Big Bad Baptist - Epic Brewing Company

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Reviews: 447
Hads: 2,999
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 3.73%
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Gots: 913 | FT: 114
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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.

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

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Photo of buyBinboaVodka
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Release #1 11.7% alc

A - pours a dark black with ruby highlights around the edges. Very small head with minimal retention. Little lacing around the glass.

S - Strong cocoa and earthy notes. I get a bit of hazelnut coming through follwed by coffee aroma.

T - Big bold roasted malts followed by a more subtle chocolate coffee taste. This has a nice balance of sweet malts and some bitter dark chocolate.

M - Feels like a rich creamy milkshake thats not thick. Slight carbonation but a little flat.

O - This an awesome beer that deserves some respect. I would recommend this beer to anyone who likes big stouts. (613 characters)

Photo of Ohiovania
4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a chance to try this at 2011 Brewzilla in Cleveland during Beer week. So I decided to pick up a couple bottles @ Acme in Akron, OH.

$12.99/ bottle (worth it)

Knocked my socks off. Best chocolate/ coffee imperial stout I have ever had to date. The only down side is that it's a bit sweet.

The alcohol is barely noticeable and the flavor is overwhelmingly complex. Get this one while it last. It's rumored to be a one time brew. (434 characters)

Photo of stimulus
4.16/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2: 11.7% abv.
A: Pours pitch black with a 1/2 finger tan head.
S: BIG coffee with a bit of whiskey and cocoa in the background. Roasted malts are very faint.
T: Wow, tastes like sweet turkish coffee with the cocoa sweetening the intense coffee flavors. Irish whiskey (yet possibly bourbon - can’t tell because of the potent coffee beans) coats the background, with traditional stout flavors filling in at the very end.
M: Smooth as can be for a barrel aged coffee stout; full bodied and well carbonated.
O: Heavy on the coffee, could be more balanced for how it is advertised. (589 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.7/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 1 poured from a 22oz bottle into my Stone IRS glass. It poured black in color with a frothy tan head barely covering the top of the beer and clinging to the edges of the glass. Nice lacing as I drank it.

The aroma shows a good amount of roasty, bitter coffee flavors to it. The chocolaty flavors really come out in it as well and mix pretty nicely with the whiskey. Some notes of oak and vanilla smooth it out a little. The coffee is a little dominating, but it's a pretty nice aroma overall.

The taste also has a big roasty and bitter coffee flavor throughout. It's a a little overpowering of the other flavors for me. In the finish I do get some of the dark, bitter-sweet chocolate and whiskey flavors coming out along with just a hint of vanilla.

The mouthfeel is heavy with carbonation being low. Overall it was a pretty decent beer, but the roasty, bitter, coffee was a little overpowering for me. I liked the coffee flavors, it just overshadowed the chocolate and whiskey a little too much for me. A little more balance would have really gone a long way. Pretty decent beer of the style, but not an outstanding one for me. (1,140 characters)

Photo of Chaney
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Release #1

A: Poured out like a big vat of prune juice with black food coloring. Thick and with no head, this monster just saw there staring at me ominously....

S: More than a hint of coffee...jeez loueez! The coffee was of the gourmet variety and had sort of a soft, buttery quality on the scent.

T: Perhaps that butter is whiskey? ...now that I actually got proactive and read the bottle, it definitely is, alas! Still, lots of coffee and I got some cocoa infusion as well as more sweetness as it warmed.

M: It's rare that I get an equal amount of bourbon and coffee in a beer (usually one trumps the other), but this is one of those that pulls it off. After my tongue pulled out its magnifying glass, it got a few bubbles posing as carbonation, and the aftermath on the glass: minimal lacing. The aftermath on the palate: coffee....and then some.

O: This totally blew me away. If you really want to taste coffee AND bourbon in your beer, this is the one for you! (970 characters)

Photo of Daniellobo
3.55/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good coffee laden stout, barely fair as a bourbonesque brew.

