Big Bad Baptist - Epic Brewing Company
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4.41/5 rDev +1.6%
If Epic Brewing is going to become truly "epic", then they are off to a good start here! A larger-than-life stout with chocolate, coffee and bourbon- aah, breakfast of champions!
Of course it pours black! Thick, viscous and inky- comparisons to motor oil ensue immediately. The dark ale patiently releases a dark mocha froth that floats on the surface like mousse. Retaining much longer than high gravity ales are normally given credit, it also laces the glass lightly with random threads. I can't really decide if I find its appearance inviting or intimidating.
Aromas are roast-dominant with high espresso and burnt sugar. Black-strap molasses, toffee, cocoa, heavy cream nuts and bourbon all align on the nose for savory richness that entice the olfactory senses in complete saturation.
Rich molasses, smooth robust coffee and chocolate start its succulent taste and rounds into a big brownie and fudge-like taste. The char of espresso and cocoa slice through the sweetness and pave the way for a robust bourbon alcohol to coat the finishing taste. All the while, a smoky chocolate note here, a cherry ester there, and a sprinkling in of vanilla, charred oak, and caramel emerge at any time to surprise the taste buds.
Incredibly rich, seductive and verbose- its textures topple the mouth with expansive creaminess that's fueled by residual cream-like maltiness and expressive carbonation. But after the ale settles, it finishes with dense milkshake and port-like viscosity. High warmth but without the burn ensures an extended coffee and chocolate aftertaste to keep the palate rewarded indefinitely.
Big Bad Baptist is a world-class Stout that would beg for a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream if it weren't so decadent in its pure and true form.
08-22-2013 17:21:49 | More by BEERchitect
4.48/5 rDev +3.2%
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.
07-17-2012 15:49:05 | More by womencantsail
4.38/5 rDev +0.9%
#9: This poured out as a rich deep black color with a light brown head on top. There isn't much retention or lacing on this beer but it still looks nice. The smell of the beer has big amounts of coffee on the nose. It's got some whiskey notes as well to sweeten the beer. The taste is big and bold. The coffee is huge here, the chocolate and whiskey note fall into place in the aftertaste. There is a subtle sweetness in there too. The mouthfeel is slick and smooth. The beer is heavy and gently carbonated. Overall this beer is really good. Found this to be a great dessert after a big thanksgiving dinner.
11-22-2012 23:56:08 | More by Knapp85
4.28/5 rDev -1.4%
Poured into an imperial nonic pitch black with a one finger deep mocha colored head atop that stuck like glue to the glass,no light getting thru this even when held up to the light.Mocha java aromas really stick out,wow like a Starbucks mocha java no joke.Heavily roasted flavors with only light alcohol imparted sweetness,faint smokiness lingers,the chocolate flavors are there but dont lend much sweetness just cocoa flavor.Thick and lush in the feel,hey to me Epic makes really really good beers and this is true to form.
02-19-2012 22:48:51 | More by oberon
4.23/5 rDev -2.5%
Served in a tumbler.
Thanks to my man Ryan for sharing this bottle!
Batch #9. Just jumpin' right on in: This stuff pours a deep black-brown topped by a finger of dark khaki foam. The nose comprises coffee, roasted malts, light dark chocolate powder, and the faintest hint of whiskey. The taste brings in more of the same, with the coffee taking control once everything else runs its respective course. I've heard other batches have been more whiskey-forward or whatnot, but this batch is decidedly coffee-heavy. This doesn't really detract all that much, as everything is delightfully balanced and expressive; I'm just sayin'. The body is a stolid medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a generally smooth feel, and a slightly dry finish. Overall, a very nice impy stout, one that shows what moderation can do for a barrel-aged beer. Good times, indeed.
11-22-2012 03:48:59 | More by TMoney2591
4.28/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
03-07-2012 03:37:32 | More by largadeer
4.5/5 rDev +3.7%
Beer #62 in my great Utah Brew Hunt.
So this is #9, which is aged in whiskey and bourbon barrels.
Hey now. Super tasty cocoa tones. It has quite a bit of coffee bitterness that seems to mesh extremely well with all of the characteristics of the beer. I get a very slight touch of vanilla that shows in a quite interesting way. Seems the perfect tone from a barrel, or the nicest way it could show.
I remember seeing someone on the boards here say that this was better than KBS, or something along those lines. Founders Breakfast Stout will always be one of my favorite beers, so I can't really go near that statement. But this is definitely a world class beer.
If this were bottled year round, and available at a cheaper price, this would be my go-to beer almost every day of the year. A pity it is such a rare release, but I am definitely glad I had a chance to try it.
Too bad this will most likely overshadow all other beers brewed in Utah I try from here on out.
10-08-2012 04:43:13 | More by RblWthACoz
4.83/5 rDev +11.3%
Amazed by this beer, pitch black pour into my Stone R.I.S. chalice, absolutely absorbed all the light in my glass. Big thicket of khaki tan head forms fine even bands of lacing between sips. A perfect breakfast beer, hair of the dog, basically smells and tastes like a coffee bomb with dark bitter chocolate and oak barrel aging effects smoothing things out a good bit. Espresso notes creamy vanilla and charred oak, this was one big complex Big Bad Baptist Imperial Stout that I enjoyed immensely. Body wasn't cloying full to the max with flavor and texture, evenly carbonated...excellent offering. Overall I'm in love and I need to find more I only had one bottle and I need more of this nectar. I've officially been baptized!
03-04-2012 21:10:02 | More by WVbeergeek
4.18/5 rDev -3.7%
22oz bottle into a tulip glass. This is from batch # 3.
