Big Bad Baptist | Epic Brewing Company

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Big Bad BaptistBig Bad Baptist
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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 

ABV varies by batch

Added by JohnGalt1 on 09-30-2011

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Reviews: 547 | Ratings: 3,391
Photo of MajorPaver
4.66/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best Imperial Stouts I have had in a long time. Initial nose is heavy on the alcohol, but that disappears on drinking. Mouth feel is smooth and a little chewy. Very chocolaty with some coffee notes. Experienced on draft.

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Photo of pollocwr
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Such a tasty beer. Strong coffee flavors with some bitter chocolate. Smooth all the way through. Only downside for me was a smokey flavor somewhere in the middle. Still good and will be better after sitting for 2 years.

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Photo of Thirstygoat
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this bottle for a while, and now I guess it is the season for hearty stouts.
This pours pitch black with a bit of copper head and a slight trace of lacing
Not that much smell vague hint of malt , pleasant not distinct
this tastes like malt soup with slight hints of wood, chocolate and a solid coffee flavor- delicious
thick, unctuous mouth feel, like a big stout should have
I had high expectations and they were met, maybe exceeded

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Photo of biboergosum
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle (Batch #50, 'Blue Copper', @12.6% ABV). Every December 5th, in honour of the American Repeal Day, I extract the biggest, baddest Yankee-brewed offering from my cellar to review. Turns out that this year, I couldn't have had a better option: Big Bad Baptist!

This beer pours a solid black abyss, with the scantest of basal mahogany edges when pressed to the cold glow of the monitor screen, and one skinny-ass finger of weakly foamy, and mostly just bubbly brown head, which leaves some decent arctic iceberg profile lace around the glass as things gently get a move on.

It smells of charred black coffee, grainy caramel malt, bittersweet chocolate, earthy licorice root, gritty American whiskey barrels - corn-fed booze and wood, mostly - a strange dark fruitiness, and some tame weedy, leafy, and musty hoppiness. The taste is rich medium chocolate fudge, fading day-old coffee grounds, toffee-flecked caramel malt, those Scandinavian licorice candies, surprisingly subtle barrel astringencies - a bit of vanilla and rye whiskey-soaked staves - and a generic earthy bitterness.

The bubbles are fairly laid-back, but perform well enough via their supportive frothiness, the body a dense medium-heavy weight, and rather smooth, with a heady and robust creaminess. It finishes sweet, but in a generally moderated sense - the char, coffee, and a mildly acrid booziness seeing to that.

Wowee - for such a high ABV stout, you'd hardly know it, and the chocolate and coffee work together like old buds, with just enough barrel content to make ya happy, without hitting you over the head with it. This Baptist fulfilled my quota and my belly tonight, with big, bad aplomb - but make no mistake, I'm not losing my religion, as my religion is damned (sorry) good beer.

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Photo of Bfarr
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark thin brown head with poor retention. Roasted coffee aroma with light vanilla. Strong roasted coffee, light bourbon vanilla and chocolate notes with the bourbon and chocolate in the finish and linger. Light acidity with a rich, smooth carbonation.

After the initial roasted coffee surge the flavors blend nicely with nothing overpowering and everything remains clear. Although the coffee is omnipresent, it is very enjoyable.

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Photo of mlockman
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Aroma and flavor are all whiskey, and intense. Underlying the whiskey-notes is an intense flavor of chocolate, more present in the finish than elsewhere. Overall, phenomenal, but I can't wait to see what some age will do for this brew.

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Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tons of cocoa and coffee in the nose and first sip. And very nice amount of whiskey, just enough to announce itself without overtaking it. Cinnamon taste just lightly appears and lasts gently through the finish. This is a complex and well made brew. Very slight barrel character and ok body.

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Photo of Gorilla_Biscuits
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch #59 12.3% 2015 edition. This is amazing. The whiskey shines through this thick and creamy stout nicely. The coffee isn't as strong as expected, but it's apparent. It's a bit bitter from the chocolate. However it's smooth and tasty for how strong this beer is.

