Big Bad Baptist - Double Barrel
Epic Brewing Company

Big Bad Baptist - Double BarrelBig Bad Baptist - Double Barrel
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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #161
ABV:
12.8%
Score:
96
Ranked #668
Avg:
4.36 | pDev: 5.5%
Reviews:
69
Ratings:
351
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Big Bad Baptist - Double BarrelBig Bad Baptist - Double Barrel
Notes: Imperial Stout with cacao nibs, whiskey-barrel aged coffee added and 100% aged in whiskey barrels.
Reviews: 69 | Ratings: 351 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of stevoj
3.99/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle at share. Normal looking pour for the style.. Coffee first on the aroma, roasty malts behind. Coffee again in the taste, burnt toast, chocolate and lots of boozy accents. Nice!

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Ah that's amazing but conflicted. Sure it's smooth but I think the whiskey muddles it a bit giving soft notes of sour mash flavors. Still works but different.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle. Release #1. 2016 vintage. 12.3%ABV.
Black colored body, with a thin dark brown back lit edge. One finger of tan head, which sticks around. Some webs and strings of lacing.
Deep aromas of chocolate and coffee, with the whiff of whiskey barrels.
Taste of dark roasted malts drenched in whiskey barrels, with a spectrum of chocolate flavors, and some coffee. No bitterness, and has a touch of sweetness but it is not sweet like a dessert stout.
Toward a thick mouth feel, very smooth and mouth coating. Good carbonation.
The higher alcohol is quite well hidden but certainly adds to the smells and flavors, and can be felt on the tongue. Very easy drinking and rewarding, due to the balance of flavors.

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Photo of Rristow
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tasted from bottle. Pours black with with beige head. Aroma of chocolate and whiskey. Not very bitter with moderate sweetness. A little chewy. Flavors of caramel, whiskey, chocolate, coffee, molasses. Well done beer but was actually expecting it to be a little better.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours jet black with nice tight mocha colored head that settles to a rocky cap. Very little lacing.

Aroma - Big cocoa aroma coming through, coffee, light vanilla, roasted malts. The whiskey is pretty prominent as well, very solid barrel character nice woody aroma.

Taste - Wow lots of coffee and roasted malts up front, the cocoa and vanilla come through nicely about mid way through. The barrel is still very solid as well as the whiskey flavor. The flavor are very balanced but the coffee and chocolate come through up front with the barrel and whiskey on the end.

Feel - Smooth creamy feel, soft carbonation very nice. Heat from the alcohol is the only sign of the 12.8%. Nice dry finish.

Overall - Very well done, love the flavors so easy drinking.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.61/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Jet black pour with a rich dark tan head, there is some leakage to a mahogany color on the edges. The barrel and cacao aromas dominate the nose and the taste, but this is perfectly balanced - I am SO glad I let this sit for a couple of years, because it is just about perfect.

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Photo of beergoot
4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Jet black body with a one-finger thick head, dense and creamy, lasting. Mocha nose; traces of charred grain. Initial flavors are of coffee, charred malts, suggestions of whiskey; mild chocolate; a twinge of bitterness. Heavy and silky on the palate; densely sweet with a counterbalancing boozy edge of heat; warm.

Although about two years old, this beer has aged well. I suspect the aroma may have dulled a bit, but the flavor and barrel-aging have done well. Dense and intricate with feeling and flavors.

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Photo of stortore
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle into a snifter. 2016 release #3, had 9/23/17.

Pours near black, opaque, with a half inch head of darker foam and not much lacing. Aromas of bourbon, coffee, malt, cocoa, some caramel, light vanilla. The taste leads more with the coffee, then bourbon, malt, light vanilla, oak, cocoa, chocolate, some caramel. Smooth, a solid full body, well carbonated.

Awesome stuff. Smells and tastes great. Focused and intense. Not sure I think it’s as good as regular Big Bad, though. On to the Triple Barrel.....

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Photo of REVZEB
4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This was a hell of a beer, but I can't help but think that I enjoy the original big bad baptist more. Smell and look are better, with the coffee really taking on a dark richness in the smell to go with the cocoa, whiskey, wood, tobacco, and raisin. Taste is a little too coffee forward to the point a losing come of the complexity compared to the original, but still an amazing brew. Body a touch thinner. I think it would be a matter of preference between this and the original in how much coffee you want up front. Well made

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Photo of jhartley
4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a JK Snorkel snifter. Release #3.

