Big Bad Baptist - Hazelnut Vanilla Latte
Epic Brewing Company

Big Bad Baptist - Hazelnut Vanilla LatteBig Bad Baptist - Hazelnut Vanilla Latte
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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #1,696
Ranked #7,808
4.07 | pDev: 17.44%
Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States
Big Bad Baptist - Hazelnut Vanilla LatteBig Bad Baptist - Hazelnut Vanilla Latte
Notes: Aged in whiskey barrels with roasted cacao nibs, coffee, vanilla and roasted hazelnuts.
Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 70 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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JLK7299 from North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured beautifully. Not much of a smell to note. Tastes good. At first I wasn’t picking up much hazelnut but as I keep sipping it’s prevalent in the after taste. Solid BA stout.

Jan 03, 2021
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22Blue from Kansas

2/5  rDev -50.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22 ounce bottle. Acidic aroma and taste. Would not recommend taking a chance on this. Have seen too many reviews that have had the same experience. Will say that it is the first bottle for me from this brewery that has had this problem.

Jan 01, 2021
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Giggy from Michigan

3.67/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks and sounds from the title that it would be amazing. Not a lot of aroma, maybe a slight bit of coffee and chocolate. Expected it to be sweet and rich in body but was disappointed with the bitter metallic taste. Appreciated the beautiful head that formed on the pour and the ABV.

Sep 23, 2020
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KRug from Massachusetts

2.37/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

2019 vintage

As far as this series goes, I've only had the OG and Baptista and I was pleasantly surprised by both. I knew I couldn't pass up a variant when I saw it

Pours nearly pitch black with 2 fingers of light brown head that slowly fades to a cap and leaves tons of lacing

There's not too much going on in the nose, it's all a little muted. I get mostly a sharp, oaky whiskey with notes of dark chocolate and roast to back it up, with the roast possibly coming from the hazelnut. Very subtle hints of raisin and vanilla

What was muted in the aroma is downright offensive in the taste. I genuinely gagged after the first sip. It's straight up sharply tart whiskey with a decent amount of heat combined with a piss poor roast from the hazelnuts and coffee. The end of the sip has a decent mellow spice character, but the initial taste is not worth the slight aftertaste

This is full bodied, and carbonated a bit too much for an imperial stout, which further amplifies the worst characters of this beer. Finishes sticky sweet and leaving me dreading the next sip

Good lord how could this go so wrong? I absolutely love hazelnut flavored anything, but this beer is an insult to hazelnuts. I'm not sure if this is an infected bottle, but I really don't wanna try another to find out. Maybe 5 years from now

Sep 08, 2020
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle. Poured out an opaque, oil-black color with a good-sized, light brown head of foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass. It smelled of hazelnut, vanilla, rich chocolate and oak. Sweet hazelnut, chocolate and toffee with note of whiskey, oak and vanilla.

Aug 15, 2020
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Yet one more from the BBB collection that I had saved to share with rudzud.

Pours a giant frothy foamy dark brownish head with great retention and soapy lacing, pitch black color with long legs

Nose brings some roasted malts with coffee almost espresso like, some vanilla, a bit of rich cocoa and dark chocolate, touch of creamy lactose like character, fresh roasted coffee and roasted malt, a little fudgey, hint of a nutty aroma, a touch of baking spice and some oak barrel but not really whiskey

Taste begins rich again with cocoa and dark chocolate, into some roasted malt and roasted coffee, espresso notes with a little cooked milk sugar lactose, a little caramel and candy sweet notes, a little nutty and light hazelnuts, as well as rich earthy vanilla, touch of baking spice and oak barrel, bit of whiskey, bit of bitterness from the roast and a little spicy hop, touch of smooth alcohol, mild sticky sweet finish, a bit more alcohol, lingering coffee, nutty notes, bitterness, vanilla, quite a bit of whiskey as well late

Mouth is fuller bod, thick almost chewy, med-lighter fizzy carb, mild smooth alcohol warmth

Overall another solid beer for the lineup. Not my fav in the bunch but delivers what it promises.

Aug 08, 2020
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Jeffo from Netherlands

1.98/5  rDev -51.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Got this one from the speciaalbierexpert in NL.

