Big Bad Baptist - Epic Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,963
Reviews: 484
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 400
Gots: 894 | FT: 111
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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 

ABV varies by batch
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Photo of Illmaticzx
4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - no light can penetrate, dark deep black, thin tan creamy head
S- rich deep coa-coa, a hint of whisky, bitter chocolate,
Slightly roasty
T- stays true to the smell, very roasty, semi sweet chocolate, pleasant whisky aftertaste
M- rich and full creamy mouthfeel
O- this is a really good ba stout, love the whisky notes, lately this has been easy for me to find, think I'll find some more

Photo of Treyliff
4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Release #10, 22oz bottle poured into Teku glass

A- pours jet black in color with a small foamy and fizzy khaki colored head that reduces to just a reign around the glass, a few alcohol legs sticking around

S- so many aromas of dark chocolate & cocoa nibs up front with big chocolate malt notes, fresh dark roasted coffee mixes perfectly with the chocolate aroma, providing notes of charred wood, smoke & herbal coffee. Caramel and coffee undertones mix with licorice & fruit-infused tobacco. Oaky barrel closes it out with aromas of vanilla & barrel juice. Very impressive

T- Deep and rich chocolate malt opens up with notes of cocoa and bitter dark chocolate bar. Sumatra-like coffee subtleties kick in behind the chocolate adding a nice compliment. Herbal hop notes mix with some smoky charred malt mid-palate, with hints of heavy whipping cream, dark cherry & molasses. Hints of nutty oak, vanilla and barrel juice close it out

M- medium-heavy body with low carbonation leads to a slightly creamy mouthfeel and a smooth and warming finish

O- this was consumed with a couple of years aging on it and it's held up just fine. The aroma was out of this world and the flavors seemed to mesh after some aging. Barrel notes aren't as pronounced as some BA Imperial Stouts, but this is a very well made beer

Photo of Smurf2055
4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Uber

Pours black with a finger of tan head.

Smell is awesome, strong coffee and a bit of nuttiness.

Taste is smooth coffee roast, bitter the whole way through.

Very nice beer, masks the alcohol very well, wish there was more chance to try this.

Photo of MrDanno96
4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours pitch black with a finger of tan head and some foamy lacing.

S: A burst of dark-roasted coffee immediately meets the nose, intermingled with strong aromas of roasted malt. Alcohol-soaked coco nibs linger in the background as well. Notes of oak are also present, but surprisingly little whiskey aroma. Nevertheless, the nose is really incredible--the in-your-face roastiness is sublime.

T: Coco nibs and straight chocolate comes through much more in the flavor and almost becomes cloying before it is saved by roasty bitterness in the finish. Some oaky vanilla flavors and alcohol burn come through in the finish as well. The whiskey finally makes an appearance! After the nose, the flavor is a slight let down, but still very good.

M: Full bodied. Thick and oily. Very mild carbonation and a slight warming from the alcohol. Spot-on mouthfeel.

O: The flavor needs just a little more balance, but otherwise this brew is spot on. Well done! I will be looking out for future iterations of this brew for sure.

Photo of beergoot
4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Release #14, 12.1% ABV, brewed in Denver, CO

Opaque, black body with a thin but persistent, creamy and tan head. Cocoa aroma notes up front with touches of coffee and the expected dark malt aromas for a stout. Roasted grains and coffee grounds are the first taste impressions, followed with creamy milk chocolate and coffee flavors; nice combination of alcohol warmth and a tad bit of hop bitterness at the finish. Heavy and smooth body; sugary but not cloying.

A very drinkable, smooth and soothing imperial stout. Deep and complex flavors and feel throughout.

Photo of Stingraystripe
4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very complex, and lots going on. Successive releases have toned down the complexity, and made for a much more cohesive taste. A good 20-30 minutes at room temp does so much for BBB.

