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Big Bad Baptist - Epic Brewing Company

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482 Reviews

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Reviews: 482
Hads: 3,123
Avg: 4.3
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 418
Gots: 999 | FT: 115
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 

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Photo of CFHMagnet
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Release #17. Den (Ben?) #1307. Bottle says 12% ABV. Scoped this one at the Middleburg Heights Heinens.

An aggressive pour gets me a finger of cocoa colored head. The body is as near black as it can be. The head diminishes to a frothy ring in a little over a minute, and a thin sheet of lacing is caught clinging against the glass.

This smells of dark chocolate and dark, richly roasted coffee. A little maltiness joins with a faint nuttines to create a nice undertone.

The java is quite strong with this one. Coffee starts it off, then in glides the chocolate, to almost gild the mouth. This is topped off with the slight flavors of wood and roasted nuts, and capped with a mild alcohol burn at the end.

The mouthfeel on this is beautifully thick and heavy. Full bodied. This is the full package.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel snifter glass.

A - 4.75 - Poured an oily, pitch black color. Formed a nice finger and a half of very dark brown colored head. Low head potential, great head retention. Nice thick whisps of lacing left on the walls of the glass.
S - 3.75 - Tons of roasty coffee, little traces of alcohol, but the nose is primarily dominated by coffee.
T - 4.25 - Sweet cream upfront with an EXTREMELY distant note of butterscotch, possibly imparted by the whiskey barrels. Lots of dark chocolate and coffee which mingle together creating a nice bittersweet mocha flavor. The upfront sweet cream is balanced perfectly by the bittersweet finish. Would have liked a little more whiskey taste imparted by the barrel.
F - 4.75 - Super rich and thick, very creamy mouthfeel.
O - 4.50 - Definitely an A imperial stout, one of the better ones I've had in a long time. Stuff is a bit uncommon, but if you can get your hands on it and are a fan of the style, I highly recommend buy a couple to set back and age!

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Photo of humuloner22
4.91/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

God this is a good beer. Quality for sure. I need to hoard up a few more before they disappear again! Although the coffee might fade. Jesus this Baptist is bad and in a good way.

Appearance: Black as night if poured aggressively the head does rise significantly with a nice caramel colored head.

Aroma: Coffee, bourbon some chocolate but not too much of any of those things. It all melds into a perfect balance of bliss. For sure one of the best smelling beers in this category I have ever had!

Taste: Amazing, not boozy at all for the abv. The bourbon shines just enough but does not overpower the coffee or the chocolate. The malts balance everything else out in harmony. Its a very well made beer. Man, it really is so good. The mouthfeel is spot on as well. Very velvety and like drinking a chocolate milkshake with some coffee and bourbon in it! Amazing beer and very well done. Warning: There is coffee in this beer and you can taste it, if you are not a coffee fan you won't like this beer. I do! Its not overpowering and will likely settle even more as time passes but overall this is a very well made beer.

Overall: Amazing, I would buy again. This was release 45 for those counting.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of DrunkAl
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of uvachief
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Poured from a 22oz bomber. Dark impenetrable black with a little head. Aromas of coffee. Tastes of coffee with background of dark, unsweetened chocolate. Goes down smooth. You do notice the bourbon on the way down or even more in the aftertaste but not overwhelming. Subtle. Solid stout but I don't think it is anywhere near a 97 rating. Very good though.

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Photo of biglite351
3.33/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Very dark with just a hint of red around the edges. Creamy medium-dark head that falls slowly.

S - Smells like a coffee roasters place. not like a cup of coffee, but like the actual roast. Hint of chocolate and malts in the mix. After a few moments there is a vanilla and alcohol scent. (I actually did not know this was a whickey barrelled beer until just now)

T - Not as good as the scent. Seems a bit confused. Instead of the coffee, chocolate and barrel ageing mixing, they seem to each be trying to stand on their own. it is like different parts of the mouthful have different flavors.

