Big Bad Baptist - Epic Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,960
Reviews: 484
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 396
Gots: 894 | FT: 110
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
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Ratings: 2,960 | Reviews: 484
Photo of brstls4drmrs
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A--pours a dark, thick, opaque liquid with a perfectly thin caramel head. Good lacing occurs with some froth sticking to the glass.

S--dark chocolate malts, earth, coffee, burnt vanilla bean.

T--coffee and strong malts. Faint dark chocolate with some burnt, dark fruits.

M--thick and slightly creamy as temp rises. Finish sticks around for a while which is quite pleasing.

O--great brew. Would definitely get more of this.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch #22. A very nice coffee and chocolate Russian Imperial Stout. What I don't get are any whiskey barrel notes. Unfortunate, as I love those flavors. Luckily, the coffee and chocolate notes as well as the base beer itself are all rock solid- I just wonder how amazing this would be with a real Bourbon note as well. The coffee is obviously top notch, as is the cacao. You het each in almost equal measure, perhaps just a tad more coffee. The base beer itself shows off a nice roasty note. Silky smooth, and beautifully integrated. Very Nice.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A 22 oz. bottle, poured to a pair of snifters and split with my wife on a snowy/sleety afternoon in Portland. Bought the bottle last weekend at Taps n Caps in nearby Camas, WA. First time I tried this was at last year's Portland International Beerfest - what a memorably bold coffee/chocolate stout!

Label:
Release #20
10.5 Alc/Vol
SLC #1442

A: Very dark and very rich, but almost no head. A thin skim of light tan swirls across the top and hangs around as a slender ring. Sparse lacing.

S: So intensely forward with the "coffee" aroma, strikingly fresh grounds with sooty chocolate. Lacking some of the expected "whiskey barrel" notes, even when warmed. Coffee bean roast is dominant; good thing I love that aroma.

T:

M:

O: Still remarkable for its huge scent and flavor, although I remember it enthralling a bit more from the keg.

Photo of zander4dawin
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%

Chalky dark chocolate beer, with hints of bourbon and vanilla.

Photo of jzuidema
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch#45, great beer for the price. I think this brew is overlooked. Solid Beer!

Photo of CooperEllis
4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle - in a box from ikaika122

This is my first bottle from Epic. Damn fine effort.

The cocoa and coffee drive this, which isn't an issue given that the declared intent is right there to push a flavored imperial stout. There may well be barrel aging but it isn't evident this far along. I'm drinking the Batch #4 (Jan '12) - Rimini Tanzanian Coffee, whiskey/bourbon casks, 11.1% in the summer (July 2) of 2013 and there is zero evidence of booze or the rich vanilla characteristic often found therein. There is a subtle wood note which contributes significantly to the overall flavor but certainly isn't gobstopping.

Dark, minimal lacing but there is plenty of carbonation. In fact, the mouthfeel here is the best aspect; perfect balance with a deft touch. Rich but light enough to have a 22oz without having to split it.

Greatly enjoyed BBB. A lighter take on the style (the style being the cocoa/coffee imperial stout) and with a bit more coffee than anything else.

(206th)

Photo of DrunkAl
4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber. Batch #37. First impression is that it smells like bourbon county coffe. Well as much coffee, maybe not as much bourbon. But as close as it gets to a perfect coffee stout. Taste, although still good, is a bit of a letdown. Mild chocolate, sweet bourbon, coffee (which worked much better on the aroma) and bitter vanilla. Average to maybe on the tho side for such a big beer.

Photo of metter98
4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is absolutely jet black in color. It poured with a two finger high dark tan head that died down a bit and left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a small collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of coffee beans n the nose along with some hints of roasted malts.
T: The taste shares some similarities with the smell in terms of flavors of coffee beans and also has notes of whiskey and hints of roasted malts The roasted toffee beans linger throuh the finish and overall become stronger as the beers wrms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: For a beer of this strength, the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

Note: Batch #10

Photo of kawilliams81
4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch #10. Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Pipeworks snifter.

A- pours black with a 2 finger dark cola head. Big blotches and trails of lacing remain on the glass.

S- amazing coffee aroma, some roast, faint vanilla and whiskey.

T- some chocolate followed by bitter coffee. Coffee dominates this beer with very little bourbon or whiskey.

M- full body and medium carbonation. Creamy, smooth feel and drinks very well at roughly 12%.

O- very good beer. I wish there was more barrel notes but the coffee in this beer is amazing!

Photo of CTbrew32
4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Batch 37
Appearance- Black in color with hues of brown visible on the outer rims. Pours a thin mocha colored head.

