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Big Bad Baptist - Epic Brewing Company

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485 Reviews

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Reviews: 485
Hads: 3,132
Avg: 4.3
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 419
Gots: 1,002 | FT: 116
Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 09-30-2011

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 

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Photo of Beers-es
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an impenetrable black with a half-finger of chocolately-tan head. Smell is malty roast and coffee, with chocolate and dark fruits. Taste is similar, with a lovely thickish feel and just the right amount of sweetness. The barrel component is very subtle, which I personally prefer. Great beer, especially as an after-dinner drink.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

When I first tried this it was kind of a foray into well tread ground. Adjunct barrel aged stouts. Been there right? Anyways, this is the usual dark ass descriptor of used motor oil, thin beige head on it. Smell was impressive, coffee and the whiskey was super mild but present enough to not question its existence.

Taste led quite well with the chocolate and chocolate malt. Heat covered up. Again the whiskey notes were in the background, well integrated. Mouthfeel was silky, not a rough drink. Impressed. Also had it with about 18 months on it, held up quite well. This is a pretty affordable version of this kind of beer.

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Photo of ryanhooks81
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

batch #59. poured from 22oz bomber. thick and black. smells like chocolate and coffee. everything is super well balanced. barrel aged finish. this is the first beer ive had from epic and it was awesome. i hear there are frequently several different batches sitting on shelves in the colorado area. unbelievable.

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Photo of alarmclock314
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle, release #54, 12% ABV. Pours black with a medium-sized brown head. Smells of rich cocoa, coffee, and roasted malt. The taste follows exactly with cocoa, coffee, and some roasted malt. Very subtle bourbon and mild bitterness. High carbonation and somewhat thin body; not very fitting of the style. Overall, it could use some more time in the barrel and have a better mouthfeel, but it's a tasty brew.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 59. Just $12 for a bomber. Saw this on the shelf by accident and knew I had to grab it. I meant to have it awhile ago when it first hit Michigan but I passed on it for some stupid reason. Looking forward to this one -- a "reasonably priced" BBA'd stout? Damn, please.

Appearance: Poured hard into an over-sized Sam Adams Perfect Pint. Of course, pitch black in color. A couple fingers of a creamy dark brown head float on top for a little while, but it dies down to half a finger and stays there for quite awhile. Not a ton of lacing, but some.

Smell: Whiskey barrel and coffee. I could go on and on, but that's what it boils down to. Not a crazy amount of whiskey barrel, but it has a very nice presence. Loads of dark roast coffee with just a little bit of chocolate from the cocoa nibs. Not a shit load of depth, but it's rich, bold, and super inviting.

Taste/feel: Creamy mouthfeel is what stands out to me right away with a super awesome dark coffee flavor, sans some of the bitterness. There's a nice milk chocolate sweetness to balance it out a bit with just a tiny bit of the barrel in there as well -- I find the barrel more apparent in the aroma. There's actually not much booze, at least when it's cold. The mouth feel is really what makes this beer. The smell and taste are great, but the feel sends it over.

In a word, delicious. I find that this may be one of the very best value beers out there ... at least for barrel aged beers. In that case, it may be the best. The barrel aging isn't strong in this beer, it's very accenting more than anything. The coffee is heavy in this beer, so I hope you like that, but the chocolate with the mouthfeel and bittersweet finish makes for something special.

Honestly, this tastes a lot to me how I imagine Founders Breakfast Stout tasting if it were aged in a barrel... I absolutely love that beer, and I like this beer just the same or maybe very slightly more. They really are similar beers with fabulous coffee flavor, and an awesome mouthfeel. Needless to say, this is a must-buy.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into an imperial nonic pint glass and a snifter. In both glasses, the appearance was a nice black color with some decent brown tinges roaming around the edges of the glass. There was a half fingered off white to tan foamy head that died within about thirty seconds. There was some decent lacing kinda roaming all over the place. The aroma had a nice balance between the cocoa nibs to the coffee nibs. It smelled exceptionally well and then allowed just enough bourbon to come through but not over do anything. The taste was sweet and roasty with a decent edge of alcohol "hotness" but that mainly just balances the whole thing. There was a decent bourbon-like sweet sticky aftertaste leading to a somewhat dry roasty finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium to heavy, but doesn’t show as much sipping aspects as I thought it would have. I’m not necessarily gulping this, but I find that I can drink this and enjoy it pretty well. The carbonation is exceptionally smooth. Overall, this was a very well done American Double/Imperial Stout well worthy of having again.

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Photo of 98green
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bomber of batch 56. Look is dark of course. Smell is tons of coffee. Taste follows, plus a bit of bourbon and typical stout elements. Feel brings a nice boozy burn. Not as over the top as other BBA stouts, and maybe that is a good thing. I didn't really love it, but as I rated it I couldn't find anywhere to knock it too much

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Photo of bobhits
4.99/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Mind BLOW - can't believe this isn't rated by me.

