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Big Bad Baptist - Epic Brewing Company

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482 Reviews

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Reviews: 482
Hads: 3,125
Avg: 4.3
pDev: 22.79%
Wants: 418
Gots: 1,000 | FT: 115
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: 482 | Hads: 3,125
Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black with small and short lived head. Smells of faint bourbon and chocolate. Tastes like it smells. Mild bourbon and chocolate. I like it better fresh, more flavor, as this one is almost a year old.

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Photo of khmel
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer is all about the coffee and cocoa infused in its brewing process. The pour is a deep, opaque black with a smallish, tan head with low retention. The nose is overwhelmingly very dark chocolate/cocoa and coffee beans. However, the smell comes off like coffee grounds that have already been brewed and with all that cocoa, it's so bitter it almost stings the nose. But in kind of a wonderful way if you're a coffee lover and in the mood for it (could be off-putting otherwise.) There is some oak in the background. The taste follow the nose, though more mellow. There is some sweetness up front, notes of vanilla mixed with the cocoa and burnt malt that make for a really nice flavor. The coffee comes towards the finish. The mouthfeel is smooth, slick and full-bodied—certainly a result of the whiskey barrel aging. All around a great imperial stout and I'd certainly get it again!

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Photo of TBonez477
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Overall a really nice, complex BA Imperial Stout. My only knock on this one was that, even after a year of aging, the barrel gets a little harsh after warming. Actually preferred this one below cellar temp.

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Photo of kbwalters
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured cold into a Libby stout glass and drank as it warmed. This is 2014 vintage, release #30.
Look = 4.75 Pours a dark brown into an opaque black in the glass with 1 finger of dark brown head that fades to a spotty cap. Leaves a nice dense lace.
Aroma = 4.25 Strong coffee aroma with a nice underlying chocolate base. Wasn’t getting much from the barrel until it warmed up a bit, then a distinct whiskey aroma develops.
Taste = 4.0 Coffee is the prominent favor to; burnt coffee, roasted malts, bitter dark chocolate and a touch of whiskey that develops as it warms. A light, lingering bitterness in the aftertaste.
Feel = 4.5 Nice, smooth, creamy and thick. Full bodied with low to medium carbonation. Great feel.
Drinkability = 4.0 Pretty easy drinking 10.5% coffee forward stout
Overall = 4.25 Coffee is the dominant player here with nice contributions from the cocoa and whiskey. Very well done.

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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 Mbo108
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Acquisition: received in a trade months ago. A recent look is showing I've accumulated way more beer than I should have so I'm gonna try to spend the next few weeks/months drinking some of this off, special occasions or not.
Verdict: delicious
Details: poured from the bottle into one of my snifters. Did 3 1/3 bottle pours at a time. Wife didn't want any but liked the coffee nose. Speaking of, very coffee forward,nice balance of cacao. Very little whiskey to it, prob lost that edge over time which is fine. Beautiful brown lacing. A touch lite on the mouthfeel. Seemed a little easy to drink for the 13% abv but stiill a little boozy. Nicely walked line there.

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Photo of justinp444
4.87/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Today's date: Aug 15, 2015
Release #17, poured into a tulip. Smell of coffee, straight cold coffee. Taste is much the same, a nice bit of bourbon with a fine warming and tastes exactly like coffee, it's very sweet but not overly with some chocolate and a tad but of acidity. Really tastes exactly like sweetend cold coffee. Big full mouthfeel and body.
Release #52, It has a bit of a blueberry flavor, more of a FBS taste, more bourbon, more alcohol, and more chocolate, still a overwhelming amount of coffee, but the chocolate is more pronounced. A little bit more complex but rough around the edges (too much alcohol), a year of age probably helped release #17 have a bit of an advantage, but the complexity of the coffee (especially the blueberry) is a nice addition.

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

Release #26.
look: Dark, nearly opaque brown. Some ruby highlights when held to light. Big mocha head on the pour that recedes to a fairly thick ring around the gas and some lacing that sticks around. Gorgeous.
smell: As expected coffee and cocoa. Some charred roastiness. Hints of bourbon and vanilla.
taste: Most of the flavors in the nose though not melded as well imo. The finish is bitter char.
overall: A dry coffee stout. Interesting and glad I had it. Personally i prefer KBS and Tweak but nice.

