Big Bad Baptist - Epic Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,962
Reviews: 484
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 400
Gots: 893 | 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 chugalug06
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great lasting foamy head rises caramel colored and dense. Nice head retention too. Missing a touch of lacing...

Whoa. Let me preface: I despise Hazelnut, but the hazelnut in this brew is done wonderfully. Roasty, bready, tons of coffee, ripe, chocolately, deep, dark and bold. For being full of hazelnut, it's done very well.

A great amount of carbonation, prickly. Harsh initial bite followed by flowing flavors of roasty hazelnut coffee. Bitterness is high and goes very appreciated. Sweetness is that of 80% dark chocolate.

A total mind bender. It's hazelnutty, but doesn't taste or drink hazelnutty. Way recommended @ $13/22oz. IMO, this is one beer best drank cold. One of Epics best beers for sure. Cheers!

Photo of russwbeck
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Release #1 enjoyed with rjochman

A: Pours out of the bottle black and rests in the glass pretty viscous. A big brown head raises up, but recedes quickly. Not a ton of lacing or carbonation that I can see. Wish the head stuck around a bit longer.

S: The aroma on this is really impressive. The amount of coffee and chocolate really blows me away, but the whiskey is really underneath, and understated. While the aroma on this is quite bold the balance is there, which equally as impressive.

T: I've had stouts with coffee in it before, but wow this is a new experience. The aftertaste is exactly the same as when I take a sip of actual coffee. Really blown away about just how much this tastes like coffee. Up front is chocolate, vanilla, and a bit of whiskey. After a brief second, this becomes all about the coffee.

MF: Low carbonation, thick body, and pretty damn drinkable. The finish is so dry. I just can't stop taking sips the taste is so interesting.

O: I thought this was a hit, really glad I tried it. At $12.99 I thought this was definitely worth it. Interested to see how the other releases stack up.

Release #3

A: Just as deep and dark as Release #1 with a better head retention. Nice brown head, with minimal lacing.

S: The smell is a little less balanced. Tons of coffee, but less chocolate and certainly no whiskey at all. Let's see what happens with the taste.

T: The taste is a little better, but still after a few releases I was hoping this would have improved. Ton of coffee, the aftertaste is still similar to drinking an actual cup of coffee, but the chocolate is a bit thin, less vanilla, and again no whiskey.

MF: Not quite as thick. Perhaps this would benefit from some age as Release #1 was clearly better.

O: At $11.99 I think this is definitely still worth it. Expected more, but I still definitely enjoyed it. Wish the barrel aging was a bit more present.

Release #4

A: Black pour with a couple fingers of brown head. The retention and lacing are both wonderful. This is a great looking beer. 4.5

S: Amazingly the smell is all coffee. Can't believe how deep and dark this beer is and for it to be all coffee. The bourbon and oak lie underneath with a strong chocolate character. Great balance, but coffee focused. 4.5

T: Like the aroma, the coffee dominates the taste. A bit too much for me honestly. Bourbon hangs out, making its presence known as the beer warms, but the chocolate and barrel characteristics are secondary to the coffee. I think this needs a few months to balance out. The other dimensions are there. Just not strong enough. 3.5

MF: The body is full and the carbonation is a bit high as well. Big Bad Baptist is crazy drinkable and sports a dry finish. This is a great beer. 4

O: Overall, I wish the coffee was stepped back a bit and the bourbon was more prominent. This beer is top notch, but I'm thinking it needs some age to make all the flavors come together. Not my favorite of the releases, but I would never turn it down. 4

Photo of screamking
4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Release #13 22oz bottle poured into snifter.

Pours black with a thin dark khaki head. Dark roasted coffee right up front in the nose. Also lots of chocolate with vanillia, oak, and smoked toffee. This thing has a certain smokeyness in the aroma. The chocolate comes out up front in the taste leaving the coffee to play second fiddle. You get a bit of the whiskey notes in the middle of the mouth, in the form of smokey oak. This thing is very rich, lots of bold flavors. The mouth feel is full bodied. ABV is slightly noticeable, but for the percentage it excellent. This one makes for a perfect desert beer or even a late nightcap. All the flavors are there, they don't blend together very well but instead sit on their own.

