Big Bad Baptist - Quadruple Barrel
Epic Brewing Company

Big Bad Baptist - Quadruple BarrelBig Bad Baptist - Quadruple Barrel
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Stout - American Imperial
4.4 | pDev: 8.64%
Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Big Bad Baptist - Quadruple BarrelBig Bad Baptist - Quadruple Barrel
Notes: Imperial stout aged in whiskey and rum barrels with roasted cacao, barrel-aged coffee, barrel-aged almonds, and barrel-aged coconut.
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GrumpyGas from Illinois

4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Batch #7 stored at room temp since release.

Deep, dark, light denying, black body briefly floating a 1" cap of cocoa colored bubbles that recede to a large island and an edge-hugging ring. Agitation reveals sheets of spotted lacing with legs, leaving a leopard skin pattern behind.

Notes of coconut, cocoa powder, wet oak, and vanilla compete with a cardboard and rubber band influence. I am trying to ignore them, but it is difficult.

Flavors are much better. Chocolate, coconut, cocoa powder, vanilla, dirt, and ash are strong and the rubber and cardboard are greatly diminished. Virtually no booze warmth and the only note of the abv is the barrel oak and vanilla.

Smooth, oily, full feel with a hint of powdery-grit remainder that seems to dry and beg for more.

Overall, I may have waited too long, but it is still a good experience.

Oct 16, 2021
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metter98 from New York

4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that died down, leaving a short head covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S Moderate aromas of whiskey are present in the nose along with notes of chocolate malts and rum.
T: The taste has moderate to strong flavors of whiskey and rum from the barrel aging along with underlying notes of coffee and hints of dark malts.
M: It feels full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this Imperial Stout to be quite drinkable considering its strength. The taste has a very nice balance between all of the different flavors as not one flavor was overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

Sep 05, 2021
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Wolvmar from Michigan

3.89/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Feb 2020 Review
Celebrating 8.8 mile run this morning. Best in a long, long time. 22oz bottle. 2018 release 11. Poured into Founders CBS goblet.

Pour: deep, rich brown, 1 finger dark tan head that dissipates pretty quick but leaves heavy clouds and a thick ring. Pretty good lacing that tends to stick. Very attractive. 4.5

Nose: rum dominates, red wine?, subtle chocolate, coffee. 3.5

Taste: rum, whisky, chocolate, coconut, coffee. Chocolate more pronounced, rum more subtle as it warms. hints of oak and vanilla as well. Pretty complex, pretty tasty. 4.0

Feel: smooth, low carbonation, not really viscous although it looks like it should be. Really easy drinking. 3.75

Overall: looks great, smells ok, tastes good, goes down really easy. Not sure it was worth the price ($20 or so) but enjoyable. 4.0

Feb 07, 2021
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Note: 2018 Release #11

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear very thick viscous jet black in color with light to moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising slowly along the edges of the glass and faint very dark chestnut brown + very dark cola brown + very dark garnet red + very dark ruby red colored highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy dark tan head that slowly reduces to a large patch of thin film covering a little more than 75% of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Just shy of strong aromas of rich dark chocolate + moderate to strong aromas of whiskey, caramel, spicy rum, toasted oak, and vanilla. Underneath that is moderate aromas of dark roasted + dark + caramel + chocolate malts with a light to moderate amount of lactose-like sweetness. Moderate aromas of coffee + almond nuttiness + coconut. Hints of booziness.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of dark roasted + dark + caramel + chocolate malts with a light to moderate amount of lactose-like sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of coffee + almond nuttiness + coconut. Then there are moderate to strong flavors of rich dark chocolate, whiskey, caramel, spicy rum, toasted oak, and vanilla with just a hint of booziness. Finally there are hints of earthy hops. Slightly stronger than moderate amounts of roasty bitterness are present and slowly fade away leaving lingering chocolate + coffee + vanilla + coconut flavors.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with moderate amounts of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Drinks pretty easily considering the strength but it is definitely a slow sipper meant to be enjoyed over the course of an evening. Enjoyable with a nice complexity of flavors and aromas from the different barrel treatments and flavoring ingredients.