From a bomber into a snifter


Vintage: 2019

Imperial Stout aged in Whisky Barrels with Cacao Nibs, Coffee, Vanilla and Roasted Hazelnuts

APPEARANCE: Clear dark brown pour yields a two finger, medium looking, slightly creamy light tan head with decent retention. Clear black body with higher levels of carbonation evident. Decent head slowly recedes to a thin wisp. Splotchy wisp remains leaving touches of lacing down the glass as it empties. This looks much like Chocolate Rapture.

SMELL: Whisky, oak, some tart cherries as well, with notes of chocolate and vanilla aromas. The tartness could also be perceived as acrylic coffee as well. Medium strength and pretty much the same as the others. No hazelnuts anywhere.

TASTE: Whisky, lots of tartness, acrylic and rather acidic character, maybe some burnt coffee in there, some light hints of vanilla and some more acidity and tartness at the swallow. Lots of alcohol too. Boozy finish of tart cherries, acrylic coffee, acidity, and plenty of alcohol. There’s nothing hazelnut latte about this at all.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Foamy on the palate, goes down harsh with a nasty scratch, finishing a bit mouth-coating. Plenty of acidity and alcohol linger.

OVERALL: If you thought the other ones were lousy… This is even worse. This is bad. B.A.D. The other variants were lousy but at least palatable, but this one is acrylic, metallic, acidic, nasty and horrific. There’s no other way to put it. I could meander my way through the others ones at a pedestrianly slow pace, but this one is not worth leaving the front porch for. Drain will be satisfied tonight.

Jul 16, 2020
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i was massively anticipating this special edition after some incredible recent baptist experiences, but this one let us all down a little bit, like it was thin and even a little sharp, like maybe the first signs of an infection setting in, some astringency to it that breaks down the richness these beers are known for, did anyone else have this experience? it just doesnt seem to fit with the rest of them that have been so robust and luxurious. i do get some hazelnut in nose and taste, lots of coffee as always, more bitter than usual it seems, and lots of wood but not a ton of whiskey, some barrel char and some natural vanilla as well, but also just a hint of vinegar, weird with all the dark grain. i like the flavors of this and see the potential, but its not quite coming together. i do appreciate the real nut character, its not desserty or forced, and its okay that its not the lead dog here. no as sweet as some of the variants, definitely more sort of broken down and thin in texture, and something is just off here. the booze stands out more because of this too. we still drank it, even still liked it in some ways, but its not at the level of the rest of the series, at least this time. i hope to catch this one right sometime, definitely a quality control issue here.

May 26, 2020
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours pitch black with a thin tan head. Light soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is coffee, hazelnut and whiskey.

T - The taste is dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, very light hazelnut, oak and whiskey.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Soft mouthfeel with a soft dry finish.

O - Pretty lackluster BBB variant. The flavors seem off, not infected just off.

Apr 18, 2020
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Burt from Rhode Island

1.92/5  rDev -52.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Was hoping this was going to be better. Smell was boozy. No hazelnut and the vanilla was hot/boozy tasting. Very slick and thin. The regular BBB is spectacular, this not so much.

Apr 11, 2020
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stortore from Illinois

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

22 ounce bottle into a snifter. Release #2, had 10/25/19.

Pours dark brown and opaque, with a one inch creamy head and a good amount of foamy lacing. Aromas of coffee, vanilla, hazelnuts, malt, some whiskey, marshmallow, cocoa, some chocolate, light oak, a little char. The flavor is mostly the same- coffee, more whiskey than the aroma, vanilla, chocolate, cocoa, some hazelnuts, marshmallow, some oak, light char. Smooth, somewhat creamy, a very good full body, well carbonated.

This pretty much nails what they were trying to do. The hazelnuts are light, but the other add- ins show well. Barrels are light but effective. Very enjoyable. Well worth a purchase.

Mar 30, 2020
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Scotchboy from Idaho

4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Footbridge Boise.

Pours dark and opaque with a minimal dark khaki head.

The nose is of sweet coffee right off the off notes at all. Vanilla, espresso, toasted hazelnuts...very nice!

And the taste follows - coffee, vanilla, milk chocolate, bourbon, hazelnuts, toasted coconut, hints of oak - this thing is GOOD.

