Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to BeerAdvocate magazine?

Learn more about beer and save over 53% with a 3-year subscription.

Subscribe now →

Big Bad Baptist - Epic Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Big Bad BaptistBig Bad Baptist

Educational use only; do not reuse.

460 Reviews

(Read More)
Reviews: 460
Hads: 3,041
Avg: 4.3
pDev: 23.26%
Wants: 406
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.

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

ABV varies by batch
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Big Bad Baptist Alström Bros
Reviews: 460 | Hads: 3,041
Photo of justinp444
4.87/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Release 17, poured into a tulip. Smell of coffee, straight cold coffee. Taste is much the same, a nice bit of bourbon with a fine warming and tastes exactly like coffee, it's very sweet but not overly with some chocolate and a tad but of acidity. Really tastes exactly like sweetend cold coffee. Big full mouthfeel and body.

 324 characters

Photo of buffs9
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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?

 413 characters

Photo of chefdaddy18042
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing brew! Everything the bottle described is in this brew. Has the taste of an RIS with a touch more sweetness and this is where the cocoa nibs come into play with the bitterness matched with the sweet. Color was magnificent, dark black appearance with the rusty grey head. Very much in love with this brew. Shame I only have one bottle left, but I will be saving this one for a special occasion

 399 characters

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

HUGE thanks to VegasBeerMan...

A: Pours a pitch black motor oil slime with a full finger of mocha colored head. The foam settles fairly quickly leaving a nice frothy ring around the edges of the glass.

S: The nose is coffee, chocolate, roast, ans smoked meat. It's the perfect balance of everything wonderful in an Imp Stout. Damn. I want to drink this beer immediately.

T: Mmm. Great sweet malt up front mixed with char and barrel aged greatness. I get chocolate and more chared wonder as this beer comes through in the middle. The finish is pure milk chocolate and roast. Absolutely fantastic.

M: Full bodied beer. This beer is silky smooth, coating, and lingers forever. It's perfect.

O: This beer is killer! I had no expectations before I opened the bottle, and now I want a case more. This is one of the best/most memorable BA beers I've had in a long, long, long, long ass time. This beer is glorious.

 912 characters

Photo of chrismann65
4.84/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Batch # 36 ABV = 12.4 % . Very nice Imperial stout brewed with Cocoa Nibs, coffee , aged in whiskey Barrels !!! This is a great stout coffee forward with smooth cocoa dark flavor . Just got better as , I drank it over 2 hours & the last sip was the best !! Wow I will look for more of this A.S.A.P.!! Epic , very well done great job !! Thanks for brewing A Top A++ Beer that will age well with time !! Love this beer !!! WOW !!!

 430 characters

Photo of audiobean
4.84/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hit the spot with that coffee flavor. It was strong enough to enjoy, but not too strong. It was rich in its stout manner and engulfed my taste buds in that way that only really good beer does. This brew is definitely going on my Christmas wish list. Hopefully Santa isn't Baptist.

 280 characters

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.

 154 characters

Photo of dvmin98
4.81/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow. Coffee coffee coffee. You smell it and you feel like you just woke up and got bitch-slapped by Mr. Coffee. That is one awesome nose!

The head is a small lacing.

Deeep dark color.

Taste is a very big coffee flavor up front with hints of cocoa. Then you can taste the whiskey on the way down. Very very nice flavor. I didn't taste the 11% like you can with other beers. This was smooth as silk.

Loved every sip of it.

Went back and grabbed two more today! Can't wait til its cold. Maybe I will have it for breakfast...mmm

 532 characters

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!

 169 characters

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Amazed by this beer, pitch black pour into my Stone R.I.S. chalice, absolutely absorbed all the light in my glass. Big thicket of khaki tan head forms fine even bands of lacing between sips. A perfect breakfast beer, hair of the dog, basically smells and tastes like a coffee bomb with dark bitter chocolate and oak barrel aging effects smoothing things out a good bit. Espresso notes creamy vanilla and charred oak, this was one big complex Big Bad Baptist Imperial Stout that I enjoyed immensely. Body wasn't cloying full to the max with flavor and texture, evenly carbonated...excellent offering. Overall I'm in love and I need to find more I only had one bottle and I need more of this nectar. I've officially been baptized!

 728 characters

Photo of dar482
4.79/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer comes in a black color with tinges of brown coming through in the light with a mocha brown head.

The aroma immediately reminds me of KBS. Bright coffee, black cherries, big sweet whiskey and oak notes, a light bitter chocolate, but generally surrounded by vibrant lively barrel character.

The flavor follows with that immediately of boozy dark fruit, coffee and vanilla that continues onto the finish. Then a dark chocolate comes in as the whiskey barrel attacks. This is not the most smooth barrel aged beer, but it is not offensive. It has forward spicy whiskey notes with a medium plus to full mouthfeel. It almost reminds me of a bigger barrel aged version of Founders Breakfast (which is not KBS because they are different base beers).

The finish is of dark chocolate and slight amounts of roasted coffee, alcohol, and oak.

