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Big Bad Baptist - Epic Brewing Company

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485 Reviews

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Reviews: 485
Hads: 3,133
Avg: 4.3
pDev: 22.79%
Wants: 418
Gots: 1,003 | 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 

ABV varies by batch
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Reviews: 485 | Hads: 3,133
Photo of chrismann65
4.84/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Batch # 36 ABV = 12.4 % . Very nice Imperial stout brewed with Cocoa Nibs, coffee , aged in whiskey Barrels !!! This is a great stout coffee forward with smooth cocoa dark flavor . Just got better as , I drank it over 2 hours & the last sip was the best !! Wow I will look for more of this A.S.A.P.!! Epic , very well done great job !! Thanks for brewing A Top A++ Beer that will age well with time !! Love this beer !!! WOW !!!

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Photo of ruzzal
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow. Reminiscent of bomb! or vice versa. Either way as a fan of RIS,especially barraged coca coffee influenced, wow. Stoked To pick up more tomorrow. Batch40.

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Photo of stephens101
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Spit-shined boot black with a thin coating of dense tan head.

Has a well-focused aroma consisting of dark chocolate, coffee and molasses.

Quite smooth and creamy up front with a hit of coffee and chocolate following. Other notes of grain, pine, caramel and plum float in the middle. Has a touch of grind residue in the finish that serves to make it that much more authentic.

Has a big body of course, but carries its weight and hold its alcohol well.

This is how it ought to be.

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Photo of TubaManJack
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch #41
Medium bodied RIS, but were it really shines though is the medium-light roast coffee beans and the nibs. It is a great blend with the right balance of the two without requiring a milk stout or being overtly sweet.

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

Superb imperial stout. Heavy on chocolate and coffee tones without overpowering alcohol forward. Very well balanced for such high ABV. Batch #35 is 12.4% ABV

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Photo of SierraFlight
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Shared in red solo cups under the shelter on a beautiful Thursday. Opaque black with a thin tan head. Hard to tell much else. Aroma is awesome, cocoa powder, coffee, dark roast, a bit of vanilla. Taste is good but less of a superstar compared to the nose. There’s whisky heat, cocoa and roasted malt sweetness, and coffee bitterness. Medium body, oily texture, moderate carbonation, some heat and bitterness on the finish.

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Photo of Illmaticzx
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
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

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Photo of Donco
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Batch #36. 12.4% ABV
From everything I've read this beer varies greatly in ABV and ratings from batch to batch. I was lucky to come across several bottles of this 2013 brew and absolutely find it is one of my favorite coffee Imperial Stouts.
Look is black as night with a bit of lacing as I let it sit in my tulip glass.
Smell is amazing with tons of coffee and chocolate mixing with a bit of oakiness as well.
Taste follows the nose with delicious hits of coffee and chocolate and bourbon barrel with each warming taste. Extremely smooth and drinkable for it's ABV.
I've never tried any other batch but this one is a total winner!

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Photo of ljdrinksbeer
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served at 55, very dark brown with thin mocha colored head, smell is not really there at first but opens up after about fifteen minutes, cocoa nibs make the first impression, start to get the other flavors as it warms, don't get much coffee, whiskey really hits toward the end, pleasant hot finish, body is thin for my tastes but overall very nice brew.

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Photo of Josh012012
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

almost no head despite pouring it like I was having angry makeup sex with a stubborn ketchup bottle

Initially smells mostly like roasted coffee with whiskey/alcohol next and sweet stout smells last

For taste I get the nice roasty base stout first then start tasting mild additions of coffee cocoa and whiskey

mouth feel is pretty good and complements the brew very nicely.. a little heavier with a little more soft carb may have upped the rating

overall if you have never tried this beer expect a nice well balanced stout with no overly strong or offensive flavors.. to spell it out a nice base stout complemented by mild whiskey coffee and cocoa that is quire smooth for .6 abv

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

Tried this one on tap and had to buy a bomber of it...great imp stout! It hits all the classic notes...coffee, chocolate, hint of bourbon and booziness but what stood out to me was the mouthfeel...it's unbelievably drinkable for such a big stout. The flavors meld so nicely that makes this thing an incredible brew

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Photo of humuloner22
4.91/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

God this is a good beer. Quality for sure. I need to hoard up a few more before they disappear again! Although the coffee might fade. Jesus this Baptist is bad and in a good way.