Medium mouthfeel, smooth, light booziness doesn’t cut the mouthfeel, lower carbonation is spot on.

Overall I’m loving this thing, much better than the last variant I tried (Peanut Butter Cup). This is darn near perfect.

Feb 06, 2020
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a "big barrel aged" stout with lots of flavor just like the regular Big Bad Baptist but the flavor is a bit milder and has notes of vanilla and hazelnut.

Look: Black a one inch mocca colored head

Aroma: roasted malts, some chocolate, coffee, and whiskey

Taste: roasted malts, chocolate, some coffee, whiskey but also vanilla and hazelnut. It is a little milder than Big Bad Baptist perhaps, but it

is very good.

Body/Overall: full body

Jan 18, 2020
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours like old motor oil, but plenty of effervescence with a thumb of mocha colored head. Some lacing and head retention

S: Coffee, vanilla, fades a bit once warm

T: Follows the nose, dryness & hazelnut as well up front. More coffee and dryness as this warms, plus a little hazelnut. Finishes dry with some boozey notes, some coffee & just a little vanilla

MF: Fairly thick, restrained carbonation

A good coffee slanted Imp Stout, more barrel would've helped, not really getting much Whiskey here, trace amounts really

Jan 13, 2020
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours nearly black, appearing opaque black in the glass with a thin brown head that dissipates to patches with slight lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, vanilla, mild coffee and cocoa; vanilla dominates. Flavor is dark toasted malt, whiskey, vanilla, coffee, light cocoa and mild hazelnuts. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A full flavored barreled stout with whiskey and vanilla the dominant flavors, coffee well represented. I was most looking forward to the hazelnut character, but that is fairly mild and only nutty, I'm not sure I'd be able to identify this as hazelnut without knowing ahead of time. Lots going on and a solid barreled stout, but a little unbalanced with the whisky, coffee and vanilla more forward than the nuts and cocoa. Body is a bit on the thin side for such a big stout. Tasty, but not well integrated.

Dec 29, 2019
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mothman from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Tan head. Black color.

Lots of coffee and espresso flavors. Whiskey and oak. Lots of chocolate. Light roast. Earthy hops. Full bodied. Didn’t pick up on hazelnut.

Dec 28, 2019
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bomber from Hinda65 into Odell Teku shared with my wife before the big ice storm.

Very thick dark black with a creamy cappuccino like head of 1 finger, lots of loopy lace, slight alcohol legs, head sticks around awhile, very nice.

Aroma is of sharp, peppery hazelnut coffee beans, hints of dark roasted malt, and acidic ash. I don't get much in the way of vanilla, perhaps a suggestion or two, and no oak/bourbon.

The flavor is good but not great. Comes across as more of a basic 5-6% coffee stout. It brings sharp hazelnut coffee beans, black pepper, slight soy sauce, campfire ash, some oak, cheap whiskey on the rocks, and faint caramel-vanilla on the finish. Perhaps a touch of metallic dark berry.

Feel is medium-thick, but borders on thin at times, with a nice slickness and a good sharp alcohol burn. Slight dryness and pucker at the end.

Overall, a bit disappointing but nothing undrinkable. For what they are priced at, I think this beer fails to deliver.

Dec 28, 2019
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 ounce bottle, release #2. There's something etched under the abv but I can't read it.

It pours a pitch black with a gorgeous head of tan foam. Lacing is top notch.

Smells of cocoa nibs, coffee vanilla, whiskey, and hazelnut. Why is the hazelnut the least forward?

Cocoa nibs, vanilla, coffee, hazelnut and whiskey taste. At least hazelnut wasn't last in the taste. Lol!. Very smooth.

Mouthfeel IS very smooth, alcohol hidden as best it can. Not obvious in the taste but very much there in the swallow.

Now I am getting some lactose as it warmed up. I didn't expect that. Not all that welcome

Overall, an enjoyable variant but I doubt that I will buy another bottle.

Dec 13, 2019
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium black body, mocha collar. Smell is the more cohesive hazelnut vanilla latter combination, with cocoa nibs and warm booze undergirding it, a very pleasant take on the breakfast stout. Taste is separated in comparison however, with vanilla and hazelnut gliding in on top of distinctly separate layers of cocoa, whiskey and then lots of coffee, still good but was hoping for more melding. Get some hints of supporting char and molasses too. Feel does well not to even sniff cloying sweetness, and the booze is well balanced, but body could be thicker and more unified in texture. Playful variant

Dec 06, 2019
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ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

3.3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.75

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Release #2.

