Big Bad Baptist Reserve
Epic Brewing Company

Big Bad Baptist ReserveBig Bad Baptist Reserve
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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #358
ABV:
11.6%
Score:
94
Ranked #2,142
Avg:
4.32 | pDev: 7.87%
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
74
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Epic Brewing Company
 
Utah, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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SCORE
94
Outstanding
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.https://www.epicbrewing.com/news-and-events/item/9117-back-in-black-big-bad-baptist-reserve

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.
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RobinLee from Wisconsin

4.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

May 23, 2018
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MJSFS from Florida

4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Oct 24, 2019
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superspak from Ohio

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

22 ounce bottle into snifter; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1 finger dense and rocky khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, nutty medium roasted coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, rum, toasted oak, biscuit, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of coconut, marshmallow, fudge brownie, molasses, licorice, smoke, char, dark fruit, herbal, and roast/toast/oak earthiness. Increasing booze in the aromas as it warms, but not too overwhelming. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, cocoa/coffee, and bourbon/rum barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, nutty medium roasted coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, rum, toasted oak, biscuit, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of coconut, marshmallow, fudge brownie, molasses, licorice, smoke, char, dark fruit, herbal, and roast/toast/oak earthiness. Light herbal/roast/char bitterness and bourbon/rum/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, nutty coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, rum, toasted oak, biscuit, dark/brown bread, coconut, fudge, molasses, licorice, smoke, char, dark fruit, herbal, and roast/toast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, cocoa/coffee, and bourbon/rum barrel flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet and bourbon/rum/oak spiciness balance; with zero cloying/acrid/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering hop/roast bitterness and bourbon/rum/oak spiciness. Light-medium carbonation and full body; with a very smooth, creamy, silky, velvety, and rich mouthfeel that is fantastic. Light sticky hops, chalky roast, and oak tannins. Mildly increasing warmth of 11.7%, with minimal barrel booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic BBA imperial stout. All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, cocoa/coffee, and bourbon/rum barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV; with the mildly bitter/drying finish. Not as amazing as the other variants, but still impressive. The coffee and coconut are really lacking. Feels a bit more heavy on the barrel presence(especially rum), but not overwhelming. Great rich malt complexity and barrel integration without being boozy. A highly enjoyable offering as expected.

Jun 09, 2018
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.92/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Released April 2018; drank 5/19/18 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance.

A violent pour yielded a nice tan head; frothy lace.

Cream, dark chocolate, mild bourbon & faint fresh earth notes in the nose.

Creamy medium thick mouthfeel.

Burnt caramel & cream flavors up front; Coca Cola & mild whiskey heat notes on the finish.

A bit thin, boozy & odd; this isn't awful, but it's a league below some of it's component parts.

May 20, 2018
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DavidR_9 from California

4.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Blend of 3 different 2017 Big Bad Baptist projects. Into snifter

Black body, medium viscosity, really on the thinner side. Khaki head that fizzes out quickly to the rim. The pour is audibly very fizzy and active. Huge coffee nose with a touch of coconut, oak, and earthiness. Nice roasted malts. Reminds me of KBS with a less sharp but still readily present booziness on the nose. Taste is intense roastiness from the malt profile, tons of dark coffee bean and the oily acidic character along with it, and a medium-light boozy note that hits with a bourbon and rum barrel sweetness. Really light oak and coconut on the back end but to be honest the coconut and cacao nibs are pretty much undetectable. Maybe they are overtaken by the coffee bitterness. Mouthfeel is on the thin side, very active carbonation, but this makes the brew extremely drinkable.

This is one of the smoothest blended imperial stouts. If you are a fan of coffee, I would seek this out and give it a whirl.

May 17, 2018
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MrCPMJ from Texas

3/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Jan 13, 2020
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the 22 oz bomber in a snifter. This mighty Baptist pours a
deep and murky black with dark brown highlights and a nice head
of light brown foam that settles to a thick ring, thin wafting pool, and
displays some nice soapy lacing. Nose of rum barrel, faint bourbon,
dark cocoa, moderate coffee notes, and dark brown sugars mingling
with char and brulee. Flavors....oh my...rich dark cocoa and fudge
notes cascade over dark coffee/espresso with hints of cream and
bourbon with sweet dark rum giving notes of coconut and brulee
and a nicely balanced char with vanilla notes. Excellent mouth
feel for such a brew---slick, warming, coating, light carbonation,
full body, and a warm slightly dry and very rich finish.

I am a fan of the series, and think this one hits the mark.
A lot of flavors and a lot of character, almost too much,
but they are all presented well and for such a big brew
it is well balanced.

Excellent work!

