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Big Bad Baptist - Epic Brewing Company

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Reviews: 522
Hads: 3,296
Avg: 4.3
pDev: 22.33%
Wants: 434
Gots: 1,103 | FT: 125
Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States | website

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 GreatStoutman
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch #55, 12.7% abv.

Pours dark and thick. Dark tan head dissipates to a thin film. Leaves spotty lacing.

Smell is sweet and notes of whiskey. Taste starts with vanilla and cocoa, followed by slow creeping whiskey. The barrel character is subtle at the onset and builds. The flavors come together masterfully. Nice thick, oily mouthfeel. No carbonation, but nice body.

Overall, this is a fine example of a barrel aged imperial stout. The tastes are not unique, but the balance is excellent. Not too hot, but a sipper none the less.

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

Release #55 12.7% abv

A: Poured into a DFH snifter to a deep black beer topped by a finger of dark tan head that fades to a small mat on top of the beer with some lacing
S: Smells of huge fresh roasted coffee and bitter dark chocolate. There may be some whiskey barrel notes hiding in the back too but the coffee is the star of the show on the nose
T: Taste is roasted coffee, dark chocolate, a little vanilla and caramel, some slight oak comes in as well. Big roasted malt as well with some slight charred wood. Swallow is a little alcohol but mostly chocolate and coffee with some lingering barrel notes and some roasted malt
M: this beer is pretty full in body with soft but adequate carbonation and a slightly dry finish
O: A world class American Imperial Stout. Great flavors and great complexity yet still very drinkable. This is up there with the Eclipse beers from FiftyFifty. If you see this you need to buy it.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a nice large dark brown foamy head with good retention. Aroma of chocolate notes with light vanilla and coffee notes is quite awesome. Taste is also a great mix of creamy chocolate notes with some vanilla and bourbon notes and light floral coffee notes which is well integrated in the mix. Body has nice creamy texture with good carbonation and no real apparent alcohol notes. Super well-balanced with great drinkability.

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Photo of Dopen993
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into tulip.

L. Pitch black with nice 2 finger head. Nice sticky lacing.
S. Tons of coffee, but not overwhelming. Nice sweet malt and chocolate.
T. Follows the nose with the coffee and chocolate. Add some vanilla and a touch of a caramel. Outstanding. Not detection of booze, super smooth.
F. Medium mouth feel. Nice carbonation.

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Photo of mothman
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tan head. Black color. Batch #65.

Lots of coffee and a tad too much roast. The thinner body is a distraction, but other than that it's solid. Chocolate and cocoa. Oaky and vanilla. Big whiskey flavors.

Solid offering, I could drink a lot of this.

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

A - black with nice tan head
S - very good, strong roast chocolate
T - nicely sweet chocolate, roast malt, with a clean finish
M- lighter than expected
O - awesome IS, for a fresh stout very good

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Photo of smanson56
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer poured a nice shiny black color into my snifter glass. The nose is smooth with a nice whiskey aroma in the front. There are also notes of coffee and cocoa here. The taste has a nice mellow whiskey flavor but there is a little under lying bitterness from the coffee that detracts a little from this beer. The mouthfeel is smooth and nicely carbonated.

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Photo of teromous
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I don't see an actual bottle date on here but the label says Release #51 and SLC # 2667
My bottle also lists 12.7%ABV which is stronger than the ABV listed here.

Appearance: Black body with a short creamy head that is light brown. It is a short head but it maintains a cap for a while then it fades out to a ring. Some spots but no real lacing.

Aroma: I smell some wood aroma married evenly in strength with the scent of coffee. It is a very mellow aroma.

Taste: Up front I get a good chocolate flavor and then this bourbon-like woody flavor. The beer says it is made with coffee and while I did pick up on its aroma I'm not getting any in the flavor.

Mouthfeel: It's a very drinkable beer with a nice dry finish. I wouldn't say it is full bodied but again it has too much presence to be medium bodied. It rests evenly between the two. I would say that it carries a presence of a regular stout vice an imperial one. It just has a little less coating potential on the palate. It is a high ABV beer (12.7%) and it doesn't burn the palate or hamper drinkability at all.

Overall: I would say this is an outstanding chocolate coffee barrel aged imperial stout and I would recommend it and I would drink it again.

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Photo of imstimpy
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Release #55, poured into an Epic snifter at 55*F.

It pours a dark brown with an ample amount of lacing. The smell is the best feature of this beer: chocolate, whiskey, malt, vanilla. Sadly, the barrel doesn't show through the somewhat dry chocolate and coffee. The feel is thin, honestly, and smooth'ish, but leaves some to be desired when compared to the top dogs. Overall, I can understand the chocolate/coffee style but it isn't my thing. It gets better as it warms but that baking chocolate flavor...

