Big Bad Baptist - Quadruple Barrel
Epic Brewing Company

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American Imperial Stout
4.41 | pDev: 8.39%
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, & barrel-aged coconut
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Photo of Scottsbeer
3.74/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.17/5  rDev -5.4%
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.


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Photo of stortore
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
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!

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Photo of OompaMentor
4.41/5  rDev 0%
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

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Photo of BrentLepping
1.17/5  rDev -73.5%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
2.31/5  rDev -47.6%
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?

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Photo of ovaltine
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of Yooper_textured_flavor
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of NayDrake
4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of Snowcrash000
2.46/5  rDev -44.2%
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.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.52/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
4.19/5  rDev -5%
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

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Photo of puck1225
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
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!

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
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

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Photo of dd53grif
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of CanConPhilly
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.29/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of hman43
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
4.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep dark brown nearly black. Thin mocha head, nice legs when swirled. Aroma is rich with lots of coconut, chocolate, molasses, rum and to a lesser extent bourbon. Flavor is decadent, following the nose. Feel is thick and almost syrupy. Overall a fantastic beer. Wish I had several more bottles.

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Photo of Buck89
3.11/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a hotel glass. Deep brown color with a modest tan head that left impressive laces. Aroma was complex with coffee, toasted coconut, vanilla, almond, and faint whiskey. The taste...turned. Sour and appears infected. Release 12 FWIW. Oh well.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.64/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had EPIC in SLC at tasting bar. Extraordinary in complexity of taste and excellent in body. Overall appearance is very good, but what you’d expect in a very dark red brown ale at > 12% abv. Nose had tons of malt; dried fruit and barrel. More old ale than stout. Taste wove it all together in layers as chilled moved to room temperature. Rich stout with chocolate; espresso; and booze surrounded by oak and traces of vanilla. Then the dried fruit... figs, dates, emerges and hints of rum molasses and nuts. Some hoppy bitterness accents it but mostly a malt forward/ barrel enhanced huge beer.
Wonderfully crafted.
Excellent sipper after dinner or otherwise in the evening. Works very well with a bolder style cigar my case a Partagas Serie D #4.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.04/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. 2018 vintage, release #2.

A: Pitch black pour. Brown head sticks around as a half inch cap. Webby lacing.

S: Almond Joy candy bars and coconut oil. Chocolate syrup. Mocha fudge and double chocolate truffles. Intermittent whiffs of both whiskey and rum. Almonds.

T: Lots of coconut up front. Coconut oil and almond joy bars. Hershey’s chocolate syrup. Mocha fudge. Heavy roast and char layered into that. Rum and whiskey barrels pull to the forefront middle to end, with the rum getting the better of the two. Hints of amaretto, but I’d probably have missed it if not for knowing the almonds were there. The finish dries dramatically and becomes primarily oaky.

M: Full, thick body. Rich and decadent silky and creamy texture. Moderate carbonation. Easy warmth.

O: Pretty solid stuff. Layered, but not quite as balanced and cohesive as some of the other Baptists. The barrels speak a little more sharply than in other variants. It’s a nit-picky thing to write though. This is still a very good beer. For my money, the original Big Bad Baptist is still best though, followed closely by Baptista. They are among the best of the style in my mind. Pass on the overly-hyped wait-in-line pastry stouts and give those a try.

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Photo of Roguer
4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thick and inviting brew, pours like motor oil with good head retention for the style.

Nose is dominated by boozy barrels, in particular rum. Lurking behind are chocolate, coffee, toffee, molasses, licorice, nuts, brown sugar.

Flavor follows, with rum again taking the lead over the whiskey (which makes me wonder if rum was the finishing barrel, or if it was a blend). The coconut comes through cleanly, probably accentuated by the rum and whiskey barrels. Chocolate, brown sugar, toffee, almonds, mash, coffee, molasses, caramel, and brown sugar round out the profile.

Thick, smooth, and while obviously a big beer, it's unbelievable that it clocks in over 12% ABV.

This is a fantastic and fabulously complex beer. It delivers on the premise, and then goes one step further. It's imperfect for my palate, as I'm not a fan of rum; had this exact same beer not been so rum-forward, it probably would have been in the 4.6-4.75 overall range for me. Fans of rum, on the other hand, are likely to be delighted, and if you're more neutral toward the spirit, I think the 4.41 overall rating is actually a touch low. Phenomenal beer.

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Big Bad Baptist - Quadruple Barrel from Epic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 284 ratings