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Big Bad Baptist - Epic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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Reviews: 519
Hads: 3,286
Avg: 4.3
pDev: 22.33%
Wants: 433
Gots: 1,099 | FT: 126
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 Mdog
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of Jonada
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of whiterabbit
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of Iratolla
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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

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Photo of StoutBrotha602
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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

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Photo of largadeer
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
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!

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Photo of OneEye78
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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".

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Photo of REDAMI
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of projectflam86
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of uvachief
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

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Photo of BucBasil
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of DocJitsu
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of LloydDobler
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch Release #30. 10.5%ABV

Pours an endless black with absolutely zero head. The nose is burnt coffee grounds and a bit of sweetness. The initial taste was sour mash with dark chocolate and bitter coffee. This doesn't taste so much barrel aged as much as it does just brewed with a whiskey addition. Not that being that way is all that bad, just not much mellowing wood characteristic to it. This was fairly light and slick on the tongue. Overall great, but would like to try some other(higher ABV) batches.

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Photo of brew3crew
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
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

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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 StArnoldFan
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch # 9

Pours dark black with a 3 finger mocha colored head. Smells heavy of coffee and chocolate, almost no whiskey scent at all. Tastes pretty much follow the nose, coffee, chocolate, roasted malts. Mouth on this one is good, perfect carb, not too thick, not too thin. Overall this is a good coffee stout, it's just lacking the barrel that I expect to smell and taste on a good BA stout. My bottle has been aged for around 8 months so maybe that has something to do with it. I'd like to get another one of these and see how they differ from batch to batch.

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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 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 Franziskaner
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black as night with no penetration to light. A minuscule layer of khaki colored foam covers the majority of the top. Brussels lacing. I smell very bitter coffee similar to iced coffee. The coffee flavor is like very bitter iced coffee similar to coffee bender,but the whiskey and chocolate notes are sweet and cut the bitterness. The mouth is thick and chewy.

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Photo of r0nyn
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into my DFH snifter.

As it settles in the glass, the beer looks a bit on the thin side, with light edges and a lower viscosity than I like to see in my imperial stouts. Quarter-inch light brown head leaves a decent amount of lacing. Nose reveals plenty of that whiskey barrel aroma, along with a sweet malt base. Surprisingly, the coffee and chocolate are subdue in comparison to the other smells. Not sure why, but they're still there and provide for a pleasant aroma.

Fortunately, the taste is where the coffee and chocolate really come into play. There's cocoa and bittersweet coffee everywhere, almost like a really fresh batch of FBS. Solid malt backbone combines with the sweet tastes, making this very tasty and easy to drink. Coupled with the fact the bourbon-barrel aging and alcohol are only very slightly detectable, this brew becomes really dangerous quite quickly. Mouthfeel is smooth and silky. Would have liked a bit more body to it to pack a bigger punch, but it's really just nitpicking at this point.

Definitely one of the most coffee-forward beers I've ever had the pleasure of imbibing. A must-try if you're at all into coffee and/or barrel-aged beers. Age would probably lessen the essence of this brew, so I'd suggest drinking it sooner rather than later.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle (Batch #50, 'Blue Copper', @12.6% ABV). Every December 5th, in honour of the American Repeal Day, I extract the biggest, baddest Yankee-brewed offering from my cellar to review. Turns out that this year, I couldn't have had a better option: Big Bad Baptist!

This beer pours a solid black abyss, with the scantest of basal mahogany edges when pressed to the cold glow of the monitor screen, and one skinny-ass finger of weakly foamy, and mostly just bubbly brown head, which leaves some decent arctic iceberg profile lace around the glass as things gently get a move on.

It smells of charred black coffee, grainy caramel malt, bittersweet chocolate, earthy licorice root, gritty American whiskey barrels - corn-fed booze and wood, mostly - a strange dark fruitiness, and some tame weedy, leafy, and musty hoppiness. The taste is rich medium chocolate fudge, fading day-old coffee grounds, toffee-flecked caramel malt, those Scandinavian licorice candies, surprisingly subtle barrel astringencies - a bit of vanilla and rye whiskey-soaked staves - and a generic earthy bitterness.

The bubbles are fairly laid-back, but perform well enough via their supportive frothiness, the body a dense medium-heavy weight, and rather smooth, with a heady and robust creaminess. It finishes sweet, but in a generally moderated sense - the char, coffee, and a mildly acrid booziness seeing to that.

Wowee - for such a high ABV stout, you'd hardly know it, and the chocolate and coffee work together like old buds, with just enough barrel content to make ya happy, without hitting you over the head with it. This Baptist fulfilled my quota and my belly tonight, with big, bad aplomb - but make no mistake, I'm not losing my religion, as my religion is damned (sorry) good beer.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black as night, mocha head. Sits still with a brown ring on the the glass. Chocolate and coffee dominate the aroma, with an underlying vanilla and wood note. Toasted notes and some dark fruits. Cocoa leads the taste. Some bittersweet coffee follows, toasted and roasted notes, some sweetness and dark fruitiness. Back end vanilla and toasted oak round it out with some accompanying whiskey notes. The feel is full, and somewhat coating. The alcohol can get a bit heavy, so this makes a good closer.

Overall, a wonderful stout. -bal stouts are hit or miss with me, but this is a hit.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep black body, creamy chestnut head. Nose is spectacularly rich, a candy store of molasses, caramel, toasted marshmallow, and dark chocolate. Give it a sip, though, and you've got a lot more than that...especially first off, as warm, woody bourbon flavors comes rippling over the front end. Keep sipping and you see that the palate stays in that mode, condensed, powerful, but adding layer upon layer as the drink goes on: first chewy, chocolate-covered fruit, then crisp, smoky, and toasty (think chocolate-covered pretzel), and finally finishing with the spice of clove and fresh ginger. In all, this is a gorgeous beer. The only problem I have is that, like I said before, it really doesn't expand. It's a concentrated experience, never quite as full-bodied and lingering as other top contenders in its class. But still, just because it isn't the best, that doesn't mean that what's contained in this bottle isn't pure magic. Overall, this stout is nothing less than extraordinary. Cheers!

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Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 519 ratings.