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Big Bad Baptist - Epic Brewing Company

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Reviews: 461
Hads: 3,047
Avg: 4.3
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 410
Gots: 930 | FT: 113
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 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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 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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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 DeepBrew
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 650 ml bomber into snifter.

Label indicates 12.4 ABV (Release #36)

A: Opaque black with thin brown foam that tries hard to hold on, but dissipates fairly quickly.

S: Oh, the smell! Beautiful cocoa, coffee, barrel and booze throughout.

T: Taste pleasantly follows smell: rich malt, dark chocolate and not too bitter coffee, some acidity, maybe from the barrel. Coffee and booze play together well in the aftertaste.

M: Full body, creamy from the lively carbo, good heat from the whiskey.

O: I love how this beer's smell hangs on almost to the last sip. I also love how the taste does not belie the great smell. I usually look for 12 oz version of beers coming in a 750 ml bomber. It may sound like heresy, but this is a beer that i wish the bomber would be larger. Great balance. Recommended!

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Photo of boss302
4.71/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A very good beer!
Poured with a creamy head.
Chocolaty roasty aroma, not burning with alcohol, reminded me of a mellow roasted chocolate aroma.
Lots of chocolate flavor, smooth, mellow, no alcohol burn, not a lot of oak or barrel flavor, but a definite vanilla buttery smoothness. Maybe the vanilla is from the barrel, but whatever, it works well with this beer, one of the best barrel stouts.
I wish I had more of this one, it is definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of Misanthropy_Sipping
4.71/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I bought this a few years ago... maybe a year and a half. I was looking to have it over the holidays but it ended up not happening and then I had kind of forgot it in the stash. And now, it rises.

I know I bought it in Fort Collins.

Appearance is quite nice in the glass. It pours with a deep brown tone but when it collects it is a near black with a very tiny bit of a cream and coffee tone head. The look is more than promising. I like the black shade.

The smell is of sharp roasted coffee. The booze is hardly noticeable, keep in mind my bottle has been sitting for awhile. I get a touch of bitter chocolate, just a slight tint of vanilla and whiskey. It has a sweet hint to it, maybe a bit of brown sugar to the nose.

The taste is rich with coffee blended with a bit of whisky. This is like the best coffee and whisky in the morning possibility. The coffee really takes off and hangs on to the very end and lingers in the mouth. The whisky fluctuates with the sweetness that lands in vanilla, charred caramel, and brown sugar notes. It is a bit piney. I get some exceptionally dry dark chocolate tones toward the end that die out and head back quickly to the coffee and touches of whisky and booze.

Mouthfeel is oily and slick. Quite drinkable with a bitter and punch of a dry finish that begs for another sip each time. I was very surprised by how exceptionally good this was for the modest price. $9 or so, I mean... you can't complain at all. It is a magnificent deal and a very good Imperial Stout for that.

Overall. Price was more than right. My only comment is that I felt the whisky taste was a bit lower than I would like... but I like a boisterous amount of whisky with my imperial stout. This is pretty well cut across the board other than the coffee taking the spotlight. Not to heavy not to continue drinking and enjoying, which is great. I would buy this again, hands down, to really break the craving for a solid imperial stout. Apparently ages just fine, too. It may have lost some of the cocoa nib... but it is still excellent.

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Photo of Harvest06
4.71/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Black.
S: Coffee dominates the aroma followed by some chocolate and a minimal amount of barrel aromas including vanilla.
T: Strong coffee, chocolate, little ABV noticeable, smooth.
M: Full body.
Not as complex as I like my BBA but a nice drinkable coffee and chocolate forward stout The coffee hides the high abv well.

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4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Release #5

I saved this one for my 600th review on BA. I went back to my all time favorite style=BA Imperial stout.

Tons of creamy milk chocolate head is achieved with a vigorous pour (about three fingers actually). Body is the 3000 mile used motor oil standard. Nose is well, Wow! The coffee plays huge here. Really fresh ground coffee of the very fine variety. Fresh chocolate cake is there also, hold the icing. Very nice aroma. With first sip the coffee dominance continues. The coffee is just so bright and flavorful. Rich and succulent just like that perfect morning cup. The bourbon really is hard to find in this beer, maybe it could use just a little more time in the barrels. This may stand as the most pure coffee forward beer that I have ever had the joy of having. Other flavors include molasses, black cherries and bitter dark chocolate. What more can I say, the flavor, the finish, and the feel are just a coffee and stout lovers dream. I may have just found my new favorite morning brew.

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Photo of MCain04
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22 oz bottle, release #13, poured into a Half Acre snifter.

Pours a dark brown/black body with a mocha head of 1 finger thickness, dissipates to rimming which persists throughout the drink.

Smell is insane, strong strong coffe and cacaao, a litte vanilla, some borubon, toffee, overall quite aromatic.

Taste is fantastic. Immediate roasty flavor with coffee flavor and bitterness, some chocolate and vanilla sweetness, bourbon is additional and not dominating but a little subdued, very nice and balanced.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and chewy with medium carbonation and and sticky but dry finish.

Overall, I am loving this beer. I am loving it even more knowing that I bought it off the shelf and that it tastes better than most beers I've ever had. Win-win, Epic. Wonderful job.

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Photo of BeerNutz324
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

bomber into an oversized wine glass

Ap- dark dark brown in color and thick looking. Looks like a typical big stout. Dark tan had sticks around for just a bit then clings to the glass.

Ar- coffee bomb, cocoa, dark chocolate, roasted malts, some dark fruit...this one is one of the best smelling beers I have ever stuffed my nose into. As a HUGE fan of coffee stouts this one earns a rare "5".

T- weird...coffee, cocoa, roasty malts and a bit of barrel but just barely. Not being a huge fan of "whiskey" tasting beers this one fits just perfect. The barrel presense is barely there but in just the right amount. Bottle is labeled 12.5% alcohol and this beer hides it very well.

M- a bit bubbly for a stout but nothing outragous or anything. thick bodied and the alcohol warms your mouth on the hold.

O- an awesome stout, very well done, this is the best beer by EPIC that I have ever had. Ive had FBS, KBS, CBS and other big stouts I can honestly say this one is just as good!

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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 MenryAZ
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is from Batch #3 according to the label. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter. I recently bought this at a local bottle shop, so I wasn't responsible for its aging (it appears Batch #3 was bottled back in late 2011).

A: Opaque dark brown; thick and viscous. Not a ton of head, actually. Probably less than a quarter inch with very fine bubbles. Looks like the small bit of foam you'd get in a cup of French-pressed coffee.

S: Vanilla, bourbon, mocha/espresso. Not super strong-smelling, but nonetheless pleasant.

T: Coffee jumps out, then chocolate; it's relatively sweet, and I expected a slightly bitter finish that never actually came. It was just a rumor of bitterness, really, just on the back of the tongue. If I tried, I might get a tinge of bourbon every three sips. Overall, it is sweeter than it is bitter.

M: Thick and viscous, even more so than expected after the pour. Very smooth, with subtle carbonation. It coats the tongue like good braising liquid.

Overall: This is a fantastic version of the style, one that I picked up on a whim after my wife suggested it. Hadn't had much from Epic before, coming from the east coast. I was very pleasantly surprised and would happily pay another 10-12 bucks for this. Good on a cool, wet fall night.

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Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 461 ratings.