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

Dark oily black. Light head that sticks around for a little while while drinking. Fantastic smell of chocolate, coffee, bourbon and spice. Taste reflects similarly in that order. Very enjoyable beer from the guys out in Utah

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Photo of Hootie159
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark brown, almost black. Very thin dark brown head. Quickly gone. Spicey nibs on the nose. As it warms the barrel smell kicks in. Very balanced taste. Dark chocolate that isn't overly bitter. Light coffee on the follow through. Again whiskey kicks in more as it warms. Very smooth, but a tad watery.

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Photo of Bugs318
4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown, decent tan to beige head.
S: coffee and vanilla forward barrel dominate faint chocolate notes, but nose is very solid.
T: slightly stale coffee notes finish a chocolate roast.
M: a bit thin and fairly low carbonation, but a touch silky.
O: like Peche Mortel bourbon light.

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Photo of StinkyFishBoys
4.98/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Big bad baptist is delicious. Seriously under rated. Varies by batch but I would say they are all incredibly drinkable. The fish boys would love to see this one hit Chicago distro. # shelf sweep. -UPDATE- Fishboy77: This beer is the folgers of coffee beers and should only hit the lips if you have nothing else that is cold and brown.

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Photo of JOldewurtel
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just started really trying out some different stouts. Have had some issue finding one I really liked. Some have too much coffee. Some have too much chocolate. Some are too thin. And while I'm just in the beginning of trying out stouts, this may be the "one" that will be the benchmark going forward

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Photo of kitch
4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A 22oz bomber from release batch #46 with a brew date of 24th September 2013 and a packaged date of 8th December 2014 and poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: The beer poured an opaque black colour with a one finger brown head that dissipated fairly quickly leaving a thin whispy layer and spotty lacing.

Aroma: Strong aromas of chocolate mixed in with coffee, caramel and vanilla. There is also a hint of whisky alcohol aroma.

Taste: Taste is much like the aroma. Chocolate and espresso coffee dominate followed by hints of slightly burnt caramel and vanilla. There is also some roasted malts and oakiness but not a lot of whisky even though its aged in whiskey barrels.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, light carbonation, smooth.

Overall: I’m a sucker for coffee, whisky and beer (my three favourite drinks). Now put together into a single drink, although the whisky is not so prominent here, this brew is fantastic. It’s right up there with Founders Breakfast Stout and Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break. Another must buy beer to add to my list.

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Photo of sicilian
4.89/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Jet Black appearance with minimal head. Blast of Coffee small and cocoa with little whiskey smell unless you really concentrate on knowing its supposed to be there.

Reminds me a lot of Founders Imperial Stout since it isn't real heavy on the Whiskey flavors(which is a good thing) and has similar mouth feel. I was sort of worried the Whiskey would overpower the other flavors but the coffee comes blasting through but isn't bitter. The cocoa is an awesome background flavor and I can barely taste the Whiskey but you know it s there.. I didn't think I could find an imperial stout I enjoyed more than FIS and Narwhal(with its unique licorice flavor) but this one is EPIC...

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

Full disclosure: I’ve sampled Epic’s Big Bad Baptist before. From the source. In Salt Lake City. And I don’t remember doing it. At all. Four hours prior to takeoff, my friend and I decided to stop off at the brewery and proceeded to order every beer on tap. Every. Single. One. I know that the Baptist was mixed into that enormous “flight” somewhere, but I can’t recall where it landed. It sounded good… I mean, how can you go wrong with coffee, whiskey, and cocoa nibs? But with a sober mind and a clean palate, does it deliver? Is it worthy? Well…

The short answer is yes: it does deliver and it is worthy. Pouring the Baptist is an adventure in and of itself— the liquid settles quickly into a pitch-black pool after mocha-tinged lacing falls gracefully from the top of the glass. As if on a blind date, the beer opens up after taking the proper amount of time to get to know it. Aromas are subtle at first, but fresh-ground coffee, strong whiskey, and bitter chocolate are immediately noticeable. A few minutes after that, wood, vanilla, roasted malt, tobacco, and molasses emanate from the glass. The taste of this beer is unrivaled in many respects, as the Baptist allows the drinker to taste everything that it has to offer without tasting too much of anything. The mouthfeel is also much more intense than what would be expected of a barrel aged stout. While imparting rich flavor, barrels tend to mellow, balance, and smooth brews. This is not true of Epic’s barrel aged beauty. Swigs go down with a pleasant burn that mimics a less-intense whiskey shot. The striking taste of alcohol then fades to a lingering chocolate/tobacco aftertaste. And though I don’t remember our first encounter (nor do I remember passing through the security line at SLC), you can be assured that I won’t forget this experience. And I’ll be back for more.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really great beer and so underrated. This one is pretty readily available, but it is right on par with other great stouts. Lots of chocolate on the nose and the finish.

