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Big Bad Baptist - Epic Brewing Company

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519 Reviews
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Reviews: 519
Hads: 3,292
Avg: 4.3
pDev: 22.33%
Wants: 435
Gots: 1,102 | FT: 125
Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States | website

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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Reviews: 519 | Hads: 3,292
Photo of Furlinator
4.04/5  rDev -6%

Release #31- Charming Beard Coffee.

Pours opaque black. The 1/4 inch tan head quickly fades to a thin film on top and leaves faint spotty lace.

The smell is of dark chocolate, vanilla, pipe tobacco, dark chocolate, toasted coconut and faint booze.

The taste is of bitter black coffee, dark chocolate, ripe dark fruit and hints of bourbon.

The texture is heavy bodied, thick and viscous with low carbonation.

A big, barrel aged stout that is dominated by bitter black coffee flavor.

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Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Deep dark black with little to no head - non-aggressive poor.

The aroma is wonderful. Dark chocolate and coffee come off strong.

This is extremely well made. On the taste, I get sweet chocolate and sugar, vanilla, nutmeg, pecan coffee (or something similar), bourbon, brown sugar, oak, and char. On top of all that is a nice tobacco and nutty finish.

It's full bodied and sticky - just the way I like it. The velvety texture of the beer slips down so easily. The booze is well-hidden.

Crazy good! This reminds me a lot of Stone's w00tstout, one of my favorites. It's like a rich dessert with super complex flavors and a lingering taste.

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Photo of Gwath
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

One of the best barrel-aged stouts I have had. Poured pretty thick with a great nose of bourbon and coffee. Up front taste was chocolate, with a little sweetness from the residual sugar. Middle started to get some of the astringency from the coffee and had a great oaky finish.

One of my favorites, try it out!

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Photo of Iratolla
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

22oz bomber lightly chilled and poured into a snifter...big boozy nose from the barrel, but not overwhelming on the palate. Solid coffee flavor upfront then giving way to roasted malt and stouty lusciousness. Not opposed to this offering whatsoever...well done Epic

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Photo of fitrock2112
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured Big Bad BAPTIST into a snifter.

A - Pours black as midnight with a bubble of mocha head.

S - Coffee , dark chocolates on first sniff. Getting just a touch of vanilla.

T - Taste is nice. Smooth dark chocolates initially with strong coffee flavors. Mid palate getting vanilla, roasted malts and more coffee. On the aftertaste hints of char and vanilla with more roast and coffee.

M - Smooth full body with low carbonation.

O - Damn good beer. Recommended Cheers!

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Photo of Magbas
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

A perfect winter beer that is remarkably smooth considering the ABV. This is my winter beer, though I don't usually drink more than a few during the winter for functionality's sake.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.74/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a stout glass, and this is oil black, with a cappuccino-like thick head that looks silky. Rich, velvety-thick liquid. (Lacing stuck all over the glass throughout)
Oh nice the chocolate up front smells fantastic. There's also a black licorice effect, coffee, wooden barrel and lurking dark fruit, slight alcohol burn. To me, dark cocoa comes through the most, even more so than the coffee. Smells terrific.
Sweet taste up front, chewy mouthfeel to experience this great chocolate and coffee syrup flavor, and a finishing bourbon bite/ chalky hop bitterness of a sensation that balances out this bad boy's sweeter side.
Medium body, super-smooth sipping, and appropriately lower carbonation.
This is easily in my top 5 ever tried of this style. Big and balanced, this stout is a must have for any imperial stout fan.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours very little head even with a hard pour. The head is a bubbly dark and chocolatey brown that dissipates very quickly. The beer itself is a very dark brown that borders on black and is opaque.

The beer smell is a variety of roasted malt, dark and milk chocolate smell, and a very strong coffee smell with a slight hing of the whiskey barrels that are in. The beer taste is even more complex and richer than the smell.

The beer taste has a complex mix that starts with a roasted malt taste that turns into a sweet dark chocolate with coffee in notes and finishes with coffee and whiskey barrel with hints of vanilla.

The mouthfeel is fairly smooth and silky with some light carbonation that gives it a bit more texture.

Overall, a fantastic beer and one of the best Imperial Stouts. In addition to a cheap price relative to other beers of this caliber, I would highly recommend this one.

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

Poured from a bomber bottle into a snifter.

L - Brown so dark it is almost black. When seen at edges it is clear, but light does not make it through the glass. Head is dark tan. It is not very thick on the initial pour, but a moderate sheet remains on the surface. Light lacing and "legs" like a strong wine.

S - Aroma is mostly espresso with a hint of smoke and roastiness. Nesquik chocolate milk. Oak. Bourbon with a strong alcohol smell.

T - Complex blend of espresso, chocolate and bourbon, with the balance leaning slightly towards bourbon. Hops are evident, but the type is not obvious to me. Slightly chalky powdered chocolate milk mix.