Aroma- Lots of sweet whisky booziness, vanilla, coffee, and chocolate.

Taste- Again the whisky dominates at first with focus more on the sweetness rather than booziness. The barrel calms down quickly leading to sweet flavors of vanilla and milk chocolate. The sweetness is balanced by a mild coffee roast.

Feel- Full bodied, low carbonation, and clean in the finish for a stout.

Overall- This is definitely a great BBA but just short of top tier examples. The whisky barrel is clearly present, there's great vanilla/chocolate flavors, and the coffee adds good balance in the finish.If the coffee presence or roasted malt was stronger this would add better better as it leans towards the sweeter side. Definitely worth picking if ya want a great barrel aged stout.

Photo of oberon
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial nonic pitch black with a one finger deep mocha colored head atop that stuck like glue to the glass,no light getting thru this even when held up to the light.Mocha java aromas really stick out,wow like a Starbucks mocha java no joke.Heavily roasted flavors with only light alcohol imparted sweetness,faint smokiness lingers,the chocolate flavors are there but dont lend much sweetness just cocoa flavor.Thick and lush in the feel,hey to me Epic makes really really good beers and this is true to form.

Photo of jwc215
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a growler purchased two days before at The Brass Tap, Greenfield, WI:

Pours black with a thin, wispy brown head. Spotted lacing sticks.

The smell is of roasted coffee/chicory, burnt brown sugar, wood and some warming alcohol.

The taste is of coffee/espresso/chicory, chocolate (hint of anise?), wood and some peppery alcohol.

It is rich and velvety with a woody lingering dryness.

This is a wonderful, complex, thick stout. Some alcohol shows, but not as much as the actual abv. A rich "sipper"!

Photo of GregJ
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a 1 finger think dark tan head. Smells of whiskey, bitter/dark chocolate, dark roast malts and mocha. The whiskey barrel aging plays a dominant role in the initial flavor followed primarily by very dark roast malts with a bit of burnt/char flavor. Also has a nice dark chocolate flavor. As it warms up I get a creamy mouth-feel, some oak flavors, the whiskey flavor becomes a little less dominant, retains a sweet booziness that is not overpowering but still ever-present, vanilla and more complex coffee flavors. Medium carbonation with a medium body. Dark/burnt malts in the aftertaste with some more chocolate layers. Incredible improvement with warming, my rating creeped up from high 3's to low 4's as it sat.

Photo of kemoarps
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #6, shared with my sister.

Good almost black colour, though not as viscous as I would imagine. Decent little brown head.

I get drip coffee grounds. A little bourbon on the back end. DARK roast coffee bordering on burnt malts.

The taste follows suit. HUGE coffee favour, but not as dominant as the nose. Bourbon and ash with a creamy finish.
Some notes on the nose and tongue I cant QUITE nail down, but I am REALLY glad my sister brought this up for me.

I'm a big fan. That's all.

Photo of Hex92
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well here is another beer with 'imperial' in the name that doesn't dissapoint. Its a big ol beer and it is worth a try. The taste of coffee is over the top. Throw in some chocolate, alcohol burn, and roasted malts and you have this beer.

Definitely not a session beer. Its very sweet, high alcohol, and huge on flavor. Split one with a friend.

I will pick this one up again.

Photo of beesy
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Duval glass. Batch #9.

A - pours an almost pitch black. Not as inky nor as thick as expecting. A nice medium brown colored head 2.5 finger tall builds from a firm pour. Head collapses fairly quickly leaving tracing of foam tat provides. Fair amount of lacing.

S - lots if coffee and cappuccino aromas to get you going right off the bat. Alcohol detected. Dark bakers chocolate.

T - lots of the same you would expect from the nose. A rush of coffee paired with dark chocolates. Lots of coffee. I would like this to rest a little and let the coffee reside a tad. It's like FBS's way bigger brother. Slightly bitter, mostly from coffee on the back end.

M - medium bodied with a fairly creamy feel. A nice warming affect from the booze.

D - fairly easy to drink for the alcohol and style.

Overall, a very nice stout that downtown get enough props. Coffee and chocolate pair well to make a nice drinking beer for this abv. Most of the barrel flavors evaded me but they may have been masked by the intense coffee flavors. Not much opened up as if warmed which was slightly surprising too. If you get a chance pick this up and give it a whirl.

Photo of Resuin
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into an enlarged snifter. This is release #14 - 12.1% ABV.

