Big Bad Baptist - Double Barrel
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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #168
Ranked #680
4.36 | pDev: 5.5%
Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States
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.
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OldManMetal from North Carolina

4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A somewhat viscous pour yields a thin, slightly pebbly brown head on an impenetrably black body with ruby footlights; lacing is fair, consisting of bands and ladders. The nose is big and beautiful; it leads with assertive alcohol overtones backed by a delicious fudgy caramel character and very subdued bourbon notes in the midrange. The palate is a modest boozy bourbon flavor fronting a seamless blend of baker's chocolate, milk chocolate and more subtle cocoa, with hints of dark toffee and butterscotch, all over significant alcohol undertones. Overall, it lands just the slightest bit on the bitter side of the balance. The finish is a surprisingly modest hit of dark caramel and booze; the linger is a mild oaky chocolate flavor that lasts for awhile. Mouthfeel is on point for the extra-full body, and is very slightly warming and slightly astringent; the texture is sticky/creamy and very slightly peppery from the understated carbonation. (32 oz growler)

Mar 05, 2017
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle, 2016 release. Served in a snifter glass.

Pours a dark black body, opaque as night with a one finger mocha head, fairly substantial with a perfect amount of retention and even bits of lacing. Smells of rich milk chocolate, more astringent cocoa, bourbon, roasted coffee beans, a bit of dark fruit, light vanillin and oak. The coffee is more of a bitter roastiness here as well. Even a bit of smoke. Flavour is essentially bourbon milk chocolate with a shot of espresso in it. This is a rich creamy combination of milk chocolate and espresso with some roastiness and even a little bit of smoke, with bourbon up front and never really receding. This is a nice, complex and exceptionally tasty beer. Mouthfeel is full bodied, creamy and substantial; light smoke and espresso lingers on the finish with a bit of bourbon heat. Overall, this really impressed me right out the gates. The distinct coffee flavours are certainly different than the normal blends used in the regular Big Bad Baptist, and I think it blends in better.

Nov 20, 2016
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.62/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This one pours a very dark black, with a lovely mocha colored head, and a little bit of lacing.

This smells super strongly of whiskey, with heavy chocolate, super roasty and acidic coffee, roasted malt, and a hint of booze.

The combo of the beer and the coffee being in the barrel has absolutely made this a whiskey bomb. It's a delicious whiskey bomb though- it feels a a shot of espresso mixed with whiskey was dropped in the beer. The coffee flavor is super strong, dark, roasty and a bit acidic. There's definitely a deep chocolate flavor to this, very high quality- not just Hershey's like. Wow- this is really incredible.

This is very thick, and quite chewy. There's a normal level of carbonation for the style.

This is a really unique and wonderful stout. Highly, highly recommended.

Jan 09, 2017
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the masterminds of Epic comes another fantastic imperial stout.
This beast pours a rich opaque with subtle dark brown highlights and a
nice head of khaki foam that subsides to a thin ring, thin pool, and nice light
lacing. Nose of fudge, coffee, subtle bourbon, heavy alcohol booze, light char,
and tons of sweet malts. Flavors exceed the nose and surpass the original
incarnation of the BBB fudge and warming smooth bourbon that is more refined
than the original with dark roasted coffee and medium char notes touched by oak,
vanilla, and bourbon. Exceptional mouth feel; smooth, rich, VERY warming, sweet,
low carbonation, and very coating.

Overall a pleasant surprise and one that blows the original out of the water.


Dec 26, 2016
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John_M from Oregon

4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours the expected blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive, though not overly complex or extraordinary. I pick up considerable coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, light bourbon and a hint of licorice and leather. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this fairly sweet beer. Mouthfeel is fairly full and soft, and the beer finishes well. There's no heat on the finish, and the beer isn't cloying or tiring to drink. So alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile.

This is a solid beer, no doubt, but I'm not sure it's appreciably different or better than the regular BBB. Maybe this beer will improve and develop with age, but for my money, I'm not sure I can see any reason to obtain this (no matter how rare the label says it is), as opposed to the regular BBB.

Sampled on draft and by the bottle with no appreciable difference. It's a good beer, but there are a lot of good BA impy stouts on the market these days. Not sure I need to revisit this any time soon.

Jan 17, 2017
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Damian from Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
Served in a snifter

The label states that, amongst other things, this beer was made with green Ethiopian coffee beans that were aged in whiskey barrels. Huh? Why unroasted coffee beans were used is beyond me. In any case, the oily, near pitch black body was topped by a finger-tall mass of super tight and creamy, mocha colored froth. Decent retention. The head slowly fell to a thin film. A thick, bubbly halo encircled the liquid. Copious amounts of streaky lacing stuck along the glass.

The aroma was pleasant but somewhat muted initially. Powdered cocoa came through strongest. Creamed coffee was also noticeable. Somewhat milky. There was a noticeable booziness in the background. Bit of roastiness too. As the beer warmed, the nose intensified. Rich chocolate fudge notes appeared. Definitely some chocolate syrup as well. Big and bold. Fairly sweet. Impressive.