F - Medium to full body. Low carbonation. Silky feel. Strong alcohol burn. strog hops bitterness. Everything well blended.

O - Well balanced chocolate and bourbon. Smooth and drinkable for such a big beer. Nice.

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Photo of BrewUSA
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Epic Big Bad Baptist

Look 9/10
Smell 19/20
Taste 34/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 17/20

Overall 87/100

Big, huge rich stout. Massive coffee over powers and leaves very little Bourbon to shine through. I was really excited about this and was craving a big BA stout on a cold
Winter night, instead I got waves of the classic 'coffee on the burner for too long' then got cold.In fairness, this was an issue with the batch I received (#25) It is exceptionally drinkable at 11.8% would like to try again, it tastes like it didn't stay in the barrel long at all~

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Photo of beernuts
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

To me this is a great example of brewers using bourbon barrel aging to improve a stout, but not feature the bourbon barrel as an up front experience. The beer is deliciously roasted with beautiful coconut notes and not a sharp edge anywhere. Highly recommended.

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

Release # 17 - October 2013.

A - Black, solid, with red-brown highlights, and slight traces of tan head.

S - Barrel, booze, hints of vanilla, chocolate, and grassy hop notes.

T - Following the nose, the front is a wall of whiskey booze notes, woody and full. The middle comes in with big coffee and bitter chocolate notes, acidic. Flashes of char, tobacco and ash underlie the roast core. The close is narrows to a bitter line, hops coming in here with the bitter grassiness, but mostly this is the bitterness of deeply, profoundly roasted malts and coffee.

M - Silky and full, slightly oily and slick. Bitterness is present and the booze is hot and forward. This is not a beer that hides its walloping ABV.

O - Don't ignore the "Big Bad" here. This is a monster beer, fat and full, ready to lay you down in the river. Drinking it is an experience, with each drink offering up new elements. A masterly brew.

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Photo of DrStiffington
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Absolutely delicious! Aromatic, chocolate, coffee, maybe hint of tobacco in the smell. Taste is thick, creamy slightly chocolatey. Got just a hint of booze awhile into the glass. Surprisingly one of the best American Imperial Stouts I've ever had. Cheers!

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Photo of Roguer
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown, almost perfectly black liquid, initially topped by a relatively moderate head, but growing in size respectably. Very dark brown head, very good retention. Lacing is soapy and inconsistent.

Aroma is incredibly strong, with a massive dose of roasted barley, accompanied by dark cacao and black coffee (it's unclear where the roast leaves off and the adjuncts take over, but it smells delicious). There is a bit of charred, sour oak, vanilla, and light bourbon along for the ride.

Bourbon/whiskey flavor is much more noticeable in the mouth than the nose, hitting immediately with a sweet, hot liquor note. Quickly followed - and indeed overwhelmed - by the chocolate and coffee riding a roasted barley wave. A bit of toffee as well. The bourbon returns on the back-end, where it belongs, settling in nicely with well-defined notes of whiskey and oak.

Thick and sticky mouthfeel, full but not chewy. ABV is well hidden. Brew is silky but lively. Relatively long, wet, and not-quite-hot finish.

An excellent stout, combining just about everything a stout-head could possibly want: chocolate, coffee, and barrel aging. They pull it off quite well, too. If this isn't right up there in the top tier of BA stouts (BCBS, Parabola), then it's just a notch below.

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Photo of JohnIrving
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Tried both 2014 versions side-by-side at Epic's "Tapless Tap Room" in Salt Lake City. This was my first barrel-aged imperial stout. I see everyone stating that it is a step below many of the greats. Well, I am going to have to try those as soon as possible, because this brew was exceptional. The Cafe Ibis version was mellow, the CharmingBeard coffee version was more intense. Both were the two best Utah beers I have ever had.

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Photo of John_M
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%

A nice effort from Epic, with some pleasant notes (on the nose and palate) of chocolate, coffee and light bourbon. While this pales in comparison to the big boys of the bourbon barrel aged RIS world, this was still an enjoyable RIS, and one I was glad to try.

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Photo of OneEye78
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Review of 2014 version, approximately 1 month old. Poured 22oz Bomber into a snifter. Poured a thick dark black, with a thin khaki head. Nose was a roasted coffee blast with sweet vanilla, caramel and toffee undertones. When cold, strong coffee flavor present, but as it warms vanilla, oak and bourbon burn took over. Caught a hint of raisin and cherry in its sweetness. Mouthfeel was full, but not syrupy. Overall a very enjoyable beer. Very complex, but a step below the "greats".

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Photo of MLDucky
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Often overlooked but an extremely solid coffee stout in my opinion. Well worth the purchase if you come across it. Great coffee and bourbon mixed nose. Taste was creamy, a bit of bitterness from the coffee, vanilla and sweetness from the barrel and no booziness.