In the dark stout relm this is about an 8 in the darkness scale. Light is fleeting on the way out, but turns more amber brown as it goes to the glass, quickly turning black and viscous. A nice tan head, milk chocolate colored. Lacing is nice, not great.

The nose is coffee, caramel, vanilla, chocolate, and some light candy notes.

The beer is sweet bold sugary but with coffee grounds, almost creme brulee like notes, sugars like a wiskey and just so much coffee.

Creamy but well carbonated. A great sipper.

I can't say enough good about this one. It's about as good one can get.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into snifter. It's jet black in color with a fairly thin, mocha colored head and lacing, which quickly dissipated except for the edge of the glass. The smell features burnt, dark coffee, dark chocolate, nuts, and char, with a hint of whiskey. What a flavor: dark roast coffee, sweet vanilla, cocoa, dark malt, nuts, with a nice dose of whiskey. This is a medium-bodied, stout, with moderate carbonation, and you definitely notice the 11.8% ABV. This is truly a sipper. Overall, this is one of the finest stouts I've ever tasted! About the only thing missing is a little dark fruit. I wish this were easier to find in New Jersey.

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Photo of davebarnes
3.27/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Punch in the face.
Coffee, chocolate and alcohol.
I thought it was delicious.
But, what food goes with it?
Certainly not the salad that I had as a precursor to pizza.

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Photo of BradenMK
4.99/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch #56

APPEARANCE - Pours jet black with tiny, tiny bubbles that cascade into a tight, slowly-forming, cocoa-colored, one-finger head that quickly settles into a ring. Leaves really great lacing around the sides of the glass all throughout the drinking experience.

SMELL - Beautiful. Right up front you get a combined hit of whiskey and coffee, the scent of what my comrades like to call Whiskafé. Right behind it is a little cream and sugar, and finally trailing at the end, the chocolate, both from the malt and the nibs. Righteous, indeed.

TASTE - Harmony. No one character steals the show; I'm met with a tour de force ensemble cast of what tastes like single malt whiskey, really great coffee (on par with whatever Dieu de Ciel! uses to brew Péché Mortel), and mouth-coating milk chocolate. Bursting with flavor on all cylinders that simply sing together, naturally. Finally, the finish greets you with roasted malt and a soy sauce like umami character that carries the cocoa flavors with it to end on a gourmet fudge note. Wow.

FEEL - Chewy. Chalky. Heavy, with an effervescent low-carbonation that is just a shade more aggressive than silk. Maybe not quite as "thick" feeling as OA Yeti or as incredibly smooth as Doughnut Break, but just as good in its own, different way.

OVERALL - Using my own rubric, I give this beer a 97.35 out of 100, juuuuust a hair under the 4.99 assigned by the bros' calculations, but such details are trifling. A phenomenal beer whatever anyone's numbers say. Incredibly good, and WAY easier to get than anything remotely similar on the market. Regardless, seek this brew out, as I will be (again). I used to drink this a lot a few years ago, but it disappeared from Columbus, OH shelves. But Epic's got a new Ohio rep, and the Baptist is back baby, and it's as good as it ever was!

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Photo of SaulFox
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Release #37
-Super dark with a half finger of mocha head.
-Molasses sweetness, slight whiskey barrel.
-This is where its at! Brown sugar, whiskey, bitter dark chocolate, slight coffee coming through. Beautiful sweet whiskey!
-Velvet goodness coats the mouth. Full bodied!
-Definitely picking up once I cross paths!

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thoroughly enjoyed this beast from the 22 oz bottle in a snifter. This excellent imperial pours a muddy brownish black with a fantastic head of light brown foam that settles to a thick ring, thin layer, and nice clinging lacing. Nose of heavy duty dark roasted coffee, light char, and a touch of chocolate. Flavors exceed the nose with rich deeply roasted coffee and moderate dark cocoa to the fore, while mid to back of the taste fades to a subtle cream and bourbon note. Coating and lightly carbonated mouth feel improves vastly with warmth with a warming alcohol finish and coffee/cocoa aftertaste. The sum of it's parts, each identifiable. THIS is a stout drinkers dream come true. One of the best.


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Photo of SHDoyle
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Description: Pours black with just a hint of brown if held up to the light. Almost no head on this, just a hint of coffee brown with some lacing. Smell is overwhelmingly coffee with bits of roasty dark chocolate and maybe a bit of dark fruit. The taste, like the smell, is heavily tilted towards coffee but more of the dark chocolate flavor comes through. The whiskey was not terribly apparent but I thought there was a bit of it on the finish. Feel was more carbonated than I'd expect from a stout, especially at first, but as it warmed and was exposed to the air it calmed down.

Suggested food pairing: A hard Parmesan cheese with a spicy meat like pepperoni or salami. Or even chorizo. Yeah, chorizo.

If you like this beer then you should also try: Breakfast Stout

Ideal time to drink this beer: The heavy coffee flavor and charcuterie-esque food pairing evoke images of a small, quaint setting. Possibly a bar or cafe in the early afternoon before the nighttime rush has arrived. Unmolested, you sit and slowly sip on this one. A football game you're only somewhat interested in is on the TV, but you're more focused on the satisfaction you feel at drinking in the middle of the day. Ahh yeah, afternoon beer....

