Big Bad Baptist - Epic Brewing Company

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Reviews: 460
Hads: 3,043
Avg: 4.3
pDev: 23.26%
Wants: 405
Gots: 928 | 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

It’s Big, it’s Bad, Whiskey &/or Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, with Coffee and Cocoa Nibs. ... rial-stout 

ABV varies by batch
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Photo of Cottontown201
4.81/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Release 45

How exactly is this going to improve with aging? Aroma, mouth feel, balance are all exquisite. Not a hot beer at all, despite the ABV. Drink that BBB now!

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Photo of SFC21
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch #48

Chocolate and coffee flavors shine here, with the whiskey playing second fiddle. Great balance. The wood from the barrel aging makes for a very dry finish. Really tasty beer.

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Photo of do_ob
4.93/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

100th beer review.
Batch #40, 11.5% abv

Bomber into a snifter. Pours pitch black with about 1 finger of dense, bubbly mocha-colored foam. Incredibly sweet aroma of coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, and caramel. There's also a profound oak charring on the nose that's unlike any other Imperial Stout I've had. I also detect some bourbon notes within the sweet alcohol aroma. Medium-heavy weight, but among the less-dense Imperial Stouts I've had before. Despite not being an overly heavy beer, there's a smooth creaminess that fills the mouth.

Sweet, roasted coffee and malt up front with notes of chocolate. A slight bitterness sets in middleways that I attributed to the chocolate. On the back end, I get a more profound, yet still subtle bitterness along with a slight bourbon flavor. Finishes as smooth as butter. The aftertaste sees a lingering bitterness coupled with a stronger bourbon presence, while still retaining much of the coffee sweetness.

Overall, this beer is delicious. Absoloutely one of the best Imperial Stouts I've ever had. It's more coffee-forward, which isn't something I was expecting, but the balance between sweetness and bitterness, and flavor and alcohol is perfect. You taste everything this beer has to offer without tasting too much of anything. Simply awesome.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Lackman, arrived in a snifter.

Appearance: Your usual imperial stout impenetrable black, capped with a dark brown head that dwindled somewhat quickly to a cap and ring. Lacing was patchy but persistent.

Smell: Chocolate, and quite a bit of it, riding atop a wave of coffee and caramel. Some hints of spice as well.

Taste: This has some over the top intensity of flavor. The aforementioned chocolate is present in spades, alongside French roast coffee, burnt caramel, white and black pepper, ginger, cinnamon, and a slurry of dark fruits. Some wooden, vanilla, and almost chile-like undertones waft along through the background as well. The finish is sour dark fruit, bread, coffee, and oak.

Mouthfeel: Thick, full, sticky, and rich, this is definitely an imperial stout.

Overall: I'd have this again were I to come across it. I'd have just one, but I'd still have it again.

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Photo of dmgeng
3.73/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I'm going to preface that I got this recently and it was not at all what I expected. I really didn't care for this and it could have totally been just my bottle or this batch so you might not want to take this review to be the decider.

A - Pours very dark brown and settles into a clear black color. Good light brown colored head with good lacing. Looks appetizing

S - The aroma I get is a big caramel, burnt sugar smell. I almost thought it was chemical in the magnitude of aromatics. I couldn't quite place it initially but it was very familiar and I had to have my wife smell to properly place it. I could just be a mix of vanilla, bourbon, and the sweeter notes but I really didn't care for it dominating my nose.

T - Again that chemical burnt caramel is there but not as strong and there are some good flavors with it. The secondary flavors are the dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, vanilla, and sweet malt. It has some subtle complexities with some acrid bitterness to let you know it is a stout and not a sweeter porter. On the finish you can sense the caramel hitting the olfactory again making me almost cringe.

M - Full mouth-feel. Light carbonation. The flavors and feel are good if it wasn't for the backlash from the burnt caramel.

