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Big Bad Baptist - Epic Brewing Company

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1,924 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,924
Reviews: 329
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.45%
Wants: 294
Gots: 481 | FT: 78
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)
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

cfinch2, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of rudzud
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%

Batch #7, received in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a nice deep dark brown with a good slightly bigger than one finger mocha head that faded to leave a thin blanket and light, light side lacing. Nice appearance for an 11% beer.

S - Mmmm. Sumantra coffee. Super light bourbon notes along with oak and good vanilla. Make no mistake, this nose is pure Sumantra coffee, light alcohol. Not getting much roast malts of chocolate as this glorious coffee drowns it out.

T - Much more bitter coffee notes here, fresh grounds, light 85% cocoa. The bourbon comes out nicely in this one and interplays wonderfully with the coffee. 2 months old, has this faded a bit? Possibly, but the coffee is still dancing around in the mouth. The wiskey is a bit faint but that is alright, the alcohol isnt super noticeable, however, its still a sipper. Absolutely delicious

M - Mouthfeel is lowly carbonated, silky smooth. Alcohol isnt really noticeable but definately a sipper. Nicely done.

O - Overall, this is a damn good stout. Damn good. The marks would have been higher if BA Speedway wasnt fresh in my memory as far as coffee stouts go. Seek this one out BAers, its worth it.

rudzud, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of AndresR
1.5/5  rDev -65.4%

AndresR, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of robmoak
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

robmoak, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of BigTrubble
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

BigTrubble, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev -7.8%

ejimhof, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of bennetj17
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

bennetj17, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of matttttYCE
3.78/5  rDev -12.9%

Review from notes. This was a batch 4 bottle.

Poured into a brandy snifter, the head is about 2 fingers, foamy tan. Fades with a moderate rate. Little lacing. The color is a seriously dark black. Pours with a bit of a viscosity to it as well

I would say that the aroma is dominated by coffee. Don't get me wrong, it's a pleasant aroma, but the coffee might be a little too much in this case. Anyways, the aromas at play here are tons of coffee, like I just ground up some nice dark roast beans (reminds me of Sumatra), then behind that are some big notes of fudge and dark chocolate, some rich roasted malts, smokiness or along with possible hints of vanilla. I wish I were detecting some more bourbon (and all the nuances that come with it), but sadly, I am not.

The taste is, again, dominated by coffee. I get a moderately strong dark roast black coffee taste along with notes of fudge, syrupy dark chocolate, roasted malts, smoke, char, and ash (though not necessarily bad). Again, I wish I could say I'm getting notes of bourbon or any of the flavors that come along with it, but I simply don't taste it.

The consistency is rich and velvety, the carbonation is medium, the body is full and almost syrupy, and the finish is a bit lingering and more wet than dry.

Overall this beer was nice but I wouldn't say I was too impressed with it. In fact I was more let down than anything at the fact that I couldn't really detect hints of barrel aging. The fact that this beer advertises bourbon barrel aging and doesn't evidence it sucks. What this is is a decent coffee stout. In fact, when I think of coffee stouts, it's up there with some of the nicer ones I've had the pleasure of having. But when I consider this as a barrel aged stout (with added qualities like being brewed with cocoa nibs or with coffee beans) it's somewhat lacking.

matttttYCE, Nov 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

mhbarber, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of wedge
4.08/5  rDev -6%

@ 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...

wedge, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of carrollmel7
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

carrollmel7, Nov 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

twowheelssoar, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of Scotchboy
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%

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.

Scotchboy, Nov 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Mister_Joshy, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of Hex92
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%

Well here is another beer with 'imperial' in the name that doesn't dissapoint. Its a big ol beer and it is worth a try. The taste of coffee is over the top. Throw in some chocolate, alcohol burn, and roasted malts and you have this beer.

Definitely not a session beer. Its very sweet, high alcohol, and huge on flavor. Split one with a friend.

I will pick this one up again.

Hex92, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of buffs9
4.88/5  rDev +12.4%

A - very dark, with tan head, tiny bubbles.

S - coffee dark chocolate, morecoffee, bit of whiskey

T - I'm not a coffee drinker, but I like what coffee and bourbon do together in beer. like a mix of FBS/KBS, but with stronger coffee flavor. Incredibly smooth, sweet and bitter.

M - very creamy, love the way this beer drinks.

O - excellent and highly recommended. Totally underrated, perhaps b/c it's not rare?

buffs9, Nov 02, 2012
Photo of AnotherImperial
4.93/5  rDev +13.6%

Release #9, 22 oz bottle, consumed out of snifter at room temperature

A - Very dark brown, nearly opaque. Quickly dissipating, deep, tan head. Minimal cling. Looks lovely.

S - Mostly espresso and a hint of dark fruits, combined with a wonderful, non-bourbon whiskey aroma.

T - Absolutely fantastic. Chocolate and non-bourbon whiskey , followed by espresso and slight dark fruits, ending with a perfect amount of heat. Allowing a sip to sit in my mouth for a few seconds really allowed the chocolate to show itself.

M - Ever so slightly lighter than anticipated based upon the appearance. Slight carbonation present.

O - This beer was shockingly good. I tried it for the first time a few days ago and went back the next day to purchase a few more, including the one I am now reviewing. Though different (mainly in the type of whiskey flavor), this beer is nearly as good as KBS, and I didn't have to stand in line or pay $100 to get a 4-pack via eBay. If this is your style, do what you can to get one of these. I can only hope every release will be this memorable.

AnotherImperial, Nov 01, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

marine1975, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of snpub540
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

snpub540, Oct 31, 2012
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2.68/5  rDev -38.2%

1593rd Review on BA
Bottle to Woodshop snifter

Release #9
Purchased at Total Wine Brea for $10.99

App- A really great looking stout in the glass. It was a very deep brown. Bordered on black and very dense in the center and even the edges stay black. A good 1" tan head that faded to a small ring. Couple dots of cling.

Smell- Well it completely loses me here. Pure pressed coffee thats already been brewed with a big malt backbone. Large bitter. 

Taste- Pure over brewed and roasted coffee. I get nothing but coffee and bit roast.

Mouth- A thin medium body with a thin carbonation. Way too much coffee. Just not a great flavor.

Drink- Just a bad beer. Wont come back.

FosterJM, Oct 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Robeerto89, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of wvsabbath
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Dark black with a tan tint. Slim 1/8 inch head only cause i poured aggressive, some sticky lacing. Looks like a big time stout.

Smell - Very malty, smokey roasty, charcoal, nutty, coffee, molasses, oak. Some whiskey notes also. A little chocolate and cocoa round this monster out.

Taste - Much like the smell, huge malts, roasted with tons of coffee notes. Strong and bold, a sipper for sure. Nice underline of sweet choclate and cocoa, with a little dark fruit presence. Brown sugar and molasses add some counter-acting sweetness to the monster malt profile. Theres a nice smokey, oaked flavor also.

Mouthfeel - Big beer, smacks tounge with roasted malts, where palate gets more chocolate and cocoa, and the sugars. The aftertaste is malty, coffee and sugary.

Overall - Its a really nice beer, the best beer ive had from epic so far. Huge malty flavor, loads of coffee and some sugars. Wouldnt mind having this in a 12oz bottle, its alot for one person. Its near world class, kinda one sided with the coffee flavor, and unlike other stouts were i could handle 22oz, id be fine with 12oz of this. Stll, excellent beer, one of the better out there, for sure grab a bottle.

wvsabbath, Oct 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

cantfindme, Oct 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

elkinbrown, Oct 27, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

StroppyMare, Oct 27, 2012
Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,924 ratings.