Big Bad Baptist Reserve
Epic Brewing Company

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Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #653
Ranked #1,985
4.28 | pDev: 7.94%
Sep 15, 2022
Apr 10, 2018
Big Bad Baptist ReserveBig Bad Baptist Reserve
Notes: The best of the best of the best... of Big Bad Baptist. That’s what Epic Brewing co-founder Dave Cole had in mind when he and his team came up with the idea for Big Bad Baptist Reserve.

Cole and his team took the brewery’s most legendary beer and carefully hand selected a limited number of the most perfect barrels, some rum and some whiskey, from the different batches and projects of the 2017/2018 “Baptist Season” and carefully blended what they thought was something special, a Big Bad Baptist of epic proportions.

The Reserve has only the choicest barrels of this year’s original version of Big Bad Baptist, plus beer from the best barrels from both the Baptista and Triple Barrel Baptist projects. That means it has the faintest touch of barrel-aged coconut, rum, and of course, copious amounts of artisanal coffee and cacao nibs. It does not, however, have any of the spices found in Baptista. It weighs in at 11.7% ABV and “hides every bit of it” according to Epic national sales manager Darin McGregor.

ABV varies by batch.
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Rated: 4.33 by RichRubes610 from Pennsylvania

Sep 15, 2022
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Reviewed by MadMadMike from Florida

4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
22 oz wax sealed bottle, Release #6, Bottle #7205, 2021 vint, made in Salt Lake City, UT. Poured into an Angry Chair snifter at 53°
L - Deep black, zero foam
S - Coffee up front, mild bourbon notes, vanilla.
T - Coffee comes right at you. Everything else develops in a long finish; bourbon and rum barrel, oak char, dark cacao, a little vanilla sweetness, alcohol, but no burn.
F - Sleek mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Not too viscous.
O - I had another bottle and drank it when I got it. Put this one away for a year and I’m glad I did. Lots of the characteristics and subtlies of the blend exposed themselves in front of the 12.1% ABV. Good adjunct Stout sipper..
Sep 04, 2022
Rated: 4.19 by ronniebruner from Arizona

Aug 03, 2022
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Reviewed by Roguer from Connecticut

4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Good head production and retention considering the ABV, barrel treatment, additives, and blending.

Nose is incredibly strong, giving away notes of bourbon, chocolate, and coffee from the pour. Up close, it's a touch sharper, with more oak, light char, and molasses and licorice notes from the malt base.

Very complex on the palate, with a ton going on in different stages. Up front, it's almost light and bitter, featuring char, oak, and coffee. It builds some richness in the middle, likely imparted by the chocolate, bourbon, and the heavy malt base. More char on the finish, with some bitter chocolate notes, as well as a fairly significant liqueur flavor.

A touch boozy on the finish, and just a little thinner than I prefer in a big stout like this.
Nov 27, 2021
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Reviewed by trevormajor from Ohio

4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
22 oz bottle, 2019 vintage, poured into a snifter at 50 degrees F:
L - dark and oily with no head
S - molasses, coffee, rum, bourbon
T - coffee and rum/bourbon, chocolate, molasses
F - thick mouthfeel with no carbonation
O - very nice, served colder than I like, so may get better as it warms
Oct 18, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by BirdsandHops from Oregon

Oct 06, 2021
Rated: 4.06 by dt_gbpackersfan from Missouri

Jul 10, 2021
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Reviewed by crm871 from Utah

4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Look: Pours pitch black with almost no head. Was a very slight copper colored head but didn’t stay for long.

Smell: Boozy aroma mixed with chocolate, dried fruits, caramel, molasses. Aromas blend together well and make for an enticing nose.

Taste: Chocolate, molasses, malts, cinnamon, all with a boozy twist. The booze tastes like a nice mixture of whiskey and rum. Really nice and complex blend of flavors going on in this.

Feel: Full body, carbonation felt right for this one, hits obviously heavy given the ABV it carries.

Overall: Excellent offering, a formidable beer in the Big Bad Baptist series. Heavy price tag but worth the cost.
Jul 06, 2021
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Reviewed by Scotchboy from Idaho

4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Beer # 1800 on BA.