M - Thin, but leaves a little coating. Mild alcohol tingle in throat. Timgle on sides of tongue.

O - Very close. There is just something about the flavor palate that is odd. it is like this brew is fighting itself.

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Photo of sleuthdog
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch #3 into Kuhnhenn tulip

Pour: Jet black with a full three finger tan head. Lacing is enormous and like sticky soap all over the sides of the glass. Head settles to a small pillow on half the surface of the beer.

Smell: Light coffee notes, dark semi-sweet chocolate, oak and vanilla. This is I'm assuming a huge, huge beer and I find everything in the nose to be spot on and in near perfect harmony.

Taste: Just like the nose with the moderate coffee, huge notes of dark chocolate, oak and vanilla. Also getting molasses, booze soaked dark fruit and a bit of char. The spiciness from the whiskey is evident and adds a fantastic additional dimension to this beer. Alcohol heat is here for sure but not distracting.

Mouthfeel: On the lighter side of full with soft carbonation. Creamy (silky) smooth but the alcohol does cut this with a bit of a bite.

Overall: This is a fantastic well balance coffee stout especially for such a huge beer. I am enjoying this one a lot.

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Heard good things. Batch #2, just released I believe.

Dark brown to black pour. Some clarity in the light. Small coffee colored head.

Picking up a lot of coffee in the nose. Roasted malts, dark chocolate, but mostly dominated by coffee.

Taste had even more coffee. It was very bold and robust. Chocolate underneath. Bitter with a medium sweetness for an imperial stout. I had a little trouble picking up the whiskey barrel. At times, I tasted some vanilla, oak, and maybe some honey but it wasn't very forward at all so I wasn't sure if I was just imagining it. Mouthfeel was thinner than I'd like.

This was a nice surprise from Epic and definitely worth a try. Excellent price too. I hope they get some more character from the barrel for the next batch. This coud be a good substitute for Bourbon County Coffee.

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Photo of buffs9
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - very dark, with tan head, tiny bubbles.

S - coffee dark chocolate, morecoffee, bit of whiskey

T - I'm not a coffee drinker, but I like what coffee and bourbon do together in beer. like a mix of FBS/KBS, but with stronger coffee flavor. Incredibly smooth, sweet and bitter.

M - very creamy, love the way this beer drinks.

O - excellent and highly recommended. Totally underrated, perhaps b/c it's not rare?

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Photo of TBonez477
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
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 angelmonster
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black body with a one finger chocolate head. Head retention is average and lacing is pretty good.

Smell is of sweet, dark chocolate. Coffee and alcohol are pretty light. Burnt malts and dark chocolate really dominate smells.

Taste is a mix of sweet chocolate malts, bitter coffee, finishes with a slight boozy burn. Very bold flavors with an alcohol kick.

Mouthfeel is full bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Silky smooth going down, lack of head doesn't affect the feel as much as I'd expect.

Overall this beer was pretty tasty. Good amount of chocolate, hint of coffee and alcohol. Not exactly session able but great for a special occasion.

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Photo of PacNWDad
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%

Lots of coffee and a bit of chocolate. Roasted malt aroma is quite strong. Pours dark mahogany, cloudy, lost of lace on the sides of the glass. A bit of toffee. Sticky sweet to start, then bitter into the finish. A bit on the thin side. Lightly carbonated. A tad dry. But, it packs a good finish.

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Photo of BrewUSA
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Epic Big Bad Baptist

Look 9/10
Smell 19/20
Taste 34/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 17/20

Overall 87/100

Big, huge rich stout. Massive coffee over powers and leaves very little Bourbon to shine through. I was really excited about this and was craving a big BA stout on a cold
Winter night, instead I got waves of the classic 'coffee on the burner for too long' then got cold.In fairness, this was an issue with the batch I received (#25) It is exceptionally drinkable at 11.8% would like to try again, it tastes like it didn't stay in the barrel long at all~

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Photo of Bowers-Brew
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch #30 - Served in tulip @ 55deg.

