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Big Bad Baptist | Epic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
96
world-class
563 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
563
Ratings:
3,452
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
21.58%
 
 
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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: 563 | Ratings: 3,452
Photo of TBonez477
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Overall a really nice, complex BA Imperial Stout. My only knock on this one was that, even after a year of aging, the barrel gets a little harsh after warming. Actually preferred this one below cellar temp.

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Photo of DaveAnderson
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Release #7, 11.0% ABV.

I wasn't really planning to review this beer. I just wanted to open in and drink it. But then I smelled it, and knew I would have to review it. So here goes.

A standard pour into a tulip produces a pitch-black liquid and an ethereal, dark tan foam. The head is not aggressive, and it dissipates fairly soon, leaving little lacing. The beer itself is as dark as any I have seen. It's not quite as viscous as some, but it's espresso black.

Coffee is evident to my nose. But chocolate is the dominant smell. And I don't mean it smells like a typical chocolate stout. To me, it smells like one of those chocolates that are 75% or 85% cocoa. The label says it spent time in whiskey barrels, but I would never have guessed.

It tastes like it smells. A hint of coffee, but huge, high cocoa chocolate notes. No oak, no whiskey. And hey -- it's none the worse off for lack of whiskey notes. I sometimes think brewers try to cram too many flavors into a bottle. This one is complex enough as-is.

Mouthfeel is a little thin for such a big beer. Alcohol is well-masked. This one is really easy to drink. It's my favorite beer from Epic so far.

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Photo of BucBasil
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a tuliped pint glass at Stout Studio City.

The beer is pure black with a solid looking dark tan head. Foam lacing all over. About as solid as can be.

A more subdued aroma than what I expected. Light coffee and bakers chocolate. A bit of roast behind it but compared to other imperial stouts the aroma does not permeate. OK

All the right notes are there. The roast and bitter chocolate are spot on. There's a nice cordial sweetness in there that adds a liquer character. Then on top of that you get a nice wood and bourbon note. Very nice.

Overall right up my alley. A hugely solid beer. Drinkable and smooth with a pretty unique character. Recommended. Just missing that aroma to put it over the top.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep dark chocolate color. Has a rich coffee aroma with a subtle note of whiskey. Flavor is roasted coffee with notes of darks chocolate and a subtle hint of booziness. Mouthfeel is a little light. Overall this is a very tasty and I like that the whisky doesn't overpower the flavor of the beer.

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Photo of minterro
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bought from Colorado Liquor Mart in Denver, CO. This one was recommended to me, hope it lives up to the hype.

#18

Poured into a snifter.

A&S: Smells like straight up black coffee. No real sweetness or chocolate... just coffee at least it does initially. Jet black beer, with a dark tan that resides quickly.

T&M: AMAZING! Huge burst of chocolate upfront. Massive whiskey tones especially in the finish. Other tones include a bitter coffee finish and some subdued vanilla upfront. Very silky smooth texture, pretty much as good as it gets, with a sprinkling of carbonation.

Overall: It runs for around 12 bucks a bomber and well worth it. I would recommend splitting it with a friend. One of the better beers I have had in recent history. The only reason I didn't write more is because I was rating with skyping with a friend and I'm sick of writing things after spending so much extra time writing science grants.

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Photo of Smurf2055
4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Uber

Pours black with a finger of tan head.

Smell is awesome, strong coffee and a bit of nuttiness.

Taste is smooth coffee roast, bitter the whole way through.

Very nice beer, masks the alcohol very well, wish there was more chance to try this.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.88/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A finger of bubbly tan head on the pour which was present on the edges of the glass while drinking. Above average active carbonation for the style. Pours and sit pitch black.

Smell: Coffee, lots of coffee hit the nose right away. The coffee has a medium roasted aroma that mixes well with the silky cocoa nibs. Light oak and mossy hops are picked up underneath everything else. Barrel character has a light touch of spices on the back end.

Taste: Milk chocolate and vanilla sweetness greets the drinker. Robust coffee grounds integrate well with the silky chocolate on the front. Roasted malt picks up on the back end. Slight touch of alcohol and barrel character on the back end but is very light.

Mouthfeel: Rich coffee and chocolate texture graces the palate throughout. Carbonation fits the beer.