Overall, this is a different imperial stout. I've never smelled an aroma quite like that in a beer and I would not want it again. The flavor was solid which leads me to believe that something went wrong either in this bottle or maybe just the batch since there is some variability from batch to batch. I would try this one again but I think I'll give it a year and try another review then.

Glass- Snifter

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Photo of jwc215
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a growler purchased two days before at The Brass Tap, Greenfield, WI:

Pours black with a thin, wispy brown head. Spotted lacing sticks.

The smell is of roasted coffee/chicory, burnt brown sugar, wood and some warming alcohol.

The taste is of coffee/espresso/chicory, chocolate (hint of anise?), wood and some peppery alcohol.

It is rich and velvety with a woody lingering dryness.

This is a wonderful, complex, thick stout. Some alcohol shows, but not as much as the actual abv. A rich "sipper"!

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Photo of TheTrumpetGuy
4.84/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Wasn't sure what to expect but, wish I had another bottle. The barrel comes through just enough to compliment the stout itself. Medium -thick, a bit oily.

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Photo of lefty418
3.24/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

All winter I drank stouts, finding a love for those that are aged in bourbon barrels so I was very excited to be gifted this. I opened it with such anticipation. I might be a little weird but when I smelled it it was off putting. No whiskey smell at all....ok, well I let it warm up and when I drank it I wasnt impressed. I didnt taste any whiskey at all. Don't get me wrong, It's a good stout but not one of my favorites. I will take a siberian night or wulver over this any day.

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Photo of Mattygross44
4.99/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow wow wow wow wow so smooth with a slight burn lots of boozy vanilla chocolate flavors the bourbon flavor really comes out as this warms up! Def top 3 for me

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Photo of Beerguykirk
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

To me this beer is pretty dam similar to BCBS. It's lacking a little in the mouthfeel for me but overall a great offering. Wishing I had gotten more than one.

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Photo of Stingraystripe
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very complex, and lots going on. Successive releases have toned down the complexity, and made for a much more cohesive taste. A good 20-30 minutes at room temp does so much for BBB.

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Photo of sco72v
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This should be 100/100.

Look: Lovely motor oil dark color. Pitch Black.

Smell: Like Chocolate Coffee

Taste: Like a delicious chocolate/coffee flan. Alcohol is hidden well, and oak has a slight appearance at the end.

Feel: Feels great in the mouth, like liquid silk

Overall: This is the next whale (e.g. KBS, BCBS) once people realize how good it is.

Spread the word, or keep it a secret!

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Photo of SeanBond
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perfectly pleasant coffee and cacao beer, and anyone who loves the aforementioned two elements will definitely like this beer. Points off, however, because the bourbon barrel really does NOT come through here, which is really disappointing. Some creamy vanilla from the barrel treatment would really have raised this beer to another level.

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Photo of raynmoon
4.64/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Looks pitch black, small, light brown head sticking around the glass. Some alcohol legs sticking behind. Looks really nice.

Smells like a mocha. Big chocolate and coffee. Cold pressed coffee, with some cream and sugar perhaps. I wouldn't prefer that sweetness in my own coffee, as I like it black, but it smells like a great chocolatey, coffee forward dessert.

Upfront, the dryness from the oak, then some semi-sweet chocolate and soft vanilla, almost like a cookie. Then it goes down and the alcohol starts to tingle and lightly burn the tongue and warm the throat. Finishes very nicely and balanced.

Lighter side of full bodied, more of a medium plus body. Pretty nice creaminess to it as well.

Overall, if you dislike the thin mouth from KBS and maybe find the coffee to dominate the bourbon and are looking for more balance, then this is for you. Not sure why the ratings aren't more around 4.5. It likely hasn't quite met the masses yet or does not deliver that rareness factor.

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Photo of AppaZappa
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Release 45 poured into a tulip glass at cellar temp.. L: dark brown color, nice 1/4 inch head that hangs around. S: fresh coffee, chocolate, malt, vanilla, touch of bourbon. T: follows suit: coffee, chocolate, with oak and vanilla. the bourbon is slight here, but there's no alcohol either. the finish is really smooth on this one. M: silky, creamy, very nice carbonation.