Photo of oline73
4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a tasting glass.

Appearance: Pours almost black with a layer of tan head that fades fairly quickly. This is a very smooth beer. Roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. There is just the right level of sweetness. This is a very good imperial stout. I'd definitely have more.

Photo of GeezLynn
4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Straight black, with a medium brown head that is short-lived.
S: Very earthy and roasted, oats are apparent, with light coffee and a hint of whiskey.
T: Starts off with a heavy dark coffee flavor, followed by a light whiskey bite, and finishes with a bitter chocolate covered coffee bean flavor. A little vanilla shows as it approaches room temperature.
M: Thick body with low carbonation. Overall feel is velvety smooth.

BBB was a change of pace from the more common bourbon barrel stouts out there. This is very char-heavy without the bourbon derived cherry/fruit flavors. More of a vanilla/alcohol contribution from the barrel. Coffee addition was mild, but very nice. Enjoyable.

Photo of SFC21
4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch #48

Chocolate and coffee flavors shine here, with the whiskey playing second fiddle. Great balance. The wood from the barrel aging makes for a very dry finish. Really tasty beer.

Photo of Ri0
4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured 22oz bottle into a chalice. Batch #27

A - Obsidian with a 2.5 finger mocha colored head. Nice retention and delicate, yet plentiful lacing.

S - Fresh steeped cold coffee, smells great. I also find notes of dark chocolate and cocoa with hints of earthy hops. The coffee aroma is really something.

T - A big, bold, flavorful coffee roast mixed with dark chocolate and cocoa. Earthy hops and very subtle bourbon notes round it off and keep it bitter with a hint of sweetness.

M - Medium bodied and nice carbonation with a smooth mouthfeel.

O - One of the most coffee forward stouts that I have had. I have had many and this one is brilliant and well done. I recommend this and it best consumed fresh if you like strong coffee.

Photo of robbrockjr
4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Solid brew.
Nice smell, great taste. Very easy drinking

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Surly Goat in West Hollywood, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is absolutely fantastic with dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, and huge coffee bean and coffee ground aromas. Taste is of dark roasted malt and a flavor very similar to tiramisu that has been dusted with cocoa powder and coffee grounds. There is a nice roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a medium body. Overall, this is a good stout with an outstanding aroma but the taste just doesn't match up.

Photo of Mdog
4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Opaque black, good head.

Smell: Dark chocolate, woody, slight vanilla.

Taste: Thick and coating. Vanilla-tinged coffee with a nice sweetness. Moves towards a more straight-up coffee flavor and dry coffee finish.

Overall: I forgot to write down the batch number, but this had been sitting on the shelf at the store for at least 2 years. Still was a very tasty big stout that stands beside the bigger names.

Photo of Jonada
4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch #22 10.2% ABV. Served in a Goose Island stemmed glass

Appearance: Pours nearly black in color with a finger of a dark tan head that dissipates to a thick ring and wispy coating of foam. Body is nearly opaque with only the smallest hints of ruby red when held up to light.

Smell: Extremely fresh ground coffee, roasted malt, dark chocolate, maybe a hint of vanilla. Not super complex, and is lacking really any barrel character, but the coffee aromas are excellent.

Taste: More of the same as the aroma. Fresh ground coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, slight smoke. Again, where is the whiskey barrel character? Even as the beer warms there's little to no barrel presence.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Booze masked fairly well.

Overall: This was a bit of an odd beer to rate. I scored this fairly high since it is a very good coffee stout, however I'm a bit let down considering the lack of barrel presence coupled with the price paid for the beer. If you're looking for a good coffee stout, then this is probably worth a try (though there are better options for cheaper), but I can't recommend this as a great bourbon/whiskey barrel aged stout.

Photo of whiterabbit
4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Lucky batch #13 for me...