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle from a # 39 vintage (11.7 % abv) into a snifter

Appearance – The beer pours a pitch black color with a one finger head of thick tan foam. The foam has a great level of retention, very slowly fading over a long time to leave a lighter level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass. Swirling the brew in the glass shows some thickness to the brew, with some fingers of beer clinging to the sides of the glass and slowly descending to the base of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is massive of a coffee smell mixed with tons of roasted malt and some aromas of a sweeter caramel and some chocolate. Mingling with these aromas are some wonderful smells of a more woody nature as well as some bourbon boozy smells. While there is a sweetness in the nose it is rather light in comparison to the other aromas, with the overall smell having a very rich and dark smell overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a huge flavor of a roasted malt mixed with a big showing of the coffee that was present in the nose. There is a lighter sweetness upfront of a caramel and vanilla nature, which grow stronger and stronger as the taste moves on further to the end. All while the sweetness increases, the roasted malt flavors actually dwindle, but are replaced by more and more coffee. While smoother upfront, boozy flavors of a bourbon nature as well as a bit of wood come to the tongue, bringing a bit of a burn and a little bit of an astringency. While this is said these coffee and alcohol flavors balance nicely the sweet, and with more caramel and cocoa coming to the tongue at the end of the taste, one is left with a massively rich and boozy, but very enjoyable flavor, to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – While still rather thick, the body of the beer is actually somewhat light for a beer of 11.7 % with a carbonation level that is rather average. A little thicker of a body may have been slightly better for the super rich dark, boozy, and sweet flavors of the brew. Although with that said, for the big coffee and bourbon boozy flavors of the beer, the feel was somewhat appropriate and made for a wonderfully easy-ish drinking brew (as at 11.7 % easy-ish is what you want… so…).

Overall – This is a fantastic brew with tons of flavor!! Deep and dark, but balanced by some nice sweetness. It is also bourbon boozy but still very drinkable. Along with this the beer has loads of delicious coffee. One amazingly flavorful and delicious brew!!

Photo of DMarlinJ
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Had this with friends for New Year's eve, from a bottle. Release #17

Poured into non-beer glasses but at about 55' to 60' it produced a nice lasting head. The aroma hits you with the coffee and chocolate and the taste followed true to what you smelled. I was impressed with how long you could continue enjoy the smell.

The taste was exactly what was advertised. I love big and bold flavors, coffee and chocolate is one of my favorite combos. This is a sipper because the taste does start to overwhelm the buds. You need to refresh your palette with food then you can continue to enjoy the beer. I would have rated this higher if the taste was more balanced and complex and not so overwhelming. It was more like a dessert milkshake, which is ok but why I loved the mouthfeel. It was luxurious, creamy and silky. I thought it fit the style and taste perfectly for what I like in a mouthfeel.

Overall I would look for this again, just to see if I love it as much and taste with my palette fresher. It was New Year's Eve after all. Everyone who tasted it thought it was outstanding, beer lovers and wine drinkers alike. Cheers!

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a midnight black with a one-finger tan foamy head. Light amount of sticky lacing.

S - Aroma of sweet milk chocolate, whiskey, and fresh coffee.

T - Follows the aroma. Nice sweet milk chocolate upfront followed by dark roasted coffee. Finish is bitter coffee and whiskey. Whiskey does produce a nice warmth in the finish.

M - Full bodied with low carbonation. Nice creamy mouthfeel.

O - This is a great coffee forward Imperial Stout. The flavors blend seemlessly together. Awesome.

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Release #13. Poured from a bomber into a snifter, the beer is jet black, thick and oily on the pour, with a halo of light brown head. It just looks thick and big. Terrific. The aromas are bittersweet, with notes of cocoa nib, coffee, vanilla, bourbon, woody notes, crème, and earthy highlights. This smells huge and layered. Flavors are very robust, with a heavy roasted character, solid cocoa nib backbone providing sweetness and bitterness, coffee highlights, a solid blast of whiskeyand booze that supplies a building warmth, earthy notes, and a steady flow of spice throughout. This is a beast. Very layered flavor profiles throughout. The body is robust, smooth, almost velvety. The aftertaste is heavily roasted, with cocoa nib, whiskey, and subtle crème. The finish is smooth, with a subtle boozy edge, and an overall dry, lingering feel. Solid, big, monster of a beer. This was a workout! Fantastic!

