Big Bad Baptista
Epic Brewing Company

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #107
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4.42 | pDev: 5.88%
Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States
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Notes: Whiskey Barrel-aged Imperial Stout with Coffee, Cacao, Vanilla & Cinnamon
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erosier from Connecticut

4.91/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark brown/black with a medium bodied milk chocolate colored head that sticks around for a while before dissipating. Aroma is of very strong chocolate, coffee, and cinnamon. Surprised the barrel aging doesn't come through more in the aroma. The flavor matches that aroma almost to the T with bold chocolate up front followed by an excellent roasted coffee flavor finished off with a sweet cinnamon. A hint of the barrel aging was in there but but as much as expected, but it probably took some of the cinnamon bite out of it giving it that sweeter cinnamon flavor. Velvetly feeling, it's not too harsh from the high octane, just the right amount of thickness and carbonation. Overall a superb beer.

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LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - pitch black with a large dark tan head that sticks around and leaves some lacing behind
S - Tons of bitter coffee and dark chocolate
T - Tons of bitter coffee and bitter dark chocolate up front and throughout intermixed with notes of cinnamon, vanilla, hints of caramel as well as a nice amount of whiskey on the backend providing a slight hint of peat and alcohol
F - Full bodied with a light amount of carbonation. Smooth
O - A very solid whiskey stout

Mar 21, 2021
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AlarmClock314 from Wisconsin

4.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

3/17/21: 22oz bottle, release #15, 11.4% ABV, 2018. Aged for about 3 years in a refrigerator. Pours jet black with a small sized brown head. Smells of cocoa, cinnamon, vanilla, bourbon, coffee, and earthy hops; pleasant and sweet smell. The taste matches the smell exactly with great flavor intensity. It's rounded out from the aging and doesn't have any noticeable oxidization/port flavors. Medium bitterness and fairly strong sweetness. Medium body which fits well to balance the intensity and sweetness. It held up well with aging. Would be a good IS to share.

12/1/16: 22oz bottle, release #1, 11.7% ABV. Drank fresh. Pours jet black with a medium sized brown head; nice lacing. Smells of cinnamon, vanilla, cocoa, light roast coffee, bourbon, and earthy hops; very pleasant. The taste follows closely with cinnamon, vanilla, roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, bourbon, earthy hops, and molasses; good intensity. Medium bitterness and fairly strong sweetness. No noticeable alcohol. Average body and below average carbonation. Overall, a great Mexican chocolate IS with lots of intensity and complexity. Reminds me of stronger version of Stone Xocoveza without the chili peppers and not barrel aged.

Mar 18, 2021
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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

4.78/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Deep brown to black pour, tan head. Oh, how this beer evolves as it warms! Spice and bite up front with cocoa in support at the onset, with the results of whiskey barrel aging prominent. As the beer warms, nuance comes in--toffee, dark fruit, cinnamon sticks interact with the spice and bite. Excellent winter long-term sipper!

Feb 13, 2021
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Guaro from Italy

4.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2018: release#19 - drank on date 01/16/2021
Appearance: impenetrable black with a hazelnut colored head with a coarse and irregular grain but compact and with a good persistence. Nose: very greedy and structured with an excellent cleansing, chocolate, coffee, toffee, vanilla, cinnamon, bourbon. It lights up and tempts the taste buds to immediately bring the glass to the mouth. Taste: on the palate we find the sensations perceived in full
nose. There is a chocolate cake with coffee, vanilla, cinnamon but also dark fruit and a hint of toasting and bitterness on the finish. The sip is greedy and truly lustful. The drink is always accompanied by a gentle and shy whiskey tone. Medium and well enveloping body and fine and medium intensity carburation.

Jan 16, 2021
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DBosco from Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was for the 2018 release, so 2 years old at this point. I wonder if some of the flavors have faded. It seemed to be lacking some freshness. Not quite as good as I expected.

Oct 07, 2020
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KRug from Massachusetts

4.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Release #14, 2018 vintage (10.8% abv)

I’ve wanted to try this one for a long time now. My first trip to Total Wine and I saw this on the shelf, I just couldn’t turn it down!!