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big Bad Baptist . . . appearance is the typical pitch black. Nothing really note worthy going on there. The aromas are off the charts however. With vanilla, coffee, chocolate, cocoa and cinnamon this beer is sure to please the sense of smell. Flavors follow close behind the aromas. I can almost tell exactly how this beer is going to taste just by smelling it. I honestly don't pick up on much barrel character with this though. The bourbon is subtle . . . which is nice. Mouth feel is slick, oily, smooth. Slight carbonation at the start but mellows out quickly. Overall it's a delicious imperial stout that is reminiscent of Ale Smith's Vietnamese Cinnamon.

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Photo of mrjmann
4.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Batch 59. This is an excellent imperial stout. I would highly recommend this to anyone who is a fan of big coffee-forward stouts. Huge amounts of coffee in the nose and taste. Hard to believe it is 12.3% alcohol as you cannot taste any barrel from this at all.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Batch # 54, bottled 09/16/15 according to their website

Appearance - Pours black with dark cola brown edging with a dark tan, half finger width head. Sub-par retention, then dissipates to a mostly barren surface with a thin ring around the edge. Lacing consists isn't much outside a few small spots.

Smell - Coffee and a fudgy 'chocolate syrup' character really stand out in the aroma. Mild whiskey notes sit well beneath.

Taste - Follows the nose. Fudgy chocolate with lesser 'iced coffee' flavors of roast and a touch of caramel. Just enough whiskey character, with hints of leather, oak, vanilla and general booziness, to let you know it's there without overrunning the entire experience. The finish consists of earthy coffee character with lesser fudgy sweetness, and it lingers beautifully.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full in body with low carbonation. Super creamy texture that coats the mouth without much syrupy stickiness. Goes down stupid easy and finishes somewhat dry.

Overall - Oh wow, this is a beauty. So much flavor that seamlessly comes together to deliver an amazing drinking experience. I would gladly trade for this again, and I'll definitely keep an eye out the next time I travel to SoCal.

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Photo of KettleBellFreak
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful pitch black beer. TONS OF LACING there was a pour trail until the 3/4 head dissipated to almost nothing.

Opening the bottle BOURBON FLEW EVERYWHERE OH MY GOD THE SMELL. once in the glass, chocolate, caramel, vanilla bean, that beautiful whiskey smell.

Flavors were fantastic but not as abstract or deep as I hoped. Chocolate, vanilla, coconut, toasty Wood with bourbon undertones. Stellar taste but a mouth feel that is slick, pleasant and drinkable, but lacks the motor oil thickness and chewiness I find in other stouts.

Top notch regardless!

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Photo of Jeffsta1
4.69/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

HOLY CRAP this is probably the best stout I've ever had.

Black in color, inspiring dark, just a sheen of brown. How much more black could it be? None. None more black. Medium to light brown head, ultra fine lacing. Perfect.

Smell is beautiful, awe-inspiring. Malt, molasses, cocoa, black licorice.

Taste is awesome - and yet still the weakest part of this incredible beer! It's so very mild, subtle - cocoa, licorice, malt.

Mouthfeel is simply perfect. Rich but not ridiculous. Carbonation is light, subtle, very very fine bubbles. Champagne producers would genuflect upon trying this.

Overall: long, moderately intense finish. Tremendous integrity - all elements of this beer come together perfectly.

Spiritually this stout is in the same company as Ten Fidy, but more subtle, more refined, more awesome. Bravo, gentlemen! You can tell from my other reviews, I do not give praise lightly or easily - and here I say you've done something wonderful.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep dark chocolate color. Has a rich coffee aroma with a subtle note of whiskey. Flavor is roasted coffee with notes of darks chocolate and a subtle hint of booziness. Mouthfeel is a little light. Overall this is a very tasty and I like that the whisky doesn't overpower the flavor of the beer.

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into tulip. Label says this is release #50, 12.6% abv.

Pours nearly total black with dark brown edges when held to the light. Thin head of mocha bubbles that leaves erupting volcano lace as it recedes.

Smells of black chocolate, fresh ground coffee, dark berries, campfire smoke, soft boozy whiskey barrel and faint leafy hops.

Tastes of rich dark fudge, strong coffee, dried cherry and raisin, soft licorice, charred wood and gentle whiskey notes of vanilla and toffee. Earthy, leafy hops barely make themselves known.

Feels thick and creamy. Full bodied with sturdy carbonation. Finishes dry with black chocolate and coffee bitterness. Alcohol is warm but surprisingly soft.

Verdict: Vigorously recommended. Barrel adds complexity without losing control, and it has more chocolate and coffee than the biggest Starbucks in the land.

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

22 ounce bottle served in a pint glass.

Pours as it should... jet black with a tan head.

Smells great... malty, chocolate, coffee, caramel.

Taste very good but not outstanding to me. A little too "medicine" tasting. Maybe from the whiskey however there are other aged imperial stouts that don't seem to have quite the same "medicine" taste to me.

Still a very good beer but there are a few others in this category I like better.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, almost black, into a Speiglau IIPA glass. A short-lived half-inch, creamy chestnut head gives way to spotty lace and a thick, viscous film.