Appearance: Black as night if poured aggressively the head does rise significantly with a nice caramel colored head.

Aroma: Coffee, bourbon some chocolate but not too much of any of those things. It all melds into a perfect balance of bliss. For sure one of the best smelling beers in this category I have ever had!

Taste: Amazing, not boozy at all for the abv. The bourbon shines just enough but does not overpower the coffee or the chocolate. The malts balance everything else out in harmony. Its a very well made beer. Man, it really is so good. The mouthfeel is spot on as well. Very velvety and like drinking a chocolate milkshake with some coffee and bourbon in it! Amazing beer and very well done. Warning: There is coffee in this beer and you can taste it, if you are not a coffee fan you won't like this beer. I do! Its not overpowering and will likely settle even more as time passes but overall this is a very well made beer.

Overall: Amazing, I would buy again. This was release 45 for those counting.

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

Big thanks to @tbadiuk for the bottle. A beauty, dark black with a thick mocha head and decent lacing. The nose and taste are big boasting lots of chocolate, espresso, roasted malts, some boozy notes. Lower in carbonation, but not to a fault, so the beer is smooth, rich and creamy. Overall, this is a delious beer with an amazing note!

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Photo of Apellonious
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a Beer Growler growler into a bulbous wine glass.

A - Jet black, half finger that moves quickly to a thin lace. Good lace retention.

S - Cocoa and chocolate, some burnt wood, smoke.

T - Follows the nose, bitteness ensues. Not picking up much whiskey. Some vanilla, coffee more prevalent.

M - Carbonation is medium, moving to low as it warms. Sits heavy, the bitterness makes it finish dry.

O - Serve closer to room temp to reduce some of the bitterness. Definitely a winter slow sipper.

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Photo of Brabander
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a very well made Imperial stout. Very balanced with a good hint of the coffee. Not so much barrel smell and the cocoa nibs....i did not notice them...

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Photo of DrunkAl
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber. Batch #37. First impression is that it smells like bourbon county coffe. Well as much coffee, maybe not as much bourbon. But as close as it gets to a perfect coffee stout. Taste, although still good, is a bit of a letdown. Mild chocolate, sweet bourbon, coffee (which worked much better on the aroma) and bitter vanilla. Average to maybe on the tho side for such a big beer.

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Photo of infinitebruner
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

January 14, 2015

Draft, taster glass

A – Very deep brown to lighter black. Seems pretty clear. Tan head, fairly low retention.

S – Strong coffee aroma, hard to find much else here. A bit of vanilla and a touch oak, molasses.

T – Strong espresso, a touch of vanilla, some sweet molasses. A nice touch of bitterness, seems to be from the roasted malts.

M – Residual sweetness with a nice roasty bite. Light to moderate carbonation.

O – Prominent coffee and dark malts with lots of barrel character. This beer seems to be exactly what it wants to be.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel snifter glass.

A - 4.75 - Poured an oily, pitch black color. Formed a nice finger and a half of very dark brown colored head. Low head potential, great head retention. Nice thick whisps of lacing left on the walls of the glass.
S - 3.75 - Tons of roasty coffee, little traces of alcohol, but the nose is primarily dominated by coffee.
T - 4.25 - Sweet cream upfront with an EXTREMELY distant note of butterscotch, possibly imparted by the whiskey barrels. Lots of dark chocolate and coffee which mingle together creating a nice bittersweet mocha flavor. The upfront sweet cream is balanced perfectly by the bittersweet finish. Would have liked a little more whiskey taste imparted by the barrel.
F - 4.75 - Super rich and thick, very creamy mouthfeel.
O - 4.50 - Definitely an A imperial stout, one of the better ones I've had in a long time. Stuff is a bit uncommon, but if you can get your hands on it and are a fan of the style, I highly recommend buy a couple to set back and age!