Overall: Definitely a little disappointed here, especially after how much I loved the Imperial Stout from the Exponential Series. This beer is so coffee forward that it stifles everything else going on. And where is the barrel character? Despite those two things this is still a really good stout. Looking forward to sitting on the second bottle I have for a good long while and seeing what happens.

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Photo of PaulyB83
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a a 22oz. bomber into a tulip glass

A- Pours a thick black. With an aggressive pour a small cafe latte colored head forms and quickly dissipates to a ring.

S- Big coffee, then chocolate with some sweetness. Not getting a whole lot of the barrel.

T- Similar to the aroma but with the whiskey coming through. Tastes like a someone but a small shot of whiskey in a FBS. The sweetness level in this reminds me of an Irish coffee.

M- Thick, sticky and creamy.

O- A very good stout and a pretty good barrel aged one. I don't think this is aged long enough to become very complex and, as it is, remains just a great base stout with some added whisky flavor. I enjoyed how it reminded me of an Irish coffee and I guess $12 for a barrel aged bomber is pretty good. Having said that I could probably replicate the taste for cheaper by adding a shot of whisky to a FBS, actually think I'll try that soon.

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Photo of rapidsequence
3.8/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. $11.40 from Pints O'Plenty.

Appearance: Pitch black. Good looking tan colored head with surprisingly goog retention. Nice looking spotty lacing.

Smell: Strong coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Caramel, vanilla, a hint of smoke, and a bit of leather.

Taste: Its on the bitter-roasty side, and a bit of heat and bitterness from the whiskey barrels accentuates this. Residual sweetness from the malt and the sweeter cocoa and vanilla flavors balance it somewhat, but this one stays a bit on the harsh side due to roasty bitterness and alcohol burn. There is nice complexity of flavors, but its out of balance at this stage of its life.

Mouthfeel: The body if the beer is nice and big, but is cut and thinned by the hot alcohol. The burn steals what would otherwise be a big, soft, fullmouthfeel. Still pretty good though.

Overall: I think this beer needs some time to mellow and meld. There are lots of nice flavors that I think will come together nicely. I wish I had one to age. This beer is probably better than my review numbers indicate.

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Photo of mabermud
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The look is luscious.
The smell is rich and sexy.
The taste is desirable.
The feel is warm, thick, and substantial.
Overall, she is someone you would probably lust for.

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

Batch Release #30. 10.5%ABV

Pours an endless black with absolutely zero head. The nose is burnt coffee grounds and a bit of sweetness. The initial taste was sour mash with dark chocolate and bitter coffee. This doesn't taste so much barrel aged as much as it does just brewed with a whiskey addition. Not that being that way is all that bad, just not much mellowing wood characteristic to it. This was fairly light and slick on the tongue. Overall great, but would like to try some other(higher ABV) batches.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft, at the Aces and Ales, Las Vegas, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with a half of a finger of chocolate-colored head that dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Tons of roasted malt up front, imparting notes of freshly toasted pumpernickel bread, followed by some dark chocolate aromas, caramel and brown sugar. Rich.

Taste: Strong flavors of roasted malt up front, imparting notes of freshly toasted pumpernickel bread, a touch of freshly roasted coffee and smoke, followed by some dark chocolate-like bitterness, dark molasses, brown sugar-like sweetness and a touch of star anise or licorice. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Very chewy, very creamy and smooth, as there is no carbonation what-so-ever in this beer. With an ABV of 11.8%, there is a very pleasant alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: This is an excellent beer! I love the strong flavors of malt, dark chocolate and dark molasses/brown sugar-like sweetness as well as the creamy mouthfeel. Delicious!

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Photo of gueuzedreg
3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Thick motor oil viscous RIS. Pretty typical of the style.

S- Very coffee forward. Some fig/prune/dark fruit background along with faint dark chocolate.

T- Again, coffee forward with alcohol following. The RIS is unfortunately next. Hidden by the forwardness of the coffee and booze.

M- Moderately thin here; with a good amount of carbonation for this style.

O- This is a great fall/winter BA stout beer to buy during the holidays. Denver does not get as many as the Midwest does; so I need to stock up on these brews.

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Photo of Beerandboards
3.88/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch #8, reviewed 12/30/12

Poured from a bomber into a snifter.

A - pours almost black, poured pretty cold, so a small amount of head forms and dissipates to a ring and some whisps. Lightens a little on the edges when held to the light. Second pour after warming a little doesn't produce much more in the way of head.