Cheers

Oct 05, 2019
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darktronica from Indiana

3.94/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

What I've always liked about Big Bad Baptist is that it lives up to the Big Bad moniker, with very aggressive coffee experimentation in each batch while still somehow achieving a modicum of balance. I've still enjoyed the double and triple barreled variants, but this one just isn't doing it for me in comparison. It's smooth and the rum barrel in the blend is fairly prominent, but by trade it's lost a lot of the Baptist character. The coffee is really subdued and earthy. I'd rather take the standard.

Sep 07, 2019
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Eziel from Ohio

4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apr 05, 2019
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BadgerNCarolina from North Carolina

4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Jul 25, 2020
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reitzbrewing from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Mar 01, 2020
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Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dec 07, 2019
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Damian from Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Drank from a 1 pt. 6 fluid ounces bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
Served in a tulip

Badass looking label. Love the shiny black text on matte black background. As for the beer, it poured dark brown, bordering on black, and somewhat thinner bodied for the style. The liquid was topped by a frothy, finger-tall, caramel colored crown that fell to a thick, bubbly collar. A wall of streaky lacing trickled down the glass after each sip.

The aroma was amazingly rich and complex. Big, malty and robust. Nice mix of roasted and caramel malts. Loads of darker roast coffee. Raw cacao nibs also came through strong. Somewhat fudgey. Moderately sweet. Lots of fragrant vanilla as well. There was a sweet, rummy quality too. The rum barrels definitely made their presence known. Strong dark fruit notes. Quite raisiny. A touch of cinnamon was detectable as the beer warmed.

The flavor profile was unfortunately much harsher and boozier than the aroma. Roasted malts dominated from start to finish. Quite ashy and acrid. Almost a touch burnt. Bitter espresso appeared in the center. As the beer moved along the palate, the acridness intensified. The beer finished with a sharp, whiskey-like kick and some lingering, ashy bitterness. As the beer warmed, the flavor smoothed out a bit and also turned somewhat sweeter. Subtle dark chocolate notes appeared. Touch of brown sugar too.

Nice creamy, frothy mouthfeel. Fluffy and slick on the palate. Medium-light bodied for the style. The liquid contained a greater-than-average, larger bubbled effervescence. By the drink’s end, the sugars in the beer left a slightly sticky film on my lips.

Like most of the beers in the Big Bad Baptist Series, this was solid but not as impressive as I had hoped. While the aroma was amazingly smooth and complex, the flavor seemed really boozy and rough around the edges. Furthermore, I picked up absolutely no coconut. A decent effort but, given the price point, I definitely would not buy this again.

Jul 09, 2018
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ArrogantB from Colorado

4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle $18.99. Looks exactly like the Big Bad Baptist you would expect. Flavor and aroma are both good, boozy, don;t get any coconut. This is a solid Baptist variant but I am not sure it is that much better than the last bottle of the regular version I had, my palate is probably not good enough. Still, it is tasty.

May 12, 2018
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mothman from Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tan head. Black color. Thick.

Great coconut flavor. So real. Cocoa and fudge bomb. Nice big barrel flavor. Bourbon shows more than the rum. Oak. Nice amount of coffee without it being roasted. Thick, full bodied, and full of flavor. Very well done.

May 29, 2018
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mbw314 from California

2.74/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Nov 17, 2019
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beergoot from Colorado

4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Jet black body; fine head, a little thin yet dense and sticky. Deep, rich aroma of roasted and charred grain, cocoa and milk chocolate, a touch of whiskey. The taste reinforces the smell impressions but deeper and fuller; a bit more booze on the taste buds; denser notes of cocoa; leather. Heavy body; silky and oily; coats the palate with semi-sweet dark grain goodness.

An awesome limited release imperial stout that does, like the brewery's description notes, does a pretty fair job of masking (but not totally eliminating) the alcohol presence nor the whiskey barrel aging. Full and rich with some fine complexity and nicely balanced throughout.

Jan 01, 2019
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DVMin98 from North Carolina

4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jun 17, 2018
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heysuz from Indiana

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

Jun 03, 2018
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crobinso from Colorado

4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jun 18, 2018
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Stevedore from Oregon

3.53/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Feb 17, 2020
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durlta from Iowa

4.76/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Jul 22, 2018
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Dizzy242 from Massachusetts

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

Aug 31, 2018
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ilikebeer03 from Texas

4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aug 31, 2018
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tasted in a Rastal Teku from a bottle on October 5, 2018. Imperial stout brewed with coffee, cacao nibs and coconut added then aged in whiskey and rum barrels. Excellent.

Oct 11, 2018
Big Bad Baptist Reserve from Epic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 74 ratings