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Photo of darktronica
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch #63, 12.3% abv, but review applies to multiple releases sampled over the past few years. Despite the fact that Epic changes up the construction and type of coffee, Big Bad Baptist is consistently one of the most potent coffee-forward stouts around. Cacao nibs add a raw, earthy nuttiness to the aroma, but the coffee is clearly the star of the show.

Some other standout coffee stouts, like Treehouse's Double Shot or Modern Times' Mega Black House, are exceptionally smooth, fragrant, and chocolaty, utilizing cold-brew to avoid introducing much additional bitterness. The handful of batches of Big Bad Baptist I've tried, on the other hand, are bold, uncompromising, dark-roasted beasts. The nibs bring chocolate balance to the finish, but there's no effort here to please anyone who isn't a coffee drinker.

The influence of the barrel is to shore up the body into a full, smooth mouthfeel, only adding a touch of wood pulp and spice to the flavors.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an impenetrable black with a half-finger of chocolately-tan head. Smell is malty roast and coffee, with chocolate and dark fruits. Taste is similar, with a lovely thickish feel and just the right amount of sweetness. The barrel component is very subtle, which I personally prefer. Great beer, especially as an after-dinner drink.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.14/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

When I first tried this it was kind of a foray into well tread ground. Adjunct barrel aged stouts. Been there right? Anyways, this is the usual dark ass descriptor of used motor oil, thin beige head on it. Smell was impressive, coffee and the whiskey was super mild but present enough to not question its existence.

Taste led quite well with the chocolate and chocolate malt. Heat covered up. Again the whiskey notes were in the background, well integrated. Mouthfeel was silky, not a rough drink. Impressed. Also had it with about 18 months on it, held up quite well. This is a pretty affordable version of this kind of beer.

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Photo of ryanhooks81
4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

batch #59. poured from 22oz bomber. thick and black. smells like chocolate and coffee. everything is super well balanced. barrel aged finish. this is the first beer ive had from epic and it was awesome. i hear there are frequently several different batches sitting on shelves in the colorado area. unbelievable.

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Photo of alarmclock314
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle, release #54, 12% ABV. Pours black with a medium-sized brown head. Smells of rich cocoa, coffee, and roasted malt. The taste follows exactly with cocoa, coffee, and some roasted malt. Very subtle bourbon and mild bitterness. High carbonation and somewhat thin body; not very fitting of the style. Overall, it could use some more time in the barrel and have a better mouthfeel, but it's a tasty brew.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 59. Just $12 for a bomber. Saw this on the shelf by accident and knew I had to grab it. I meant to have it awhile ago when it first hit Michigan but I passed on it for some stupid reason. Looking forward to this one -- a "reasonably priced" BBA'd stout? Damn, please.

Appearance: Poured hard into an over-sized Sam Adams Perfect Pint. Of course, pitch black in color. A couple fingers of a creamy dark brown head float on top for a little while, but it dies down to half a finger and stays there for quite awhile. Not a ton of lacing, but some.

Smell: Whiskey barrel and coffee. I could go on and on, but that's what it boils down to. Not a crazy amount of whiskey barrel, but it has a very nice presence. Loads of dark roast coffee with just a little bit of chocolate from the cocoa nibs. Not a shit load of depth, but it's rich, bold, and super inviting.

Taste/feel: Creamy mouthfeel is what stands out to me right away with a super awesome dark coffee flavor, sans some of the bitterness. There's a nice milk chocolate sweetness to balance it out a bit with just a tiny bit of the barrel in there as well -- I find the barrel more apparent in the aroma. There's actually not much booze, at least when it's cold. The mouth feel is really what makes this beer. The smell and taste are great, but the feel sends it over.

In a word, delicious. I find that this may be one of the very best value beers out there ... at least for barrel aged beers. In that case, it may be the best. The barrel aging isn't strong in this beer, it's very accenting more than anything. The coffee is heavy in this beer, so I hope you like that, but the chocolate with the mouthfeel and bittersweet finish makes for something special.