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Photo of BergBeer
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Look: Opaque black with a rich mocha colored head. Lots of lacing and legs keep the head nice and thick

Smell: huge chocolate, coffee and vanilla notes that you can smell from a couple of feet away. Also getting more roasted coffee, slight whiskey, some barrel, dark fruit, chocolate cherries, and slight tobacco. Smells fantastic

Taste: Huge coffee hits the tongue, followed by dark cherries dipped in bourbon, vanilla, more coffee, and lots of barrel on this one

Mouthfeel: Rich and smooth at first but quickly becomes big bodied and heavy on the tongue alcohol is present but not overpowering with the oak barrel taste adding a nice dry finish.

Overall: Outstanding brew. Surprised how complex this one really is. I thought the coffee would dominate but a lot of the original stout shines through with those nice dark fruit notes. I also really enjoy how much of the barrel shines through!

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drinking this courtesy of SomethingClever. Thank You!

22 oz. Bottle.

I've seen this beer a lot on the WBAYDN thread. I was always intrigued by the name and label. Since Epic doesn't distribute here, I've been aching to try this. Well it's in my glass now. This pours very dark and dense brown, with light khaki lacing round my chalice. Looks pretty legit. Time for the fumes. First hits the nostrils with sweet roasted malts and cocoa with some rye whiskey floating on the backend. Also some booze is present yet only a tickle on the nose. Some fruity coffee is present. Very impressive! Next in line is the flavor. First hits is whiskey booze then slides into all the flavors just making love on my tastebuds. Cocoa, roasted coffee, some whiskey spiciness. This finishes dry smooth and slight coffee acidity. Toasted grains and wood in the aftertaste. Medium bodied and smooth with soft carbonation.

Overall: I am sure glad to have tasted this. Is this my favorite Barrel Aged Stout? No. Is it worthy of high acclaim, yes it is! This is balanced and enjoyable that I could crush Bombers of this on the regular. Well, in the end this brew is Recommended.

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Photo of Florida9
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very dark brown, if not black, in color. Fully opaque. Forms a modest, creamy, mocha colored head. Decent retention. Little lacing. Aroma is quite pleasant. Lots of deeply roasted malts, cocoa, burnt coffee beans, and a hint of char. Tastes starts off with a mild sweetness. Again, there are the roasted malts, along with chocolate, coffee, and a bitter-sweetness. Maybe a touch of blackstrap molasses. There is a smooth alcoholic quality on the backend. However, there is very little to suggest bourbon barrel. Full bodied. Lower carbonation. Slightly chalky. Bitterness comes more from the heavily roasted malts than hops.
A very nice beer. One of the better Imperial Stouts I've come across recently.

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Photo of jpro
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%

Wow... This was insanely drinkable for the 10%+ abv... Complex blend of roasted malt flavor plus cocoa, coffee and finishes with smooth, low-key bourbon notes. Barrel aging doesn't take anything away from the sum of the parts that make this beer so enjoyable. Great flavors, with no one component over-played / out of balance. Dense aroma and great feel, too, Will try to get this one again, for sure!

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Photo of Mdog
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Opaque black, good head.

Smell: Dark chocolate, woody, slight vanilla.

Taste: Thick and coating. Vanilla-tinged coffee with a nice sweetness. Moves towards a more straight-up coffee flavor and dry coffee finish.

Overall: I forgot to write down the batch number, but this had been sitting on the shelf at the store for at least 2 years. Still was a very tasty big stout that stands beside the bigger names.

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Photo of Bowers-Brew
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch #30 - Served in tulip @ 55deg.

A - Very dark brown. Not quite jet black, but approaching. ~1" head when poured aggressively.

S - Coffee, cocoa, hint of peppery spices. Coffee dominates the nose.

T/M - Coffee and bitter chocolate up front, clean malty finish.

O - It's a good imperial stout, but the coffee and chocolate are a little dominate and there aren't noticeable whiskey or oak flavors present. Not quite great, but has the potential. I'll keep my eye on the other BBB releases. Prost!

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

A: Black as obsidian which is expected slight mocha head that quickly vanishes, coats the lass slightly from the alcohol

S: Nice coffee smell has the vanilla toffee slight oak smell of a nice barrel aged beer get a slight chocolate smell. It's rich aroma is very enticing .

T: a deep roast taste, rich vanilla, soft toffee, tastes of chocolate, not much heat for barrel aged but you know the alcohol is there sweet but not over powering so on the end.

M: This has the mouthfeel of what KBS should have had it's not super thick but it holds it's own and you feel it envelope your tongue.

O: This is the beer that KBS wants To be I know they use different barrels whiskey v. bourbon but The chocolate and coffee and whiskey blend together here instead of being at harsh contrasts. This is a nice beer but if you are looking for BCBCS this doesn't have the exquisite mouthfeel although leaps and bounds ahead of KBS.

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Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 519 ratings.