A - Pitch black thick oily dark tan head, disappears fast, but lacing remains. Exactly what an imperial stout should look like

S - Not bad, but was expecting more. Coffee and alcohol

T - Bam. Deep coffee / espresso. Slight chocolate, then whiskey a go go. . Great! This is where this stout is at. Complex, yet layered to be savored.

M - Thick, oily and complex. Boozy as hell, yet all three characteristics stand alone. Bravo

O - This is the bomb. great sipping stout, the warmer it gets the better it gets. Not for faint of heart, not for the beginner. If you like a good barrel aged stout, and a nip of whiskey floats your boat, come along for the ride. Highly recommended.

Photo of Iratolla
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

22oz bomber lightly chilled and poured into a snifter...big boozy nose from the barrel, but not overwhelming on the palate. Solid coffee flavor upfront then giving way to roasted malt and stouty lusciousness. Not opposed to this offering whatsoever...well done Epic

Photo of StoutBrotha602
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

got this from total wine in my area of Phoenix i frequently shop

i poured this into my Rogue/left Hand/speigelau Stout Glass

Pour was Really really dark the stout glass produced an excellent head
Smell/aroma was heavy on chocolate and cocoa nibs
Mouthfeel was light on carbonation and smooth on pallete
the finish was bitter and it lingered a lil bit but it was woth it.. ..good imperial stout but

Photo of largadeer
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to drgonzo3705 for this one. Batch 4, bottled in Jan 2012.

Appearance: Pretty standard black bodied RIS appearance here, pouring with a couple fingers of leather-hued foam that settles to a thin film. Looks solid.

Smell: Not terribly subtle but thoroughly enjoyable coffee and cocoa up front. Gentle roastiness is noticed beneath, along with some molasses sweetness. Little bit of barrel peeks through, lending vanilla and faint alcohol.

Taste & mouthfeel: Coffee, cocoa and vanilla, in that order. The coffee used has a robust earthy, spicy note that's pretty nice. Pleasantly roasty malt backbone without any burnt qualities. The body is a solid medium-full, never approaching syrupy, and sweetness likewise is pretty reigned-in for an 11%er. Subtle bourbon barrel flavors here, I'm guessing this didn't spend much time in the barrel. The finish is long but mellow, very coffee-forward.

Overall: This stuff is pretty legit, I'm very surprised. It isn't quite in the same league as beers like BCBCS and KBS, but it isn't too far off.

Photo of rlee1390
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-Black in the glass, clear around the edges, one finger brown head that tries to leave some lacing.

S-Woah. Lots of great coffee. Some chocolate and roasted malt, more oak than whiskey. The coffee dominates and it is a good thing.

T-Again lots and lots of coffee. What wonderful coffee flavor. Then some roasted malt and chocolate. FInishes with oak and very slight whiskey, it could use longer aging I believe.

M-Medium bodied, slight carbonation, tad creamy.

O-One of the better coffee stout on the market. Could use some more whiskey flavor but still a knock out. Thank you Clif!

Photo of OneEye78
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Review of 2014 version, approximately 1 month old. Poured 22oz Bomber into a snifter. Poured a thick dark black, with a thin khaki head. Nose was a roasted coffee blast with sweet vanilla, caramel and toffee undertones. When cold, strong coffee flavor present, but as it warms vanilla, oak and bourbon burn took over. Caught a hint of raisin and cherry in its sweetness. Mouthfeel was full, but not syrupy. Overall a very enjoyable beer. Very complex, but a step below the "greats".

Photo of REDAMI
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into two pint glasses.

A - Pours black, tan/caramel colored head which dissipates quickly with little lacing.

S - Strong bitter chocolate, followed by whiskey, boozy alcohol, and a coffee finish.

T - Starts as a well balanced mocha with an extra shot of espresso. Followed by a strong alcohol edge, which finishes with the bitterness of baking chocolate and dark roasted grains.

M - Smoothness is cut by strong alcohol which thins it somewhat. Should improve wih aging.

O - The flavors are spot on for a mocha stout. However, the alcohol bite takes away from the overall body of the beer. This is still an outstanding brew and I hope I can get another bottle to see how it turns out after aging.

Photo of projectflam86
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber served in a tulip. Release#1 11.7% ABV on the side of the bottle.