Pours pitch black in the glass, with a finger of rich milk chocolate colored head. This retains with a strong ½ finger of froth, throwing up a robust cascade that quickly descends down and drenches the sides of the glass with spotty foam. The aroma smells robust to say the least, with notes of coffee and cocoa just erupting in the nose before giving way to flavors of vanilla, coconut, and more chocolate (which only picks up steam as this warms). The bourbon barrel rides along on the edges of this with some warmth but I have to say, that’s it’s the coffee here that really controls the nose overall.
The taste is quite rich up front, with a delicious mélange of chocolate, coffee, and vanilla, which runs into a wall of barrel character across the back that gives this some intenseness and finishes this dry, burnt, and warm. I think that decadent mix of flavors being up front helps, as it spreads out over the profile and aids in smoothing the rougher edges of this out. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with a nice chewy creaminess in the mouth that prickles the tongue a bit as well. The ABV itself is pretty well hid itself except for adding a little extra sweetness to this, with the bourbon here mostly giving this any burn that it has.
I’m usually more of a fan of balance in barrel-aged beers and this beer doesn’t excel at that, with coffee dominating in some areas, sweetness in others, and then bourbon yet again in other areas, but this just worked for me. Maybe it’s because each facet of this didn’t overly crowd the others but I found this to be a quite a pleasant sipper with a killer hidden ABV for 11%. Definitely pick this up though if you like coffee beers, as it is very well done in this.
03-22-2012 18:47:39 | More by Kegatron
4.36/5 rDev +0.5%
Batch #10. Shared at Jason's place. Served in a snifter.
A - Tan foam settles to a thin cap, thick collar, and splotches of lace. Body is pitch black. Very nice looking brew.
S - A delightful blend of whiskey, oak, coffee, roasted malts, dark chocolate, and perhaps a touch of vanilla. Some faint charry notes, and not as sweet as many American stouts; excellent depth and balance here.
T - The taste is nearly as good, with heavy doses of roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, and oak. Perhaps a bit too far on the burnt and bitter side things, but never gets heavy-handed or fatiguing. Low sweetness and well-hidden alcohol.
M - Medium-full body, creamy texture, pleasant carbonation, and well-hidden alcohol. Was surprised by how soft this was considering the oak and coffee.
D - An excellent barrel-aged coffee stout. I would happily purchase this again if it were available locally and would very much like to have it again. Probably the best beer I've had from Utah.
08-14-2013 03:15:44 | More by MasterSki
4/5 rDev -7.8%
Shared by Lunch the other day thanks! He told me it was described to him as a "poor man's KBS" but since this is slightly more expensive than KBS and not as good, I didn't understand why anyone would say that.
Beer is black with a thin tan head, low retention, some lacing, low carbonation.
Aroma is nice, coffee, sweet, a little chocolate, mild vanilla, no oak or bourbon.
I wouldn't have guessed this was a bourbon stout. I still don't really think so. This is a coffee stout to me, the coffee bitterness is there, the flavors are mostly sweetness up front, malt and a nice coffee finish. I liked it but probably won't have it again.
03-20-2012 16:35:09 | More by drabmuh
4.34/5 rDev 0%
Batch #9 thanks to rudzud for sharing, and thanks to jedi111 (Reddit) for sending me a bottle I can save for the right time to share.
Pours a nice creamy darker but small head covering, light lacing, just about pitch black color.
Nose brings plenty of fresh espresso, roasted coffee beans, so much fresh coffee it almost seems like I poured some beer into my fresh espresso. Chewy oats in there, light chocolate, light wood dust, hint of roast, hint of dark chocolate, wood and oak dust and barrel, a bit Canadian Whisky like surprisingly but I think mostly due to the beer overpowering what would be whisky.
Taste again fresh coffee, roasted espresso, ground coffee, light chocolate, roast, caramel, vanilla, toasty oak and again some Canadian like whisky that tastes sweet, fruity, and gamey almost. there is some booze warmth as well, with the fruity whisky, a maple cream whisky like too. Chewy oats come in, with light caramel and more vanilla barrel, some bitterness from roasted malts but also light earthy spicy hops. Some light wood dust and oaky flavors in there rounding it just a bit and bringing all that vanilla. Finish is drier, light booze, chocolate, caramel, lots of fresh roasted coffee all lingering, a light bitterness as well, and light wood dust esters lingering.
Mouth is thicker bodied, decent carb, fairly rich, light warming booze.
Overall quite a nice beer. Great coffee, freshly roasted, as well as nice malt base, some hops kicking in with a decent touch, and booze is hidden fairly well. All that with nice barrel flavors and whisky def cuts in but not the best whisky, more Canadian like it seems, or at least seems due to influence from the beer, but can't get any bourbon. Still a great beer and I'm glad I got another one in the cellar.
01-13-2013 03:46:33 | More by jlindros
4.75/5 rDev +9.4%
this is an absolutely insane bottle of beer, dont ever pass up a chance to drink one of these. it pours inky black, thick, and dangerous. smell is coffee, dark dark pure cocoa, burnt barley, and pipe tobacco. the taste is unbeatable to me, and i almost never give out 5's. this surpases the abyss to me on flavor, really. fantastically rich brewed coffee up front with lots of woodsy, burning, organic matter hitting in the middle. big semisweet chocolate flavors come in just past the halfway point, followed by fresh tobacco tones and a syrupy sugar cane alcoholic tingle. this all rides on a slow rolling wave of the fullest body you can imagine and mellow carbonation just enough to keep it moving. a touch sludgy though, and maybe a good one to share around for the fainter of heart. gets downright hot boozy as it warms up, and is a definite slow sipper. if there is a better imperial stout on the planet, bring it to me, because this one is absolutely magic. black magic! best beer ive had from epic, and the highlight of my beer tour of utah. world class
04-19-2012 16:13:39 | More by StonedTrippin
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