Appearance: Pours deep brown and leaves a dark tan/light brown finger and a half of good looking head. The head lingers for a while before leaving a brown layer atop the beer. (4.5)

Smell: Roasted malts, vanilla, hints of dark chocolate and oak. Nice integrated aroma. (4.5)

Taste: Roasted malts, plenty of vanilla, dark chocolate, a hint of oak. Very smooth finish, alcohol is very well masked. (4.25)

Mouth-feel: Low to medium carb with a medium, slightly creamy body. Smooth, light finish. (4)

Overall: This is a really nice, balanced but big stout. Vanilla is the biggest flavor here, which is interesting considering that it was brewed with cocoa nibs and coffee. Nice balance of sweetness. (4.25)

Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drinking this courtesy of SomethingClever. Thank You!

22 oz. Bottle.

I've seen this beer a lot on the WBAYDN thread. I was always intrigued by the name and label. Since Epic doesn't distribute here, I've been aching to try this. Well it's in my glass now. This pours very dark and dense brown, with light khaki lacing round my chalice. Looks pretty legit. Time for the fumes. First hits the nostrils with sweet roasted malts and cocoa with some rye whiskey floating on the backend. Also some booze is present yet only a tickle on the nose. Some fruity coffee is present. Very impressive! Next in line is the flavor. First hits is whiskey booze then slides into all the flavors just making love on my tastebuds. Cocoa, roasted coffee, some whiskey spiciness. This finishes dry smooth and slight coffee acidity. Toasted grains and wood in the aftertaste. Medium bodied and smooth with soft carbonation.

Overall: I am sure glad to have tasted this. Is this my favorite Barrel Aged Stout? No. Is it worthy of high acclaim, yes it is! This is balanced and enjoyable that I could crush Bombers of this on the regular. Well, in the end this brew is Recommended.

Photo of minnesotaryan
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a New Belgium globe.

Pours black, minimal milk chocolate colored foam that quickly dissipates.

Smells of chocolate, espresso and a touch of roastyness, generally a pleasing aroma.

Tastes very sweet! this is rich, like a decadent chocolate pudding infused with a top shelf whiskey. There are coffee/espresso notes and a bit of roasted malt, but what really stands out to me is the mix of the cocoa nibs and the barrel flavor, they play off each other wonderfully.

Thick and syrupy yet wonderfully smooth.

This could be a dessert, I can see why this is highly sought after.

Photo of ehammond1
4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Effectively black with a thin brown head. Leave the glass oily and spotted on the way down.

Full aroma of chocolate, mild coffee, and complementary whiskey and barrel. Vanilla and oak combine nicely with the base beer.

The flavor is, too, very well integrated. Nice combination of melted chocolates, some coffee, and integrated bourbon and barrel flavor. Alcohol is hidden very well. Some mild roast and molasses present.

Near full in body with low-moderate carbonation.

A very nice beer. I wish I could find a bottle of this to enjoy.

Photo of Vonerichs
4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch 9, Sept 2012

Dark brown with a slight reddish hue around the edges. Minimal tan head.

Robust aromas; cocoa, fudge brownies, freshly ground espresso beans, earthy

The flavor is layered with tootsie rolls, brownies, vanilla, lots of coffee and root beer as it warms. It may be due to the age of the bottle, but I don't pick up any barrel flavors. Regardless, it's delicious.

Low carbonation and smooth, but I wish it was more hefty with the body. More body would go well with the deep rich flavor.

A great beer and a must try if you enjoy coffee in your stout. I'd love to try it fresh in hopes of capturing the barrel notes.

Photo of mtomlins
4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to @tbadiuk for the bottle. A beauty, dark black with a thick mocha head and decent lacing. The nose and taste are big boasting lots of chocolate, espresso, roasted malts, some boozy notes. Lower in carbonation, but not to a fault, so the beer is smooth, rich and creamy. Overall, this is a delious beer with an amazing note!

Photo of MLDucky
4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Often overlooked but an extremely solid coffee stout in my opinion. Well worth the purchase if you come across it. Great coffee and bourbon mixed nose. Taste was creamy, a bit of bitterness from the coffee, vanilla and sweetness from the barrel and no booziness.

Photo of fitrock2112
4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured Big Bad BAPTIST into a snifter.

A - Pours black as midnight with a bubble of mocha head.

S - Coffee , dark chocolates on first sniff. Getting just a touch of vanilla.

T - Taste is nice. Smooth dark chocolates initially with strong coffee flavors. Mid palate getting vanilla, roasted malts and more coffee. On the aftertaste hints of char and vanilla with more roast and coffee.

M - Smooth full body with low carbonation.

O - Damn good beer. Recommended Cheers!

Photo of DucksFan16
4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very coffee forward, not much cocoa comes through.

Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing Company
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