Photo of artoolemomo
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours up a fair amount of head which seems to have really good retention. The head is a dark beige/mocha while the body is an opaque, dark chocolate black. Only a few spots of lacing at the moment. Pretty much no lacing at all.

Nose- Delicious, creamy, and rich. Loads of chocolate that begin to suggest fudge. Hints of cherries and raisins. Coffee and roasted notes. Some nuttiness. The aroma from the glass is much more mellow, much more subtle, but not any less delicious. Very milky with slight notes of butter, caramel, toffee, and vanilla. If the taste reflects these notes, this is going to be a damn good beer.

Taste- Starts off with chocolate that quickly turns to fudge and brownie while revealing raisin and cherries and plenty of alcohol. Thick coffee with hints of wood, oak, and vanilla. Very warm on the finish- the tongue tingles with both heat and spice. Lots of bourbon but chocolate and coffee are by far the most dominant notes. Very solid, very good imperial stout. Not in my top ten but definitely worth the price. Some notes of oatmeal and a very complex malt bill that has lots of balance and integration. A few more flavor notes and this would be in the same class as Abyss, Parabola, and Bourbon County. Very well rounded. Some hints of leather and tobacco but these are very slight.

Mouthfeel- Along with the aroma, this is one of the most notable aspects of this beer. Thick and heavy but still rich, creamy, and silky. A slight grittiness on the finish.

Drinkability- Very easygoing. While the heat was upfront in the beginning, it is beginning to hide behind the chocolate and coffee. I will gladly pay 12 dollars for another bottle which I will be aging.

Overall- Solid, very good, almost great beer. If you're a fan of imperial stouts, this is a must try. If you're not, still try it. This beer is definitely more than the sum of its parts. I might even get two more bottles.

Photo of BeerDazed
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased the last bomber at my local "beer heaven" outlet.

Cracked this baby open and poured into sniffer.

Extra bold black, with a perfectly brown head that stuck around for a bit.

Smell was wonderful. Roasted dark malted goodness with coffee and chocolate notes.

Superb, full-bodied and smooth. The aged-in-whiskey barrel flavoring came through too.

Taste was everything I was expecting. Full, smooth, beautiful to look at, smell and taste. One of the best beers I have had to date.

Photo of arizcards
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber from Total Wine in mid-November for $11.99. Batch #8 is infused with Sumatra Coffee and aged in Colorado Whiskey barrels for a short period of time.

Beer poured black as night with a generous brown head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is cocoa and coffee.

Taste is coffee forward with the cocoa mixing in nicely. Generous amount of northwest hops keep the sweetness at bay. Slight hint of the whiskey in taste and warming but coffee is predominant in the end.

Mouthfeel in one word is perfect. It is what i look for when i am in the mood for an imperial stout. Thick and chewy, viscous, and pure satisfaction!

Overall i was pleasantly surprised at how much i enjoyed this brew as it does not come with all the hype but it does bring all the flavor and viscosity desired in this style. Would definitely purchase again and i would recommend that this be consumed right away to enjoy the coffee and booze crafted into this brew.

Photo of MPombo30
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sweet chocolate flavor. Thicker beer.

Photo of RocPorterFanatic
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours dark brown, not black into a tulip with a subtle, creamy, off white head. Leaves trace amount of lacing down the glass as it dissipates.

S - Big blast of espresso/dark roast coffee in the forefront with some dark chocolate notes following.

T - Chocolate and dark roast come up front. The coffee from the nose is muted. Whiskey and the alcohol warmth come running in. An uncommon nutty flavor is coming in on the sides of the palate, something I've not seen much of in an imperial stout.