Appearance: Jet black body, with very little amount of brown along the edges when held up to the light. Thick and creamy khaki tan head, much more than I expected from a 12.9% barrel aged beer. Small islands of lacing and plenty of alcohol legs on this one.

Aroma: Layer upon layer of oak, deep dark roasted malts, coffee, bakers chocolate, cocoa, burnt sugar, whiskey...And that barrel aroma just smacks you in the face!

Taste/Mouthfeel: First off this is the smoothest, easiest drinking barrel aged stouts I've ever had. Chocolate, oak, whiskey, molasses, toffee. I don't get any heat at all, which I was expecting a hotness that just isn't there.

Overall: One helluva great BA stout! Hands down one of the best I've had and one that will be hard to match moving forward.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On draught at Frontier Brewing Company and Taproom in Casper. Pitch black, tan foam. Foam lasting longer than I expected for a high abv beer. It’s STILL there. Big nose of cocoa, coffee, dark and milk chocolate. The whiskey plays a lesser role to my nosebuds. Taste has some bitter cocoa and dark chocolate notes up front. Vanilla and molasses, some very sweet notes, toffee, assertive but smooth whiskey flavour. Feel the burn! I like that the alcohol is most noticeable in the swallow. Full bodied with gentle carbonation. Exceptional sipping brew.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours out a very dark almost motor oil black, nice tan head with great retention. big aromas of roasty coffee, whiskey barrel, chocolate, toffee, vanilla, oak, booze. palate follows, very sweet and decadent but also roasty and boozy - lots of barrel character and the adjuncts show up as well. sticky caramel, smooth vanilla, coffee, booze, hot dayummm this drinks like 9% or so. excellent brew and the coffee soaked in bourbon is quite apparent, well done!!

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Photo of frankwynn
4.88/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I would like to start by saying WOW! This beer managed to keep me engaged from the first sip to the last. One of the best BB aged stouts I've had the pleasure of sipping on, for quite some time. It pour's thick like syrup, or as I like to call it Kenworth motor oil. Pitch black in color with a pillowy 2 finger, mocha tan head. The smell is of rich chocolates with hints of high end bourbon. The tastes just proves what you get in the smell; uber rich chocolate that has blended so perfectly with the bourbon. This beer is so thick that it coats the tongue like chocolate syrup. It instantly makes you think of desert. Donut bites with a nice dipping sauce made from this beer would be EPIC.

Overall this beer is amazing. Buy 3, drink one now, in a year from now and then enjoy a vertical with the third. Epic Brewing has done nothing but impress me with their baptist line. Easily a go to beer for geeks like me or a casual consumer looking for a experience.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.51/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

22 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass bottled in 2016.

A: nice small creamy rich off white chocolate head. Body is an intense deep rich black with no light escaping.

S: Coffee, honey, Bourbon, chocolate,

T: Soft watery Bourbon chocolate a little oak and some leather. Coffee is there but lighter alcohol is smooth and light.

M: thinner a touch watery

O: Not over the moon with this beer, always remember BBB as being a solid beer this double barreled doesn't add anything to my admiration.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.07/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this one around the pool two weeks ago. That one guy always breaking stouts out, figured might as well join him. This one pours black just like the single barrel baptist. Brown head on the top, 5/6". Nice aromas, cinnamon, roasty barley, mild whiskey, vanilla.

Taste was easier going than expected. Harsh roast or alcohol aren't to be seen. Instead there is a relatively soft interior of mild (i'd estimate around 100 days) amount of whiskey barrel aging, softest wood and whiskey notes, nice tempered warming alcohol melds with cinnamon and vanilla. Pretty good stuff, affordable and relatively accessible. The coffee isn't super strong, but its contribution is nice. Sounds like a winner to me.

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Photo of JLK7299
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! Drinking right now at a bottle share with a friend and man so glad he chose this one! I could drink it forever. You'd never guess the high ABV because it's so smoothe!

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Photo of Radcpa
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2016 vantage Very dark appearance with slight tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is a whisky malt. Taste is a nice whisky and malt with some coffee and a little burning bite.

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Photo of gatornation
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rich dark mahogany with with a very nice tan head and lacing. Smell of chocolate wood dark fruit whiskey and cocoa. Taste really follows nose nothing overpowers here all compliment each other for a luscious mouth feel some coffee and sweet roasted malts with a nice soft mellow BA presence. Very Nice

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pitch black with a half inch of brown head. Good retention, small spots of lacing.

S: Deep roast and a tide of cacao. The whiskey is forward, though it doesn't smell hot. Coffee is actually on the milder side. Traces of smoke and oak.

