Big Bad Baptist - Epic Brewing Company
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3.68/5 rDev -15.2%
Batch 1 poured from a 22oz bottle into my Stone IRS glass. It poured black in color with a frothy tan head barely covering the top of the beer and clinging to the edges of the glass. Nice lacing as I drank it.
The aroma shows a good amount of roasty, bitter coffee flavors to it. The chocolaty flavors really come out in it as well and mix pretty nicely with the whiskey. Some notes of oak and vanilla smooth it out a little. The coffee is a little dominating, but it's a pretty nice aroma overall.
The taste also has a big roasty and bitter coffee flavor throughout. It's a a little overpowering of the other flavors for me. In the finish I do get some of the dark, bitter-sweet chocolate and whiskey flavors coming out along with just a hint of vanilla.
The mouthfeel is heavy with carbonation being low. Overall it was a pretty decent beer, but the roasty, bitter, coffee was a little overpowering for me. I liked the coffee flavors, it just overshadowed the chocolate and whiskey a little too much for me. A little more balance would have really gone a long way. Pretty decent beer of the style, but not an outstanding one for me.
11-11-2011 01:55:29 | More by billab914
4.5/5 rDev +3.7%
Picked this one up tonight at Brewforia Bown... Paid about $15ish... Christ .. Epic is getting pretty damn proud of their bottles :-) Seriously though, this is a great beer... Poured into my HotD goblet.... 3/4" dark tan head with little lacing atop an obviously black brew.. spotty lacing.
The aroma is amazing.... it immediately reminds me of Johnnie's Diner in McConnellsburg PA... 1st day of deer season... 4:00 AM.. Very Strong coffee... and NOW what I know as whiskey. :-) I was young... come on.. give me a break.
The nose is pretty phenomenal... tons of coffee beans.. lite cocoa... and there is a decent whiskey note that really doesn't jive as what I think of as "bourbon" ... almost an Irish whiskey nose.
Flavor has much more cocoa and a significant boost in the whiskey department... still right now, the coffee is the big player.. cold brewed and loving it.. the gears mesh perfectly .. cocoa nibs come across as milk chocolate with the lite malty sweetness..
I love that the "stout" flavors are in the background compared to the coffee and the cocoa... and whiskey... For a brew this big, it works very very well right now... I do NOT think this is an ager... whiskey notes come proud and sorta intrusive with warmth, but it still works. Coffee in beer drops off quickly.
I loved this brew.. Brewforia Chris hooked it up... Nice A quality beer easily.
09-30-2011 05:34:37 | More by JohnGalt1
4.44/5 rDev +2.3%
Release #13. Poured from a bomber into a snifter, the beer is jet black, thick and oily on the pour, with a halo of light brown head. It just looks thick and big. Terrific. The aromas are bittersweet, with notes of cocoa nib, coffee, vanilla, bourbon, woody notes, crème, and earthy highlights. This smells huge and layered. Flavors are very robust, with a heavy roasted character, solid cocoa nib backbone providing sweetness and bitterness, coffee highlights, a solid blast of whiskeyand booze that supplies a building warmth, earthy notes, and a steady flow of spice throughout. This is a beast. Very layered flavor profiles throughout. The body is robust, smooth, almost velvety. The aftertaste is heavily roasted, with cocoa nib, whiskey, and subtle crème. The finish is smooth, with a subtle boozy edge, and an overall dry, lingering feel. Solid, big, monster of a beer. This was a workout! Fantastic!
06-27-2014 03:47:48 | More by GarthDanielson
4.05/5 rDev -6.7%
Bottle opened on 2.15.13
A - Pours a very dark brown with an active head that slowly fades.
S - Strong coffee, bitter chocolate, subtle whiskey.
T - Whiskey, then chocolate, then strong coffee finish. A touch of booze again.
D - Good carbonation and a heavier body.
O - Nice coffee, chocolate, and a touch of whiskey.
02-18-2013 06:58:27 | More by HuskyinPDX
4.4/5 rDev +1.4%
This is a top-notch barrel-aged stout without the hype of higher profile beers but it can definitely hang with them in terms of overall quality, complexity and drinkability, at least in my book. It's also my clear favorite from this brewery, whose beers don't always fall to far up my alley.