Presentation: 22 oz brown capped bottle. Paper label with a simple light cream background and a black label with the name of the brew and series branding punctuated by drawing of a pilgrim/like bearded man opening a jar.. Side narrative Offers a small note about the special and limited character of the brew, and encourages to check their website for more details. Notes release #1, and 11.7 % Alc. by Vol. Served in a snifter.

A - Black pour with brown edges, fair 1/3" creamy brown head, poor retention and lacing with a fair surface memory ring.

S - Prominent coffee nose, not badly done… a bit plain but fair with a minimal hint of complex sweetness behind it.

T- Palate follows with a roasted coffee commanding note, malty… touch of chocolate and a sweetness that is minimally vanilla, whiskyeske… very short there, but the roasted sense and the sturdy but correct coffee do a good job to sustain the brew.

M - Medium-full body with tingly carbonation, fairly smooth ride with a small bitterness and an emerging boozy touch.

O - Nice sipper, a bit to compact and too skewed towards the coffee but pretty pleasing.

Notes: Blasphemy: in the KBS range without the hype, missing the Bourbon barrel, and with good coffee.. not too good a coffee but a fair coffee… Dunno, it is nice but nothing that I would actively seek out. (1,403 characters)

Photo of biglite351
3.33/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Very dark with just a hint of red around the edges. Creamy medium-dark head that falls slowly.

S - Smells like a coffee roasters place. not like a cup of coffee, but like the actual roast. Hint of chocolate and malts in the mix. After a few moments there is a vanilla and alcohol scent. (I actually did not know this was a whickey barrelled beer until just now)

T - Not as good as the scent. Seems a bit confused. Instead of the coffee, chocolate and barrel ageing mixing, they seem to each be trying to stand on their own. it is like different parts of the mouthful have different flavors.

M - Thin, but leaves a little coating. Mild alcohol tingle in throat. Timgle on sides of tongue.

O - Very close. There is just something about the flavor palate that is odd. it is like this brew is fighting itself. (813 characters)

Photo of MaxSpang
3.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

APPEARANCE

Hey, this a stout here. It's dark, and it's viscus. It had a smidge of a khaki head that went away fast. Only a little bubbles crept up the glass. What else can you say about this Big Bad Baptist?
SMELL

Coffee dominates the nose at first. It's followed up by a nice amount of bitter dark chocolate. After awhile, the whiskey comes through and brings a tinge of alcohol, but it doesn't smell boozey. There's a little bit of bread notes a well as some slight raisin and dark fruits. It's definitely heavy on the coffee, but isn't completely overpowered by it.

TASTE

Like the nose, coffee dominates the palette. The first sip was almost all coffee. Subsequent tastes brought in the dark chocolate in a big way. The whisky is present, and comes through toward the end. There's a lingering sweetness toward the end as well, which brightens the chocolate character. The bitterness is also high, from the hops, coffee, and bitter chocolate. There's a little liquoroce after taste. This isn't as boozy as expected, but it does have a little heat as the beer warms in the class.

MOUTHFEEL

This has got some definite body. It's pretty big on residual sugars, and it's not the easiest drinker. It has a slighlty dry finish, but it isn't smooth per se. The carbonation is medium, and only slighty foams up in the mouth. It's a good example of a "meatier" Imperial Stout.

OVERALL

This is a tasty beer! It's not as polished as other similar beers (Founders KBS, for example) but it's still a good brew. It could stand a little age on it to smooth out, but it's very nice fresh. The name implies that perhaps omeone was sending a message in the land of Mormons, but the massage I'm getting is that this is good beer.

Cheers. (1,730 characters)

Photo of zaphodchak
3.88/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One finger tan head, black body, nice lace.

Nose is coffee grounds, and rich ones, too. But pretty much nothing else.

*Huge* coffee taste. Some bitter cocoa, subdued bourbon, decently balanced, on the bitter side.

Rich and thickly textured.