The flavor was much boozier than I anticipated. Solid up front with dark chocolate and cold coffee notes. The sharp booziness really kicked in mid palate however. Loads of roast too. A bit acrid and ashy. The boozy, whiskey-like notes crescendoed on the back end and in the finish. I would definitely not hesitate to call this beer "hot." More bitter roastiness as well. With time, the boozy notes mellowed and the overall flavor profile smoothed out substantially. The rich cocoa and coffee notes slowly took over. Some brown sugar also came forth.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied for the style and contained a fine, soft effervescence. Somewhat creamy. Decent but fairly nondescript.

Double Barrel Big Bad Baptist started out rather rough around the edges but finished with a fairly smooth and robust flavor and aroma. If you purchase a bottle, definitely give it some time to open up.

Jan 06, 2017
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maximum12 from Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle with a paper “RARE RELEASE!!!” banner wrapping up & over the bottle cap. Somebody’s been attending Marketing 1001. Release #1 per the label, split with my wife.

Pour is blacker than the soul of Black Jack Morris the moment he signed with Toronto in 1992. Smells like the my wife grinding coffee beans on, well, every morning (& sometimes lunch) plus wood & whiskey. Just as advertised.

Double Barrel Big Bad Baptist should be given away as samples at the Jim Beam plant. Whiskey deeper than a Proust has all its legs wrapped around the delicate, ladylike roast. The whiskey is just hard-edged enough to offset the slightly fruity, slightly acidic roast. Stout staves, cream, vanilla berries (which I wish I could find in the wild), cocoa, echo of hoppy bitterness on the end. All smooth milk chocolate…the way my dad would have made it. I could have done the whole bomber, easy.

Lovely, & the barrel really tames what is a coffee overload in the base Baptist. Base Baptist. Hehehe. Excellent beer.

Jan 06, 2017
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Dope from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Release #1, just released

A: Pitch-black pour. Big tall dense dark brown head. Quite good retention but minimal lacing.

S: Heavy bourbon. Tons of caramel and vanilla. Coffee behind it, strong but hiding behind the immense sweet bourbon aroma. A touch of bittersweet chocolate too. Divine.

T: Huge sharp bourbon notes immediately usurped by an enormous coffee flavor. Bursting with flavor right out of the gate, it literally made me jump with a double-take. Nice milk chocolate. Coffee dominates in the middle with caramel backing and a light vanilla sweetness. Sweetness runs out and leads to an ultra dark chocolate and some lingering coffee. Aftertaste is all dark, dark, dark chocolate and maybe a hint of char and coffee.

M: Heavy and smooth.

O: Damn. Great bold flavors, great balance, great contrast of sweet bourbon flavors and bittersweet coffee and dark chocolate. No real sign of alcohol despite the ABV and barrel aging, just a tiny bit of sharpness is all. Stellar stout.

Dec 15, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this is an outstanding beer to begin with, not sure how much difference the barrel aged coffee makes. i have been seeing these coffees around a lot lately, the beans are aged from what i understand, not brewed coffee. something about the gasses the breathe takes in some of the barrel character, but there is enough actual barrel aged bourbon elements to this beer that the slightly more whiskey forward coffee does not make for a radically different beer than the original. i know they mix up the coffee in baptist a lot, and while this might have a little more of a chocolate and char note to it, im not sure its more whiskey forward than any other. still, the beer is amazing, deep on the dark malts with plenty of the coffee coming through in the aroma and the flavor. i do get a somewhat cleaner oak profile here, almost newer or something, adds a vanilla character too. the nibs are bitter and earthy, and it works great with the coffee. i suppose there is a somewhat richer nature to this, a little more exposed booze, and i do appreciate the high quality of the coffee, but that its barrel aged is almost more of a novelty than a flavor contribution to this one. great beer, baptist rules, and this is a cool variant, but nowhere near as radical a departure as i suspect baptista might be, dying to try that one...

Jan 30, 2017
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BlakeAM from Illinois

4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mar 19, 2017
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Stinger80OH from Ohio

4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jan 18, 2017
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Mantooth from North Carolina

4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jan 22, 2017
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Hopstout from Minnesota

4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dec 27, 2016
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NickyDee21 from Pennsylvania

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

Dec 20, 2016
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sd123 from Texas

4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Feb 15, 2017
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

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.

Jun 09, 2019
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SFACRKnight from Colorado

4.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Apr 09, 2017
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MammothTarantula from Colorado

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

Dec 19, 2016
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JohnnyMc from Ohio

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

Pours like motor oil; pitch black with a thick mocha/tan head.

Aroma is lots of sweet, rich chocolate followed by coffee notes, vanilla, some whiskey and light barrel notes.

Taste is also very chocolate forward. Decadent, sweet, then vanilla, earthy coffee, some espresso, some whiskey and light barrel. Very subdued.

Full bodied, thick, creamy and almost chewy mouthfeel. Some alcohol burn and warmth, but decently smooth.

Like better than Baptista, but not as much as regular BBB. Needs more barrel time and more coffee IMO.

Dec 04, 2016
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RobinLee from Wisconsin

4.56/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jan 07, 2017
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BMMillsy from Florida

4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Jun 06, 2017
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beergorrilla from Michigan

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

Aug 15, 2017
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chippo33 from Vermont

4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

May 17, 2017
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DMcGirr from Massachusetts

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

Dec 11, 2019
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kevindp9 from Arizona

4.59/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jan 21, 2017
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