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 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.

 397 characters

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!

 811 characters

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.

 460 characters

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.

 2,053 characters

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.

 324 characters

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.

 1,006 characters

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.

 784 characters

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!

 979 characters

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...

 748 characters

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.

 1,273 characters

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

Just started really trying out some different stouts. Have had some issue finding one I really liked. Some have too much coffee. Some have too much chocolate. Some are too thin. And while I'm just in the beginning of trying out stouts, this may be the "one" that will be the benchmark going forward

 298 characters

Photo of ISmith87
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A 4.5 - pitch black beer with a mocha head that sticks and leaves surprisingly good lacing for a high abv beer
S 4.5 - dark chocolate, cafe mocha, espresso, bourbon, smoky, roasted malts, a very "dark" beer by all means
T 4.75 - the taste on this beer is phenomenal, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, espresso, roasted grains, smoky, cream, whole milk, wooden barrels, some bourbon but surprisingly light on that. It reminds me of well aged Bells Expedition stout (1.5-2 years)
M 4.75 - again, heavy as can be - a hot fudge milkshake in beer form. alc completely covered. Aftertaste is smoky, espresso/dark chocolate.
O - 4.75 - damn. The downside is the price tag at ~12/bomber? But its damn good and better than most beers that charge even more.

 746 characters

Photo of Rizalini
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to Jeremy6566 for sending me this Big Bad bomber! Release#9 poured into my Deschutes tulip glass.

A - Pours almost black, with 1 finger of mocha colored head. It fades leaving a ring of brown lace.

S - The smell is amazing on this one! Coffee initally, but as I inhale deeper, I'm getting the bourbon, followed by some chocolate and coconut.

T/M - Wow, there's a lot going on in the taste. Starts out with a big wave of coffee and bourbon. After the initial burst of coffee and bourbon comes the chocolate and coconut. A nice blend of all the flavors. The coffee and bourbon really take center stage, but then the chocolate comes and really rounds out the flavors. It is a little boozy, but at 11.8% that's to be expected. Full mouthfeel, perfect carbonation

O - Hands down one of the best BBA stouts I've ever had. All the flavors are on point, nothing too over powering. Alcohol is there, but very subdued. Excellent brew, and again, a big thanks to Jeremy6566 for this amazing brew!


 1,012 characters

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!

 799 characters

Photo of homebrew311
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served on tap at the brewery in Denver. Pours a pitch black with viscous apperance and dark brown head. The nose is amazing, freshly brewed bold coffee is oozing with light notes of whiskey and roasted malts in the background. Vanilla and chocolate are also present. Taste matches the nose. Coffee up front, smooth notes of vanilla and chocolate with mild whiskey at the end. The barrel aged character is well integrated with the base beer. Mouthfeel is silky smooth with mild carbonation. Overall, this is an under the radar beer for sure. It can be found on shelves pretty easily, but the taste is right up there with many of the beers that never see the light of a shelf.

 674 characters

Photo of jtd1969
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep black and beautiful, no lacing...

N - Chocolate, sweet fruit, coffee

T - Coffee, sweet fruit, chocolate, lite bourbon(mainly on after taste) Taste more like a bourbon soaked fruit with nibs...

M - Full bodied, medium carbonation, smooth!

O - One of my fav stouts for winter!! So good not to try it!! Enjoy!

 319 characters

Photo of johnnybgood1999
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poors pitch black with a mellow, brown cocoa head. Smells like a delicous mocha coffee. Vanilla and bourbon are noticeable secondary notes.
On the first sip, Big Baptist coats the tongue with a well balanced mix of cocoa and coffee. The coffee blend tastes like a quality brand was used, very robust and quasi espresso flavors come through. The chocolate was dark, sweet, and bitter. This made me happy, as I prefer dark chocolate versus super sweet in my beers. Vanilla, bourbon, and oak are present throughout, but become more pronounced on the back end of the palate. The mouthfeel is viscous, yet pleasantly light enough. Baptist drinks smooth and easy. I actually wanted more after I finished my bomber. Overall, this was an impressive beer that I rank right up there with The Abyss, but slightly below Goose Island BCBS. I can't compare it to KBS, as the only one I was able to procure mysteriously disappeared a year ago from my fridge. Yes, I'm still crying about that. Baptist fills a niche that I'm fond of; a beer you want when you can't tackle a bigger BCBS type brew. My first beer from Epic and it will not be my last. Very nicely done.

 1,161 characters

Photo of BB1313
4.66/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Release #13. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours jet black and I don't see much light getting through at all; overage khaki head that falls and leaves solid retention/lacing. The aromas are very nice. Tons of black coffee. Lots of chocolate. Hints of vanilla. The whiskey seems to be overshadowed and seems to be just an accent in the nose. The flavors are wonderful. Lots of stuff going on. The coffee really seems to be the star of this beer. More milk chocolate to give it a sweetness and dark chocolate to give it a subtle bitterness. The whiskey comes through more in the flavors, in my opinion. The oak/wood notes are pretty subtle. Lots of cocoa malts. Alcohol goes unnoticed for such a big beer. Mouthfeel is great. It's full-bodied and smooth. It's creamy and fluffy, but not like a milkshake. Moderate carbonation. This is a very fun beer to drink and a great beer to sip on. It's dangerously drinkable.