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Photo of bgold86
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Lots of chocolate and coffee and barrel flavor, it's as if they are having a conversation with each other, extremely well balanced. Am very pleased the effort to acquire this beer was worth it!

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Photo of OregonGrown7
4.87/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Outstanding. Everything you would want in an Imperial stout: huge roasted malt, dark molasses sweetness, cocoa/coffee adds an awesome flavor that melds with the molasses/bourbon sweetness. This is a huge tasty beer, with nothing offensive or cloying about it.

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Photo of Cannibalgasm
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz. bottle.

A: Pours a rich deep black with a finger of thick creamy mocha colored head. Solid retention and moderate lacing.

S: Coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts, smoke, oak, bourbon, dark fruits, and some earthy hops.

T: Roasted coffee, dark chocolate, bourbon, roasted malts, oak smokiness, dark fruits, ginger, pepper, cinnamon, oatmeal, molasses, vanilla, tobacco and some earthy hops provide the right amount of bitterness. There is a lot of going on in this brew.

M: Rich full body, low to mid carbonation, smooth and creamy mouthfeel. What an imperial stout should drink like.

O: This is a fantastic brew, it is unique and complex. A truly great sipper with excellent depth. I highly recommend this brew to stout lovers everywhere.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Batch 37
Appearance- Black in color with hues of brown visible on the outer rims. Pours a thin mocha colored head.

Aroma- Lots of sweet whisky booziness, vanilla, coffee, and chocolate.

Taste- Again the whisky dominates at first with focus more on the sweetness rather than booziness. The barrel calms down quickly leading to sweet flavors of vanilla and milk chocolate. The sweetness is balanced by a mild coffee roast.

Feel- Full bodied, low carbonation, and clean in the finish for a stout.

Overall- This is definitely a great BBA but just short of top tier examples. The whisky barrel is clearly present, there's great vanilla/chocolate flavors, and the coffee adds good balance in the finish.If the coffee presence or roasted malt was stronger this would add better better as it leans towards the sweeter side. Definitely worth picking if ya want a great barrel aged stout.

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Photo of Cottontown201
4.81/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Release 45

How exactly is this going to improve with aging? Aroma, mouth feel, balance are all exquisite. Not a hot beer at all, despite the ABV. Drink that BBB now!

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Photo of SFC21
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of do_ob
4.93/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

100th beer review.
Batch #40, 11.5% abv

Bomber into a snifter. Pours pitch black with about 1 finger of dense, bubbly mocha-colored foam. Incredibly sweet aroma of coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, and caramel. There's also a profound oak charring on the nose that's unlike any other Imperial Stout I've had. I also detect some bourbon notes within the sweet alcohol aroma. Medium-heavy weight, but among the less-dense Imperial Stouts I've had before. Despite not being an overly heavy beer, there's a smooth creaminess that fills the mouth.

Sweet, roasted coffee and malt up front with notes of chocolate. A slight bitterness sets in middleways that I attributed to the chocolate. On the back end, I get a more profound, yet still subtle bitterness along with a slight bourbon flavor. Finishes as smooth as butter. The aftertaste sees a lingering bitterness coupled with a stronger bourbon presence, while still retaining much of the coffee sweetness.

Overall, this beer is delicious. Absoloutely one of the best Imperial Stouts I've ever had. It's more coffee-forward, which isn't something I was expecting, but the balance between sweetness and bitterness, and flavor and alcohol is perfect. You taste everything this beer has to offer without tasting too much of anything. Simply awesome.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Lackman, arrived in a snifter.

Appearance: Your usual imperial stout impenetrable black, capped with a dark brown head that dwindled somewhat quickly to a cap and ring. Lacing was patchy but persistent.

Smell: Chocolate, and quite a bit of it, riding atop a wave of coffee and caramel. Some hints of spice as well.

Taste: This has some over the top intensity of flavor. The aforementioned chocolate is present in spades, alongside French roast coffee, burnt caramel, white and black pepper, ginger, cinnamon, and a slurry of dark fruits. Some wooden, vanilla, and almost chile-like undertones waft along through the background as well. The finish is sour dark fruit, bread, coffee, and oak.

Mouthfeel: Thick, full, sticky, and rich, this is definitely an imperial stout.

Overall: I'd have this again were I to come across it. I'd have just one, but I'd still have it again.

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Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 482 ratings.