Big Bad Baptista
Epic Brewing Company

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #92
Ranked #350
4.42 | pDev: 5.88%
Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States
Big Bad BaptistaBig Bad Baptista
Notes: Whiskey Barrel-aged Imperial Stout with Coffee, Cacao, Vanilla & Cinnamon
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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.

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clayrock81 from Florida, Apr 26, 2020
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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.

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avalon07 from South Carolina, Apr 13, 2020
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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

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metter98 from New York, Feb 29, 2020
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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.

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ovaltine from Indiana, Dec 16, 2019
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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.

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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!

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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.

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thebeers from Pennsylvania, Nov 19, 2019
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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.

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CHickman from New York, Oct 20, 2019
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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.

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LarryV from Massachusetts, Oct 14, 2019
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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.

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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.

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NCSapiens from Indiana, Aug 07, 2019
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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.

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DokiDokiLitFam from New Jersey, Jul 23, 2019
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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.

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Franziskaner from Missouri, Jun 29, 2019
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5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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!

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Photo of Arjen
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.

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Arjen from Netherlands, Jun 11, 2019
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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.

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crm871 from Utah, May 16, 2019
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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.

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Eric20cb from California, May 16, 2019
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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.

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chinchill from South Carolina, May 10, 2019
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4.23/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: pours a thick dark black with a small tan head and a few specks of lacing.

S:. Note of bourbon hits first, followed by chocolate covered cherry, and some nice cinnamon and vanilla and a bit of char. Smells very decadent.

T:. Cinnamon hits the palate first followed by vanilla, a kick of bourbon and the cherry and chocolate, a light bitterness. This makes a great dessert beer.

F:. Thick body, slick mouthfeel.

O:. I think I prefer regular BBB a bit more than this one but still a very good stout.

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Parmesan from Colorado, May 02, 2019
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4.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2018 release. As described well otherwise. Immense luxurious beer. So full and complex in fragrance and taste. Extraordinarily silky. Masterpiece of BA Imp Stout with the unique Mexican characteristics of this BBB variant. Pretty sure I’ve never had better when enjoying a Mexican influenced stout. Oh... and perfectly hidden 11% abv too. As intended... a marvelous after dinner/ dessert course brew.

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BillRoth from Maryland, Apr 29, 2019
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4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

-Release#21. Rare release 2018. In duvel Chalice. An Easter Sunday treat.

A: Viscose is the pour from the bottle, thick with an oily black coloring accompanied by an coppery-bronze milky coating. The head is strong and lasting. A faint display of loosely assembled golden micro-beads lazily afloat within to the surface. A huge milky thick coating smothers the vessel.

S: Dark roasted cocoa and coffee, oily and fresh. Perhaps a bit of mint chocolate. Sweet burnt brown sugar and butter sweetness. Roasted walnuts with a smooth, wet earthy bitterness. Oily coffee grounds, oaky vanilla, with some whiskey charred woodiness. An absolute delight. The cinnamon spicing comes on strong near the end with some nutmeg like notes.

T: Whiskey and cocoa with dry cinnamon spicing opens the flavor with some dark roasted chocolate is my first impression. Oily coffee, toffee sweetness and baked cookies are noted along with some buttery oak and scorched barrel goodness. Honey-cinnamon, vanilla sweetness, while the whiskey is fresh near the end. Extremely smooth, wet earthy bitterness, with some caramel cream base and toasted coconut. A very deep and wide range of flavors.

M: Full bodies, creamy, rich and smooth experience. Very light carbonation.

O: The Epic "Baptist" series is always a rewarding experience, and never disappoints with its many spins and takes of it's base beer, which by itself is a world class offering. Always rich and oily in nature, eloquently smooth and easy to consume with a rich, rewarding and wide range of deep stout like qualities. Hearty, and always worthy for a special occasion.

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beerthulhu from New Jersey, Apr 27, 2019
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4.69/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2018 Release #12.
Black color, tan head around the rim.
Aroma just as stated on the label: coffee, chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, and a hint of whiskey.
Taste follows the nose. Everything works well together and the whiskey complements the other flavors.
Exceptional beer. Must have more.

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lordofthewiens from New Mexico, Apr 20, 2019
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3.95/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted from bottle 2016 batch 1 release. I don’t think age has done it well. Pours black with thick beige head. Aroma of cocoa and coffee and hint of a little pepper. Tastes kind of thin with not much of the coffee of cocoa flavor. Some caramel and cinnamon present. Would love to try it fresh and see.

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4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The nose delivers on absolutely everything promised: sweet whiskey mash, slight spice, cinnamon, vanilla, coffee, and chocolate.

The cinnamon and vanilla really stand out on the palate, but the whiskey complements these two flavors nearly perfectly; it's a big, sweet stout, but it's balanced and even, without neither the adjuncts nor the barrel treatment ever dominating the profile.

Thick, creamy, exceptionally smooth on the palate.

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Roguer from Georgia, Apr 16, 2019
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4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle. 2017 vintage, release #6. Label has ABV% at 12%.
Black colored body. One finger of light tan head, which settles back to thin cap and ring. Leaves behind a good pattern and spots of lacing.
Aroma of coffee, cacao, vanilla, and cinnamon. No barrel.
Taste of coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, and cinnamon. Some whiskey barrel but slight.
Medium mouth feel. Very good carbonation.
The higher ABV% is well hidden. All added ingredients are still expressing smell and flavor. Quite easy to quaff but there is still the felt alcohol to contend with. Very well done for its age.

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