Big Bad Baptist Naked
Epic Brewing Company

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Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #844
Ranked #3,918
4.25 | pDev: 6.12%
Jan 28, 2023
Oct 25, 2021
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Reviewed by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours a opaque black with a finger of tan head that settles to a thin cap with some lacing. Mostly aroma of chocolate and barrel. Taste follows nose. On the thin side, but full.
Jan 28, 2023
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Reviewed by bobhits from Kentucky

4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
A shorter review as I'm on my second beer tonight.

This is just everything a freaking stout should be. I hate the look idea, but this is big thick creamy and even has just a bit of head left....lovely. It is followed by the richest of rich dark chocolate and deep dark stout notes. And yet sweet and amazing vanilla and caramels with proper coffee notes from malt, not coffee infusion. In the mouth it's this amazing experience of dark bitter and rich oak and extreme sweet malts all coming together. Balancing so many intense flavors all at once.

It seems the Baptist while fun with a nice bit of clothing, it's just best completely NAKED!
Dec 30, 2022
Rated: 4.61 by Tcsox from Massachusetts

Dec 25, 2022
Rated: 4.59 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts

Dec 25, 2022
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Reviewed by DrOfGolf from Delaware

4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured out a dark brown-black color with
a tan head. Smell to me was of malt(?) and some alcohol. The taste is one of slight alcohol and some sweetness. All in all, not what I expected. However, after consumption, I liked it.
Oct 10, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Oct 08, 2022
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.76/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Naked Baptist from Epic. Purchased from Franklin Beer Company, Franklin, PA, 10/12/21 for $ 16.00 (Including tax)/22 oz bottle ($ 0.727/oz). On room-temperature shelf at store and stored at 37 degrees at home. Reviewed 02/09/22. Note that I use DD/MM/YY protocol.
Stamped “2021 REL #3” on label. Served at 55.9 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King Snifter. Final temperature 63.3 degrees.
Appearance – 4.
First pour –Brown (SRM 20), cloudy. Looks like fresh motor oil.
Body – Black (SRM 40), opaque. Under direct light, same. When rear-lite, ruby at the edges.
Head – Average (Maximum 2.4 cm, aggressive center pour), tan, high density with rocks on top but settling into a 0.4 cm crown fed by effervescence and a thin cap.
Lacing – Excellent! A wall of microscopic to tiny bubbles grace the area just above the head, s-l-o-w-l-y devolving into torn curtains.
Aroma – 3 - Virtually none. Extremely weak roasted malt, no hops, no yeast.
Flavor – 4.25 – Begins slightly bitter with chocolate and malt, no hops, no yeast. No ethanol (13.1 % ABV as marked on label) aroma or taste. Moderate lower gastric warming slowly evolves. No dimethylsulfide or diacetyl. Eventually, some whiskey barrel creeps in.
Palate – 3.5 – Medium, creamy, soft but lively carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 3.75 A very tasty impy stout dragged down by its nearly absent aroma. It looks good and tastes good – just lacks the basic aromatic support. As the temperature rises to the ultimate swallow, the barrel becomes more prominent.
Sep 02, 2022
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Reviewed by Viaduck from California

4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Black & virtually headless. Sweet with a hint of bitter. Aroma is mostly chocolate with some bourbon & barrel scents. Very nice flavor: caramel, chocolate, black licorice, vanilla, roasted malt& plenty of bourbon & oak barrel flavors. Nice, smooth, thick feel with enough carbonation & plenty of alcohol to occupy the tongue. Long lasting stomach heat. Best enjoyed on a cold day.
Aug 06, 2022
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Reviewed by q33jeff from New Jersey

4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Bottle to snifter. Kenobi Ep.3

LOOK: dark black, healthy beige head. very good retention.

AROMA: wood/oak, charred malt, bourbon whiskey, light hint of mineral.

TASTE: raw oak and roasted malt with a touch of cocoa upfront. bourbon dominates the finish. some dry oak notes make their way into the finish as well.

FEEL: dry, 85% full body, clean, a touch astringent.

a very nice simple BBA stout. There is something to be said about the simplicity even though it is a "big" and "strong" stout. This beer should be savored and appreciated as such.

Jun 06, 2022
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Reviewed by zeff80 from Missouri

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
22oz bottle. Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a small, light brown head of pillowy foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass. It smelled of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and oak. Big, bourbon booziness with vanilla, oak and dark chocolate.
Apr 24, 2022
Rated: 4.73 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin

Apr 04, 2022
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Reviewed by Bitterbill from Wyoming

3.76/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
2021, rel #3.