2021 Vintage. Crowler pour, split into snifters. Pours dark with ruby highlights but sits opaque black in the glass with a small khaki/mocha head. Aromas lead with a strong roasty and black malt presence, with moderate notes of nuttiness, earthy cocoa, mild coconut and rum-my spirits. More of the same on the palate with a dry finish, the alcohol is subdued. There is a definite roasty espresso presence throughout, with a medium-to-full body. Very good little sipper, just hoped it would have more coconut.
Jun 30, 2021
Rated: 4.17 by smithj4 from New York

Jun 20, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by jordanginsberg from Louisiana

Jun 13, 2021
Rated: 4.07 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

May 27, 2021
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Reviewed by Tony210 from New Jersey

4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours fairly dark and kinda thin for the style. Moderate foamy head. Big time bourbon barrel aroma mixes with boozy, woody barrel essence, chocolate, coffee, and faint coconut. Very flavorful, boozy, chocolate, rum, coffee, light coconut on the finish. Pretty intricate, yet still a little raw. Probably should have sat on this bottle for a bit. Light carbonation, medium bodied, which is surprising for all the flavor that is packed in it. Overall, a good beer, not my favorite.

4.25 rating
May 14, 2021
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Reviewed by DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Jet black, this tan head that pours with full-bodied promise. Promise kept. Chocolate is upfront, cconut under in support, and I have to say, the coffee with imperceptible. But smooth and delicious? Oh yeah. Very smooth, a dessert in a glass, and a big abv that you never taste.
May 02, 2021
Rated: 4.42 by daveshawley from Pennsylvania

Mar 01, 2021
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Reviewed by minterro from California

3.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4
Got it as a gift. Bomber. No bottling date, DEN-6782, 13%ABV, consumed: 02/2021

A&S: pours a half finger of light brown head, maintains in a thin rim around the glass and leaves leacing. Huge rum and bourbon aroma. Also contains mild amount cocoa and vanilla.

T&M: like the aroma it is very alcohol forward, probably could be aged a bit more. The finish contains chocolate. Feel is easily my least favorite part of the beer. Over carbonated in my opinion and not enough body.

Overall: wouldn't seek it out, I wouldn't say it is special.
Feb 21, 2021
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Reviewed by Thankin_Hank from Texas

4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Dark and beautiful. Smells like chocolate coconut molasses. Tastes of molasses, chocolate coconut coffee and then a burn on my tongue like pepper. I love that. The alcohol is heavy but that's okay too. This will improve as it warms. It has great flavors as you sip. Take that big bad baptist gulp like you were outback of the church. Swish 'er all around and let rest on the tongue. Gulp. Fantastic. DEN-6782 13.0% ALC/VOL
Feb 18, 2021
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5
Big Bad Baptist Reserve from Epic. Purchased on 27/1/21 for $ 20.00 (Including tax) for a 22 oz bottle ($ 0.909/oz) from Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA. On the room temperature shelf at store and stored at home at 42 degrees. Reviewed 15/2/21. (Note: I use DD/MM/YY protocol.)
Stamped on label “REL #3 11.6% ALC/VOL SLC# 6195”. Served at 54.6 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 58.2 degrees.
Appearance – 3.5. Basically, looks like every other Imperial stout.
First pour – Brown (SRM 20), hazy.
Body – Black (SRM 40), opaque. When rear-lite, still opaque but with many tiny streams of effervescence.
Head – Average (Maximum 2.7 cm, aggressive center pour), sandy brown, high density, average retention, diminishing to a 0.7 cm crown heavily fed by effervescence, and a complete cap with a few rocks.
Lacing – Good. Tight bands of near-microscopic bubbles
Aroma – 3.5– Begins with weak roasted malt and a bit of char, no hops, no yeast.
Flavor – 4 – Begins with a weak chocolatey malt. Ends with weak coconut. No hops, no yeast. No alcohol (11.6 % ABV, as marked on the container) flavor or aroma. A slow gastric warming occurs but never becomes painful.
Palate – 4.25 – Medium, lightly creamy, soft carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 3.5 Decent Impy stout with mild flavors. No barrels or coffee found. Decent but incredibly overpriced.
Feb 15, 2021
Rated: 3.68 by snowmageddon from Massachusetts

Feb 10, 2021
Rated: 5 by NonicPanic from Pennsylvania

Feb 10, 2021
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Reviewed by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Look - black and thick with a nice tan head and sticky sticky lacing
Smell - roast malty cocoa whisky with a slight coffee
Taste - roasty malty cocoa whisky slight coconut and coffee
Feel - medium body light carb and creamy slightly
Overall - tasty
Feb 02, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by Zekenyce from New Jersey

Jan 31, 2021
Rated: 4.41 by Giggy from Michigan

Jan 16, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by JLK7299 from North Carolina

Jan 11, 2021
Rated: 4.3 by Tcsox from Massachusetts

Dec 22, 2020
Rated: 4.45 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts

Dec 22, 2020
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Reviewed by mkh012 from Colorado

4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Pours near-black with a ring of tan head.

