Big Bad Baptist - Epic Brewing Company

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Reviews: 445
Hads: 2,995
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 405
Gots: 911 | FT: 115
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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 pokesbeerdude
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from epic.$12 for a 22oz bottle. Into an epic snifter.

A: Pitch black with a sand colored head that bubbles up to about an inch then fades to nothing. No laying to speak of. Completely opaque.

S: coffee and a ton of it. Man. This is easily the most coffee forward beer I've ever smelt. Just incredible on the coffee note. Some sweet chocolate and a touch of cocoa. Awesome here.

T: like the nose would lead on, huge coffee, tons of roasted malt and a lot of chocolate as well. Brown sugar and coffee, with a little vanilla as well. Not a ton of barrel character but there is a bit of whiskey and oak. Huge milk chocolate as it continues to warm. Wow. Best beer from epic that I've had.

M: just about right a bit more body would help. Surprisingly not hot, just the right amount of warmth.

O: glad I got a bottle of this, easily the best beer I've had from epic. A little more bal character would really help, but this is damn tasty. I love coffee forward beers and this is awesome. Nicely done epic. Nicely done. (1,032 characters)

Photo of Ri0
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured 22oz bottle into a chalice. Batch #27

A - Obsidian with a 2.5 finger mocha colored head. Nice retention and delicate, yet plentiful lacing.

S - Fresh steeped cold coffee, smells great. I also find notes of dark chocolate and cocoa with hints of earthy hops. The coffee aroma is really something.

T - A big, bold, flavorful coffee roast mixed with dark chocolate and cocoa. Earthy hops and very subtle bourbon notes round it off and keep it bitter with a hint of sweetness.

M - Medium bodied and nice carbonation with a smooth mouthfeel.

O - One of the most coffee forward stouts that I have had. I have had many and this one is brilliant and well done. I recommend this and it best consumed fresh if you like strong coffee. (737 characters)

Photo of reebtaerG
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle from batch 23 den 1328 11.5 ABV into New Belgium globe during snow storm Pax

A-Dark body with brown foamy head, quickly fades, not a lot of lacing.

S-The aroma is certainly intense, very very coffee and a touch of cocoa.

T-Taste is less coffee than the aroma, rich velvety, sweet with a nice roastiness.

M-Mouthfeel is naturally thick and syrupy with low carbonation while the alcohol is relatively subtle. Well done dark chocolate coffee bomb.

O-Didn’t get a lot of bourbon in this, maybe a touch in the aftertaste, but I think the roastiness is stronger than the sweet bourbon element you usually expect. Overall, it is a well done dark chocolate coffee bomb. Glad to have the next day off, might want to share this bomber next time. (758 characters)

Photo of zac16125
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into a snifter
Vintage: confused, it says release #10, but it also says with cocoa nibs and 11.4% ABV (based on ABV would make it release #15)

Thanks to fatbeats18 for sending this one over in a trade!

A: Opaque pitch black, just under 1 fingers width of mocha colored head. Head dissipates down quickly and leaves a few small patches of lacing.

S: Tons of coffee, an almost bitter astringent black coffee character. More subtle roasted malt and chocolate characters. Barrel notes arent very prominent but there are some faint whiskey notes. Coffee is by far the most prominent character.

T: Black coffee and roasted malt. Whiskey barrel characters are more prominent than in the aroma, but black coffee still dominates. I also get cream and oak.

M/D: Full bodied, pretty smooth, appropriate carbonation, a bit of a bite from the coffee, ABV very well masked, drinkability is average.

O: This is a nice coffee IS, nothing spectacular though. Pretty one dimensional with the huge coffee notes, and barrel characters arent nearly as noticeable as I had hoped. Solid beer but I expected more. (1,112 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black as night with no penetration to light. A minuscule layer of khaki colored foam covers the majority of the top. Brussels lacing. I smell very bitter coffee similar to iced coffee. The coffee flavor is like very bitter iced coffee similar to coffee bender,but the whiskey and chocolate notes are sweet and cut the bitterness. The mouth is thick and chewy. (364 characters)

Photo of SierraFlight
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Shared in red solo cups under the shelter on a beautiful Thursday. Opaque black with a thin tan head. Hard to tell much else. Aroma is awesome, cocoa powder, coffee, dark roast, a bit of vanilla. Taste is good but less of a superstar compared to the nose. There’s whisky heat, cocoa and roasted malt sweetness, and coffee bitterness. Medium body, oily texture, moderate carbonation, some heat and bitterness on the finish. (424 characters)

Photo of larryarms847
4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep jet black, slightly oily but highly viscous with a very thin layer of creamy light khaki foam.