Fresh off some other coffee stouts, I gotta say I'm impressed with this one. Have another that I'm aging, so that'll be fun. But I'll echo others in saying that this is overlooked. If you see it and you like the style, pick one up!

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Photo of larryarms847
4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep jet black, slightly oily but highly viscous with a very thin layer of creamy light khaki foam.

An immediate wave of chocolate and freshly ground coffee hits first, with some vanilla, toffee, and caramel notes to add as well as a ton of roastiness in general.

Coffee and chocolate both battle to be the standout ingredient in this beer. Tons of bitter but not overwhelmingly roast and some oak, earth, and vanilla.

Heavy-bodied, light carbonation, bitter roast, silky smooth, semi-chewy.

I was very happy with this beer overall, the one downside I have to remark on is the lack of bourbon aroma and flavor, but that is splitting hairs because this is damn good either way.

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Photo of silverblaze540
4.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - Pitch black with minimal head around the edges. Head is tan in color with good lacing.

S - Sweetness and chocolate. Prunes, raisins, and some hops.

T - Very sweet front with chocolate middle and a mildly bitter coffee aftertaste.

M- Heavy with some carbination and alcohol burn. Nice and smooth.

O - Easy drinking beer. Pleastant sweetness with tons of flavor and not much bitterness.

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2011 bottle opened in 2015. It's possible my review is on the high side due to the aging.

Appearance – Pitch black with a nice brown head and lacing that initially runs back into the beer, then sticks to the glass as the beer sits longer.

Smell – A powerful blast of espresso coffee (maybe too much in the smell, but it works for the taste), roasted malts, whisky, and chocolate. Just a touch of vanilla.

Taste – Whisky is more pronounced in the taste than the smell, but it's not overpowering; it’s actually the perfect amount. Espresso, malt, and chocolate. Very nice!

Mouthfeel – Creamy, and velvety, perfectly carbonated. Although the whiskey lingers in the aftertaste, it’s very pleasant and not too strong.

Drinkability – A surprisingly good stout. Highly recommended!

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle from a # 39 vintage (11.7 % abv) into a snifter

Appearance – The beer pours a pitch black color with a one finger head of thick tan foam. The foam has a great level of retention, very slowly fading over a long time to leave a lighter level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass. Swirling the brew in the glass shows some thickness to the brew, with some fingers of beer clinging to the sides of the glass and slowly descending to the base of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is massive of a coffee smell mixed with tons of roasted malt and some aromas of a sweeter caramel and some chocolate. Mingling with these aromas are some wonderful smells of a more woody nature as well as some bourbon boozy smells. While there is a sweetness in the nose it is rather light in comparison to the other aromas, with the overall smell having a very rich and dark smell overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a huge flavor of a roasted malt mixed with a big showing of the coffee that was present in the nose. There is a lighter sweetness upfront of a caramel and vanilla nature, which grow stronger and stronger as the taste moves on further to the end. All while the sweetness increases, the roasted malt flavors actually dwindle, but are replaced by more and more coffee. While smoother upfront, boozy flavors of a bourbon nature as well as a bit of wood come to the tongue, bringing a bit of a burn and a little bit of an astringency. While this is said these coffee and alcohol flavors balance nicely the sweet, and with more caramel and cocoa coming to the tongue at the end of the taste, one is left with a massively rich and boozy, but very enjoyable flavor, to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – While still rather thick, the body of the beer is actually somewhat light for a beer of 11.7 % with a carbonation level that is rather average. A little thicker of a body may have been slightly better for the super rich dark, boozy, and sweet flavors of the brew. Although with that said, for the big coffee and bourbon boozy flavors of the beer, the feel was somewhat appropriate and made for a wonderfully easy-ish drinking brew (as at 11.7 % easy-ish is what you want… so…).

