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Big Bad Baptist - Epic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

2,772 Ratings
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97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,772
Reviews: 449
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 377
Gots: 825 | FT: 112
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

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

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

ABV varies by batch
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Ratings: 2,772 | Reviews: 449
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4/5  rDev -8%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.04/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a taster glass.

Pours near black with a thin mocha head. Not too much in the way of lacing. The nose carries some really nice cocoa and whiskey. Really nice combination and well done here. A bit of vanilla and oak in the background. The flavor isn't quite as intense as the nose, but still pretty good. Mouthfeel has a bit of heat, and could be a bit thicker. Overall, really a pretty tasty brew.

Photo of metter98
4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is absolutely jet black in color. It poured with a two finger high dark tan head that died down a bit and left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a small collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of coffee beans n the nose along with some hints of roasted malts.
T: The taste shares some similarities with the smell in terms of flavors of coffee beans and also has notes of whiskey and hints of roasted malts The roasted toffee beans linger throuh the finish and overall become stronger as the beers wrms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: For a beer of this strength, the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

Note: Batch #10

Photo of kylehay2004
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of olradetbalder
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of brentk56
3.96/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color capped by an inch of tan foam; a smattering of lace is left behind

Smell: Ashy oak and burnt coffee beans with bittersweet chocolate undertones

Taste: Scorched black bread and "Charbucks" coffee, up front, with bittersweet chocolate building, in the middle; after the swallow, the Whiskey barrel treatment adds weight and a hint of vanilla; somewhat boozy in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Overall: Normally, my reviews mark down beers for having to much sweetness but, in this case, I think the beer would have benefited from some sweetness in the malt to balance out all of the char and burnt flavors; not a bad beer but just my two cents

Photo of ygtbsm94
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaydoc
4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEERchitect
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

#38: High prominent roast, char and earth. Maduro-like.
#37: Smooth, chocolaty, "rootish" as if chicory with nutty pecan. Kona-soft and buttery.

Photo of SocalKicks
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Knapp85
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

#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.

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4.57/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

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

edit: this has some real variability batch to batch, and while the first one i had was the king of the heap, i have appreciated each one, but liked the first one more than all of them by far. bumping down a few scores just a nudge to reflect that.

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4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
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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4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of emerge077
4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First sampled on tap at Reefpoint in Racine. Finally found a bottle for a proper review.
This is great stuff, a worthy consolation prize for BCS Coffee if ever there was one.

Apparently my earlier rating can't be updated with attributes, so i'm forced to delete it and re-enter a review. Originally was 4.3, now rating #2300 of BBB.

Pours brownish black, with a sizable head of creamy mocha foam on top. Sticky lacing coats the glass. Foam takes a little while to dissipate, eventually looks like dark chocolate milk on the surface.

Aroma is huge, coffee and roasted malt are equally big. Rich, roasty, and chocolatey.

Fudgy chocolate, dark and bittersweet, rich coffee layers throughout. Lingering dry chocolate bitterness in the aftertaste. Roastiness is a running theme, coffee and malts blend seamlessly. Nutty toasted almond as it warms up. The barrel is not a prominent part of the taste, though it clearly smooths and melds all the rough edges very well. Some light oaky woodiness in the dry aftertaste, but no overt whiskey flavors really.

It's blended very well, allowing the coffee and roasted malt to comprise the bulk of it with some light hints of barrel character lingering in the background. Overall this is very nice and i'll look for it again.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of JAHMUR
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of oline73
4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a tasting glass.

Appearance: Pours almost black with a layer of tan head that fades fairly quickly. This is a very smooth beer. Roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. There is just the right level of sweetness. This is a very good imperial stout. I'd definitely have more.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Kegatron
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,772 ratings.