of roasted coffee, deep dark chocolate, some mild vanilla, whiskey, caramel, toffee and oak. Tastes like huge coffee, dark chocolate, sweet whiskey, vanilla, caramel, toffee, oak, some mild smoke and woodsy herbal notes, with a lingering dark chocolate coffee aftertaste. Feels light-medium bodied, creamy with low carbonation. Overall a really great and balanced whiskey barrel aged imperial coffee chocolate stout.

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Photo of tigg924
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours opaque, pitch black color, with minimal head. Taste is coffee, baker's chocolate, vanilla, and a bit graham cracker. Medium bodied with low carbonation. Super tasty. The graham cracker flavoring really puts this one over the top for me. One of the better coffee flavored imperial stouts I have had in a long time if not due to the balance alone. Delicious, I will get this again.

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