Big Bad Baptist - Vanilla Brandy
Epic Brewing Company

Big Bad Baptist - Vanilla BrandyBig Bad Baptist - Vanilla Brandy
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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #960
ABV:
12.7%
Score:
93
Ranked #5,400
Avg:
4.2 | pDev: 5.95%
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
44
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Epic Brewing Company
 
Utah, United States
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Big Bad Baptist - Vanilla BrandyBig Bad Baptist - Vanilla Brandy
Notes: Aged in brandy barrels with roasted cacao nibs, coffee and vanilla.
Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 44 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of REVZEB
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Shimmering black with a brown collar. Smell takes on the coffee and vanilla up front, then brandy, chocolate, malt and dark fruit come in with a hint of barley, odd combo but works well. The taste however clashes, especially the coffee and brandy, leaving a bittersweet shellac that sits on the palate through the whole sip. The vanilla adds to this effect, where as the chocolate, malts, earth, dark fruit, and booze try to cut in but can't save it. Feel is boozy, sweet, roasted and coats the teeth. Love the series, this entry didn't jive for me

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing opaque black in the glass with a thin brown head that dissipates to patches with light lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, vanilla, cocoa and coffee. Flavor is dark toasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, light brandy fruitiness and drip coffee. Medium bodied with light to moderate creaminess. A nicely integrated flavored stout. All the additive elements are clear notes in the flavor, but all well balanced. The mild brandy from the barrel adds a light fruit note to the other flavors while still well supported by the base malt. I was expecting to like the hazelnut version much better than this one, but this is my favorite so far. The malt seems more robust and the vanilla, cocoa and coffee all harmonious. Nicely done.

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Photo of stevoj
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber. Near black pour, the few bubbles that appear oear on the pour disappear quickly, leving this flat and still. Aroma is vanilla and roast malts. Taste is both sweet and coffee, with a bit of warmth cropping up late from the brandy. Slick, velvety.

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Photo of mogulskier
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a good one. Definitely pick up the Brandy character on this and it has a nice warming alcohol as it goes down. It is on the sweet side, but no overly so. The nose is chocolate and Brandy, don't get too much coffee on the nose, but it adds bitterness on the palate, that is when the vanilla really shines is in the flavor. Epic has really dialed in the Vanilla and Brandy combo nicely and it works well.

Of all the BBB variants in 2019, this is the best one followed by Chocolate Rapture. Really miss Baptista, but this Vanilla Brandy is a better then expected substitute for this year.

Despite the high ABV, this beer is pretty drinkable.

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Photo of mothman
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle. Tan head. Chocolate.

Nice brandy in the background. Warming. Smooth. Chocolate, caramel, vanilla. Coffee and a light roast. Abv shows a bit which I like.

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Photo of sjrider
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in Sacramento - looks like a glass of root beer. Nose is cocoa,coffee,barrel wood,vanilla,roasty malt and sweet booze, not necessarily in that order.Taste follows more or less. Quite tasty on a rainy afternoon. Delicious.

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Photo of pants678
4.66/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Did a side by side w/ standard Baptist -- couldn't tell the difference, so copy/paste...

Black with a tan lacing.

Light roast coffee.

Dark fruit from coffee but also lends to dark chocolate. Hardly bitter, some roast/char. Brandy barrel I couldn't have figured blind. A touch more sweetness might ruin this. Very approachable despite the high ABV.

Low carb, no complaints here.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Release #2,SLC#5466.

Pours pitch black with a healthy head of tan foam with good lacing.

Smells of roasted malt, cocoa nibs, coffee, Brandy. Oh yeah, vanilla is there and at the top of the smell chain.

The taste has everything that I mentioned above. Super smooth and balanced, each sip seems to bring out a different flavour to highlight. Alcohol is there but not intrusive in any way.

Full bodied with lightish carbonation.

Superb variant of the BBB.

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Photo of arizcards
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a bomber from the Craft Beer Hop Stop 10-22-19 for $11.99. Bottled in SLC #6466 Release #2. Consumed 12-7-19.

Beer poured black as night with a decent tan head that dissipated quickly.

Nose has notes of dark chocolate, dark fruits, and a touch of vanilla.

Taste is nicely blended with the dark chocolate and medium roasted coffee of the base beer with the dark fruits and liqueur of the barrels. Finishes well balanced with the coffee and hopping. Touch of alcohol warming with each sip.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and very smooth.

Overall one of the better variants this year.

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Photo of superspak
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter; release#3, bottled in 10/2019. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy dark tan head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, dark roasted coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, cream, brandy, vanilla, coconut, roasted nuts, toasted oak, biscuit, and dark bread/crust; with light notes of licorice, molasses, raisin, fig, date, smoke, char, 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, vanilla, cocoa nibs, brandy barrels, light earthy hop/fruity yeast notes; with big strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, dark roasted coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, cream, brandy, vanilla, coconut, roasted nuts, toasted oak, biscuit, and dark bread/crust; with light notes of licorice, molasses, raisin, fig, date, smoke, char, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Mild herbal, grassy, roast, charred, coffee bitterness; and brandy/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, dark roasted coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, cream, brandy, vanilla, coconut, roasted nuts, toasted oak, biscuit, dark bread/crust, light licorice/fruit/smoke/char, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/black/bready malts, coffee, vanilla, cocoa nibs, brandy barrels, light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; with a fantastic roast/hop bitter/sweet, and brandy/oak spiciness balance; with no cloying, acrid, astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering hop/roast/coffee bitterness, and brandy/oak spiciness. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/velvety/bready, and lightly slick/sticky/chalky/tannic mouthfeel that is fantastic. Mild increasing warmth of 12.1%, with minimal lingering barrel booze after the finish. Overall this is an incredible flavored barrel aged imperial stout! All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/black/bready malts, coffee, vanilla, cocoa nibs, brandy barrels, light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV, with the mildly bitter/charred/tannic/drying finish. Fantastic soft/silky feel for the style, mildly bitter/charred/tannic. Fantastic balance of super rich malts, cocoa, fruity/nutty coffee, and brandy barrel presence/integration; with mild earthy hops and restrained fruity yeast. Not overly sweet/heavy from lingering dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and outstanding spot on style example. Another fantastic variant as expected. Still not nearly as impressive as the Base, Multi-barreled, or Baptista as expected; but well worth picking up another for the price.

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Photo of flat_lander
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cold = coffee forward, dark chocolate, sort of abrasive barrel. Warm = softer, brandy barrel comes through, vanilla opens up. Let it warm up. Thin mouthfeel.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Release #2". Released October 2019; drank 10/11/19 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance.

A rough pour yielded a small tan head; minimal lace.

Cream, booze heat, mild milk chocolate & faint oak notes in the nose.

Creamy medium thick mouthfeel.

Cream, booze heat & faint milk chocolate flavors.

Thin & kinda bland; not terrible but hardly worth the effort. All the 2019 variants seem a bit dull so far...

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Big Bad Baptist - Vanilla Brandy from Epic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 44 ratings