An immediate wave of chocolate and freshly ground coffee hits first, with some vanilla, toffee, and caramel notes to add as well as a ton of roastiness in general.

Coffee and chocolate both battle to be the standout ingredient in this beer. Tons of bitter but not overwhelmingly roast and some oak, earth, and vanilla.

Heavy-bodied, light carbonation, bitter roast, silky smooth, semi-chewy.

I was very happy with this beer overall, the one downside I have to remark on is the lack of bourbon aroma and flavor, but that is splitting hairs because this is damn good either way. (688 characters)

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch #7 poured from a bottle into a clear plastic cup while tailgating.

Appearance- Oily black with a rich brown bubbly head that set up about one finger on the top. Leaves lacing even on the inside of a plastic cup. Greasy, leggy, and rich looking.

Smell- Not much booze, but robust espresso and roasted nuts dominates. Hints of cacao and vanilla sneak out. A bit of a peanut butter sharpness is hiding in there somewhere. Very pleasant. Like walking through a bulk coffee aisle at an upscale grocery store.

Taste- Like the smell, espresso and dark roast coffee dominates. The barrel appears and brings with it a hint of tobacco spiciness, but is quelled quickly by the roasty malt backbone. A nutty, roasty coffee stout accented perfectly by the whiskey notes. Not overpowering from the whiskey at all. The only drawback would be the finish. It finishes fast and very bluntly. Not much of an issue considering the balance of this one.

Mouthfeel- Smooth. Not overly oily or heavy in the mouth or on the way down. Smooth and creamy, surprisingly lighter than some of its contemporaries.

Overall- This may be THE dark horse in the world of hyped-up BBL stouts. A bit surprised by this one. Very well balanced. Not overpowered by the booze. This one has had some age on it in the cellar. Can't wait (but will) to try the other one in the cellar with a few more months on it.

Cheers! (1,387 characters)

Photo of Furlinator
4.04/5  rDev -5.8%

Release #31- Charming Beard Coffee.

Pours opaque black. The 1/4 inch tan head quickly fades to a thin film on top and leaves faint spotty lace.

The smell is of dark chocolate, vanilla, pipe tobacco, dark chocolate, toasted coconut and faint booze.

The taste is of bitter black coffee, dark chocolate, ripe dark fruit and hints of bourbon.

The texture is heavy bodied, thick and viscous with low carbonation.

A big, barrel aged stout that is dominated by bitter black coffee flavor. (492 characters)

Photo of jimmah120
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

bomber bottle into pint glass (sue me beer nerds). batch #5

pitch black with a dark brown head that quickly fades. smell is strong coffee grounds, dry cocoa, no whisky, warm malt, pungent. taste is thick and syrupy big on chocolate and coffee. some toffee-ish sweetness, like cinnamon rolls. bitter finish that may be the hops butting in.

tasty dessert beer at 11%, and the alcohol compliments the flavor (406 characters)

Photo of Stigs
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle - "Release #2"

served in a large snifter

A - pours with a thin film of light tan foam, settling to some random wet lacing around the glass and a few floating bubbles. the beer is not quite black, but deep, dark brown when held up to light.

S - dominating is some rich, bold french roast coffee, charred oak, and deep roasted malts. warming brings in some darker milk chocolate, tannic oak, and a hit of bourbon.

T - taste follows suit from the smell, with rich coffee being in the forefront...slightly bitter, roasty, quite nice if you enjoy your coffee that way (i do!). balancing sweetness of chocolate, roasted malts, and vanilla. a bit on the hoppy side, adds another layer, this one is probably best fresh. very nice.

M - medium, slightly creamy body with a touch of lingering sweetness. moderate carbonation lifts the flavors a bit, providing a vehicle for the massive coffee and malty roastiness to settle.

O - unsure about this one for the first few sips but it really grew one me. love the bold, coffee-forward taste. making for a wonderful sipper on a cold snowy night. my first epic beer, this one is really well done. (1,149 characters)

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch #2. Bottled 11/28/11 and brewed with Tanzanian Rimini coffee (from Epic's website). Poured from a bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Very dark pour. Lightly carbonated. Thin tan head with rapid dissipation. The nose has a lot of coffee on it. GOOD coffee. It smells like fine roasted coffee beans (not bitter old coffee). There's so much coffee on it, I don't seem to get much else.

