Quadruple Barrel Big Bad Baptist | Epic Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial Stout aged in Whiskey and Rum barrels with roasted cacao, barrel-aged coffee, barrel-aged almonds, & barrel-aged coconut

User Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 66 | Ratings: 209
Reviews by Fluteswell:
Photo of Fluteswell
4.61/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

More User Reviews:
Photo of Holderness
4.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L -- 1,000 lumens passed through the glass reveals a nearly pitch black body that allows just the slightest amount of light through. Half finger of brown head produced with aerated pour. Sudsy retention and good lacing
S -- Coconut, vanilla, whiskey, marzipan, milk chocolate, coffee ice cream, hazelnut, toffee, caramel, touch of smoke. Really pleasant, layered, and decadent
T -- Milk chocolate, rum, oak, vanilla, booze, coconut, espresso, toffee, maple, very faint ashiness. The rum is much more present here than in the aromas
F -- Big mouthfeel, medium- carb. Less velvety and viscous than the other BBB variants I've had, but still pretty decent
O -- This one is up there with Big Bad Baptista for me and definitely stands head and shoulders over last year's Triple Barrel BBB and the original BBB. As other reviewers have noted, I'm not exactly sure what it means to barrel age coffee beans/coconut/almond, but in any event it sure imparts a nice aroma and flavor to the beer. $21/22oz bottle is pricey yet not too bad compared to other beers of similar ilk


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Photo of beersampler6
4.36/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wow this is one big bad beer. Great aromas and flavors, deep, dark, rich, complex, full of nuance. So many things going on but so well-balanced. This brewery is just amazing. Pours a deep, dark black color with just a little lingering tan head and very spotty lacing. Smells wonderful - dark chocolate, roast coffee, coconut, roasted almond nuttiness, bourbon, wood, nice malt notes. Taste follows the nose, along with some vanilla creaminess and caramel. Really smooth, thick, luscious, creamy mouthfeel with just enough carbonation. I was sipping it slowly even though there wasn't anywhere near as much alcohol burn as you would expect - the really high ABV is nicely blended in with the flavors and is so mellow. Outstanding beer!

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Photo of arizcards
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 16 oz mason jar draft from the Craft Beer Quick Stop on 12-1-18 for $13.00. Consumed on 12-4-18.

Beer poured black with a beautiful three finger tan head that is leaving some lacing behind.

Nose is boozy, whiskey forward with a very nice mix of coffee and almonds and some dark chocolate.

Taste follows the nose with a whiskey forward taste. In the after taste you get a wonderful mix of fudge, almonds, some coffee, and vanilla. Finish is nicely balanced by an ample amount of hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very smooth. Not quite a viscous as the other rare releases.

Overall an awesome beer. THe whiskey is way forward so now is the time for the whiskey lovers to jump on it. Personally i think about 3-6 months of aging would improve the melding of all the flavors.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.27/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

An barrel aged imperial stout, barrel-aged coffee beans, barrel-aged coconut, and barrel-aged almond; so the Epic Brewing Company couldn't find a fifth barrel to age anything more inside?

Their mere Quadruple Barrel Big Bad Baptist pours with a somewhat barrel-bleached dark brown, a shade off of black. Skirted with a fine mocha creme, the complex stout leads with a nose of whisky and oak laced coffees and chocolates with nuances of caramel, toffee, vanilla and nuttiness. Sweeter flavors of praline, caramel and cream aligns on the front of the tongue like rum cake and pecan pie.

The flavors begin to explode on the middle palate as the sweetness starts to take a back seat and the barrels take control of the tastebuds. Oak, whisky and spiced rum brings a nearly Christmas spice character to the dark roast coffee, burnt toast and bittersweet cocoa flavors of the underlying stout. Vanilla, coconut, nutmeg, allspice and marzipan rise and fall at various times while the tannic spice from oak dry the late palate and allow the spices to shine.

Trending nutty and thinly sweet like baklava, the stout's spice and oak influence begins to win out in finish while the full bodied beer takes a more relaxed and drier path on the way to a long aftertaste of spiced rum, whisky and coffee.