It sure looks the part. Black, nice head of tan foam, good lacing.

Smells of roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, sweet chocolate, actually. A little bit of the alcohol and the whiskey. Does not smell like 13% abv or even 13.1%.

The taste is kind of hot from the alcohol, roasted malt is big, some sweet chocolate notes, vanilla, more alcohol, some burn going on in the swallow. That combination of flavours should work for my palate but it doesn't. Hard to explain. Seems way out of balance; perhaps the whiskey is to blame.

Mouthfeel is good.

One bottle is more than enough.
Mar 31, 2022
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Reviewed by Scotchboy from Idaho

4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Beer #2200 on BA.

22oz bottle from the 2021 bottling, split into tulip glasses with the wife.

Dark pour yields a black liquid in the glass, fairly opaque with a khaki/mocha head. Moderate roast and mild chocolate notes greet the nose, rich dark malt profile dominates with mild undertones of vanilla whiskey barrel. More of the same on the palate, smooth cocoa and mild dark fruits (raisins) blend with a combination of whiskey barrel character, moderate caramel and vanilla and oak. Fairly creamy body, very smooth and enjoyable with invisible alcohol.

Tastes a lot like a very solid base stout with cocoa added and ~ 25-50% aged in whiskey barrels, which is all a compliment to this particular beer. Better than I expected. Still overpriced.
Mar 28, 2022
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Reviewed by MadMadMike from Florida

4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
The base of all those awesome BBB variants; the canvas for the artistry of Epic Brewing in Salt Lake City, UT.
Appealing in every way, I felt like the curtain was peeled back to reveal what runs the show. No adjuncts of ‘barrel aged coffee beans’, no cacao nibs, nothing but the Stout.
On its own, naked, all the boxes check: nice pour, good aroma, velvety taste, balanced barrel notes, clean smooth finish.
Being a fan, yes, an advocate, for the Baptist series (and been to the brewery several times), I now understand why they are (mostly.,.) excellent when they are dressed up.
Mar 27, 2022
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Reviewed by KT3418 from Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Damn near close to silly good, I think I've had a few I thought were better so i won't give my max rating of 4.75 (nothing is perfect) but holy shit the people and brewmasters were actually right and im glad this was released. I like it more than the OG.

After some retrospect I am giving this my max rating of 4.75. This is arguably the best in the entire Baptist lineup. Probably not even arguable.
Mar 13, 2022
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Reviewed by Sludgeman from District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Poured into a small-stemmed tulip.

A good tasting barreled-aged stout. Just enough barrel – not too much, but right up to the edge. At 13% ABV you notice the alcohol quickly. In the 22oz bomber format, this bottle is a bit too much for one person to drink and enjoy. 4.0

A – Pours a very viscous opaque oily black with a half-finger rocky head that dissipates quickly to a ring around the glass. Very minor lacing but with heavy viscous legging on the glass. 4.25

S – Aromas of roasted malts, vanilla, spirits, dried fruit (raisin & prunes) and some almost vinous qualities. 4.25

T – Roasted malts, chocolate, barrel notes of vanilla and oak, vinous. No spiciness. 3.75

MF – Medium-bodied with a semi-sweet finish. Smooth and warming. 4.25
Feb 24, 2022
Rated: 4.4 by Gagnonsux from Texas

Jan 30, 2022
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Reviewed by ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
22oz bottle poured into a snifter. 2021, release #1.

A: Midnight black pour that has a sheen to it. A half inch of brown head is all that forms from a rather aggressive pour, and it doesn't last long. Not necessarily a surprise with such a big barrel aged beer.

S: Barrel-forward with a lot of whiskey, oak, and barrel char. Bourbon ball candy. Dark caramel, lots of chocolate sauce and chewy dark fudge. Nice backbone of roast.

T: Follows the nose. Barrel juice up front- a lot corny sweet whiskey up front. Firm brush of alcohol, though it is nowhere near unbearably hot. Oaky. Barrel char. Blackstrap molasses, chewy dark fudge, and chocolate sauce. Well-hidden hint of dark fruit skins. Hefty roast backbone- burnt coffee and soot. The roast rides up on the back end and dries things out a bit. Long, smokey finish with some lingering woody char and chocolate.

M: Thick body. Rich and round, but with a creamy/velvety softness. Well carbonated with some moderate prickling and scrubbing action. Warming alcohol.