BBB pours a rich black color with a sizable tan head that has excellent retention and strong lacing. Appearance for the style is top notch. Big aromas of chocolate, bitter and sweet, roasted malt notes, vanilla, lots of whiskey.
The flavor blends all the expected notes extremely well; bitter and milk chocolate, roasty, slightly charred malts, espresso, vanilla, anise, whiskey and oak are perfectly integrated and nothing overwhelms anything else. Has a nice barrel presence but it's not overly assertive. Nice sweetness but isn't cloying either.
Full-bodied, medium carbonation, smooth, sticky, and creamy feel. Right on once again.
I have no complaints with this beer. It's big but not over-the-top, looks the part, has great balance, and has the requisite heft to carry all of its complex elements. Highly recommended for fans of this style.
10-26-2012 17:29:29 | More by tobelerone
4.34/5 rDev 0%
650ml bomber poured into tulip 1/5/13 cheers Rutager for sending the bottle, looks like batch 3 but it also says 12.5% so I'm guessing that 3 is really a partial 8
A black but has a deep cola edge, a finger of dark mocha foam retains well for a monster and leaves a couple thick rings and random patches deeper down the glass
S nose is mellow but solid, coffee and dark chocolate, almost fudge, a little oak and vanilla with a hint of booze, very faint char and a little more coffee to top it off, everything's working for it but it could be stronger
T its the nose but beefed up, coffees very strong and high quality, there's a little booze but I'm thinking 8ish% 12.5%? I'd never guess and I'm not even sure I believe that. the chocolates not as dark but stronger then the nose, a little cream brulee and a faint nutty aspect. The barrels working for the flavor more then the nose, in fact I'd just say its the nose on steroids
M full bodied and creamy from the bubbles, booze is very well concealed and almost scary really, tannins are stronger then I'd guess from the barrel presence, and I'm loving the coco and coffee that just keeps going long after you swallow
O I like coffee and if I didn't I'd hate this beer, seems that it builds right until its in my stomach. great stuff but I could cope with a little more intensity but I'm happy with whats in my glass
I'm impressed how well they hide 12.5%, I feel it but don't really taste or smell it. barrels there but again the base had some power on its own, I'd look for this one and would love to taste how the batches differ
05-02-2013 01:28:26 | More by wordemupg
4.1/5 rDev -5.5%
22oz bottle poured into snifter
Pours a viscous black color with a small, yet fluffy browned head. Patchy lacing on the glass with some filmy retention resting on top of the brew.
A smack of coffee in the nose with some nutty tones. Bourbon and oak sweeps this away without becoming too hot. Rich chocolate and coffee bean notes swell into the profile.
Coffee and chocolate kick off the flavor, which is fairly rich yet balanced. Somewhat sweet, but tempered by oak and bourbon warmth. Vanilla is present throughout with some molasses and roasted dark malts. More coffee and booze towards the finish.
Fuller body, decent carbonation, silky and creamy on the tongue. This is one of those beers that makes me think, "Why am I trading when this is sitting on the shelf?" Definitely a really nice barrel aged beer that I'd like to have more of.
01-07-2012 05:06:44 | More by xnicknj
3.2/5 rDev -26.3%
650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Batch 15.
Appearance - Black with a small khaki head. Medium collar.
Smell - A little bit peppery and spicy. Oaky. A little chocolate.
Taste - A little more bourbon. Some spice. Cinnamon. Coffee. Bitter oak.
Mouthfeel - Medium body. Kinda thin. Very oaky.
Overall - Not terribly impressed. Very spicy.
12-21-2013 01:57:31 | More by Alieniloquium
District of Columbia
3.43/5 rDev -21%
From 22oz bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 3/9/12
-- Bomber split with my Pops, which is always a pleasure. --
A: Dark, velvety brown. A generous pour yields a dense 1.5 finger head. Creamy, thick lacing follows as the head begins to fall.
S: Really green. Overly so, in fact. It's freshly harvest coffee beans to the max. It's all a bit much for me.
T: Not a whole lot of bourbon here, sadly. Really, when they say "coffee infused", they aren't kidding. Sure, there's some chocolate here, but that green coffee vibe simply can't be shaken. In your face doesn't begin to describe it.
