Big Bad Baptist - Epic Brewing Company

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Reviews: 447
Hads: 3,002
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 404
Gots: 914 | FT: 114
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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 

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Photo of GJ40
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 22oz bottle in a DFH snifter thanks to a trade with nollie77. Release #17. Started around 55 degrees.

A - Deep black with a small tan head.

S - Very interesting and unlike any other BA IS I've tried. Lots of cocoa and vanilla with a sweet, almost dessert like scent. Coffee and whisky too but in a more supporting role.

T - Good depth and complexity with cocoa, dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla and brown sugar. But the whisky plays the biggest role. It's a little too much at first but I adjusted along the way. The alcohol is strong but again I adjusted. It gets better as it warms.

M - Creamy with a nice low carbonation.

O - A very good beer but it took some time for me to adjust. (704 characters)

Photo of shirazed
4.59/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

#3 poured into a Libbey Craft Pub glass on 2/28/14.

Bottled Dec. 2011, purchased 2012 at Belmont Station in Portland, brought home to Seattle and consumed in Columbus, OH after moving here over a year ago.

Freaking awesome!!!

Showing the cocoa nib flavors and bitterness with subtle cask aging. Not alcoholic at all! Integrated!

A: Black! with caramel froth. Didn't pay attention to the head.
S: My nose isn't what it could be, so not a lot of anything here. Coffee, roast, dark dried fruit (prunes, raisins?).
T: Roasty, coffee, dark chocolates, caramel, bitterness, but maybe not so much hoppiness.
M: Rich, med-heavy, not alcoholic at all, smooth!
O: I so wish I had lots more of this! Should continue to drink well for more than a year.

consumed with Nirvana Belgian Chocolates Aztec Chocolate (802 characters)

Photo of don1481
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

#23 on tap at Stubbys MKE.

Poured into an Epic glass.

Appearance: pours dark, dark with a surprisingly lingering khaki head.

Smell: holy coffee notes, Batman. some chocolate, but this is definitely coffee. No booze notes to mention.

Taste: for something that's 11.5% the alcohol is well masked here. Neither the coffee nor the chocolate are overpowering. It's a pretty nice dance they're doing here.

Mouthfeel: Very clean. Not a strong aftertaste.

Overall: Dangerously sessionable. I have a bottle of this release aging at home. Very excited to see how this turns out.

Update 10-4-14: opened one of the release 27 bottles I was cellaring. So awesome. Even more dangerously sessionable than before. Just... wow. This puts Speedway Stout to shame. And I LOVE Speedway Stout.

I am so happy I still have another 23 and 27 in the cellar.

Review adjusted upwards slightly to reflect the 27 from the cellar. (910 characters)

Photo of jbwimer
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is batch #13. Bought this at Vintage Estate a few months ago. One of the first BA stouts I ever had. Perhaps even the first. That was almost a year ago. Regardless, it's time for a review.

A- Poured from a 22 oz bottle. Split with my good friend Eddy. Half a finger of a tan head. Darkey-dark. Not the darkest beer I've had. But there's hardly any light getting through on the edges. Pretty good lacing for a BA stout.

S- So much coffee. Without a doubt, coffee dominates the nose. Faint woodiness. Slight bourbon character, but not much. This is a coffee bomb, and I'm okay with it. Roasty character certainly comes through. I want more barrel.

T- So much more smooth than I expected. Wood from the barrel levels it out. Faint bourbon. This one is dominated by coffee, roast, and dark chocolate, which washes everything down. 12.2%?! I would have never guessed. Again, more barrel, would do this beer a favor. I remember this beer having much more bourbon influence the first time I had it.

M- Not the most viscous BA stout I've had. But its cery clearly of the IS variety. Higher end of low carbonation. Slight alcohol warmth. Real nice.

O- Damn good beer. I wish this had as much barrel character as the earlier batch that I remember having. Still, this is a really enjoyable beer, with EXCELLENT coffee and roast character, which is what I love. Would come back to this beer, time and time again. (1,411 characters)

Photo of Ri0
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (737 characters)

Photo of zac16125
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into a snifter
Vintage: confused, it says release #10, but it also says with cocoa nibs and 11.4% ABV (based on ABV would make it release #15)

Thanks to fatbeats18 for sending this one over in a trade!

A: Opaque pitch black, just under 1 fingers width of mocha colored head. Head dissipates down quickly and leaves a few small patches of lacing.

S: Tons of coffee, an almost bitter astringent black coffee character. More subtle roasted malt and chocolate characters. Barrel notes arent very prominent but there are some faint whiskey notes. Coffee is by far the most prominent character.

