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Big Bad Baptist - Epic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

1,524 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 1524
Reviews: 307
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.68%


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:
One Big Bad Imperial Stout with Cocoa nibs and Coffee nibs.

 http://www.epicbrewing.com/the-bee ... rial-stout 

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 09-30-2011)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 1,524 | Reviews: 307 | Show All Ratings:
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Smurf2055

Washington

4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Uber

Pours black with a finger of tan head.

Smell is awesome, strong coffee and a bit of nuttiness.

Taste is smooth coffee roast, bitter the whole way through.

Very nice beer, masks the alcohol very well, wish there was more chance to try this.

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2013 20:28:01 | More by Smurf2055
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ehammond1


4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Effectively black with a thin brown head. Leave the glass oily and spotted on the way down.

Full aroma of chocolate, mild coffee, and complementary whiskey and barrel. Vanilla and oak combine nicely with the base beer.

The flavor is, too, very well integrated. Nice combination of melted chocolates, some coffee, and integrated bourbon and barrel flavor. Alcohol is hidden very well. Some mild roast and molasses present.

Near full in body with low-moderate carbonation.

A very nice beer. I wish I could find a bottle of this to enjoy.

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2013 15:48:25 | More by ehammond1
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Oxymoron

Colorado

2.26/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Pours a midnight black color with a soft tan head. No real retention to speak of even when trying to help it out. Some viscous lingering on the glass.

The nose is coffee forward. Really no other aromas come out. Some maybe minor malt and hint of chocolate but would have liked more balance.

The taste is bit more on par although coffee is dominant. Beyond the coffee is a light chocolate note. Some minor whiskey/fusel notes as it warms but really not much beyond coffee. Again looking for balance here.

The body is moderate with a more astringent finish. Some fusel/hot notes that is more of a distraction than anything. Carbonation is not present. Overall this is more of a call coffee with alcohol than a beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2013 20:23:47 | More by Oxymoron
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audiobean

Virginia

4.85/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hit the spot with that coffee flavor. It was strong enough to enjoy, but not too strong. It was rich in its stout manner and engulfed my taste buds in that way that only really good beer does. This brew is definitely going on my Christmas wish list. Hopefully Santa isn't Baptist.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2012 02:31:36 | More by audiobean
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into chalice at 1702 in Tucson. I think this is the 2012 #9 based on the abv of 11.8 abv.
Pours a pitch black with a finger of deep tan head. Nice thin tan lacing remains throughout the drink.
Smells of fresh crisp coffee, some roasted malts, chocolate, and a hint of booze - bourbon.
Taste is bitter roasted coffee and bourbon....some chocolate flavors.
Its an easy drink abv wise but its full of flavor and heavy. Its a nice brew...a bit over boozey but nice.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2012 01:13:21 | More by DrinkSlurm
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joecast

Australia

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Hollingsheads in Orange Ca.

Well, what can I say. One of the best beers I've had in a long time. Exceptional balance, mouthfeel and drinkability.

Superb, delicate chocolate aroma. Light oak and roast. Taste is as smooth as anything. Hardly any alcohol heat which is quite an accomplishment considering the abv. And so easy to drink, not filling or overpowering. Fits as a desert beer, accompaniment with dinner, or just something to sip on before bed.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2012 22:03:49 | More by joecast
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wedge

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

@ Ridgewood

Black with a super creamy beige head on top. Black coffee aroma straight away followed by wood, black malt, dark cocoa, mild creamy vanilla, and perhaps a bit of bread. Mocha, bourbon, dark chocolate, and sweetened espresso flavors. Super smooth, creamy, and heavy. Not overly aggressive with the barrel-aged-ness, which is a good thing in my eyes. Also, not boozy...another plus. I imagine, though, that this could become awesomely, ridiculously smooth(er) after a little time in the cellar. Very nice...

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2012 03:07:35 | More by wedge
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Scotchboy

Idaho

3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big Bad Baptist, on-tap @ Bier:Thirty in Bound Crossing. This is Batch #7; not sure how much batch variation has been encountered with this beer. Poured into a snifter, review from notes:

A: Opaque body with a huge tan head (impressive for a BA beer with adjuncts added) that recedes to a constant ring.

S: Tons of coffee with hints of smoke...a bit of boozy sweetness. There is an underlying whiskey note, but no real oak or vanilla, its just spirit.

T: Semi-acrid coffee on the front of the palate, with a moderate roasted malt component...hints of smoke and char again...mocha...the spirit burn on the back of the throat meshes pretty well with the notes of coffee and buried chocolate.

MF: Thinner and closer to medium than full...lighter to medium carbonation, light alcohol presence on the finish.

O: Decent but not great. I don't go gaga for this like a lot of guys buts a solid BA coffee stout.