Pours completely pitch black with less than a finger of dark brown head that fades to a ring. It doesn’t leave much lacing but has nice legs ftom the abv

There’s a lot going on here in the nose, most obviously fresh coffee beans which lend a mild fruitiness. The cinnamon in here must be dosed pretty hard, because it has enough spice in the nose that I could swear it was brewed with peppers. Rich caramel and vanilla round out the more aggressive aromas

Immediately up front there’s some alcohol tingle, a bit more than I expected for the abv honestly. Taste wise the coffee feels more bitter and less bright than the nose would lead to believe. The cinnamon fills the role of making it a bit brighter here, and also adds notes of smoke. In the finish, the barrel aging shines through, imparting sweet notes of maple, whiskey, vanilla, and dark fruit. A long aftertaste of dark chocolate and espresso

Obviously this is full bodied, and has mild tingly carbonation that causes this to drink drier than most of its style. The abv can be tasted and felt. Perhaps the perfect mouthfeel for a BA imperial stout

This was really incredible. It was absolutely packed with intense flavor but never felt heavy or tiring to drink. World class beer

Jul 14, 2020
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clayrock81 from Florida

4.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a black body with almost no head at all so won't even describe it. Cinnamon and vanilla come through a tad in the aroma, but mostly a roasted chocolate smell is what I get. Smooth, creamy, get some heat from cinnamon and coffee and this easy drinking beer is balanced by chocolate sweetness. The booze actually comes through bigtime on the finish, complementing this beer with a lovely heated finish.

Apr 26, 2020
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a can to a pint glass. Had dark brown, almost black color and a thick consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy, tan-colored head that lasted an average amount of time. Very good lacing.

S: An enticing aroma of coffee, spices, roasted malt, and chocolate.

T: Tasted of a fair amount of roasted malt (present throughout, but muted by the other ingredients), a decent shot of dark chocolate (a subtle element), lots of coffee (it dominates everything), and some spice as well (cinnamon, in particular). This is a big, robust, and powerful flavor. It's a coffee bomb, but it's far from one note. Delicious.

F: An average amount of carbonation with a silky smooth finish. Medium- to full-bodied.

O: An extremely well done, easy to drinks stout. Drinkable.

Apr 13, 2020
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metter98 from New York

4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color and only has traces of dark reddish brown near the corners of the glass. It poured with a short tan head that left a collar around the edge of the glass and some wisps of lacing on the surface.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of cinnamon are present in the nose along with notes of cocoa nibs.
T: The taste has flavors of cinnamon, chocolate, and coffee beans with strong notes of whiskey in the finish.
M: It feels full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The whiskey lends a bit of warming to the finish.
O: This beer initially reminded me of Westbrook's Mexican Cake, although it had a lot more chocolate and of course the whiskey barrel aging.

Note: 2018 Rare Release

Serving type: bottle

Feb 29, 2020
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a luxurious dark tan head, this beautiful stout tosses off waves of coffee, cinnamon, chocolate, and vanilla on the nose. Wow.

The vanilla and chocolate flavors are on point, but it’s the coffee and cinnamon that are the stars of this fantastic beer. There’s spicy and roasty flavors added to the vanilla and chocolate that make this a decadent delight.

The mouthfeel is a bit creamy and fairly full. This has been a long time want, glad I got to try it, because this is world-class, IMHO.

Dec 16, 2019
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Yooper_textured_flavor from Michigan

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

Great flavor with a dark pour and strong sniffing flavors. Great vanilla and cinnamon combo that blends well but can be separated out in taste.

One of the best ones out there for textured stout and cellars very well for a smooth blend.

Should be on everyone’s list and get extras to cellar for special occasions.

Nov 30, 2019
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4.94/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thick pour with dark khaki color. Very complex flavors, reminiscent of the holiday season in best way possible. Strong but wonderfully balanced blend of cinnamon, coffee and cacao nibs. This beer ranks (tied) as a favorite beer of all time. Fully balanced with a deep rich texture. Words cannot describe.

Absolutely must try!