The aroma opens with caramelized, roasted chocolate, light whiskey, and maybe a slight alcohol-infused chocolate. This is followed by ash and dark roasted coffee.

Deep roasted malt is the backdrop of the flavor profile. Chocolate with modest bitterness is in check with sweetness. Other flavors included cocoa powder, black coffee, and some whiskey notes. A mild lingering finish. Warmth brings out cigar smoke and cherry vanilla.

The body is full with a velvety texture and alcohol as expected. Lightly warming with modest carbonation.

Big Bad Baptist is a great sipping beer to enjoy while reading. While it lacks depth and layers of character, it is impeccably well done as a simple imperial stout.

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Photo of Dunkelganger4
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Lucifer goblet...irony indeed....
Appearance: motor oil black with a thin beige head.
Aroma:Coffee, chocolate, whiskey
Flavor: The cocoa nibs are the first flavor detected, which impart a slight dry, roasty quality to the beer. Also, the coffee is quite prevalent while the whiskey and barrel-derived vanilla notes lay more in the background providing complexity without taking away from the two prominent flavors. There's almost no alcohol present, which makes this beer quite dangerous.
Mouthfeel: Silky smooth and quite viscous.
Overall: An incredible BBA imperial stout that stands out from the other drunken BBA imperial stouts that seem to saturate the market.

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Photo of puck1225
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap into a small tulip glass. Very strong coffee smell. A beautiful dark brown, almost black, color. Excellent head and lacing. The taste was not subtle! Very strong dark chocolate, and strong cappuccino taste. A bit boozy,as expected. A very enjoyable stout.

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Photo of Marshman1969
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had it on tap and it was very smooth. The flavor evaporates off your tongue due to the high alcohol content. The head is creamy and aromatic with all the coffee and cocoa notes.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

- cocoa nibs, coffee, aged in whiskey barrels. Release #65.

A: Darkest of pours produces a one inch, dark mocha capping with a very good retention. A thick sheet band lacing sticks well.

S: Freshly ground dark roast beans comes right from the grinder to your nose, beautifully dry, with a silty campfire roast. Seriously like sticking your nose into a freshly grounded bag of coffee beans. The duration is very lengthy as well with a very good rate of strength. Light complimentary hints of whiskey and vanilla.

T: Beautiful dark roast, fresh, oily, rich with the cocoa coming through with very good results. Vanilla bean, oily coffeee roast combine with a dark chocolate bittering roastiness. Fresh splashes of whiskey are wet and tempting.

M: Medium heavy body, oily, chewy depth, low carbonation, soothing, silty and alcohol warming.

O: Every bit as good as advertised. A huge freshly grounded coffee presence takes center stage here, added fresh i presume after the aging ala BCBS. The aroma and flavor are a coffee beer lovers dream here, nicely accented, rich, deep and worthy seeking out. World class offering indeed.

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Photo of Bonkinishwa
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Epic Brewing Company - Big Bad Baptist [Batch # 56]. 11.9% ABV. 22oz Bomber split between two snifters.

Look: Pours and settles a viscous pitch black, and retaining a half finger of mocha colored head.

Smell: Most prominent aroma is raw whiskey, with some under powered aromas of cocoa, coffee, dark malts, dark fruits (raspberries and grapes), and charred oak.

Feel: Thick, chewy, heavy, creamy, full bodied.

Taste: Very strong whiskey up front, with some sweet cocoa, bitter coffee, some dark malts, and the dark fruit protruding about halfway through. Very bold boozy aspect, with none of the other flavors really making a significant impact on the palate. Gets better as it warms up.

Overall: This is one big beer, and would be hard to handle by yourself. Very strong boozy whiskey in this batch, a little too much it seems; a lot of the other flavors are drowned out by it. I was expecting a whole lot more from this, but maybe this batch wasn't as good as the others.

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Photo of LADaveBN
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing brew. A fantastic mix of chocolate, oak, subtle coffee, and a touch of smoke. Surprisingly drinkable for such a high ABV. Would absolutely look for this one again. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Sathanas
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

First off, when a brewery constantly tweaks recipes... I'm probably gonna be a fan!

So, Epic brewing's finally made it to my northern, frostbitten area of Canada! $21 Canadian per bomber of their batch #50 using coffee from Blue Copper coffee shop in Kansas City at 12.6%. Pours a (not completely pitch) black colour with a thick creamy finger of mocha brown head. Looks super promising!

Predominantly a high-end coffee start, goes into a dark chocolate and bourbon vanilla-ey taste then a milk chocolate middle with some dried dark fruit flavours like a prune and raisin and a still smokey vanilla aura through out. Ends with a strong coffee/hop bitterness. Absolutely beautiful.

Personally I love huge coffee stouts and pick em up whenever a new one comes available, but I usually get way too much coffee. This beer (after 3 1/2 months) balances damn-near perfectly, but still lets you know its a coffee bomb. Best coffee beer I've had thus far and makes me one happy (but cold) Mennonite! Highly recommended!

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Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 522 ratings.