Jun 19, 2020
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark body, opaque with just a hint of transparency at the edge, black with brown highlights. Mid-level tan head, short and quick to fade to a wisp. Lovely.

S - Nose full of coconut and chocolate, with a mild note of coffee acidity. Booze note is mild, but present.

T - Follows the nose, with big coconut and chocolate, softer vanilla and barrel notes, and a subtle acidic finish.

M - Moderate weight, well hidden ABV, and just a bit of lingering weight in the finish.

O - Superb. Incredibly integrated and lush. Delicious.

May 30, 2020
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Scottsbeer from Florida

3.74/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Release #11 this one is not infected but be careful some releases are.

L: Pours very dark brown with a mocha colored head that dissipates rapidly, minimal lacing.

S; Dark malts, muted rum and whiskey and very little of the adjuncts.

T: Rum, chocolate, oak and char dominate with a little oak and weak Waffle House coffee, almonds and bitterness in the finish.

F: Medium body but thin for the style.

O: Good but not great. Epic has epic issues with quality control, some batches of this are infected and they know of the problem but fail to do anything to address it, Not a bad beer but you can get much better from breweries that actually care of quality control.

Apr 16, 2020
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q33jeff from New Jersey

4.17/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


Very Nice Stout. Sampled against Triple Barrel, which is a year older. Disappointed in Triple Barrel aging from 2017.

2018 Quadrupel was better tonight.

dark black color, healthy foamy, creamy head with excellent retention.
Lots of chocolaty, and rum/bourbon notes. (More rum than bourbon actually)

smooth; full bodied.

Biggest question for me is how Epic BBB stouts age. Seemingly not well, but altogether the BBB series is excellent.


Apr 12, 2020
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stortore from Illinois

4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into a snifter. Release #7, had 2/1/19.

Pours near black and opaque, thick looking, with a half inch foamy head and some spotty cling. Aromas of whiskey, rum, coffee- which dominates the aroma as it warms, chocolate, malt, some caramel, light coconut, some char. The flavor is more balanced- rum, whiskey, coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, coconut as it warms, some caramel and oak. A bit of a nutty flavor. Smooth, a little creamy, a very good full body, well carbonated.

This is definitely a solid addition to the series. The coffee stars, the chocolate is a strong second. The whiskey and rum barrels show best when really warm. The other add- ins contribute. Well worth a purchase.

Feb 29, 2020
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.56/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2018 Rare release #6. 11.2% ABV.
Look - Fantastic big thick tan head. Super dark brown, basically black syrup.
Smell - Sweet run whisky and booze from the get go. a little bit of cocoa and coffee and just the slightest coconut. Seems to be a slight dark fruit sweetness in the smell as well.
Taste - I finally get the almonds in the taste that I couldn't get from the smell which really give a good addition to the beer if you like almonds. Lots more cacao and coffee than the smell with that slight coconut. Still get the woody Whisky/rum barrel caramel taste as well.
Feel - Medium full body with a slight carbonation that sticks around in your mouth after the sip. What's nice is that it has a slight syrup thickness but really not quite there which makes it very drinkable but still sippable.
Overall - Really fantastic complex beer with so many taste to it!

Feb 25, 2020
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OompaMentor from Georgia

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

3/15/2019 - Almonds and coffee are blended on the front. As it warms the coconut arrives and finishes on palate. Coconut fades and rum/whiskey arrives

Feb 05, 2020
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BrentLepping from Kentucky

1.17/5  rDev -73.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Yeah, absolutely infected. Surprised to see so many positive reviews. I guess the bugs took their time making their mark. Regardless, the damage is done now and this is undrinkable.