Nov 28, 2019
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2017 bottle opened with a big fittzy burst, but no overflow. Pours a garnet-tinted black with a fat finger of dark khaki head that lasted a decent while for the ABV. Thin sheets of lacing.

Definite pepper and cinnamon in the nose, with lighter chocolate, coffee and vanilla notes.

The taste follows closely. Pepper, cinnamon, chocolate, vanilla. The barrel contribution is mild, but present. Nice hint of dark fruit and touch of coffee bitterness in the finish. Some light pepper heat lingers.

Oily, smooth mouthfeel with some moderate heft to the body and appropriate carbonation.

The pepper, and perhaps the coffee, are a little green at this age, but it’s still got a great combo of flavors. The chocolate and vanilla play off one another perfectly, and it has a nice level of heat. A pleasure to try.

Nov 19, 2019
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CHickman from New York

4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2017 Rare Release, 10.9% ABV; it pours pitch black color with a 1+ finger thick brown colored head that faded slowly and left good spotty lacing. It smells like rich roasted malt with bourbon, vanilla, coffee grinds, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, peppery spices, cinnamon, rye, chili peppers, oaky or earthy notes and some heavy cream. Mexican Hot Chocolate all the way.

Tastes like it smells with dark roasted malts, vanilla, coffee grinds, heavy cream, peppery spices, cinnamon, rye, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, chili peppers, oaky or earthy notes, toffee, charred wood, whiskey, faint piney notes and some milky liqueur like flavor. This has hints of booze throughout, but the spices and malty complexities make for a very dynamic beer that goes down easier than it should.

Oct 20, 2019
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LarryV from Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, quite the beer. Nose is mostly dark chocolate with a bit of cinnamon. No significant head, or lacing. Tastes amazing, dark chocolate, cinnamon, slightly bitter hoppiness - all delivered with nice balance, This was the 2018 "Rare Release", but it was excellent.

Oct 14, 2019
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch-black coloration with a large, fluffy, mocha-colored head. Smells wonderfully of roasted, caramel malt, freshly roasted black coffee, dark bitter chocolate and lighter notes of vanilla, cinnamon, bourbon and oak. Taste is an exceptional balance of roasted, caramel malt and quite expressive roasted coffee and dark chocolate notes, as well as slightly lighter notes of vanilla, cinnamon and quite a mellow bourbon presence, with just a hint of licorice and oak. Finishes with a medium bitterness and some roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and bourbon lingering in the aftertaste. Full, thick mouthfeel with a rich body and light/medium carbonation.

I have to say that I had high expectations of this after Big Bad Baptist and was somewhat afraid of being disappointed by this more adjunct-heavy variant. However, I could not have been more wrong, This just has such an incredible balance to it, with the coffee and chocolate being quite expressive and the vanilla and cinnamon supporting that nicely without feeling too overpowering at all, as well as a great and quite mellow bourbon presence without a hint of sharp booziness to it and lighter notes of earthy licorice and oak adding to the overall complexity. The roasted malt and medium bitterness also do a great job of balancing out the sweeter notes. Mouthfeel is excellent as well, but could still be creamier.

Sep 29, 2019
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NCSapiens from Indiana

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

Awesome Mexican chocolate and whiskey and coffee stout with an excellent look and balanced flavors. Notes of cinnamon and piloncilla round out and add complexity to a fantastic beer.

Aug 07, 2019
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DokiDokiLitFam from New Jersey

4.41/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out thick and syrupy. Head is almost non-existent. Smell is delicious. Mild cocoa, cinnamon, coffee, and vanilla. Like being in a bakery or a pastry shop. The taste falls a hair short of the smell for me. The smell indicates a sort of bright sweetness, while the taste is a contrasting bitterness. Now this bitterness is not unpleasant nor is it overbearing, but just subverted my expectations. It's mainly the way the flavors mix. Coffee and cinnamon up front. Roasty, bold. It sits heavy until it smooths out into the more mild vanilla and oak hiding underneath. I'm comparing this to a beer that also goes for the Mexican chocolate theme, Xocoveza. What this one does right, is the bitterness is heavy at first but then mellows out. Whereas the Xocoveza, you know exactly what you're getting from the smell. Strong chocolate and cinnamon flooding you're senses. Its very direct with what it is. And the bitterness never tapers off. But going back to the Baptista, it benefits from being less linear, while being deceptive in its introductions. Overall, this is a very enjoyable, multi-faceted beer. It has a lot going on and flavors mesh well while not feeling too busy.