Very interesting flavor. The strong coffee components come in very quickly and hit you with their bitterness. My first impression was one of disappointment for having missed out on any malty sweetness. However, the bitterness is not overwhelming and at mid-palate, some oak and cocoa flavors join in and match their bitterness to that of the coffee. At the back of the palate, there's a bit of alcohol warmth and a slight touch of whiskey that lingers a bit on the finish with the coffee. The body is very full and the mouthfeel is slightly oily and mouthcoating.

You gotta love a beer from Utah called ``Big Bad Baptist". I would love to give this beer higher marks simply because it's one of the ``coffee-est'' stouts I've had, but it's just a little too bitter for me to rate it any higher than I have. Still, it has a lot of flavor and if you like bitter beers, you'll probably flip over this. For me, it would have been better with a bit more sweetness to balance out all that coffee and cocoa. Also, for a whiskey barrel-aged beer, it doesn't have much vanilla or bourbon flavor to it. Still, a solid and enjoyable beer that I may buy again simply to see how it ages. Recommended.

Edit - Batch #25 (1/18/14) - Heavenly nose that explodes with rich coffee and bittersweet chocolate. The flavor is divine. I can't believe I actually thought this beer was bitter the first time I had it. Wow! So glad I came back to try this beer again after having been around the block a few times. Really delightful coffee flavor. Upgrades to the scores, Holmes! This stuff is da (coffee) BOMB! Very reminiscent of KBS. (2,005 characters)

Photo of standardcherry
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Writing this review from notes, can't remember which batch it was, I think it was 4.

A: Thick dark brown/black pour. Big mocha colored head that dissipated after a few minutes.
S: Tons of coffee and roastiness. Lots of wood notes followed by bitter chocolate.
T: This is boozy. Lots of chocolate and coffee. Lots of whiskey (peaty flavor) in there as well. Very woody flavor with lots of roasty bitterness. The roastiness was taken too far in my opinion.
M: Silky smooth. Very rich and thick with moderate carbonation.
O: This is a great beer. The roastiness was a bit much but it was still very enjoyable. I would much prefer it without the peat flavors, there should be a bourbon-only version someday. (745 characters)

Photo of beerdrifter
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%

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 gleemonger
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pitch black with a thin, creamy brown head, that dissipates pretty quickly leaving just a pleasant little cap, followed by some lacing down the glass. Very nice.

Picking up just about everything they say is in it, starting with some strong chocolate, followed by roasted malts, coffee, booze, and a little whiskey. Strong and complex, but doesn't smell super pungeant or anything. Super interesting and delicious smelling.

Getting all of the above from the flavor as well, with the chocolate leading off again - a kind of mix between dark chocolate and sweet milk chocolate. The coffee and roast is mellow, but definitely there. I get just the faintest hint of whiskey at the back end, and very little alcohol presence despite the massive size. This is one amazing imperial stout, I must say.

Nice and heavy with a light carbonation bite to round it out. Smooth and creamy and delicate - definitely like a dessert and what I love about a great imperial stout.

This is definitely one of my new favorite imperial stouts! Amazingly smooth and complex yet not over the top at all - everything blends totally perfectly and doesn't bury the rest. I would love to always have this one on hand for those times when I want a massive beer, for sure. (1,247 characters)

Photo of DrStiffington
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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 RoamingGnome
4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Epic Brewing Big Bad Baptist

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a CBS snifter. Served at cellar temperature.

A) Thick black brew with a dark tan head. Really nice retention and some spotty lacing too. This has some legs.

S) Heavy on the coffee... A fresh ground dark roast. This is all about coffee. Is this beer??? A little bit of dark chocolate, but mostly coffee. If you love coffee, you will love this aroma. I am a coffee lover...

T) Again, a whole lot of coffee in the flavor. The cocoa nibs are also noted. I don't get a whole lot of barrel aging presence in the flavor, perhaps a bit of wood. The alcohol is well hidden, and just slightly detected on the backend.

M) Near full bodied with lighter carbonation. This goes down nice a smooth. A good amount of coffee bitterness coats the palate. Light alcohol. Nice aftertaste....