A - Very dark brown. Not quite jet black, but approaching. ~1" head when poured aggressively.

S - Coffee, cocoa, hint of peppery spices. Coffee dominates the nose.

T/M - Coffee and bitter chocolate up front, clean malty finish.

O - It's a good imperial stout, but the coffee and chocolate are a little dominate and there aren't noticeable whiskey or oak flavors present. Not quite great, but has the potential. I'll keep my eye on the other BBB releases. Prost!

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Photo of Carb-Overlord
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a very good imperial that would be acceptable at any beer tasting. The rich coffee aroma is quite appetizing when the bottle is cracked. This doesn't feel heavy in the mouth like other imperials though; I would actually compare this to something like Surly's coffee bender.

A: A rich black color, initial head that foamed out after a couple minutes. Not quite as viscous when swirled compared to other imperials.

S: Smells like a fresh brewed pot of coffee with perhaps an undertone of sweet chocolate.

T: The taste of coffee is very strong, the forefront of the flavor, I couldn't really pick up any of the cask flavoring ... perhaps it may need to sit and mellow? Still, very flavorful and interesting imperial.

M: The feel was not so much a smooth creamy that I expect from my favorite imperials, but more of a effervescent like a standard porter. I would not say it detracted from the beer, but was not what I was expecting.

O: This is really an excellent beer if the consumer enjoys coffee stouts or coffee porters. The aroma and flavor combination are enjoyable though the smoothness and feel seem off from an excellent imperial.

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

Pours an opaque, very dark brown color with a mocha colored head. The head dissipates a little too quickly. Otherwise, I would've given its appearance a score of 4.5. I like the uniqueness of the aroma. But, the aroma, in my opinion, just doesn't deserve a 4.5. I note coffee, griddle smoke, and olives. Moutfheel is viscous and slick. Just what I was hoping it'd be. I love the flavor of this one. Greasy spoon exhaust smoke when the griddle catches fire. The smoke begins to yield some to chocolate, but persists, albeit to a lesser degree, throughout the finish. Quite of hop bitterness gets expressed toward the finish, which tends to wake the smoke back up. Just a bit of off plastic flavor that tends to taint so many Imperial Stouts. I hope the smoke flavor in this one was created by the grain and the char of the barrel, not an additive. I really enjoy this beer. It reminds me of Bacon and Eggs from Pizza Port.

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Photo of embass
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Procured from Corks & Kegs in Rich, VA

A: Jet black in color. Poured into an Alewerks snifter. Dark tan head.
S: Strong aroma of coffee and some chocolate.
T: Taste of coffee, chocolate, vanilla up front and ends a bit bitter for me (roasted coffee).
M: Medium-bodied with a small amount of carbonation.
O: Excellent BA stout; I like that the beer does not try to hide its booziness. My only complaint is that it left a slight bitter taste in my mouth; flavors up front were awesome.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.74/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a stout glass, and this is oil black, with a cappuccino-like thick head that looks silky. Rich, velvety-thick liquid. (Lacing stuck all over the glass throughout)
Oh nice the chocolate up front smells fantastic. There's also a black licorice effect, coffee, wooden barrel and lurking dark fruit, slight alcohol burn. To me, dark cocoa comes through the most, even more so than the coffee. Smells terrific.
Sweet taste up front, chewy mouthfeel to experience this great chocolate and coffee syrup flavor, and a finishing bourbon bite/ chalky hop bitterness of a sensation that balances out this bad boy's sweeter side.
Medium body, super-smooth sipping, and appropriately lower carbonation.
This is easily in my top 5 ever tried of this style. Big and balanced, this stout is a must have for any imperial stout fan.

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Photo of dmgeng
3.73/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I'm going to preface that I got this recently and it was not at all what I expected. I really didn't care for this and it could have totally been just my bottle or this batch so you might not want to take this review to be the decider.