Jul 23, 2019
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.87/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black in color with no light penetration. There’s a fingernail of brown around the rim and covering half of the top. The aroma is of faint coffee, cinnamon, and whiskey. I’m tasting cinnamon, chocolate, vanilla, and coffee. The mouth is warm with alcohol, thick, dry, and sticky.

Jun 29, 2019
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Eddieeight from Ohio

4.73/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Got this for Father’s Day! Pours dark black with an amber quarter inch ring of foam. Smells of all the ingredients listed on the bottle. Cinnamon vanilla coffee bourbon. All my favorites. Taste follows the nose but I’m getting a lot of cinnamon on the aftertaste. I love cinnamon. Strong bitter espresso flavor. Chocolate too. Mouthfeel is medium thick. Overall an excellent balance of several flavors. I have to give it a 5 because its a beer I would love to drink regularly but really it should be saved for special times. One thing I don’t understand is the abv as some reviewers say the 2018 version is 11% or 12 but mine is a 2018 and only a 10.2%. Doesn’t matter much to me though!
Second take on this beer. Another 2018 release but this one's at 11.2%. Boy does that head linger long, nice and creamy vanilla white head, all puffed up and strong like that. Large notes of vanilla and a little note of chocolate on the inhale. Taste has a strong cinnamon character, i mean the cinnamon is right up there in front of everything. Coffee is next, a very dark roast. Vanilla sliding down the backside of it. The chocolate adds a slightly bitter flavor to the end of the swallow, and the bourbon isn't there much at all. So this is a Mexican stout. Like Xocoveza, probably a little better though. I gave this all 5s last time, I'm going to reduce a couple of those numbers because i think my palate has matured a bit more since then. Or maybe my preferences have just changed. I still think this is a big beautiful beer, but since I've had it I've tried some others that knock this out of the park.

Jun 17, 2019
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Arjen from Netherlands

4.21/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared @ KJUBZT tasting June 2019. 2018 edition. Almost (but not quite) black colour. Big beige frothy head with some retention. Aroma's: big coffee and cinnamon from the glass. Retronasal it's coffee, cinnamon, cocoa and sweetness. Flavour is moderate sweet, roasted, coffee. Medium bodied. Long finish. Lovely, (but) very subtle barrel.

Jun 11, 2019
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crm871 from Utah

4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was the 2018 rare release version poured from pint bottle into snifter glass on 5/15/2019.

Pours jet black with a very slight copper head. Carbonation looks minimal.

Smell: whiskey, vanilla, oak, spices, some cacao

Taste: superb - the whiskey barrels are there but all of the flavors come through immediately. I’m getting vanilla, coffee, cacao, and maybe some caramel. There is a slight sweetness as this one goes down that makes it especially satisfying.

Feel: very little carbonation, feels medium-bodied. Boozy beer but is relatively easy to drink given the style.

Overall: Excellent beer. Pretty hefty price tag on this one but well worth it.

May 16, 2019
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Eric20cb from California

4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well balanced. Whiskey and coffee forward. Subtle hints of cocoa and cinnamon. Medium full bodied with a thin tan head. The 2018 release is 12.8% abv.

May 16, 2019
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chinchill from South Carolina

4.27/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Crafty Beer Guys pub.
Pour is opaque black-brown with a good tan head.
Well calibrated additions allow cinnamon, vanilla, cacao, wood, and coffee to appear in the flavor. A bit too sweet up front although it finishes with suitable bitterness for style. Fine aftertaste of cinnamon, vanilla, chocolate and faint coffee. Minimal whisky appears mainly in the aroma.
Medium-full, smooth body and medium-light carbonation.

May 10, 2019
Big Bad Baptista from Epic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 803 ratings