M - Very pleasant, creamy but not overdone. There's some other more intense coming in as well, but that may be from the nucleation sites in the glass.

O - Delicious beer. Another win from Epic. In this category that's overwhelmingly dominated by bourbon barrel aged beers, this whiskey variety is a true standout.

Photo of BrewsoBrewco
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours and opaque black with a creamy head that quickly dissipates away from the beer.

S-rich chocolate, espresso, and even an almost milky smell. Also hints of whiskey on the nose. Not to prominent for a whiskey aged beer. Subtle but nice.

T-I first get whiskey, follow by chocolate and then the coffee hit. The whiskey is subtle in the taste but does great for for balancing out such a big beer. The cocoa provides a great transition into coffee which is really isn't overpowering, but provides such an awesome taste. The whiskey comes back through and provides a great backbone throughout.

M-Rich, with a long lingering taste. Like a strong cup of coffee in a great way. Every sip it gets better

O-I think this is an awesome beer. The coffee and cocoa come through in such a great way. Not overly subtle not over-powering. The whiskey comes through very nicely. It isn't overpowering and is definitely present. In some cases I would like a little more whiskey flavor, but it's still awesome. i think they did a great job. Awesome beer.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle, Batch #2, Brewed on June 10, 2011, Packaged November 28, 2011 (says that on Epic's website). Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch tan head that stayed around for a little while. There's also a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is strong and roasty, the brew smells mostly like coffee, along with some roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, and a little bit of whiskey. Taste is mostly like the aroma, there's roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, whiskey, oak and burnt/charred malt flavors all noticeable. The coffee flavor is dominant, but there's more sweetness that comes out as the brew continues to warm up. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and creamy with good carbonation. I think this is a pretty good brew, if you're a fan of coffee beers then this one is for you! $12.99 a bottle.

Photo of minterro
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bought from Colorado Liquor Mart in Denver, CO. This one was recommended to me, hope it lives up to the hype.

#18

Poured into a snifter.

A&S: Smells like straight up black coffee. No real sweetness or chocolate... just coffee at least it does initially. Jet black beer, with a dark tan that resides quickly.

T&M: AMAZING! Huge burst of chocolate upfront. Massive whiskey tones especially in the finish. Other tones include a bitter coffee finish and some subdued vanilla upfront. Very silky smooth texture, pretty much as good as it gets, with a sprinkling of carbonation.

Overall: It runs for around 12 bucks a bomber and well worth it. I would recommend splitting it with a friend. One of the better beers I have had in recent history. The only reason I didn't write more is because I was rating with skyping with a friend and I'm sick of writing things after spending so much extra time writing science grants.

Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, batch 1; bottled 9/22/2011. Pours pitch black color with a small dense tan head with good retention; that reduces to a very thin cap that lingers. Some decent spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of huge dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, toffee, vanilla, whiskey, oak, molasses, toast, and light char. Fantastic aromas with awesome balance and complexity. Taste of big roasted coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, caramel, roasted malt, molasses, toffee, whiskey, oak, molasses, and toast. Light bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, coffee, whiskey, oak, toast, molasses, caramel, toffee, and vanilla on the finish for a while. Fantastic balance of the barrel flavors with the beer; no overwhelming whiskey flavors at all. Medium carbonation and full bodied; with a nice creamy, slick, and thick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely fantastic barrel aged imperial stout! Great balance of flavors with the barrel aging; and very smooth to sip on for being 11.7%. This is the easier to find substitute for KBS in my book.

Photo of buyBinboaVodka
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Release #1 11.7% alc

A - pours a dark black with ruby highlights around the edges. Very small head with minimal retention. Little lacing around the glass.

S - Strong cocoa and earthy notes. I get a bit of hazelnut coming through follwed by coffee aroma.

