Big Bad Baptista
Epic Brewing Company

Big Bad BaptistaBig Bad Baptista
Rate It
Beer Geek Stats | Print Shelf Talker
Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #211
Ranked #467
4.41 | pDev: 5.9%
Feb 24, 2023
Nov 13, 2016
Big Bad BaptistaBig Bad Baptista
Notes: Whiskey Barrel-aged Imperial Stout with Coffee, Cacao, Vanilla & Cinnamon
Recent ratings and reviews. | Log in to view more ratings + sorting options.
Rated: 4.29 by not2quick from Missouri

Feb 24, 2023
Rated: 4.18 by smi69 from New York

Feb 01, 2023
Photo of RyanK252
Reviewed by RyanK252 from California

4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
2016 bottle poured into a snifter

A: Pours basically black with a frothy khaki tan head that settles to a light layer and leaves a little thin lacing.

S: Smooth bourbon and milk chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla, roasty, coffee, brown sugar, peppery spice, a bit earthy, faint coconut, and a hint of oak.

T: Opens with really nice spice, cinnamon and vanilla, smooth bourbon, brown sugar, toffee, milk chocolate, coffee, roasty, peppery, a bit earthy, a hint of coconut, and a faint touch of oak.

M: Full body, mild carbonation, creamy smooth, just a touch of warmth.

O: Beer #2000 for me. Coffee has faded from some time in the cellar but it still drinks really nicely.
Jan 24, 2023
Photo of DrOfGolf
Reviewed by DrOfGolf from Delaware

4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
My local alcohol and beer store had this one way in the back on the shelf. After I saw that it was a rare release, I just had to get it. So glad that I did. Great tasting and worth it if you see it.
Oct 18, 2022
Rated: 4.39 by mdaschaf from Indiana

Jul 13, 2022
Rated: 3.72 by WynnO from Florida

May 05, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by Dovers from Wisconsin

Mar 06, 2022
Rated: 4.05 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Dec 01, 2021
Rated: 4.53 by chrishiker1409 from New York

Sep 17, 2021
Photo of StonedTrippin
Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
ive been wanting to try this variant forever, i know its around and popular, but i have somehow missed it until now, so it was with a ton of anticipation that i got into this one, cool to find it on tap too! its the classic baptist done with vanilla and cinnamon as well to mimic mexican coffee, pretty awesome. these added ingredients contribute a lot to what is already one of my favorite stouts, making it wintery and cozy, sweeter and even more complex. the vanilla brings the barrel treatment to the fore, a denser bourbon profile here than in the original. the cinnamon hits nicely with the coffee, not spicy but warming and earthy, toasty, and unifying. still lots of dark roast to this, both from the grain and from the coffee, and along with some bitterness from the cacao, its very balanced, the vanilla doesnt make it sugary, and this is scary drinkable because of it. so smooth in texture to like all of them, woody and charred, lightly smoky and rich, not too much alcohol coming through. the cinnamon lingers a little on the tongue with the coffee, those are the last two things i taste, and i love what the vanilla and cinnamon add to this overall, leaving the base beer in tact but bringing new complexities into the mix, i think they hit the mark with this one. i dont know why thought this had chili peppers in it for the longest time, it does not, and they would be unnecessary. this is wonderful!
Aug 31, 2021
Rated: 5 by estruntz from Maryland

Jul 16, 2021
Rated: 4.45 by chossboss from Oregon

Jun 07, 2021
Photo of erosier
Reviewed by erosier from Connecticut

4.91/5  rDev +11.3%
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.
May 08, 2021
Rated: 4.02 by Dicers from California

Apr 23, 2021
Rated: 4.04 by BMBCLT from South Carolina

Apr 01, 2021
Photo of LifesAnesthesia
Reviewed by LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
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
Photo of AlarmClock314
Reviewed by AlarmClock314 from Wisconsin

4.71/5  rDev +6.8%
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
Rated: 4.74 by Vonerichs from Colorado

Feb 20, 2021
Photo of DaveMaciolek21
Reviewed by DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

4.78/5  rDev +8.4%
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
Rated: 4.25 by a77cj7 from South Dakota

Jan 21, 2021
Rated: 4.24 by quick_castro from New Jersey

Jan 16, 2021
Photo of Guaro
Reviewed by Guaro from Italy

4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
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
Photo of BKotch
Rated by BKotch from Texas

4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
2016 vintage. A little past its prime but still quite respectable.
Oct 17, 2020
Rated: 4.12 by h_lupulus from Spain

Oct 13, 2020
Photo of DBosco
Reviewed by DBosco from Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
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
Rated: 4.5 by Pchop18 from Kentucky

Jul 27, 2020
Rated: 4.4 by Jkolls from Ohio

Jul 15, 2020
Photo of Rug
Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

4.52/5  rDev +2.5%
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
Rated: 4 by 1971bernat from Virginia

May 07, 2020
Photo of clayrock81
Reviewed by clayrock81 from Florida

4.05/5  rDev -8.2%
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
Rated: 4.54 by Abstractspirit from Rhode Island

Apr 14, 2020
Photo of avalon07
Reviewed by avalon07 from South Carolina

4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
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
Rated: 4.44 by Ben1313 from New Hampshire

Apr 09, 2020
Rated: 4.21 by lochraneg from New Hampshire

Apr 07, 2020
Rated: 4.31 by mtbdonn from Colorado

Apr 04, 2020
Rated: 4.47 by TheWyatt from California

Mar 22, 2020
Rated: 4.49 by Bruno74200 from France

Mar 09, 2020
Rated: 4.51 by DruC4 from Michigan

Mar 03, 2020
Rated: 4.4 by smithj4 from New York

Feb 29, 2020
Photo of metter98
Reviewed by metter98 from New York

4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
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
Big Bad Baptista from Epic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 815 ratings