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2012 16:49:23 | More by Scotchboy
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snpub540

California

4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Cabo Taco Baja Grill in La Mirada.

Poured a deep dark brown which was almost black with a thin tan head that left delicate lacing on the glass. Small bubbles slowly rising from the bottom.

Smell is mostly roasted coffee with some vanilla and bitter chocolate notes. Alcohol soaked raisins. Smells like a good time.

Taste is a super smooth blend of bitter coffee and barrel flavors of booze and oak.

Mouthfeel is slightly thin. That was my only let down. Overall this was a great beer and I'll probably pick up a bottle soon down the line.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2012 19:17:54 | More by snpub540
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ArrogantB

Colorado

4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at hops and pie. Standard imperial stout appearance: motor oil. Filmy head. Aroma was the most glorious coffee beans, so rich with a dab of chocolate. The flavor followed suit and was just as nice. Overall this was a fantastic beer and I need to score some bottles of this stuff or else head back for another glass.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2012 18:53:45 | More by ArrogantB
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Halcyondays

California

4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours black with a firm creamy dark tan head, good retention, nice lace.

S: Like sticking my nose in a coffee machine, big heavenly coffee bean aroma, some secondary dark chocolate.

T: Coffee and chocolate dominated the first half. The second half gets quite hoppy and grassy, it reminded me of ST Creme Brulee in this aspect, hops when you'd never expect it. Big, full flavour.

M: Full-bodied, though it does feel a bit thinner at the finish than I'd like. Creamy, with a soft carbonation.

O: An interesting tasty beer for sure, like Peche Mortel meets Yeti. The bomber price is a bit out there, but a pour on-tap was a good deal methinks.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2012 23:21:23 | More by Halcyondays
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wethorseblanket

California

4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Hops and Pie.

A: Pours oily black with a thin mocha head which fades to the rim and leaves no lace.

N: Dark cocoa powder, roasted coffee with some dark cherries on warming.

T: Rich roasted coffee with cream, toasted nearly perfect expresso and marshmellow, The bourbon is present but not overpowering. Toffee with some burnt char on warming along with a nice floral note. Smokey with tobacco and leather. Complex.

M: Rich and creamy. Full body and moderate carbonation.

O: Lucious and heavenly with a big wow.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2012 18:24:16 | More by wethorseblanket
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womencantsail

California

4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood Brewing

The beer pours black in color with a finger of tan head. There is a huge coffee aroma to this. Quite a bit of oak with just a mild vanilla note. Some nice bourbon to go with roasted malt and brown sugar. The flavor has a touch of licorice and molasses to go with vanilla, bourbon, and chocolate. Really solid mouthfeel as well.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2012 15:49:05 | More by womencantsail
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vkv822

Oregon

3.93/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on-tap at Belmont Station.
from notes.

Pours black with a foamy, creamy looking light brown head.

Big chocolate and faint roast.

More chocolate and roast coffee in the taste as well.

Medium-light body with bubbly, medium carbonation.

Enjoyable Imperial Stout, chocolate and coffee for the most part, with the body sitting slightly on the lighter side for the style.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2012 05:29:25 | More by vkv822
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2012 06:19:13 | More by UCLABrewN84
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

3.93/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft poured into a snifter

A: Pours pitch black with a heavier than normal consistency and light brown bubbles that favor a coffee's creme.

S: Aroma is all coffee with hints of bitter roasted malt and some chocolate sweetness as well.

T/M: Flavor adds a dimension of smokiness to the coffee and bitter malt. Bubbles are tiny and lend a creamy mouthfeel. There's a little bite from the alcohol, which is tamed, but also thins the beer out.

This is a well balanced, strong stout with an enhanced coffee profile that adds character.

TheBeerAlmanac.com

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2012 02:12:57 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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quaybr

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh my oh my, this is a fine beer.

Served in a tulip glass, a bubbly mocha head sits atop this thick black ale. The head dissipates quickly, though, and can only be brought back (modestly) with some excessive swirling.

Smell is pretty remarkable: heavy coffee notes (almost like getting a slight whiff of french press) along with cocoa. Some alcohol present in the nose, too.

Taste is of bold roasted and chocolate malts. This is balanced well, not too sweet, not too bitter. A bit of alcohol resonates as it washes down.

This is a thick-bodied beer but still manages to go down without any sludge or oily residue. Relatively little carbonation suits this beer quite fine. Well done.