Jan 13, 2020
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Alieniloquium from Florida

2.31/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

650 mL bottle. Black with a big deep khaki head. Smells of strong barrel. Nuts, coconut, bourbon, strong oak. Tastes sharp and acidic. Very oaky. Nuts, coffee, and bourbon. Roasted malt is lost. Too sharp and boozy. Not heavy, but not pleasant to drink. Something wrong here?

Dec 26, 2019
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours onyx black with a creamy dark tan head, the nose has coffee notes up front, but it’s the rum barrel that dominates the nose, along with the coconut. The almond isn’t discernible.

The rum barrel and coconut are present on the taste, but the coffee steps forward and invites the almond to the party, a magnificent commingling of disparate flavors that works so well. Truly pleasure to drink.

Dec 17, 2019
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Yooper_textured_flavor from Michigan

4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Lots of flavoring and tons of body. If you like other Epic Baptista stouts you should love this one. Clear rum taste in parts. Think of it as a coffee swirl with and almond joy piece of candy bar in your mouth at the same time.

Worth picking up and keep some to cellar.

Nov 30, 2019
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NayDrake from Wisconsin

4.62/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2018 vintage, release number 5.
Sight- extremely dark, as you’d expect a stout to be. Tan/light brown head about a half inch. Took some time to form and a slight lace on the edge stuck around for the whole glass.
Smell- this one is extremely complex in it’s scent profile, hard hitting notes are coconut and dark chocolate, followed closely by almond and finally dark roasted coffee. Very beautiful and picked up something new almost every sniff.
Mouthfeel- lighter than I expected it to be, it has a balanced carbonation that keeps it from feeling like a flavored soda, with a nice tacky feel that only lightly coats the tongue after drinking. Very pleasant.
Taste- inverts the nose, starting with roasted coffee and followed by dark chocolate with a small hint of oak from the barrel aging. Coconut is last and helps to cleanse the pallet with more of a light flavor. Didn’t find much almond flavor pleasant, which frankly I am thankful for. Imperial stouts always give me this sort of meat and cheese taste, largely because of their dark nature. I think the best way to describe it is umami.
Final notes- I was apprehensive about trying this one as the highly reviewed beers such as CBS didn’t strike me with their flavor, though I couldn’t pass this one up. It’s beautifully balanced and the strongest flavors don’t overshadow the subtle ones. As far as imperial stouts go it’s a masterful exercise in well blended flavors and comforting aromas. Given the success of this Big Bad Baptist, I’ll
Be picking up the quintuple barrel, peanut butter, and chocolate version that I passed up.

Nov 17, 2019
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

2.46/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

Pours a pitch-black coloration with a medium, creamy, mocha-colored head. Smells of roasted, caramel malt, coffee, dark chocolate, lighter coconut and just a hint of an offensive, tart, soapy note that intensifies upon swirling. Taste is dominated by that offensive tart and soapy note that drowns out all of the nicer coffee and chocolate notes in the background. Finishes on a sour note, with some soap lingering in the aftertaste. Full mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

I absolutely loved Big Bad Baptist and Big Bad Baptista, so I was really looking forward to this beer, which I kinda saved for a special occasion, so it came as huge disappointment to me to find it infected and undrinkable, had to darinpour it. My release number is 12 and there apparently have been other reports of infection with this release number, so avoid it like the plague.

Nov 10, 2019
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Bruno74200 from France

4.52/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Still and dark ruby body without any head
The smell is amazing on the roasted almond and the cocoa mostly.
The taste begins some acidity and then waves of roasted coconuts and almonds. It's all over the place. The cocoa nibs and coffee are gently there too. The barrel aging is there and balances the whole thing out
Not thick at all, there is very little sweetness.
This is not exactly what I was expecting it was great anyway. This all about roasted nuts, complexity and balanced.