The nose is dark chocolate, coconut, almond, and whiskey.

The taste follows. Primarily mocha and barrel character. The nose and taste are both relatively subdued for the ABV and description. This is cohesive but lacks a "wow" factor to put it over the top. The ghost of Almond Joy's past aged in whiskey and rum barrels.

The mouthfeel is medium. Mild to medium drying booze on the finish.

Overall, solid and worth the price of admission but nothing special.
Dec 20, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by kjkinsey from Texas

Dec 04, 2020
Rated: 4.27 by Gagnonsux from Texas

Dec 02, 2020
Rated: 4.32 by GeorgeAKeim from Oregon

Nov 19, 2020
Rated: 4.46 by ntanner83 from Massachusetts

Nov 08, 2020
Rated: 4.1 by 0x4a64 from Minnesota

Oct 27, 2020
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Reviewed by maximum12 from Minnesota

3/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Black bottle, black label, black beer of 22 oz. in liquid weight. My wife’s choice & split with same.

Black. Little to no head. After inhaling several cubic yards of air, I get a little roast. That’s it.

Big Bad Baptist Reserve fails to live up to the ingredients listed on that black label. The strongest of the sixty nine pound weaklings is the rum, which is faint. Bare roast, cocoa.

If the brewer was aiming for subtle, they missed & hit dull. Just beer. Expensive, boring, snooze-inducing beer that one could get for much, much less. Highly disappointing.
Oct 27, 2020
Rated: 4 by BarrelAgedG from California

Oct 15, 2020
Rated: 4.5 by paulish from New York

Oct 08, 2020
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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
I haven't had a great beer in a while, so I want to break that streak. This one actually clocks in at 13%
Pours a small fizzy but very dark brown head with low retention, inky pitch black beer with long legs

nose is quite nice, big earthy roasted coffee up front, then quickly into coconut, toasted coconut, followed by layers of chocolate, ganache, dark chocolate, cocoa, nice mounds bar thing, a little nutty and some baking spices, caramel, biscuity cookie dough notes, a bit of sweet fruity rum and barrel notes

Taste brings a lot of rich cocoa, dark chocolate, choc ganache, even a little fudgey, with more baking spices and cookie dough, fair coconut again, as well as toasted coconut and a little marshmallowy nougat character, fair coffee, a little roasty and earthy as well as nutty, a little vanilla barrel, and some sweet fruity rum but not a lot, light warming alcohol, smooth alcohol, getting more fruity rummy as it warms, a bit of bitterness, drier finish with a bit more alcohol and fruity almost apple like rum characters, little bitterness and perfumey alcohol

Mouth is full body, rich thick a bit oily, med-lighter fizzy carb, light warming slight tingly alcohol

Overall solid, not my fav of the Baptists but good. Coconut was nice, rum barrel was nice but I wish it had a bit more on the taste, coffee was very strong on the nose, not as much on the taste but that's not a bad thing. nice layers of chocolate, etc, but I had really high expectations for this and it fell a bit short
Oct 05, 2020
Rated: 4.74 by msscott1973 from North Carolina

Aug 29, 2020
Rated: 4.35 by Birdlegs from Washington

Aug 23, 2020
Rated: 4.46 by BadgerNCarolina from North Carolina

Jul 25, 2020
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Reviewed by LiquidAmber from Washington

4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours nearly black, appearing opaque black in the glass with a half finger dark khaki head that dissipates to a thick film with light lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, milk chocolate, vanilla and coffee, slightly boozy. Flavor is dark toasted malt with light char, milk and dark chocolate, vanilla, light coffee and a touch of molasses. Medium bodied with light to moderate creaminess. Like all other variations of this great stout, fine chocolate and lightly charred malt combined with light whiskey, vanilla and coffee. I'm getting more coffee and chocolate from the Reserve (even more than the chocolate variant I had earlier this year). I am barely able to detect a suggestion of coconut, but would not have noticed it unless I read the description of the blend. Whiskey is present, but not dominating; not getting any rum notes. The description says that this was not blended for crazy flavors and they are correct; nicely integrated with a deft hand with the additional coconut and coffee. Flavorful with good barrel character, a nice blend. Glad I snagged one of these. This year's version is a heftier 13%, a bit boozy, but within reason.
Jun 15, 2020
Big Bad Baptist Reserve from Epic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 107 ratings