O) A really well made beer right here. While Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout is clearly the gold medal winner in this category, I'm of the opinion Big Bad Baptist likely makes the medal stand. Glad to recommend this beer... (1,076 characters)

Photo of ArchEnemyBrew
3.57/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into darkness tulip 2-12-12

A: Pours a deep black with a dark khaki colored head that is about 1" deep.

S: Smells like fresh roasted coffee, dark chocolate, a bit of smoke and some booze as well. Don't get much barrel character but that doesn't detract from the nose.

T: This is where the beer falls apart. Tastes of coffee and ashtray. The burnt out cigarette flavor in my mouth is just not appealing to me.

M: Medium bodied with a slight alcohol burn. Smoky/ashy flavor lingers.

O: Loved the smell of this beer but the taste killed it for me. Not enough barrel character and too much harsh coffee flavor for me. Won't seek out again. (647 characters)

Photo of martyl1000
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Mason Lounge. This is a humongous beer. The aroma is all coffee. As is the flavor in the mouth. A booziness combines with the roasted malt to create a delicious coffee cocktail. Coffee and sugar sweetness, shading into unsweetened cocoa territory on the finish. Full body.

I should revisit this another time when I'm less drunk. But tonight there's something not quite great about this, though. Should compare this to Lagunitas Capuccino Stout...
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Update 12/3/2014
On tap at Side Door Grill & Tap
Yep, this is very, very good. (548 characters)

Photo of patm1986
3.65/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For a barrel-aged imperial stout, it's not as dark as others. it's more of a darker brown than a dark brown or black. Maybe the nibs have something to do with it. There isn't much of a head at all, nor any carbonation. it also doesn't look as viscous, certainly not motor oil-y.

It smells like mildly roasted coffee beans, sweet cream, cocoa powder, vanilla, and pine, all without much of an alcoholic aroma.

Pronounced flavors of coffee and cream, baking chocolate, roasted coffee beans, a little bit of whiskey--but more an oaky vanilla flavor--but, overall, it tastes like a thicker, carbonated, barely spiced or spiked irish coffee with chocolate syrup.

Finishes smoothly, but thins out greatly the warmer it gets. not much of a body, but such as it is, it lends itself to be more palatable. it leaves that nice mouth tingle though.

this is a solid barrel-aged brew at a time when we're being hit with them from all angles. the cocoa nibs are a really nice touch though. some age on this might thicken it some.
cheers (1,027 characters)

Photo of JohnnyMc
4.73/5  rDev +10.3%
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)

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.95/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Release #37. Dark/brown almost black in color with slight ruby red hues around the rim of the glass. Beautiful oil like viscosity with only a few bubbles in the middle and spotty in nature lacing. Aroma of cocoa, bourbon, wood, vanilla, coffee and chocolate. Tastes of strong bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, some burnt sugar, hints of oak and bourbon plus coffee. Thick, creamy, and smooth on the palate with just a bit of bitterness and burn in the finish. I must say I found this to be one of the best Imperial Stouts I've had the chance to enjoy. Well done Epic! (572 characters)

Photo of VncentLIFE
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally tried it after Ted and others bugged me for like 3 months.

Pours black with a small white head. Then the smell. Holy shit its coffee. Like lots of coffee. bitter coffee and dark chocolate and oak in the taste. Light body, low carbonation, and lots of coffee. There wasnt as much bourbon as I was expecting, but it gets the job done. (342 characters)

Photo of yamar68
4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (705 characters)

Photo of lochef81
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this one in the fridge for a few months just waiting for the right night to pour it. The wicked Michigan weather is breaking and Spring is blooming; I think it is time. This stout pours a near black color with a thick tan head that gives way to a beautiful lasting film and sticky silken lacing. The nose is rich and complex with notes of coffee, dark chocolate, Sweet roasted (almost European style) malts, and plenty of booze. This is definitely a cold weather, warm you up kind of beer. The mouthfeel is thick and luxurious. Coating every inch of taste buds with rich stout flavor. The taste is everything the nose promises. A punch of chocolate and coffee on the front followed by a sweet vanilla and pipe tobacco middle and finished with the bitterness of cacao and burnt coffee. There is also a hop note on the tail that rounds this out to perfect stout elegance. The alcohol prevalent in the nose is nearly indiscernable in the mouth. TThis is an amazingly well crafted stout that is so rich and complex it is almost beyond words. Very well done
I can't wait to sample future batches of this deep well crafted ale. (1,131 characters)

Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 445 ratings.