Big Bad Baptist | Epic Brewing Company

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Ratings:
3,391
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
8.82%
 
 
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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 Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.67/5  rDev +8.4%
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!

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Photo of homebrew311
4.67/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of jtd1969
4.67/5  rDev +8.4%
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!

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Photo of johnnybgood1999
4.67/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of BB1313
4.66/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of byronic
4.66/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #60

Pours a midnight black with minimal mocha head leaving just a little lacing kissing the edge of the glass. A hint of vanilla and coffee with a very big cocoa presence sublimely finished with touch of whiskey, one of best noses I've ever come across on a stout. A flavour explosion of creamy rich dark chocolate balanced with hints of bourbon, vanilla and a nice malt base. A sweet lingering finish that makes this the perfect sipper.

A fantastic well rounded stout that I'd love to have again.

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Photo of drrone
4.66/5  rDev +8.1%
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!

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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 Auraan
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of DonDirkA
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

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Photo of Donco
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
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!

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Release #62 - 11.9% abv - La Barba coffee version

Pours black with a fluffy, creamy tan brown head. Smells deeply of roasted coffee, deep dark chocolate, some mild vanilla, whiskey, caramel, toffee and oak. Tastes like huge coffee, dark chocolate, sweet whiskey, vanilla, caramel, toffee, oak, some mild smoke and woodsy herbal notes, with a lingering dark chocolate coffee aftertaste. Feels light-medium bodied, creamy with low carbonation. Overall a really great and balanced whiskey barrel aged imperial coffee chocolate stout.

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Photo of beer2day
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of magnessr
4.64/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours very dark into a snifter. Smells of coffee and chocolate. Taste is a very strong combination of roasted coffee and bitter chocolate, with a slight bourbon hint. Very smooth feeling in the mouth, as you would expect for such a high caliber stout. Excellent beer.

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Photo of raynmoon
4.64/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of dfernandez77
4.64/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance:
Dark brown like bittersweet bakers chocolate. Clear but dark enough light barely penetrates. Medium dark tan head that dissipates to creamy tan foam.

smell:
Bittersweet chocolate, vanilla caramel, butterscotch, espresso, and dulce de leche. Amazing rich depth and complexity.

taste:
All of the richness and characteristics of the aroma. Like a smooth 70% Cacao chocolate, with vanilla, espresso, and sweetened condensed milk. Super phat roasty malts well balanced with the cacao bitterness. Like a beerTiramisu mouthgasm.

mouthfeel:
Big slippery fat oat stout assault, then the slight dry astringency is all over your tongue. Finishes inexplicably simultaneously slippery and dry. Crazy complex.

overall:
OMFG! Stunning. Sign me up for a barrel. Give me a huge Chalice full accompanied by a Tiramisu soaked in French roast espresso with secret layers of blackberry jam. Amazing.

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Photo of KlayWey
4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had release #13, great beer with good balance of chocolate, coffee and grain bill. Whiskey barrel comes through with smoothness more than aroma or flavor. Alcohol at 12.2% is present, but not over whelming. A little sweet and buttery on the tongue, but overall a great production from Epic.

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Photo of chanokokoro
4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Fairly aggressively poured from a 22 oz. bottle labeled as Release #7 into an unbranded short stemmed tulip/snifter

Pours a motor oil darkest brown bordering on black capped by a two finger fluffy tan head. Some retention, which is unusual for barrel-aged stouts, and even a hint of lacing. The nose is wonderful, espresso, dark chocolate, toasted oak, roastiness, and some whiskey-tinged booziness. The balanced flavor of this brew is amazing: cocoa powder, roastiness, rich dark coffee notes, charred oak, some hints of vanilla and integrated whiskey. Finishes smooth with roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Full-bodied, slick and smooth with some underlying creaminess. Overall this brew is a masterpiece and shows a level of balance rarely found in big, barrel-aged imperial stouts. Impressive on every level.

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Photo of maxifunk777
4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I just drank a batch #37 bomber over the weekend the perfect year round imperial stout not to heavy not to thin. Has tons of smell taste and mouthfeel to satisfy even the most hard to please stout drinker. I thik its far bettter than many more notable. I need several cases of this on hand.☺

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Photo of Beejay
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of yamar68
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An imposing looking beer... thick black syrup that shows barely an edge of copper clarity, dense half finger of light brown that leaves loads of boozy lacing.