This is a beer worth seeking. And as is so often true, I believe it is even more delicious in the company of good friends. Great beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2012 06:12:35 | More by quaybr
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challenja

Virginia

5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served On Tap at Fireworks in Courthouse/ Arlington VA

A: Dark Midnight Black Ink.
S: Dark milk chocolate, light smoke, malt and cherries
T: Dark milk chocolate, french press Colombian coffee, Dark cherries, bready malt, raspberry tart. Quite tasty, the creamy bourbon barrel comes on last i n the taste profile but the subtle hear comes in the third layer behind the chocolate, and coffee.
M: Light carbonation that tingles the back part of my throat. Milk and smooth. Like melted milk chocolate.
O: This is one amazing stout! I had some doubts but this one now is number 3 all time! Gonna go back for some more soon and get me a couple of overpriced bottles to stock up on!

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2012 03:57:43 | More by challenja
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BearsOnAcid

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Heard good things. Batch #2, just released I believe.

Dark brown to black pour. Some clarity in the light. Small coffee colored head.

Picking up a lot of coffee in the nose. Roasted malts, dark chocolate, but mostly dominated by coffee.

Taste had even more coffee. It was very bold and robust. Chocolate underneath. Bitter with a medium sweetness for an imperial stout. I had a little trouble picking up the whiskey barrel. At times, I tasted some vanilla, oak, and maybe some honey but it wasn't very forward at all so I wasn't sure if I was just imagining it. Mouthfeel was thinner than I'd like.

This was a nice surprise from Epic and definitely worth a try. Excellent price too. I hope they get some more character from the barrel for the next batch. This coud be a good substitute for Bourbon County Coffee.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2012 15:42:43 | More by BearsOnAcid
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n2185

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours black with a finger of dark tan head that fades into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: lots of robust coffee and dark chocolat with oak, vanilla, and bourbon. Simple, but good.

T: similar to the aroma, lots of coffee and dark chocolate. There are some creamy vanilla, chocolate, and bourbon as well, but they're relatively subtle.

M: thick body with lowish carbonation, this beer is nice and creamy.

O: a very good beer overall. Delicious without being overly boozy or strong.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2012 01:54:40 | More by n2185
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UpToMeBeer

Colorado

4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got to try this at Choice City Butcher in Fort Collins. A remarkable beer. It pours black/brown with slight copper tinge and minimal (brown/red) head. The most impressive feature is the cocoa-nibs. In fact, I was told by bartender that he's seen chunks of cocoa-nib floating in this beer (...didn't get to witness that myself).
The taste is a cocoa/coffee mixture, tilted toward the former.
Medium-to-heavy body. No alcohol burn, but it is robust .... Take your time because it warms nicely.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2012 03:02:07 | More by UpToMeBeer
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AmericanGirl90

Ohio

4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As a coffee addict, this beer had me sold just by the smell. A strong whiff of espresso, cocoa, alcohol, and vanilla. Color was deep black with no light escaping.

Bold taste of espresso, cocoa, and alcohol/malt, but not sharp at all. Quite mellow, balanced, and easy to drink...slowly. Slight hint of oak and vanilla in the back.

If you like coffee, this is a fantastic beer for you.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2011 23:42:40 | More by AmericanGirl90
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GreesyFizeek

New York

4.11/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at the Ithaca Luminous release.

Pours a thick, dark opaque black, with a mocha head of about one inches. Small little globs of lacing on the glass.

Smells include roasted malt, chocolate, and some vanilla.

The taste is similar. I think this is bourbon or whiskey barrel aged, but I'm not really picking that up. Lots of chocolate, vanilla, and some oakiness, molasses, Hershey's syrup, etc. Great taste, but a little subdued, I think. Still quite good.

Medium to full bodied, low carbonation, creamy, thick mouthfeel.

Another great stout today. This is turning out to be one of the best beer days I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 21:10:15 | More by GreesyFizeek
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hops202

District of Columbia

4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Release # 28 Poured into a stone snifter.

Pours dark dark black but not with motor oil thickness, So much coffee and chocolate my brain is in spasm. Taste is similar with some roast and sweetness, but balanced bitter finished. Coffee Coffee Coffee. This is a coffee blowout!

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 01:00:16 | More by hops202
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ISmith87

Arizona

4.69/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A 4.5 - pitch black beer with a mocha head that sticks and leaves surprisingly good lacing for a high abv beer
S 4.5 - dark chocolate, cafe mocha, espresso, bourbon, smoky, roasted malts, a very "dark" beer by all means
T 4.75 - the taste on this beer is phenomenal, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, espresso, roasted grains, smoky, cream, whole milk, wooden barrels, some bourbon but surprisingly light on that. It reminds me of well aged Bells Expedition stout (1.5-2 years)
M 4.75 - again, heavy as can be - a hot fudge milkshake in beer form. alc completely covered. Aftertaste is smoky, espresso/dark chocolate.
O - 4.75 - damn. The downside is the price tag at ~12/bomber? But its damn good and better than most beers that charge even more.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 23:51:56 | More by ISmith87
Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,524 ratings.