T - Big bold roasted malts followed by a more subtle chocolate coffee taste. This has a nice balance of sweet malts and some bitter dark chocolate.

M - Feels like a rich creamy milkshake thats not thick. Slight carbonation but a little flat.

O - This an awesome beer that deserves some respect. I would recommend this beer to anyone who likes big stouts.

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Release # 17 - October 2013.

A - Black, solid, with red-brown highlights, and slight traces of tan head.

S - Barrel, booze, hints of vanilla, chocolate, and grassy hop notes.

T - Following the nose, the front is a wall of whiskey booze notes, woody and full. The middle comes in with big coffee and bitter chocolate notes, acidic. Flashes of char, tobacco and ash underlie the roast core. The close is narrows to a bitter line, hops coming in here with the bitter grassiness, but mostly this is the bitterness of deeply, profoundly roasted malts and coffee.

M - Silky and full, slightly oily and slick. Bitterness is present and the booze is hot and forward. This is not a beer that hides its walloping ABV.

O - Don't ignore the "Big Bad" here. This is a monster beer, fat and full, ready to lay you down in the river. Drinking it is an experience, with each drink offering up new elements. A masterly brew.

Photo of PaulyB83
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a a 22oz. bomber into a tulip glass

A- Pours a thick black. With an aggressive pour a small cafe latte colored head forms and quickly dissipates to a ring.

S- Big coffee, then chocolate with some sweetness. Not getting a whole lot of the barrel.

T- Similar to the aroma but with the whiskey coming through. Tastes like a someone but a small shot of whiskey in a FBS. The sweetness level in this reminds me of an Irish coffee.

M- Thick, sticky and creamy.

O- A very good stout and a pretty good barrel aged one. I don't think this is aged long enough to become very complex and, as it is, remains just a great base stout with some added whisky flavor. I enjoyed how it reminded me of an Irish coffee and I guess $12 for a barrel aged bomber is pretty good. Having said that I could probably replicate the taste for cheaper by adding a shot of whisky to a FBS, actually think I'll try that soon.

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4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch #9 Bottle

BIG notes of peanut butter in the aroma and flavor profile. Was not expecting that at all. Honestly tastes like FBS shortly aged in bourbon barrels. Tastes like a Resse's PB cup. Delicious and a fantastic dessert/breakfast beer! No sign of the high alcohol and instead the whiskey shows up on the sides of the tongue. A very different and unexpected experience with Big Bad Baptist. My only criticism is that the hops are a little out of control. They do a great job of cutting the sweetness and giving a dryer and less sticky mouthfeel, but the bitter finish reminds me of a big IPA or a light IIPA.

That being said, fahking tasty!

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at hops and pie. Standard imperial stout appearance: motor oil. Filmy head. Aroma was the most glorious coffee beans, so rich with a dab of chocolate. The flavor followed suit and was just as nice. Overall this was a fantastic beer and I need to score some bottles of this stuff or else head back for another glass.

Photo of sleuthdog
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch #3 into Kuhnhenn tulip

Pour: Jet black with a full three finger tan head. Lacing is enormous and like sticky soap all over the sides of the glass. Head settles to a small pillow on half the surface of the beer.

Smell: Light coffee notes, dark semi-sweet chocolate, oak and vanilla. This is I'm assuming a huge, huge beer and I find everything in the nose to be spot on and in near perfect harmony.

Taste: Just like the nose with the moderate coffee, huge notes of dark chocolate, oak and vanilla. Also getting molasses, booze soaked dark fruit and a bit of char. The spiciness from the whiskey is evident and adds a fantastic additional dimension to this beer. Alcohol heat is here for sure but not distracting.

Mouthfeel: On the lighter side of full with soft carbonation. Creamy (silky) smooth but the alcohol does cut this with a bit of a bite.

Overall: This is a fantastic well balance coffee stout especially for such a huge beer. I am enjoying this one a lot.

Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,963 ratings.