This is a wonderful stout. The coffee really shines and can go toe to toe with almost any coffee brew. The coffee flavors makes you forget this was even aged in whiskey barrels. Lots of depth to this one. It's extremely enjoyable. Highly recommended.

 1,168 characters

Photo of drrone
4.66/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Epic goblet

A- Pours a jet back fluid. It produced a light tan head that faded quickly and left only trace lacing.

S - Great smell with strong coffee and cocoa, with roasted/burnt malt and a touch of vanilla. It is aged in whiskey barrels, which definitely come through, but overwhelmingly so.

T- Very similar to the S, but the whiskey comes through a little more at the end and it has a nice booziness to it, although it finishes very clean. Just great.

M - Smooth, with minimal carbonation. A little heavy on the booze, but I really like it and it doesn't take away from how great it is.

O - Amazing IS. This deserves more credit and is well worth trying. It is well balanced, complex and easy to drink for a big beer. Well done Epic!

 757 characters

Photo of Auraan
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured a deep black with a thin ring of tan head. It looked quite true to style, with perhaps a bit too thin a head, but it was fine, still quite nice looking. Scents of rich black coffee upfront, as it warm dark cocoa comes out and combines with the coffee. It's very coffee forward, but it does bring forward some cocoa. It's a very nice scent for a coffee lover. Taste follows the nose. Rich black coffee, some dark cocoa, rich bittersweet chocolate, slight milk chocolate, cocoa nibs, roast malt and faint hints of alcohol. It's very well done, very cocoa and coffee forward, fitting a beer brewed with coffee and cocoa nibs. It's nice, quite nice, though not as balanced as some other Imperial Stouts. Mouthfeel is thick bodied with moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Quite a nice feeling, very much a sipping beer. Overall this is another excellent RIS. It's much more a coffee stout than some others, but it is quite nice, less balanced but very well done if you like coffee and dark cocoa. I recommend it.

 1,018 characters

Photo of DonDirkA
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Release #2, 11.3% ABV. Very very strong nose of roasted black coffee. Cocoa scents weave their way in and out through the coffee smell. The coffee is dominant through the sip and the swallow, but not in an overbearing way, as can be the issue with many coffee stouts. There is a slight trace of chocolate that is followed by a subtle oakiness. The swallow is a bit hot, no doubt from the whiskey barrel aging, but not uncomfortably so. The rich mouthfeel is complimented by the coffee flavors that wash everything down and stick around on your tongue long after you've finished. Overall this a pretty extreme beer from all angles and it will definitely be too much for some but fans of strong, burly stouts will find plenty to love here.

 737 characters

Photo of beerdrifter
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%

Picked this up from a great trade with Evan. Release #12, July 6, 20133. Thick pitch black pour with a one finger caramel colored head with decent retention and great lacing. The nose is rich and roasty with huge coffee notes along with hints of dark chocolate, espresso, cocoa, bourbon, and subtle smoke. The taste follows suit, with the coffee once again being the star. Hints of bourbon, cocoa, dark chocolate, espresso, vanilla, subtle piney hops, and a touch of licorice. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy, smooth and velvety, with excellent balance and huge drinkability. Overall, this is one of the best coffee stouts I've tasted. Definitely in the same league as Founders Breakfast and Bourbon County Coffee.

 724 characters

Photo of Donco
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Batch #36. 12.4% ABV
From everything I've read this beer varies greatly in ABV and ratings from batch to batch. I was lucky to come across several bottles of this 2013 brew and absolutely find it is one of my favorite coffee Imperial Stouts.
Look is black as night with a bit of lacing as I let it sit in my tulip glass.
Smell is amazing with tons of coffee and chocolate mixing with a bit of oakiness as well.
Taste follows the nose with delicious hits of coffee and chocolate and bourbon barrel with each warming taste. Extremely smooth and drinkable for it's ABV.
I've never tried any other batch but this one is a total winner!

 631 characters

Photo of beer2day
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opaque black pour with no light filtering through at all. Dark khaki head, 1 fingers worth. Only downside is the beer is light on head retention. Thin sheen of wet lace all around the glass.

Nose is very complex. Coffee overwhelms, but cocoa comes through along with oak underneath that. Smells like a roasted chocolate covered espresso bean.

Strong coffee flavor, espresso even, with a strong roast chocolate presence. Citrus hops manage to sneak through all the coffee and chocolate bitters in the finish. Definite smoked oak flavor from the barrels. Not really picking up the whiskey until the very end of the bottle. Vanilla starts to pick up late in the bottle, too. Wow, this is complex.

Feel is a bit disappointing. A little on the thin side. For a beer this powerful on the tongue, a thicker feel would pair better.

Overall, this rivals the best coffee stouts I've tasted. The best beer I've had from Epic.

 919 characters

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.

 991 characters

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