Overall: 4.25 (This beer is good and I would likely drink it again) This isn't exactly what I expected from Big Bad Baptist (BBB)(Did I just makeup that abbreviation? Pretty sweet if I did.) but it certainly wasn't bad. For an imperial stout aged in whiskey barrels I was expecting something smoother and with more of that whiskey flavor coming through. If you're looking for a coffee stout then look no further, but be aware of what you're getting.

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Photo of Abk542
4.71/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Phenomenal brew, amazing coffee flavor followed by a chocolatey malty finish with a smooth mouthfeel and little to no bitterness or carbonation. Must drink for anyone who enjoys a fine stout.

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Photo of ccg
3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch #50 ("Blue Copper") poured into an Epic snifter.
Deep, dark brown, small amount of khaki foam, good retention. Does not bend the light on the edges the way a lot of BBA stouts do.
Smells amazing. Immediately, you get the coffee, but sweet coffee without the bitterness. A moment later, the sweet toffee and vanilla notes from the bourbon barrel emerge.
Coffee, vanilla, chocolate, and caramel flavors come through in the taste, but the finish is surprisingly bitter for how sweet and rich it smells. The bourbon barrel comes through only slightly but becomes a little more noticeable as it warms.
The mouthfeel is pretty standard for a stout but does not quite have the rich, syrupy viscosity I was expecting for a barrel-aged stout.
Overall: I'm glad I finally got to try, but I had built it up in my mind a little too much. I think I was hoping for a substitute for BCBCS, which it is not. BUT, for a $13-ish bomber of barrel-aged coffee stout, it's going to be hard to beat.

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Photo of Slongie
4.71/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Release number 45. Very good beer lots of whiskey, maybe should have aged it a year or two but the taste was spectacular. Coffee, cocoa, dark fruit and a lovely whiskey bite. Will buy again

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

Always loved the name.

1/2 inch head on slow pour. Dark brown/ medium black; looks delightful.

Nose is mild coffee and mild chocolate.

Taste is mildly bitter coffee initially followed by chocolate and creamy oatmeal.

A really nice brew, and was at least 3 months old. Would love to have again.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm not sure where the Baptist thing came from (the land of the morons, I mean Mormons), but it sure is big and bad. But bad means good, you know.

It's black and beautiful. The aroma is big and bold - malty, cocoa and coffee. Both the smell and the taste are so thick and over the top that there is a sweet sour overtone that almost seems like raisins (fermented, of course). The whole thing is pretty boozy and it sticks with you, literally sticking your lips together with all the maltiness.

I may go grab another half growler tomorrow depending on how this one works out. I have a feeling that by the time it is done I will be pretty mellow.

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4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Batch #55 - Cultivar
12.7% ABV

L: Opaque black with a thin beige head that fades into a thin ring.

S: Very coffee forward. Roasted malts, chocolate, and whiskey are all secondary.

T: So delicious. Coffee forward like the nose, but all of the layers of flavors play really nice here. Chocolate sweetness balances out the coffee bitterness. Whiskey and oak blend in nicely, but not as powerfully as most BA stouts.

F: Thick, low carb, dry finish that keeps encouraging another sip.

O: Perfect antidote to a day of endless rain and driving around low water crossings. Drink fresh to enjoy the coffee awesomeness.

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Photo of Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a decent beer. My fault with it is the bourbon/whiskey flavors are more subtle then I'd prefer. I enjoy a strong boozy smell and taste, of which this isn't as aggressive. Still a great stout, worth getting one bottle and trying.

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Photo of BlushingMonk
4.91/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch #59 12.3% Pours black like oil. Big coffee nose with hints of whiskey and chocolate. Full rich mouth feel with big complex flavors that ends with bitter chocolate. Vanilla, wood, cola, chocolate, COFFEE. Doesn't taste as boozy as it is. I love this beer! In a blind taste test that included three different years of KBS I picked BBB as my #1. I'm buying as much of this as I can get.

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Photo of uccle81
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Release #59 12.3% ABV
Fantastic, except the smell is off. Kind of like a chocolaty rotten pecan. The smell doesn't perceptively alter the taste.
And the taste is downright magical!

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on top, poured into a snifter. It's deep an dark, an opaque near-black with a tan head that seems to linger longer than on most big stouts.
aroma is big dark chocolate and roast coffee with hints of vanilla and booze. A hint of dark fruit as it warmed a bit.
Huge taste! Dark chocolate and espresso bitterness. A little bit of sweeter milk chocolate mid-sip followed by a finishing bitter assault.
Mouthfeel is medium and creamy.
This was mind expanding when paired with beignets with chocolate sauce. Transcendent.

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Photo of EdwardAbbey
3.49/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the only highly-rated barrel-aged stout I cannot seem to enjoy. Every time I've had it, the bitterness was overwhelming. The good news? More for everyone who seems to love it.

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Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 485 ratings.