A big amount of alcohol and whiskey flavor without too much sweetness. This definitely is up there with my favorite barrel aged stouts. It is different from other barrel aged beers with their silky, sweet, vanilla, and bourbon character. This has those complexities, but with more alcohol and a more restrained sweetness. One of my new favorite barrel aged brews.

 1,206 characters

Photo of Someguy1_8t
4.79/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Release #7 - served in a tulip glass.

Appearance - The color for this was black. It had about a finger of rapidly diminishing head.

Smell - The first aroma to hit me was a strong coffee scent. This was followed by wet oak or wood grilling planks, which I'm assuming comes from the whiskey barrel aging. The aroma was strong enough to smell from about 2-3 feet away. There where also hints of sweet vanilla and chocolate and some booze, again probably from the barrel aging.

Taste - The taste was much like the smell. Bold taste of roasted malts , chocolate and dark roast coffee. There was also vanilla, oak, and a hint of booze.

Mouthfeel- There was a full bodied mouth feel to this one with very little carbonation. Viscous and velvet like. With a lingering of the roasted coffee for a bit.

Overall - I thought this was one of the best Imperial stouts I have ever tried, if not certainly the most interesting and intriguing.

 931 characters

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

On tap at Hollingsheads in Orange Ca.

Well, what can I say. One of the best beers I've had in a long time. Exceptional balance, mouthfeel and drinkability.

Superb, delicate chocolate aroma. Light oak and roast. Taste is as smooth as anything. Hardly any alcohol heat which is quite an accomplishment considering the abv. And so easy to drink, not filling or overpowering. Fits as a desert beer, accompaniment with dinner, or just something to sip on before bed.

 464 characters

Photo of Keananmichael5
4.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great beer with amazing chocolate coffee and rich characteristics. Very smooth and drinkable for being almost 12%. Had 2013, 2014, 2015 back to back and with age this beer gets better and better!

 195 characters

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.

 892 characters

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

Batch #13. Been sitting on this one for a month or two. 22oz poured in to a snifter.

A: Served at cellar temp. Thick pour on this one that leads to a mocha brown head. Fades down pretty quick to a ring around the glass. Not too much lacing but some patches.

S: This is where it's at. Dark, dark chocolate with extreme char. Coffee, vanilla, roasted malt, Hershey's syrup. Deep inhale gives way to a bit of alcohol but for 12.2% it's nothing.

T: Chocolate covered coffee beans, char leading in to woody vanilla and then whiskey. Minimal burn but some noticeable alcohol mouth. Translates well from the nose. I love it.

M: This is smooth. Silky but leaves a touch of alcoholic residue in the mouth and throat.

O: I was craving a huge stout and got what I bargained for. My first offering from Epic left something to be desired but this one is satisfying. Have it on a cold night and it'll warm your bones.

 908 characters

Photo of BierJager89
4.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a thick black, like motor oil, with a creamy brown head.

S: Dark coffee and espresso dominate the nose with a touch of dark bittersweet chocolate, vanilla and oak. The vanilla and oak come up after a few whiffs.

T: Dark roast coffee, espresso, vanilla, oak, dark chocolate. Coffee is the strongest flavor in the taste, but it's much more balanced than the nose.

M: Full bodied and creamy smooth. Nice balance between between sweet and bitter.

O: An excellent imperial stout, with great bourbon character.

 517 characters

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!

 899 characters

Photo of ruzzal
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow. Reminiscent of bomb! or vice versa. Either way as a fan of RIS,especially barraged coca coffee influenced, wow. Stoked To pick up more tomorrow. Batch40.

 160 characters

Photo of Benish
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Batch #15. Poured into snifter glass.

Appearance: looked insanely thick while pouring. Built a thick brown head. I mean thick. Dissipated slowly. Jet black in color. Not much lacings around the glass.

Smell: Wow, picked up sweet dark chocolate, intense bourbon, some coffee and some brown sugar. It's sweet and delectable. Something that falls in the category of desert.

Taste: Very multidimensional and complex. Milky chocolate, black coffee, and bourbon intermingled. Very complex and boozy. Sweetness all around with lots of heat with flavors all around the mouth. Outstanding.

Mouthfeel: quite simple: thick and creamy

Overall: outstanding. Epic sure pulled this one off. I see a lot of mix reviews, maybe different batches? But batch #15 was outstanding. I really enjoyed this.

 792 characters

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.

 644 characters

Photo of bgold86
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Lots of chocolate and coffee and barrel flavor, it's as if they are having a conversation with each other, extremely well balanced. Am very pleased the effort to acquire this beer was worth it!

 193 characters

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!

 260 characters

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.

 830 characters

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

Pours a nice, full dark brown head and looks black as night.

Has a velvety smooth, rich feel in the mouth. This has a strong smell of cocoa, coffee and a slight hint of whiskey. It is fine to drink on the colder side, but the cocoa comes out even more the warmer it gets.

The taste has a strong amount of black coffee, cocoa and subtle sweetness of aged whiskey with a dry aftertaste.

Even though there is a high ABV (11.7) this is extremely easy to drink and is light-medium bodied not very thick and heavy despite the rich flavors.

I'm going to pick up another bottle or two and see how it ages. This is my new favorite from Epic and I would love to have this on tap.

 674 characters

Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 460 ratings.