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Photo of jlindros
4.72/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2018 release, share with rudzud
Decent creamy darker foamy head but no retention, great legs, pitch black beer

Nose is super complex, coconut out front, then big rum, whiskey, vanilla barrel, sweet candy almond, marzipan, nutty coffee, very dark chocolate cocoa, hint caramel, dark chocolate coconut candy

Taste super dark chocolate coconut, toasted coconut, nutty coffee notes, big candied almond, dark chocolate, vanilla barrel, whiskey notes, a bit of rum, toasted oak vanilla, mild bitter hop and roast malt, roasted cocoa, some bitterness on the back end, finish is drier not sticky or cloying, very nice

Mouth is fuller bod, creamy thicker little lush, nice creamy carb, very little alcohol

Overall very good, great combination of everything, delicious and very well done beer

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Photo of zachary80
3.66/5  rDev -17%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2018 bomber.

L: Large pillowy off--brown head, great lacing, great head retention. Near black body. Not sure how it could look any better.
S: Lightly boozy, moderate coffee; a little bland. Some funkiness seems misplaced.
T: More mellow than expected. Very light coconut, very light nutiness, light to medium coffee, light roastiness (too light for style). Doesn't seem to meld well, but tastes good.
M: A little thinner on the body and higher carbonation than expected, but still good. No alcohol bite.
O: Overall good but not my favorite Baptist variant. Any barrel presence seems to just muddy the beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

i thought the triple barrel edition last year was lights out, and i was not expecting them to take this any further, but here we are, with barrel aged almonds added to the mix! i am still not sure how you barrel aged things like almonds and coconut, like, i dont know that they breathe like coffee beans do after the are roasted, but whatever, its a cool thought either way. a sexy, dense, matte black brew from the tap with plenty of viscosity and a really creamy tan head on it, looks rich and elegant, and has one of the best aromatic profiles i have ever had in a stout, it smells incredible! the almond really comes through, to my surprise, its as forward as any other element in here, so natural, i cant believe its as bold as it is. the cocoa is also there, dry and bitter and earthy, lots of dark coffee of high quality, whiskey, and coconut, which is sweet but subtle in the mix. its awesome that the almond is as prominent in the flavor as it is, this is a tricky ingredient to use, and usually they end up lost in a beer this big, dark, and complex, but not here, they really stand out, killer with the woodiness of the barrels, there is a nice synergy there. on top of that, the coconut is beautiful, it lightens this up and makes it fun, but not as intense as in the triple barrel, just a neat accent, mostly in the finish. coffee is all the way through it, and the wonderful base beer is still at the heart of it, in front of all these curious adjuncts. this really works, i mean, its killer, not too sweet somehow, really complex, and with a shockingly well hidden alcohol strength. the aroma is the best part, but the whole package is pretty incredible. i would love to know a little more about how these ingredients are barrel aged too. awesome stuff, the best thing i have from epic since the triple barrel last year. do not miss this one!

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Photo of Benish
4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured pitch black with little brown head that quickly disappeared.

Smell: The aromas were heavy of almonds and coffee with just a faint of coconut mixed in. Layers of bourbon intermingled with the aroma; every ingredient is so well blended to complement each other without dominating.

Taste: Heave notes of sweet malty chocolate, coffee, and almonds - but not the sweet amaretto kind; instead it gives off the nutty, slightly sweet, fresh almond taste. Beer is sweet from the beginning but not cloying like those typical pastry stouts. In fact the almonds, coconut, coffee, and chocolate came together in perfect balance with no overwhelming flavors. Even the bourbon at the finish did not overwhelm the palate.

Mouthfeel: medium to heavy body with perfect smoothness and carbonation. No alcohol presence.

Overall: The flavors came together without flaw. One might have expected this to be an overwhelming malt bomb with all its added adjuncts but this was far from it. It was perfection. Definitely worth the money and time to seeking this out!

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Photo of Blazer22
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pagriley
4.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KensWorld
4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HopBelT
4.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ajm5108
4.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A little boozey, not quite as rich as I remember Triple barrel being, can’t say I detected much of the almond addition, still a delicious coconut/ chocolate stout

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Photo of eldoctorador
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GregSemenza
4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ruzzal
4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Uconnelmo
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jacobdunne
4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Cacao nibs is potent! So chocolately and delicious!

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Photo of MeLoynes
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jimmeekrek
4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zazzi82
4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Calraven
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Piglet_rulz_da_yard
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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