A: Inky black with a tan head that retains at a quarter inch cap. Wispy lacing.

S: Toasty and very nutty up front, fat whiff of chocolate, vanilla bean and malted milk balls, coffee, and a nice roasty backbone. Faint background scents of oak and whiskey.

T: Heavy roast up front. Smokey and acrid with a steely bitterness. Quick hit of red fruit. Whiskey rides up in a big way. Oak. Hazelnut and coffee. Vanilla bean and chocolate meld for a malted milkshake sort of flavor. Finishes with whiskey and more of that odd, steely bitterness.

M: Thick and hefty body. Decadent and creamy texture feels like velvet in the mouth. Ample carbonation. Great feel.

O: Something seems off about this beer. Either the balance is suffering severely from too many roasty components, or there is an infection developing here. I can’t be sure. There’s a big acrid and phenolic pull though, and it comes across as medicinal and bitter to me. It made for a tough drink.

Dec 01, 2019
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superspak from Ohio

4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

9300th review! 22 ounce bottle into snifter; release #1, bottled in 10/2019. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and rocky khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Dense spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, dark roasted coffee, hazelnuts, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, cream, whiskey, toasted oak, biscuit, and dark bread/crust; with lighter notes of coconut, licorice, molasses, raisin, prune, fig, date, smoke, charcoal, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Minimal booze in the aromas as it warms. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/black/bready malts, coffee, hazelnuts, vanilla, cocoa nibs, whiskey barrels, light-moderate earthy hops, and light fruity yeast notes; with big strength. Taste of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, dark roasted coffee, hazelnuts, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, cream, whiskey, toasted oak, biscuit, and dark bread/crust; with lighter notes of coconut, licorice, molasses, raisin, prune, fig, date, smoke, charcoal, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Light-moderate herbal, grassy, peppery, roast, charred, coffee bitterness; and whiskey/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, dark roasted coffee, hazelnuts, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, cream, whiskey, toasted oak, biscuit, dark bread/crust, coconut, licorice, molasses, dark fruit, smoke, charcoal, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/black/bready malts, coffee, hazelnuts, vanilla, cocoa nibs, whiskey barrels, light-moderate earthy hops, and light fruity yeast flavors; with an awesome roast/hop bitter/sweet and whiskey/oak spiciness balance; with no cloying, acrid, astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering hop/char bitterness and whiskey/oak tannin spiciness. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/velvety/bready, fairly sticky/chalky/tannic, and lightly slick mouthfeel that is great. Mild increasing warmth of 10.1%, with minimal lingering barrel booze after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic barrel aged flavored imperial stout. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/black/bready malts, coffee, hazelnuts, vanilla, cocoa nibs, whiskey barrels, light-moderate earthy hops, and light fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV, with the mellowly bitter/charred/tannic/drying finish. Great soft/silky feel, and not overly bitter/charred/tannic. Fantastic balance of super rich malts, coffee, cocoa, hazelnuts, and whiskey barrel presence/integration. Solid earthy hops and mild fruity yeast. Light residual sweetness with lingering bitter/charred/tannic dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and outstanding spot on style example. Another fantastic variant as expected. Not nearly as impressive as the Base, Multi-barreled, or Baptista; but well worth picking up another for the price.

Nov 08, 2019
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arizcards from Arizona

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a 16 oz mason jar draft from the Craft Beer Quick Stop 10-29-19 for $4.00 (1/2 off deal).

Beer poured black with a nice off white head that has some good hang time.

Nose is coffee forward with roasted hazelnuts in the background.

Taste is coffee forward with some dark fruit with vanilla and whiskey in the background. Finish is semi sweet but not cloying.

Mouthfeel is thinner than hoped for the style, pretty smooth but lacking the body of a what i would expect from a bigger abv beer.

Overall a pretty good beer but once again i am getting that dark fruit flavor, albeit not as much as the Peanut Butter cup variant.

Nov 07, 2019
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Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 70 ratings