T: Black coffee and roasted malt. Whiskey barrel characters are more prominent than in the aroma, but black coffee still dominates. I also get cream and oak.

M/D: Full bodied, pretty smooth, appropriate carbonation, a bit of a bite from the coffee, ABV very well masked, drinkability is average.

O: This is a nice coffee IS, nothing spectacular though. Pretty one dimensional with the huge coffee notes, and barrel characters arent nearly as noticeable as I had hoped. Solid beer but I expected more. (1,112 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch #22. A very nice coffee and chocolate Russian Imperial Stout. What I don't get are any whiskey barrel notes. Unfortunate, as I love those flavors. Luckily, the coffee and chocolate notes as well as the base beer itself are all rock solid- I just wonder how amazing this would be with a real Bourbon note as well. The coffee is obviously top notch, as is the cacao. You het each in almost equal measure, perhaps just a tad more coffee. The base beer itself shows off a nice roasty note. Silky smooth, and beautifully integrated. Very Nice. (544 characters)

Photo of reebtaerG
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle from batch 23 den 1328 11.5 ABV into New Belgium globe during snow storm Pax

A-Dark body with brown foamy head, quickly fades, not a lot of lacing.

S-The aroma is certainly intense, very very coffee and a touch of cocoa.

T-Taste is less coffee than the aroma, rich velvety, sweet with a nice roastiness.

M-Mouthfeel is naturally thick and syrupy with low carbonation while the alcohol is relatively subtle. Well done dark chocolate coffee bomb.

O-Didn’t get a lot of bourbon in this, maybe a touch in the aftertaste, but I think the roastiness is stronger than the sweet bourbon element you usually expect. Overall, it is a well done dark chocolate coffee bomb. Glad to have the next day off, might want to share this bomber next time. (758 characters)

Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Slides into glass a pitch black with a 1 finger caramel colored head. Quickly dissipates. A serious looking stout

S- Massive coffee notes stake its territory on the nose. The roasted malt level is intense. I was unaware this is such a coffee stout. Dig deep to smell the barrel character.

T- Coffee still present, but mellows to a degree creating stellar balance. Cocoa nibs take over where the roasted bean leaves off. Blends so nicely. Barrel, booze, and dark fruits add to the complexity and depth. Charred wood and smoke are welcomed. Vanilla creeps in when warm. This is a beer with a flavor profile that comes out guns blazing.

M- A meal of a stout for sure. Full body and hearty. But remains drinkable.

O- Outstanding. A Barrel aged beer that lets the base do the talking instead of being totally controlled by the barrel. This thing is flat out gettin' after it! Depth, bold, brash. This stout rides a coffee backbone to heaven...or hell, whatever floats your boat.

Pairing- A juicy ribeye or NY strip. Might overpower a center cut filet. (1,054 characters)

Photo of Vonerichs
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch 9, Sept 2012

Dark brown with a slight reddish hue around the edges. Minimal tan head.

Robust aromas; cocoa, fudge brownies, freshly ground espresso beans, earthy

The flavor is layered with tootsie rolls, brownies, vanilla, lots of coffee and root beer as it warms. It may be due to the age of the bottle, but I don't pick up any barrel flavors. Regardless, it's delicious.

Low carbonation and smooth, but I wish it was more hefty with the body. More body would go well with the deep rich flavor.

A great beer and a must try if you enjoy coffee in your stout. I'd love to try it fresh in hopes of capturing the barrel notes. (637 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A 22 oz. bottle, poured to a pair of snifters and split with my wife on a snowy/sleety afternoon in Portland. Bought the bottle last weekend at Taps n Caps in nearby Camas, WA. First time I tried this was at last year's Portland International Beerfest - what a memorably bold coffee/chocolate stout!

Label:
Release #20
10.5 Alc/Vol
SLC #1442

A: Very dark and very rich, but almost no head. A thin skim of light tan swirls across the top and hangs around as a slender ring. Sparse lacing.

S: So intensely forward with the "coffee" aroma, strikingly fresh grounds with sooty chocolate. Lacking some of the expected "whiskey barrel" notes, even when warmed. Coffee bean roast is dominant; good thing I love that aroma.