Honestly, this tastes a lot to me how I imagine Founders Breakfast Stout tasting if it were aged in a barrel... I absolutely love that beer, and I like this beer just the same or maybe very slightly more. They really are similar beers with fabulous coffee flavor, and an awesome mouthfeel. Needless to say, this is a must-buy.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into an imperial nonic pint glass and a snifter. In both glasses, the appearance was a nice black color with some decent brown tinges roaming around the edges of the glass. There was a half fingered off white to tan foamy head that died within about thirty seconds. There was some decent lacing kinda roaming all over the place. The aroma had a nice balance between the cocoa nibs to the coffee nibs. It smelled exceptionally well and then allowed just enough bourbon to come through but not over do anything. The taste was sweet and roasty with a decent edge of alcohol "hotness" but that mainly just balances the whole thing. There was a decent bourbon-like sweet sticky aftertaste leading to a somewhat dry roasty finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium to heavy, but doesn’t show as much sipping aspects as I thought it would have. I’m not necessarily gulping this, but I find that I can drink this and enjoy it pretty well. The carbonation is exceptionally smooth. Overall, this was a very well done American Double/Imperial Stout well worthy of having again.

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Photo of 98green
3.9/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bomber of batch 56. Look is dark of course. Smell is tons of coffee. Taste follows, plus a bit of bourbon and typical stout elements. Feel brings a nice boozy burn. Not as over the top as other BBA stouts, and maybe that is a good thing. I didn't really love it, but as I rated it I couldn't find anywhere to knock it too much

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Photo of bobhits
4.99/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Mind BLOW - can't believe this isn't rated by me.

In the dark stout relm this is about an 8 in the darkness scale. Light is fleeting on the way out, but turns more amber brown as it goes to the glass, quickly turning black and viscous. A nice tan head, milk chocolate colored. Lacing is nice, not great.

The nose is coffee, caramel, vanilla, chocolate, and some light candy notes.

The beer is sweet bold sugary but with coffee grounds, almost creme brulee like notes, sugars like a wiskey and just so much coffee.

Creamy but well carbonated. A great sipper.

I can't say enough good about this one. It's about as good one can get.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.51/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into snifter. It's jet black in color with a fairly thin, mocha colored head and lacing, which quickly dissipated except for the edge of the glass. The smell features burnt, dark coffee, dark chocolate, nuts, and char, with a hint of whiskey. What a flavor: dark roast coffee, sweet vanilla, cocoa, dark malt, nuts, with a nice dose of whiskey. This is a medium-bodied, stout, with moderate carbonation, and you definitely notice the 11.8% ABV. This is truly a sipper. Overall, this is one of the finest stouts I've ever tasted! About the only thing missing is a little dark fruit. I wish this were easier to find in New Jersey.

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Photo of davebarnes
3.27/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Punch in the face.
Coffee, chocolate and alcohol.
I thought it was delicious.
But, what food goes with it?
Certainly not the salad that I had as a precursor to pizza.

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Photo of BradenMK
4.99/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch #56

APPEARANCE - Pours jet black with tiny, tiny bubbles that cascade into a tight, slowly-forming, cocoa-colored, one-finger head that quickly settles into a ring. Leaves really great lacing around the sides of the glass all throughout the drinking experience.

SMELL - Beautiful. Right up front you get a combined hit of whiskey and coffee, the scent of what my comrades like to call Whiskafé. Right behind it is a little cream and sugar, and finally trailing at the end, the chocolate, both from the malt and the nibs. Righteous, indeed.

TASTE - Harmony. No one character steals the show; I'm met with a tour de force ensemble cast of what tastes like single malt whiskey, really great coffee (on par with whatever Dieu de Ciel! uses to brew Péché Mortel), and mouth-coating milk chocolate. Bursting with flavor on all cylinders that simply sing together, naturally. Finally, the finish greets you with roasted malt and a soy sauce like umami character that carries the cocoa flavors with it to end on a gourmet fudge note. Wow.

FEEL - Chewy. Chalky. Heavy, with an effervescent low-carbonation that is just a shade more aggressive than silk. Maybe not quite as "thick" feeling as OA Yeti or as incredibly smooth as Doughnut Break, but just as good in its own, different way.