A stout that's both rich and dry... rare. Incredibly coffee heavy. I can only wonder what aging would do. (350 characters)

Photo of Bierguy5
4.59/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle. Release #1, 11.7% abv. Deep brown, approaching black. Nice contrasting mocha head. Head fades to a thin layer after a minute, but still a good looking brew. No lace.

Coffee and some cream seem to jump out of the glass. A nice, darker roast. Caramel, burnt sugar, and some bittersweet dark chocolate notes. Maybe a hint of oak.

Dark chocolate, along with some fresh roast coffee. Some dry, burnt notes. Caramel, and burnt sugar. Dry tannins at the finish, along with a hint of booze.

Full body, chewy with lower carbonation. Some warmth at the finish. This is certainly a blast of coffee, with some nice compliments. Very nice. (646 characters)

Photo of patm1986
3.65/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For a barrel-aged imperial stout, it's not as dark as others. it's more of a darker brown than a dark brown or black. Maybe the nibs have something to do with it. There isn't much of a head at all, nor any carbonation. it also doesn't look as viscous, certainly not motor oil-y.

It smells like mildly roasted coffee beans, sweet cream, cocoa powder, vanilla, and pine, all without much of an alcoholic aroma.

Pronounced flavors of coffee and cream, baking chocolate, roasted coffee beans, a little bit of whiskey--but more an oaky vanilla flavor--but, overall, it tastes like a thicker, carbonated, barely spiced or spiked irish coffee with chocolate syrup.

Finishes smoothly, but thins out greatly the warmer it gets. not much of a body, but such as it is, it lends itself to be more palatable. it leaves that nice mouth tingle though.

this is a solid barrel-aged brew at a time when we're being hit with them from all angles. the cocoa nibs are a really nice touch though. some age on this might thicken it some.
cheers (1,027 characters)

Photo of Ryan011235
2.77/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 10/30/11

Release #1

Pours a stained cherry brown and settle up rather dark with a one finger cap of sandy brown foam. The head drops quickly to a skimmed layer of foam and a large patch of bubbles shoved off to the side. Drippy lace hangs from a third of the glass. Swirling helps keep the head alive.

Dang, the coffee addition rules the roost as far as the aroma is concerned. If I didn't know better, I'd assume this was a spot of espresso. Swirling draws forth meager notes of sweet whiskey and a hint of charred oak. As it warms there are suggestions of vanilla, but I'm not getting anything from the cocoa nibs. It keeps reverting back to espresso throughout the whole glass. Overtones of booze as it warms further.

After taking a sip it seems this is, in fact, beer. Hey, off to a good start, right? That said, the flavor profile table is slanted and all the ingredients are tumbling about, longing for the floor. Things start off sweet, courtesy of chocolate tones and whiskey nips. The middle finds overtones of oak as things shift toward roasted coffee, which carries everything on down. Full on espresso lingers long on the floor. Tastes a bit harsher as it warms, which is kind of a surprise.

Fairly full bodied, but not overly viscous; kind of nimble as far as imperial stouts tend to go (though it does seem to bulk up a bit over time). Carbonation is higher than I prefer, but not inappropriate here, I guess. At least it's puffy instead of prickly. Though not entirely hidden, alcohol is largely masked; it tends to be warming and is most apparent on the floor.

As far as I'm concerned, this needs some serious clean-up. Namely, the coffee is out of control and needs to be reigned in. I hate to be the one to police the Hype Pipe © usage that seems is going on here, but this is far from an astounding barreled take on the style. Perhaps it might improve as the coffee fades, but, at this price point, I'm not likely to pick up a second bottle to find out. (2,021 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Release #1, one of "a few thousand bottles released."

4.0 A: Black color. One and a half fingers of dense, creamy light brown head. Retention is good and a small ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: This is quite a smeller. The whiskey is lightly charred and earthy with melon, apple, and smoky notes. Light booziness. Light woodiness and just a hint of vanilla. The base stout gives a soft roastiness with dark chocolate, coffee, molasses, and an earthy quality.