T: Fat malt flavors of chocolate and roast feed right into fatty cacao nibs and a pervasive but even coffee roast. Whiskey and woody barrel notes make no attempt to hide, but they integrate themselves seamlessly. Smokey toward the back. Warming whiskey muscles in even more on the finish, but still stays tame enough to never feel hot.

M: Rich and thick in body. Chewy and full, yet lithe and easy. It has an airy element to it that's aided by the ample yet gently prickling carbonation. Warming and soothing alcohol.

O: Oh, who are we kidding? At this point Epic could probably do a 2017 Dirty Diaper Baptist release and still make it an excellent beer. The base beer is just that good. Take my money and shut up.

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Photo of dogleg_left
4.56/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black abyss with a fluffy tan tan head that sheets down the glass with nicely evident carbonation. Barrel, bourbon, vanilla, dark fruit, and bitter cocoa. The flavor follows the aroma with a hint of hop. A little sticky and a lot of heat on the finish but I dig that. Great gettable imperial stout. Seek this one out at your local bottle shop and buy them up. I'm going back for the one that's still on the shelf.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.01/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2016 Release

Appearance - Pours black with cola brown edging where light can penetrate. Cocoa colored, near finger width head. Good retention, resulting in a thick, frothy and consistent layer of suds. Good amount of lacing, mostly consisting of spotting but also some broken lines mixed in there.

Smell - The aroma fills the room with notes of whiskey, chocolate and vanilla. Lesser coffee roast.

Taste - Strong whiskey flavor and booziness upfront, with a good punch of coffee roast following shortly after. Syrupy chocolate hits mid-taste. Finish rides that chocolate sweetness and adds hints of vanilla, oak and continued heat from the booziness.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with low carbonation. Sticky, near syrupy texture with a boozy, quick drying finish.

Overall - Pretty good, but a bit hot for my tastes. I prefer the regular big Bad Baptist, though if I'm being honest I found that one bit too syrupy sweet the last time I tried it, much like the chocolate syrup character I found in this one.

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Photo of arizcards
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber from the Craft Beer Quick Stop 11/30/2016 for $17.99. Release #1 brewed 9/8/2015 and packaged on 11/4/2016.

Beer poured black with a nice tan head that has some significant life to it.

Nose is whiskey forward with roasted coffee and malts.

Taste is a very nice blend of coffee, whiskey, chocolate nibs, and roasted malts balanced nicely by adequate hopping and the whiskey and roast. Finish is long and dry.

Feel is medium bodied and smooth. Wish this was more viscous but the Baptist brews just don't have that huge body to make it world class in my book.

Overall the additional barrel aging and African coffee did not change my ratings of the original BBB. But as always i thoroughly enjoyed this brew and recommend it if you come across it.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a motor oil black with a thin tan head. Good amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla and whiskey barrel.

T - The tatse is heavy black coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, roasted malts and spicey rye whiskey in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Nice creamy mouthfeel with a soft finish.

O - Great beer. The coffee and whiskey are all over the flavor.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2
22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours deep black color with a small creamy khaki colored head. Some lacing left behind

S- whiskey barrel-forward aroma, tons of barrel, vanilla, espresso coffee, spicy oak

T- tons of barrel flavor up front, barrel juice, spicy oak, vanilla, espresso, earthy:herbal coffee bean, caramel, finished with more bourbon

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel and slightly warming finish

O- definitely more whiskey-forward than regular BBB, very good

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Photo of aoampm
4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Big time want here and it didn't dissapoint at all.

Pour is midnight black with a 1/2 inch mocha colored head. Head dissipates steadily and leaves a nice ring around the glass with some frothy bubbles.

The smell is out of this world! Rich fudge combined with a chocolatey bourbon aroma. Huge marshmallow on the nose and coffee in there. Some hazelnut, vanilla and roasted / charred oak is also detectable.

Taste is as close to perfect as you can get. A lovely fudge and bourbon is forefront then you get hit with the coffee and a balanced bitter chocolate flavor. Vanilla and hazelnut creeps in as the flavor lingers in your mouth. More marshmallow, dark fruit, roasted malt, and lactose in general.

Feel is awesome. Thick and chewy with not much carbonation to speak of.

Overall a superb beer. I haven't had regular Big Bad Baptist in close to a year but going off my memory I definitely think I prefer this version. I would love to do a side by side with the regular version and this one.

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Big Bad Baptist - Double Barrel from Epic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 351 ratings