Overall – This is a fantastic brew with tons of flavor!! Deep and dark, but balanced by some nice sweetness. It is also bourbon boozy but still very drinkable. Along with this the beer has loads of delicious coffee. One amazingly flavorful and delicious brew!!

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

EBF sample. Pours syrupy and black. The beer sticks to my sample cup. Aroma is impressive. Coffee and chocolate, both very bold. Maybe a little bit of dark fruit. The flavor is immense and filled with bitter coffee and espresso along with dark chocolate. Faint dark fruit. It's mostly a big one-two punch of coffee and chocolate but it's done very well. Espresso bean finish. Full, thick and oily feel. Some alcohol heat. Great feel with lingering bitterness. I wish I had this on my radar earlier.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$ 12.99/bomber from Craft Shack
Release # 37 (13 %) at 45 degrees into hand washed and dried tulip
Aroma very strong of roasted malt and coffee
Head average (3 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, creamy, diminishing to 3 mm ring and layer
Lacing good – nearly complete rings of tiny bubbles
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor very coffee forward, followed by chocolate and whiskey; stomach warming after swallow; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate full, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 4.5, Flavor 4.75, Palate 4.5, Overall 4.5

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer was a murky black color with mocha colored bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass.

Smell - Chocolate is the attention getter in the aroma. The boozy notes are present, though fairly well masked.

Taste - The bourbon notes make the first impression. Chocolate, nice toasty malts, and bourbon create the taste storm. My favorite element is the toastiness of the malts. The taste finishes in a warm after, with little burn.

Mouthfeel - The beer is thick enough to be a stout, but I thick the aging may have eroded the thickness. Carbonation is low, as one might expect.

Overall - I am a little surprised this one is held in high regard. I was not terribly impressed. Still, this is a great BA stout.

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Photo of russpowell
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

This was brewed in SLC, # 2072 then some numbers I can't read...

Pours ebony with 2 fingers of mocha colored head. Great lacing & head retention, very bubbly...

S: Coffee, chocolate, a little bit of red pepper

T: All the nose is here up front; loads of coffee, a little caramel as well. Seems like a little barrel hiding in the background as this warms. Much coffee & chille heat, some more caramel sweetness, mocha as well. Finishes with heat, dryness, caramel, & much coffee...

MF: Medium bodied, warming, & firm carbonation. Thins as touch as this warms, still pretty nice...

Drinks so easy for the style, I liked it a little more on tap. This on the must purchase list the next time I'm back where this is feasible. LOVED this...

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.95/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Release #37. Dark/brown almost black in color with slight ruby red hues around the rim of the glass. Beautiful oil like viscosity with only a few bubbles in the middle and spotty in nature lacing. Aroma of cocoa, bourbon, wood, vanilla, coffee and chocolate. Tastes of strong bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, some burnt sugar, hints of oak and bourbon plus coffee. Thick, creamy, and smooth on the palate with just a bit of bitterness and burn in the finish. I must say I found this to be one of the best Imperial Stouts I've had the chance to enjoy. Well done Epic!

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Photo of tillmac62
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Release 45, 10.9%. Pours pitch black. Normal head volume, outstanding retention and World Class lacing.

Rich complex nose of coffee, chocolate, roast and a bit of vanilla. As it warms, bourbon is quite noticeable.

Medium bodied with a very smooth texture that approaches creamy. Below normal carbonation with just a bit of effervescence in the finish.

The flavor profile is World Class. It is intense, richly complex and balanced to perfection. Simply, it is a brewer's masterpiece. It begins with a semi sweet chocolate over a mild coffee background. The middle produces a subtle bitterness comprised of dark chocolate, roast and coffee over a sweet background with rich malt notes. As the middle fades, coffee achieves its most prominent flavor aspect over declining chocolate notes and an ascending bourbon background. As the finish begins, vanilla and oak notes make a short appearance. The finish is a slow fade of coffee and roast bitterness over a rich sweetness that is both malt and chocolate in nature. The only trace of alcohol is the nice light burn at the back of the throat.

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