Oct 13, 2019
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russpowell from Arkansas

4.19/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent & opaque ebony with a thin caramel colored head. A little lace & head retention

S: Dark chocolate, whisky, vanilla & peat

T: Follows the nose, plenty of barrel dryness up front. Coffee comes through as this warms along with peaty boozeyness & barrel dryness. Finishes with loads barrel dryness, plenty of Whisky & a little coffee

MF: Medium body, restrained carbonation

Decent, but was looking for a lot more smoothness & marriage of flavors

Sep 29, 2019
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puck1225 from Texas

4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2018 version poured from tap into a small snifter. Black- brown color with nice brown head and decent lacing. Strong, pleasant mocha smella Nd taste. Smooth, earthy, comforting. Boozy but not overwhelming. Deceptivey good - bearer as it warms. Great beer!

Sep 28, 2019
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BeerDawgs from Georgia

4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - Pitch black with some gorgeous tan lacing left all over the brew all the way down

S - Rum, whiskey, and coconut

T - Like the smell, lots of coconut, rum, and whiskey. Cocoa and chocolate. Tasty!

F - Thin body, well carbonated

O - Another BBB variation by Epic that rocks. Well done

Aug 23, 2019
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dd53grif from Michigan

4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beer pours a black color with a foamy tan head that lasts quite a while. Aromas of coffee, chocolate and booze. Tastes of the alcohol up front with coffee and chocolate at the end. Smooth mouth feel.

Jul 26, 2019
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CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - 1/2 finger dense mocha head atop a pitch black body.

S - milk chocolate, coconut, bourbon, coffee. Yum!

T - follows the nose. Coconut in the lead but the other flavors follow. Low bitterness. Moderate-low sweetness. Moderate-low booziness.

F - medium-full body with appropriate carb.

O - diverse and pleasing.

Jul 05, 2019
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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

4.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2018 year. 22 oz. bottle. Poured into Kane chalice and allowed to warm. I don't even know what barrel aging does to almonds, but let's find out...

L: 1F light tan head, very good retention, leaves some lacing on the side and a cap and ring. Beer is pretty much as dark as it can get.

S: Definite whiff of rum and whiskey barrels and hints of coffee and roasted malts. Coconut, I have been told, is one of the first scents to go and I really can't pick it up.

T: Barrels still rule up front, but coffee and coconut (there it is!) and a definite nuttiness in addition to the roasted malts pipe in midway, so all the elements make themselves known. Finish is a bit boozy with a little bit of heat.

F: Full-bodied, not much in the way of carbonation. Construction and concept very solid, balance probably improves with aging.

O: Pretty nice and ambitious offering from a brewery I had no familiarity with.

Jun 29, 2019
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

4.29/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours black with a dense mocha colored head excellent retention, sheets of lacing great for the abv.

Aroma - Coffee hits first with a mixture of black coffee and green pepper. Whiskey and oak are prominent as well, slight nuttiness not getting too much coconut.

Taste - Wow really tasty the rum does not hit until the finish and may be a little strong for my taste. Coffee is nice, whiskey and oak come through well. The coconut is much more present.

Feel - Smooth creamy slick feel, nice warming bitter dry finish.

Overall - Really well done for all the stuff they did to this beer, at cellar temp the rum was a little strong but as it warmed to room temp it went away.

Jun 21, 2019
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hman43 from North Carolina

4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: It pours very dark brown, but not quite jet black. It has a brown head and head retention is very good.

Smell: It has a strong aroma of rich, roasted coffee. There are secondary notes of roast, dark chocolate, vanilla and coconut.

Taste: The flavors are of coffee, rich and black with coconut and some dark chocolate. The secondary flavors contain some dark fruits, mostly plums with a hint of raisins. There are also hints of vanilla, cocoa, and roast.

Feel: It has a full body what has a fine texture with very pleasant alcohol warmth. Considering the ABV, the warmth of the alcohol is quite surprising in that it lacks and hint of being hot.

Overall, a great combination of complex malt flavors with some esters that all work together to create a fine imperial stout.

May 31, 2019
Big Bad Baptist - Quadruple Barrel from Epic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 295 ratings