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Photo of TheRougeBastard
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is one big beer in terms of taste, feel, and effect! Poured black as black can be and thick with minimal head. The 11.7%abv wasn't hidden at all and smacked you with each swig. Notes of roasted cocoa beans, dark chocolate and vanilla(?) were there along with the alcohol. As it got warmer in the glass, the bite got bolder. All in all, I enjoyed this bad boy from the folks at Epic, just glad I was safely at home as this one easily brought out the drunkard in me:)

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Photo of stortore
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce into a snifter, release #40, 11.5%, maybe batch 1977 bottled 10/13/2014.

Pours dark, no head but lacing on the sides while drinking. Smells oaky, vanilla, buttery (?). Whatever, smells really nice. Tastes of vanilla, whiskey, some oak. Get some coffee on the back end. This is beautifully blended. Really smooth drinking, almost creamy.

First beer from Epic and it's a big winner. Can't get this where I live, wish I would have bought a second. Don't know if all the releases are this good, but you should buy it if you see it.

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Photo of spacebear09
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Very dark brew with a tawny head.

Smell- Primarily bourbon sweetness.

Taste- Surprisingly very little bourbon flavor, it only makes an appearance in the nose. Heavy roast is the majority of the flavor coming through here. Chocolate and hazelnuts... Reminiscent of Nutella. Notes of coffee and cola round out the finish, but after drinking BCBS or Parabola this seems like a medium bodied beer.

Feel- Very creamy and smooth. Not harsh in the least.

Overall- A unique bourbon barrel offering, good but not one of my favorites.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft, at the Aces and Ales, Las Vegas, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with a half of a finger of chocolate-colored head that dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Tons of roasted malt up front, imparting notes of freshly toasted pumpernickel bread, followed by some dark chocolate aromas, caramel and brown sugar. Rich.

Taste: Strong flavors of roasted malt up front, imparting notes of freshly toasted pumpernickel bread, a touch of freshly roasted coffee and smoke, followed by some dark chocolate-like bitterness, dark molasses, brown sugar-like sweetness and a touch of star anise or licorice. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Very chewy, very creamy and smooth, as there is no carbonation what-so-ever in this beer. With an ABV of 11.8%, there is a very pleasant alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: This is an excellent beer! I love the strong flavors of malt, dark chocolate and dark molasses/brown sugar-like sweetness as well as the creamy mouthfeel. Delicious!

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

Poured from a bomber into an enlarged snifter. This is release #14 - 12.1% ABV.

Appearance: Pours deep brown and leaves a dark tan/light brown finger and a half of good looking head. The head lingers for a while before leaving a brown layer atop the beer. (4.5)

Smell: Roasted malts, vanilla, hints of dark chocolate and oak. Nice integrated aroma. (4.5)

Taste: Roasted malts, plenty of vanilla, dark chocolate, a hint of oak. Very smooth finish, alcohol is very well masked. (4.25)

Mouth-feel: Low to medium carb with a medium, slightly creamy body. Smooth, light finish. (4)

Overall: This is a really nice, balanced but big stout. Vanilla is the biggest flavor here, which is interesting considering that it was brewed with cocoa nibs and coffee. Nice balance of sweetness. (4.25)

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Photo of jdshep
4.94/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

full review: http://t.co/DXsrUBLwT0
From start to finish this beer is purely enjoyable. The aroma swirls between chocolate and coffee as it enters the nose. On the taste, I get chocolate as it transforms into coffee, and finishes with the hints of bourbon and barrel. This is fully bodied and coats the back of the throat. An enjoyable after taste.

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Photo of DeepBrew
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 650 ml bomber into snifter.

Label indicates 12.4 ABV (Release #36)

A: Opaque black with thin brown foam that tries hard to hold on, but dissipates fairly quickly.

S: Oh, the smell! Beautiful cocoa, coffee, barrel and booze throughout.

T: Taste pleasantly follows smell: rich malt, dark chocolate and not too bitter coffee, some acidity, maybe from the barrel. Coffee and booze play together well in the aftertaste.

M: Full body, creamy from the lively carbo, good heat from the whiskey.

O: I love how this beer's smell hangs on almost to the last sip. I also love how the taste does not belie the great smell. I usually look for 12 oz version of beers coming in a 750 ml bomber. It may sound like heresy, but this is a beer that i wish the bomber would be larger. Great balance. Recommended!

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