A- Pours a deep black color with a medium sized light brown head that leaves some lace.

S- This baby is all coffee. Deep dark roasted coffee aroma and some bittersweet chocolate. Not picking up much from the whiskey barrels but the coffee definitely stands out.

T- Ok, now the whiskey barrels show themselves. Huge wave of alcohol initially with a creamy smooth roasted finish. The coffee still leads the way in the flavor profile but the whiskey is quite noticeable and adds a bit of depth. Some dark chocolate, vanilla beans, and black licorice comes through more as it warms. Charred burnt aftertaste lingers until the next sip.

M- Full bodied with medium carbonation. Silky smooth and rich.

O- This is one doozie of a beer. I think the alcohol is a bit too hot for my personal preference but aging one might take away from the huge coffee flavors. A very nice coffee forward brew.

Photo of uvachief
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Poured from a 22oz bomber. Dark impenetrable black with a little head. Aromas of coffee. Tastes of coffee with background of dark, unsweetened chocolate. Goes down smooth. You do notice the bourbon on the way down or even more in the aftertaste but not overwhelming. Subtle. Solid stout but I don't think it is anywhere near a 97 rating. Very good though.

Photo of BucBasil
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a tuliped pint glass at Stout Studio City.

The beer is pure black with a solid looking dark tan head. Foam lacing all over. About as solid as can be.

A more subdued aroma than what I expected. Light coffee and bakers chocolate. A bit of roast behind it but compared to other imperial stouts the aroma does not permeate. OK

All the right notes are there. The roast and bitter chocolate are spot on. There's a nice cordial sweetness in there that adds a liquer character. Then on top of that you get a nice wood and bourbon note. Very nice.

Overall right up my alley. A hugely solid beer. Drinkable and smooth with a pretty unique character. Recommended. Just missing that aroma to put it over the top.

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter; release #1

Pours a still ink black, absolutely no light getting through this guy. A small brown colored head bubbled up and never truly took shape before fading away.

Charred roasted malt, coffee grounds and bitter dark chocolate leap out of the glass. I could smell it while I was pouring it. Oak and bourbon are low lying additions.

There is a uniqueness to this stout that is growing on me. Charred roast and coffee carry you through the middle where bitter chocolate, dark fruits and bourbon take over. The finish is some more char and bitter coffee grounds. The mildest amount of warming is noticeable, but doesn't detract from anything.

The feel is pretty damn good. Oily smooth with a good amount of heft behind it. Lingering char and coffee with bourbon notes.

The charred malt lends a great partner flavor to the bitter chocolate and coffee grounds. One that I haven't come across before. This is a damn fine stout that is welcome in my glass any time. Solid job, Epic.

Photo of DocJitsu
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque, very dark brown color with a mocha colored head. The head dissipates a little too quickly. Otherwise, I would've given its appearance a score of 4.5. I like the uniqueness of the aroma. But, the aroma, in my opinion, just doesn't deserve a 4.5. I note coffee, griddle smoke, and olives. Moutfheel is viscous and slick. Just what I was hoping it'd be. I love the flavor of this one. Greasy spoon exhaust smoke when the griddle catches fire. The smoke begins to yield some to chocolate, but persists, albeit to a lesser degree, throughout the finish. Quite of hop bitterness gets expressed toward the finish, which tends to wake the smoke back up. Just a bit of off plastic flavor that tends to taint so many Imperial Stouts. I hope the smoke flavor in this one was created by the grain and the char of the barrel, not an additive. I really enjoy this beer. It reminds me of Bacon and Eggs from Pizza Port.

Photo of brew3crew
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jackie o's tasting baby!! 1st release

A-black body and a tan head that stick around for awhile.

S-wow smell coffee as it starts to pour. Fresh roasted coffee

T-not really any whisky, tons of fresh coffee

M- medium boey and smooth

O-nice suprise. Very good but very Hugh coffee

Photo of MyakkaRiver
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch 34; 12.7% ABV. Delicious coffee stout. I wish there was more coffee flavor that came through though.

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