T:

M:

O: Still remarkable for its huge scent and flavor, although I remember it enthralling a bit more from the keg. (839 characters)

Photo of MrPlayboy
3.82/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Batch #18, October 2013, 12% ABV

I agree with others below that this was like a coffee stout and not much else. I didn't get any barrel characteristics and it tasted like a cup of black coffee with a shot of scotch poured in. Almost no sweetness and very little complexity. This has nothing on BCBCS or KBS. Founders regular Breakfast Stout is even more enjoyable than this and its too bad because I had high expectations. (423 characters)

Photo of madtowndmb1
3.56/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I feel I had to review this just because it seems fairly batch dependant. This was batch #27 and it was a coffee bomb. While I love coffee in beers this was more of a coffee with beer in it, somewhere? So take my end number with a grain of salt. It poured a very nice black with an off white head that was a little too pop like for me with next to no lacing. The smell was the best part of this beer, it smelled like a coffee shop, lovely. Too bad it tasted like a cup of coffee, very little cocoa and no whiskey barrel. it came across a little thinner than I like but nice. Overall this beer was OK. Would try again just not batch #27 (635 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
3.18/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Got this one from ScottO. Cheers for the trade man!

From a bomber into a snifter
Exponential Series
Release no.22
ABV: 10.2%
Stout with cocoa nibs and coffee added and aged in whisky barrels

APPEARANCE: A clear black pour produces a 1+ finger, medium looking, fluffy tan head with very good retention. Black body with higher levels of carbonation for the style. Head eventually fades to a full film and ring and the carbonation calms quickly as well. A slight wisp and ring remain leaving some dots of lacing down the glass. Pretty good looking.

SMELL: Lots of coffee on the nose. Roasted and burnt coffee beans, espresso, sweet cream, caramel and toffee notes on the nose. Very coffee dominant, with burnt coffee beans and some light notes of sweet cream. Little to no cocoa or whisky barrels. One dimensional and not as advertised, but still a solid imperial coffee stout.

TASTE: Like the nose, lots of burnt coffee up front. Burnt and roasted black coffee beans with light sweet cream notes, then touches of caramel through the swallow. A big and bitter finish with notes of whisky and cocoa under an avalanche of bitter, black coffee beans and burnt espresso. Very roasted with lots of coffee bitterness that pretty much dominate any hints of whisky barrel or cocoa that might be there. Tasty for sure, but not really as advertised.

PALATE: Medium-full body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth with a scratch at the swallow and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Big with more than enough weight. Some bitter coffee lingers. Really good feel.

OVERALL: This is actually a really good coffee stout. As a BA cocoa and coffee stout it is definitely lacking, but as a coffee stout, it's great. The cocoa are way outplayed here and the whisky barrel aging is pretty minimal at best, but it's still really tasty and enjoyable. Take the scores with a grain of salt, as I'm reviewing to the label specification. This is a quality imperial coffee stout, nevertheless. Recommended. (2,027 characters)

Photo of lmperialChad
4.61/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I have had Epic's Big Bad Baptist several times from a bomber, but this review is based on my experience having it on tap at Freshcraft in Denver. I had not been overly impressed with Epic Brewing based on my prior limited experiences with their Brainless Belgian-style golden ale and one of their IPAs; however, the Big Bad Baptist came along and converted me with a spiritual awakening that any evangelical Southern Baptists would envy. The Big Bad Baptist pours a deep dark brown/black with a thin brown head. The smell is reminiscent of freshly brewed dark coffee with hints of mocha and vanilla, but the coffee scent definitely dominates. The taste is more righteous than Jesus Christ himself dressed in his Sunday best. Huge dark roasted coffee notes, espresso, bittersweet and milk chocolate cocoa nibs, creamy vanilla, oak, some faint whiskey notes, and some hop bitterness lingering in the background. It has a medium thickness with some creamy vanilla essence in the body that compliments the bitter dark coffee and dark chocolate notes. A beautiful combination of coffee, chocolate, and vanilla flavors. I would not have guessed that the Big Bad Baptist clocked in at 12+% ABV. One of my all-time favorite coffee imperial stouts. (1,240 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.82/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is extremely dark brown, almost black, with a small amount of tight light brown head. Nose is quite big, tons of very clean coffee with a faint roast and rich malt backbone. Taste is also strong coffee, clean and virtually no acrid flavor whatsoever. The roast is light and there is a nice malt backbone of caramel and rich fudge. Body is quite full with a strong carbonation and soft palate. Finish has some lingering roast and some scorched barrel with notes of whiskey booziness intermingling down the throat. (517 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. Label says Release #20.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/2 inch brown head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and some bubbly surface foam. Non-resilient lacing leaves tiny specs behind.

S- Good shot of dark roast coffee plus some vanilla and chocolate. Hardly any alcohol fume or barrel presence.

T- Dark roast coffee is heavy on the palate. The barrel is detected a little now, as is the booze but the coffee smooths everything over so well. A slight lingering bitterness. Man, this is some drinkable stuff. Even after multiple sips, the heavy malt, coffee and alcohol never reaches a state of imbalance. Remarkable. Semi-sweet but, in comparison to other coffee beers, this one is very low on the sugary scale.