A - Pours very dark brown and settles into a clear black color. Good light brown colored head with good lacing. Looks appetizing

S - The aroma I get is a big caramel, burnt sugar smell. I almost thought it was chemical in the magnitude of aromatics. I couldn't quite place it initially but it was very familiar and I had to have my wife smell to properly place it. I could just be a mix of vanilla, bourbon, and the sweeter notes but I really didn't care for it dominating my nose.

T - Again that chemical burnt caramel is there but not as strong and there are some good flavors with it. The secondary flavors are the dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, vanilla, and sweet malt. It has some subtle complexities with some acrid bitterness to let you know it is a stout and not a sweeter porter. On the finish you can sense the caramel hitting the olfactory again making me almost cringe.

M - Full mouth-feel. Light carbonation. The flavors and feel are good if it wasn't for the backlash from the burnt caramel.

Overall, this is a different imperial stout. I've never smelled an aroma quite like that in a beer and I would not want it again. The flavor was solid which leads me to believe that something went wrong either in this bottle or maybe just the batch since there is some variability from batch to batch. I would try this one again but I think I'll give it a year and try another review then.

Glass- Snifter

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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.

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Photo of blakelive784
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

1 pt 6 fl oz brown glass bottle (Release #10) served in a snifter, reviewed from notes:

A - Pours the darkest shade of brown with two fingers of creamy light tan head. Retention is decent for the high ABV, but the head leaves nice cream lacing as it recedes.

S - Sharp dark roast espresso, boozy bourbon soaked oak chips, burnt caramel, semi-sweet chocolates, cream, subtle vanilla and more freshly ground coffee. Amazingly complex and subtle. Seems like it may be pretty boozy, possibly even hot.

T - Espresso heavy latte. Bitter chocolates and coffee. The oak's much more subtle than I'd though it'd be, to its detriment. Subtle bourbon on the finish. Roasted malt body. A bit hot on the back end. The sweetness of the malts counters the bitter coffee notes very well.

M - Full bodied and smooth. Creamy. Not entirely thick.

D - The alcohol is present, but not out of place for the style. The coffee notes on this one are amazing. Highly drinkable.

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Photo of guityler83
3.71/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Release #42

A: The pitch black liquid spewed forth into my goblet producing a persistent dark brown head. Streaks of fine bubbles kick up when swirled and slowly slide down the edge. No glimmer of light shines through even on the edges.

S: Moderate dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate not 100% cacao - more like 70% with a little sweetness. Mild caramel with a hint of cherry. No hop aroma, light fruity esters from the ferment.

T: Beautiful, big dark chocolate flavor right from the start - Sweet but in the way a chocolate bar is. Milk chocolate, caramel, vanilla and toffee come through in the middle followed by a blast of coffee to round it out. The bitterness is low to medium with a mild ethenol / wiskey / boozey character. The barrel doesn’t come through at all. Balance is on the sweet malt / chocolate side.

M: Moderate alcohol warming in the chest. Medium carbonation with a medium full mouthfeel. creamy with no astringency.

O: Tons of chocolate and coffee, very dessert like. Put this beer in your mouthhole if you haven’t tried it - it’s a tasty beer for sure just not my thing. Would have liked more barrel and less sweetness.

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Photo of macher0
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured very dark black, slight fine bubble amberish head.

The nose is mostly dark roasted coffee. Some dark malts. Fairly simple. No barrel.

The taste mostly follows suit of the nose but a little more complex. Sone bourbon/oak/malts.

The feel is the best part. Very smooth and creamy. High carbonation. Thin.

This beer underwhelmed me. I would have liked more bourbon to go with the excellent coffee notes. This could be epic with some more time in the barrel.

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Photo of Slongie
4.71/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Release number 45. Very good beer lots of whiskey, maybe should have aged it a year or two but the taste was spectacular. Coffee, cocoa, dark fruit and a lovely whiskey bite. Will buy again

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Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 482 ratings.