Massive charred wood on the nose, sweet whiskey notes, bitterish coffee presence, sphagnum, burnt caramel, oats, syrupy dark chocolate notes... hot cocoa or something, the 11% abv is perfectly integrated on the nose.

Oh, wow... one word comes to mind - "whiskey-choco-timber-syrup-cafe-caramel." Such enormous flavors taking so many different directions. What I'm actually most impressed by though is the perfect placement of hot whiskey... it blends beautifully with earthy charred woods and mocha flavors. Fantastic stuff.

Wow.

Jesus, man.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Release #46. Black pour with thick, full finger cinnamon tan head; long lasting cap with clarity underneath; heavy lacing. Cacao nibs and roasted coffee beans nose. Chocolate and coffee flavors up front; a little oak and even less whiskey middle; the alcohol all but hidden in the roast malt finish. Rich, almost full mouthfeel; semi dry, cocoa powdery tongue coating; moderate carbonation. Overall, an excellently balanced stout with bittersweet dark chocolate and roast malt linger.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a pitch-black color. The head is a finger high, with a tan shade. Creaminess is excellent, but the retention is rather low (unsurprising, considering it’s a 12% barrel-aged monster). Some lacing is at least left on the glass. (4)

Smell: Holy crap. This is mocha heaven. Roasted black coffee, dark chocolate, and brownie batter, oh my! And the barrel presence is beautifully nuanced inside the other notes, bringing very slight vanilla and oak. But the best part? It doesn’t come across as being excessively sweet. This is massive and decadent smelling, yet not cloying or diabetic – in other words, nearly perfect. (4.5)

Taste: The flavor profile thankfully follows through. It opens up with black coffee and dark chocolate (read: mocha), slowly but surely fading into oaky barrel notes. I pick up wisps of bitter hops, dark fruit, and whiskey on occasions. A finishing combination of vanilla cream and *slight* alcohol really just work. As does everything else about this brew – it’s balanced, it’s deep enough, it’s cohesive, it’s sophisticated, it’s beautiful, it’s like someone melted an 85% cocoa bar into my cup of Irish coffee…while in heaven. (4.75)

Mouthfeel: Not quite as viscous as motor oil, but the texture is more than good enough – medium to slightly full bodied, and velvety smooth. It finishes sweetly, though not ridiculously so. It also hits a nice medium between being rich and being easy to drink. Carbonation levels are just right, as well. (4.5)

Overall: This is EXACTLY what I anticipated KBS would taste like. Except there’s no hysteria surrounding the release of this brew, just a ridiculously delicious imperial stout that almost sits on the shelf. But even if this beer did reach KBS/BCBS/Parabola levels of yearly release insanity…I’d still hunt it down like Predator hunting down a fat guy. This beer is worthy of being hyped, and thank Diablo it really isn’t. (4.75)

4.64/5: And there we go, I just found my Best Beer of 2014™

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Photo of blindtiger24
4.61/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a chalice. Release # 18, among the first they've brewed in Denver!

A: Opaque with a thick mocha head upon pouring that thins out quickly. Carbonation right out of the bottle is very active and noticeable, at times the bubbles seemed to jump out of the glass disturbing the head. Interesting to see explosive carbonation like this in a stout.

S: Wow! Amazing coffee aromas either espresso or fine ground dark roast. Cocoa nibs and some nutmeg are there as well.

T: Again, powerful coffee flavor. This may be a turn off if you don't like strong, dark coffee, but I love it! The cocoa flavors jump out more here and offer a nice sweetness to balance out the coffee bitterness. Spice really jumps out as the beer warms up - I notice black pepper and maybe some peat from the whiskey barrel. Left with a chewy, gingerbread type flavor at the end.

M: Syrupy, more like black samba than a beer viscosity, but that isn't a bad thing and it thins out eventually. The throat warming effect of the whiskey is noticeable.

O: This is a statement stout. More often, brewers opt to highlight the chocolate / cocoa side of this relationship. I really like the strong coffee expressions in aromas and flavor. Truly worthy of an Epic designation!

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