M: Now that's more like it. One of the thicker ADIS's I've encountered the last few weeks. Creamy like heavy whipping cream.
O: Where's the balance here? The coffee is untamed and out of control. I don't think aging will do much good, as there's not enough whiskey booze to keep it in check. Not a bad beer, but there's certainly better and more readily available Imperial Stouts on the market.
03-19-2012 21:09:56 | More by Rhettroactive
4.86/5 rDev +12%
22 oz bottle poured into an Epic tulip.
11.5% ABV, Release #23
A - Inky and oily, Big Bad Baptist pours black as night with a thin, fleeting mocha head and little lace left dotting the glass.
S - Cold brewed, French pressed espresso seeps from every pore of Big Bad Baptist giving it one of the most ultimate in coffee aromas from a beer, and while coffee steals the show, it's certainly not the only performer. Blackstrap molasses and chunky fudge melt with nougat inside charred oak barrels for a candy bar-like liqueur sweetness that's intoxicating.
T - Thick chocolate fudge coats the tongue with rich chocolate flavor that's hardly washed away by the bountiful roasted espresso bean flavor - the two combine for one wonderful dark flavor punctuated by charred oak barrels that offer just the slightest nod to whiskey.
M - If the quiet, thick pour and rich black color weren't indication enough, Big Bad Baptist is full-bodied and throat-coating with a velvety smoothness that finishes with the perfect level of alcohol dryness and warmth to be somewhat balancing.
O - One of the quintessential coffee beers of our time, Big Bad Baptist is an exercise in oddly tamed excess - it's over the top but neither cloying nor fatiguing. It's time in the whiskey barrels almost goes unnoticed behind the bold coffee and chocolate flavor but the alcohol hint, charred oak, and wink of whiskey flavor come together flawlessly for an imperial stout everyone must try.
04-01-2014 22:46:50 | More by BeerFMAndy
4.38/5 rDev +0.9%
Poured into an Elysian snifter. Pours pitch black with a nice one finger brown head with good retention and lots of lacing. Nice aroma of toasted and sweet malt, chocolate, nuts and a hint of wood. Flavor follows aroma with toasted and biscuit malt, chocolate, coffee, nuts; boozy. Finishes with smoke, toasty malt, vanilla. chocolate liqueur and grassy hops. Medium bodied with some creaminess. A very nice flavor progression and the rich flavor almost covers the high ABV. One the dangerous stouts, it constantly invites further tasting, but the alcohol requires paced sipping. Very enjoyable and well made.
03-09-2013 04:18:21 | More by LiquidAmber
4.49/5 rDev +3.5%
Release #13. Thanks go to the crew at Craft Shack!
Pitch black with close to a 2 finger head of foam, excellent lacing, this looks grand!
The bittersweet chocolate nibs stand out in the smell big time. Accompanied by roasted malt and some coffee, the whisky barrel aging seems to be playing second fiddle and that's fine by me.
A chocolate delight on first sip, a get a big dose of coffee following closely behind and at times, dominates. The big ole alcohol is there and warming but it's not interfering too much as to detract from my session. Whisky is on the mild side and again, that's okay in Bitterbill's book.
Thick and creamy mouthfeel, very very nice.
This a is a very delicious and satisfying brew! There's not much to knock except...the coffee gets really strong at times. Minor quibble. Major brew.
10-25-2013 22:21:47 | More by Bitterbill
4.08/5 rDev -6%
Bottle from release #4 (bottled on 1/23/12) poured in to CBS snifter.
A - Poured black. One finger of bubbly espresso coloured head that receded to a thin layer. Some light lacing.
S - Whiskey up front that gives way to a bold espresso aroma, charred oak and cocoa nibs. The overall nose is very bitter with noticeable alcohol.
T - Massive espresso flavours up front that give way to whiskey, charred oak and heavily roasted chocolate malts. Bitter cocoa nibs are present as well, which combine with the espresso to create an almost overpowering bitterness that dominate the palate, somewhat muting the barrel aging qualities; but that is not a bad thing, as it allows the flavours to integrate well with good balance.
M - Medium to full body. Somewhat viscous. Light carbonation.
O - A little to heavy on the coffee but very good. Will be interesting to see what happens to my other bottle with a year or so of age on it.
05-27-2012 14:20:49 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 1,887 ratings.