4.0 T: The bourbon again is slightly more powerful than the stout and offers the same components found in the nose. The cocoa nibs and coffee stick out more in the taste and for that I'm thankful. Booze is very well hidden, but does offer a welcomed warming on the finish. Good stuff.

3.5 M: This is the only part of this beer that I'm not thrilled about. Just thicker than a medium body. This could use a touch more carbonation, but it has a decent creaminess to it. Light astringent aftertaste. I'd prefer a bit of a thicker body.

4.5 D: A couple categories could have been a notch higher, so this is the score it gets here. Solid brew. (1,126 characters)

Photo of REDAMI
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into two pint glasses.

A - Pours black, tan/caramel colored head which dissipates quickly with little lacing.

S - Strong bitter chocolate, followed by whiskey, boozy alcohol, and a coffee finish.

T - Starts as a well balanced mocha with an extra shot of espresso. Followed by a strong alcohol edge, which finishes with the bitterness of baking chocolate and dark roasted grains.

M - Smoothness is cut by strong alcohol which thins it somewhat. Should improve wih aging.

O - The flavors are spot on for a mocha stout. However, the alcohol bite takes away from the overall body of the beer. This is still an outstanding brew and I hope I can get another bottle to see how it turns out after aging. (719 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter, release #1.

A real nice creamy appearance of uniform light brown. Bubbles for the most part are tight but have some larger ones. Head forms normally and falls at a good but normal clip. I wouldn't stay it sticks around, but it doesn't disappear quickly either. Some spotted leopard lacing, and this body looks particularly black. I am on the fence between 4 and 4.5 on this one it could go either way. Very nice looking, and leaving a whispy cloud appearing top.

Nose is just a very simple roast coffee. Not much else, but at least the nose is particularly solid, simple and VERY well done here. Honestly, the bouquet is not varied other than that, with some soft sense, kind of creamy sensation coming. Just very solid and good.

Taste is... yeah even more of a surprise. Creamy milk sweetened coffee. A good char roast character on the finish too with a lingering almost milk lactose milk stout sense, giving to slight powdered sugar. Bigger body gives a thicker cream but nothing overpowering, sticky, or thick to swallow. Cream sensation mixes with the coffee and sweetness angle so perfectly.

Overall, it's very much a simple flavored big stout, nothing crazy, or incredibly varied, but just done extremely well. This one is a keeper, this is a winner right here. (1,316 characters)

Photo of mcallister
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an almost deep purple, a tan head of two fingers fades into a molten top leaving no lace.

Amazing aromas of big and bold freshly brewed coffee. Dark chocolate, black and blueberry, light whiskey and hints of oak. Roasted malts and a hint of smoke.

Coffee monster here and delicious, big and toasty with hints of mocha, heavy cream, burnt caramel, toffee, plum, blueberry, very light wood, with some bourbon notes late in the finish. Other brooding dark fruits, coffee tannins galore and a smidgeon of vanilla. (517 characters)

Photo of projectflam86
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber served in a tulip. Release#1 11.7% ABV on the side of the bottle.

A- Pours a deep black color with a medium sized light brown head that leaves some lace.

S- This baby is all coffee. Deep dark roasted coffee aroma and some bittersweet chocolate. Not picking up much from the whiskey barrels but the coffee definitely stands out.

T- Ok, now the whiskey barrels show themselves. Huge wave of alcohol initially with a creamy smooth roasted finish. The coffee still leads the way in the flavor profile but the whiskey is quite noticeable and adds a bit of depth. Some dark chocolate, vanilla beans, and black licorice comes through more as it warms. Charred burnt aftertaste lingers until the next sip.

M- Full bodied with medium carbonation. Silky smooth and rich.

O- This is one doozie of a beer. I think the alcohol is a bit too hot for my personal preference but aging one might take away from the huge coffee flavors. A very nice coffee forward brew. (976 characters)

Photo of Beejay
4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Release #1

A: Thick and deep brown as it pours. Waiting a few moments lets the head grow up out of the body in a nice dark tan color. The beer in the glass is black.