M- Slightly creamy, sticky and thick with medium-low carbonation and the fullest of bodies.

O- While I was struggling to find the barrel's influence in the flavor profile, everything worked together just about perfectly in this one. (1,059 characters)

Photo of RoamingGnome
4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Epic Brewing Big Bad Baptist

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a CBS snifter. Served at cellar temperature.

A) Thick black brew with a dark tan head. Really nice retention and some spotty lacing too. This has some legs.

S) Heavy on the coffee... A fresh ground dark roast. This is all about coffee. Is this beer??? A little bit of dark chocolate, but mostly coffee. If you love coffee, you will love this aroma. I am a coffee lover...

T) Again, a whole lot of coffee in the flavor. The cocoa nibs are also noted. I don't get a whole lot of barrel aging presence in the flavor, perhaps a bit of wood. The alcohol is well hidden, and just slightly detected on the backend.

M) Near full bodied with lighter carbonation. This goes down nice a smooth. A good amount of coffee bitterness coats the palate. Light alcohol. Nice aftertaste....

O) A really well made beer right here. While Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout is clearly the gold medal winner in this category, I'm of the opinion Big Bad Baptist likely makes the medal stand. Glad to recommend this beer... (1,076 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
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! (587 characters)

Photo of BierJager89
4.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a thick black, like motor oil, with a creamy brown head.

S: Dark coffee and espresso dominate the nose with a touch of dark bittersweet chocolate, vanilla and oak. The vanilla and oak come up after a few whiffs.

T: Dark roast coffee, espresso, vanilla, oak, dark chocolate. Coffee is the strongest flavor in the taste, but it's much more balanced than the nose.

M: Full bodied and creamy smooth. Nice balance between between sweet and bitter.

O: An excellent imperial stout, with great bourbon character. (517 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a pair of large snifters. Label says Release #19, 10.4% ABV, SLC #1261. Poured at fridge temperature, maybe 40ish.

Pours black, small, fast-fading light brown head. Too dark to tell whether it’s seriously carbonated or not. Smell is coffee, overwhelmingly coffee, super coffee, more so than this morning’s coffee. How do you make a beverage that smells more like coffee than coffee? I don’t understand. There’s also plenty of chocolate in the aroma. There might be a hint of smoke, which probably means a boatload that just happens to be completed covered up by the coffee.

Taste has lots of coffee, but is much more well rounded. The chocolate comes out more, the smoke balances it a little bit. Some mysterious sweetness, a little bit of black licorice. Very nice. Very interesting.

Mouthfeel is thick, slightly dry/gritty, nice. Overall, excellent beer.

If anything else pops up as it warms, I'll try to remember to update this review. (974 characters)

Photo of whiterabbit
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (706 characters)

Photo of Zorro
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours like motor oil and looks like it to. Inky black colored beer with a tiny brown colored head.

Smells strongly of coffee. Strong scent of fresh ground coffee bean. Bitter cocoa powder and mild whiskey. Still this is a monolithic coffee beer.

Starts out mildly sweet with a strong coffee flavor and a lesser whiskey flavor. Medium level of bitterness, this is certainly mild mannered. Good alcohol warmth in the chest and a slight sensation of alcohol in the mouth. Strong espresso taste. If you don't like coffee you would be nuts to buy this because it is all about the coffee. Vanilla and bitter chocolate but in the end it is a coffee beer and a quite strong one.

Mouthfeel is THICK.

Overall a good stout and an outstanding coffee beer.;
but if you don't like coffee you will hate this one. (802 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.57/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Holy smokes, I had this on tap for $2.50! Bought one for my brother too.

This pours insanely black with a cocoa-colored foam.

The aroma has a full bodied coffee-and-roast intensity. Heavy coffee aromas and flavors dominate the beer, with a drying roasty character underneath. There’s a touch of vanilla bean under this, along with some bitter chocolate notes.

It’s a sipper but that didn’t stop my brother from downing it like a light beer. (452 characters)

Photo of gr0g
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Release #22. Pitch black, small khaki head, some splotchy lacing. Coffee bomb on the nose. Tons of freshly brewed dark roast. Dark semi-sweet chocolate. A bit sweet and smoky, with very little alcohol presence.

Flavor profile is also decidedly coffee-forward. Bittersweet upfront then dry on the finish. Residual sugars are pretty well attenuated. American hops lend bitterness but not much flavor, letting the dark malts, cocoa, and especially coffee shine. Not sure if this release was barrel-aged as I don't really get any whiskey barrel character. Mouthfeel is very smooth and silky, but it could be more viscous and chewy.

This came out as a total coffee bomb, and an exceptional one at that. Must-have for any coffee beer fans. (735 characters)

Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 447 ratings.