OVERALL - Using my own rubric, I give this beer a 97.35 out of 100, juuuuust a hair under the 4.99 assigned by the bros' calculations, but such details are trifling. A phenomenal beer whatever anyone's numbers say. Incredibly good, and WAY easier to get than anything remotely similar on the market. Regardless, seek this brew out, as I will be (again). I used to drink this a lot a few years ago, but it disappeared from Columbus, OH shelves. But Epic's got a new Ohio rep, and the Baptist is back baby, and it's as good as it ever was!

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Photo of SaulFox
4.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Release #37
-Super dark with a half finger of mocha head.
-Molasses sweetness, slight whiskey barrel.
-This is where its at! Brown sugar, whiskey, bitter dark chocolate, slight coffee coming through. Beautiful sweet whiskey!
-Velvet goodness coats the mouth. Full bodied!
-Definitely picking up once I cross paths!

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thoroughly enjoyed this beast from the 22 oz bottle in a snifter. This excellent imperial pours a muddy brownish black with a fantastic head of light brown foam that settles to a thick ring, thin layer, and nice clinging lacing. Nose of heavy duty dark roasted coffee, light char, and a touch of chocolate. Flavors exceed the nose with rich deeply roasted coffee and moderate dark cocoa to the fore, while mid to back of the taste fades to a subtle cream and bourbon note. Coating and lightly carbonated mouth feel improves vastly with warmth with a warming alcohol finish and coffee/cocoa aftertaste. The sum of it's parts, each identifiable. THIS is a stout drinkers dream come true. One of the best.

Cheers

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Photo of SHDoyle
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Description: Pours black with just a hint of brown if held up to the light. Almost no head on this, just a hint of coffee brown with some lacing. Smell is overwhelmingly coffee with bits of roasty dark chocolate and maybe a bit of dark fruit. The taste, like the smell, is heavily tilted towards coffee but more of the dark chocolate flavor comes through. The whiskey was not terribly apparent but I thought there was a bit of it on the finish. Feel was more carbonated than I'd expect from a stout, especially at first, but as it warmed and was exposed to the air it calmed down.

Suggested food pairing: A hard Parmesan cheese with a spicy meat like pepperoni or salami. Or even chorizo. Yeah, chorizo.

If you like this beer then you should also try: Breakfast Stout

Ideal time to drink this beer: The heavy coffee flavor and charcuterie-esque food pairing evoke images of a small, quaint setting. Possibly a bar or cafe in the early afternoon before the nighttime rush has arrived. Unmolested, you sit and slowly sip on this one. A football game you're only somewhat interested in is on the TV, but you're more focused on the satisfaction you feel at drinking in the middle of the day. Ahh yeah, afternoon beer....

Overall: 4.25 (This beer is good and I would likely drink it again) This isn't exactly what I expected from Big Bad Baptist (BBB)(Did I just makeup that abbreviation? Pretty sweet if I did.) but it certainly wasn't bad. For an imperial stout aged in whiskey barrels I was expecting something smoother and with more of that whiskey flavor coming through. If you're looking for a coffee stout then look no further, but be aware of what you're getting.

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Photo of Abk542
4.71/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Phenomenal brew, amazing coffee flavor followed by a chocolatey malty finish with a smooth mouthfeel and little to no bitterness or carbonation. Must drink for anyone who enjoys a fine stout.

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Photo of ccg
3.94/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch #50 ("Blue Copper") poured into an Epic snifter.
Deep, dark brown, small amount of khaki foam, good retention. Does not bend the light on the edges the way a lot of BBA stouts do.
Smells amazing. Immediately, you get the coffee, but sweet coffee without the bitterness. A moment later, the sweet toffee and vanilla notes from the bourbon barrel emerge.
Coffee, vanilla, chocolate, and caramel flavors come through in the taste, but the finish is surprisingly bitter for how sweet and rich it smells. The bourbon barrel comes through only slightly but becomes a little more noticeable as it warms.
The mouthfeel is pretty standard for a stout but does not quite have the rich, syrupy viscosity I was expecting for a barrel-aged stout.
Overall: I'm glad I finally got to try, but I had built it up in my mind a little too much. I think I was hoping for a substitute for BCBCS, which it is not. BUT, for a $13-ish bomber of barrel-aged coffee stout, it's going to be hard to beat.

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Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 547 ratings.