S - Coffee forward and coffee dominates throughout. Also some vanilla and a little bit of the bourbon whiskey. Some oak-y barrel as well. Petty nice,if not a little thin.

T - COFFEE. This is almost a coffee bomb. Medium roast coffee dominates the whole show. It's good, near great, but the coffee dominates. There are notes of vanilla and bourbon, as well as some roasty elements as well. There is some hop bitterness to finish. Can't quite decide whether I don't like it or if I really like it. At first I found it a little bit of a turn off, but I find it keeps me wanting another sip. Nice element I suppose.

M - above average. Low carbonation, thick. No complaints here.

O - I would definitely buy this again. I put it in the like it but don't absolutely love it. The interplay between the coffee dominance and the hop bittering at the end was interesting. I like coffee beers, and this one was very enjoyable.

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Photo of d5001986
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber poured into Spiegelau tulip.
Release #42

This is a solid stout for the money. Coffee forward with chocolate and a notable hoppiness. The whiskey barreling is obvious, but doesn't lead to an overly boozy taste. Sticky consistency that hangs in the back of the throat. Overall, I wouldn't put B.B.B. among the best, but rather one of the better B.A. stouts you're going to find for $$.

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Photo of davemathews68
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Release 17, 12% abv

A- A vigorous pour yields a vary dark brown body with a brow head that lingers slightly.

S- alcohol, coffee, dark malts, biter sweet chocolate.

T- boozy,strong coffee, slight chocolate, no whiskey. I had to double check the fact that it was barrel aged.

M- good but a bit thinner and slightly more carbonation than desired.

O- a great coffee stout. I would pick up other releases to compare.

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Photo of GeezLynn
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Straight black, with a medium brown head that is short-lived.
S: Very earthy and roasted, oats are apparent, with light coffee and a hint of whiskey.
T: Starts off with a heavy dark coffee flavor, followed by a light whiskey bite, and finishes with a bitter chocolate covered coffee bean flavor. A little vanilla shows as it approaches room temperature.
M: Thick body with low carbonation. Overall feel is velvety smooth.

BBB was a change of pace from the more common bourbon barrel stouts out there. This is very char-heavy without the bourbon derived cherry/fruit flavors. More of a vanilla/alcohol contribution from the barrel. Coffee addition was mild, but very nice. Enjoyable.

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Photo of GregSVT
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into a snifter - Release #3

A: Pours a very dark brown, nearly black, with a light brown head that fades to a ring and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: Holy coffee! The aroma of fresh roasted coffee immediately hits me as I breathe this in. As it warms I can detect subtle notes of chocolate, vanilla, and molasses. The coffee dominates here but it smells wonderful.

T: The taste follows the nose with a big rush of dark roasted espresso on the tongue followed by nice flavors of vanilla, cocoa, and a touch of molasses. Again the coffee dominates but the barrel and base beer are noticeable as well.

M: The feel is medium bodied and creamy from the carbonation.

O: I think this could be world class if it toned down the coffee just a touch...maybe 10% less coffee. Otherwise it's a damn tasty beverage. If you don't like coffee I'd steer clear of this one as it's basically a nice stout with a double shot of espresso dumped in. I have a Batch #1 someone sent me as well and I may age it for a while to see if the coffee fades enough to bring out more flavors.

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Photo of jpro
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%

Wow... This was insanely drinkable for the 10%+ abv... Complex blend of roasted malt flavor plus cocoa, coffee and finishes with smooth, low-key bourbon notes. Barrel aging doesn't take anything away from the sum of the parts that make this beer so enjoyable. Great flavors, with no one component over-played / out of balance. Dense aroma and great feel, too, Will try to get this one again, for sure!

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Photo of Benish
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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 mlockman
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Aroma and flavor are all whiskey, and intense. Underlying the whiskey-notes is an intense flavor of chocolate, more present in the finish than elsewhere. Overall, phenomenal, but I can't wait to see what some age will do for this brew.

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Photo of ruzzal
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
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 zaphodchak
3.88/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One finger tan head, black body, nice lace.

Nose is coffee grounds, and rich ones, too. But pretty much nothing else.

*Huge* coffee taste. Some bitter cocoa, subdued bourbon, decently balanced, on the bitter side.

Rich and thickly textured.

A stout that's both rich and dry... rare. Incredibly coffee heavy. I can only wonder what aging would do.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.77/5  rDev +10.7%
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 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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