S: Man there is a lot of chocolate in there. The first thing that hits is cocoa nibs, followed by a rich, but slightly bitter smelling coffee aroma. There is a nice oak and vanilla character in the finish, although it is a lot more subdued than the coffee and chocolate. If someone planted a cafe mocha and it grew into a tree, this is how an orchard of them would smell.

T: Coffee, chocolate, and now a hint of the whiskey. The finish is sweet, with a meandering coffee note, and an oaky overtone. It's certainly one hell of a beer.

M: Thick, and creamy. The finish has a bit of an oily feel about it. The carbonation may actually be just a touch high on it for me, but it's a thin line between being a bit too much, and being perfect.

O: This is luscious, rich, and delicious. Everything that a coffee, chocolate, whiskey barrel stout should be. Fine work. (1,033 characters)

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from epic.$12 for a 22oz bottle. Into an epic snifter.

A: Pitch black with a sand colored head that bubbles up to about an inch then fades to nothing. No laying to speak of. Completely opaque.

S: coffee and a ton of it. Man. This is easily the most coffee forward beer I've ever smelt. Just incredible on the coffee note. Some sweet chocolate and a touch of cocoa. Awesome here.

T: like the nose would lead on, huge coffee, tons of roasted malt and a lot of chocolate as well. Brown sugar and coffee, with a little vanilla as well. Not a ton of barrel character but there is a bit of whiskey and oak. Huge milk chocolate as it continues to warm. Wow. Best beer from epic that I've had.

M: just about right a bit more body would help. Surprisingly not hot, just the right amount of warmth.

O: glad I got a bottle of this, easily the best beer I've had from epic. A little more bal character would really help, but this is damn tasty. I love coffee forward beers and this is awesome. Nicely done epic. Nicely done. (1,032 characters)

Photo of Urbancaver
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark dark brown. Reddish tint. Some light off-white head. Smells incredible. Tons and tons of coffee. Lots of sweetness on the nose as well. Tastes bitter And roasty. A nice solid mouthfeel. Well carbonated. I'm really impressed with this beer

But, no barrel characteristics what so ever. (297 characters)

Photo of brew3crew
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jackie o's tasting baby!! 1st release

A-black body and a tan head that stick around for awhile.

S-wow smell coffee as it starts to pour. Fresh roasted coffee

T-not really any whisky, tons of fresh coffee

M- medium boey and smooth

O-nice suprise. Very good but very Hugh coffee (282 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.51/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up tonight at Brewforia Bown... Paid about $15ish... Christ .. Epic is getting pretty damn proud of their bottles :-) Seriously though, this is a great beer... Poured into my HotD goblet.... 3/4" dark tan head with little lacing atop an obviously black brew.. spotty lacing.

The aroma is amazing.... it immediately reminds me of Johnnie's Diner in McConnellsburg PA... 1st day of deer season... 4:00 AM.. Very Strong coffee... and NOW what I know as whiskey. :-) I was young... come on.. give me a break.

The nose is pretty phenomenal... tons of coffee beans.. lite cocoa... and there is a decent whiskey note that really doesn't jive as what I think of as "bourbon" ... almost an Irish whiskey nose.

Flavor has much more cocoa and a significant boost in the whiskey department... still right now, the coffee is the big player.. cold brewed and loving it.. the gears mesh perfectly .. cocoa nibs come across as milk chocolate with the lite malty sweetness..

I love that the "stout" flavors are in the background compared to the coffee and the cocoa... and whiskey... For a brew this big, it works very very well right now... I do NOT think this is an ager... whiskey notes come proud and sorta intrusive with warmth, but it still works. Coffee in beer drops off quickly.

I loved this brew.. Brewforia Chris hooked it up... Nice A quality beer easily.

3.5/5/4.5/4/4.5 (1,401 characters)

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Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing Company
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