O: No frills, just simple and straightforward. A good, big sooty and roasty imperial stout with a lot of strong and 'wet' barrel character. I have to admit, it does come across as a bit plain-Jane, which surprises me. I love Big Bad Baptist. It's a favorite of mine. But, without the coffee and chocolate we have a beer that is good but not excellent.
Jan 30, 2022
Rated: 4.33 by wisegreensoul from Idaho

Jan 22, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by o29 from Texas

Dec 19, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by Skabiski from Maryland

Dec 18, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by kjkinsey from Texas

Dec 09, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by hockeypuck from Maine

Dec 09, 2021
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
one of the new ones this year, no added coffee or chocolate or anything, straight up barrel aged glory, this seems to have been a long time coming, and it was worth the wait, frankly its one of the best baptist variants to date, enormously rich and regal and complex, in no need of adjuncts of any kind, i think the quality of the base beer and the barrel treatment show through more here than in any other, and this was a downright treat to share with my brother in law as a thanksgiving night cap! highly viscous and perfectly black, with a frothy lighter brown head with great retention, its got high shine, lots o bubbles for what it is, and looks lovely in the glass, if slightly intimidating. aroma here still features plenty of chocolate to me, dark and roasty, a little bitter, i get the barrel char right there along with the dark grain, its deep as they get, but short of burnt or acrid or anything, its all the way up to the line without crossing it, subtle vanilla and licorice notes emerge as the temperature increases, light coffee still to me, rich velvety bourbon, and the right amount of booze. the flavor is super deep, its as wood forward as it is roasty, impressively mature, and without any astringency from weird barrels, oxidation from the oldness, or overly sweet less ready beer in the blend, its so incredibly spot on, almost seems more barrel aged, longer or something, than the rest of them, maybe better whiskey barrels. huge whiskey notes through this but never overly alcoholic, even through the finish. cool raisin and date sweetness in the middle, but its later resolved. trace elements of toasted coconut, almond, and espresso. the flavors are palate coating and massive, carried by a big sturdy body, but its not syrupy, and its so clean and refined its almost hard to believe. a gold standard in terms of overall quality, and a beer i hope they keep on making each year, this belongs as a fixture in the series, and its going to be hard to beat this year. perhaps the stout of the year in 2021! up there with the best baptists of all time...
Nov 29, 2021
Rated: 4.2 by BobbyOlson from Michigan

Nov 21, 2021
Rated: 4.17 by Giggy from Michigan

Nov 21, 2021
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Reviewed by JLK7299 from North Carolina

3.69/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
I’ve had almost all of the Epic Baptist series. This one has been the most disappointing, not even close. It’s still solid don’t get me wrong, just not in the same class as the rest.
Nov 21, 2021
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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours a dark thick 1/2 finger head with med lower retention, a bit of lacing, decent legs, pitch black color

Nose dark roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate cocoa, hint of char, fair baking spice, light vanilla toasted oak, touch of whiskey, even a little caramel nougat, touch spicy hop

Taste big roast and dark chocolate, little fudgey, coffee, cocoa, plenty of baking spices, perfumey alcohol with some warmth and tingle with whiskey flavor, bitter spicy hop and roast, vanilla and toasted oak barrel, an almost oak cube like thing, mild sweet mostly dry finish

Mouth is fuller bod fairly rich, med fizzy carb, fair warning light tingly alcohol

Overall not bad, good base stout, decent barrel, as usual wish the barrel was a bit more
Nov 19, 2021
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Reviewed by Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
From the 22 oz bottle in a snifter. This exceptional ale pours a dark
blackish brown with a nice head of light brown foam that settles to a
thick ring, thin wafting layer, and sports some nice light lacing. Nose of
subtleties; dark cocoa, bourbon, vanilla, and faint oak....nice but muted.
Flavors turn the amp up to 11----dark cocoa, faint coffee from the roasted
malts, bourbon, vanilla touches, mellow oak, nice char and roasted malts,
notes of tobacco, hints of leather, traces of cream, and dark fruit notes
black, blue, and raspberry. Excellent mouth feel; medium full verging on
a full body, smooth, rich, coating, warming, light soft carbonation, and a
lightly dry finish.

Conclusion----this----THIS is what a solid imperial should taste like. No
frills, no imported stuff I can't pronounce, no odd additions or heavy handed
layers of cloying sweetness making it seem like a sweet bottle of soy sauce.....
THIS----this is a straight forward stout to be cherished with two simple layers,
beer and barrel.


Best new brew to date and one I shall have again....probably on New Years!

Nov 14, 2021
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Reviewed by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Look - fantstic black and thick with a great head and lacing
Smell - roasty barrel with some chocolate caramel
Taste - slight booze roasty with slight nut. Still has that caramel barrel taste and some chocolate
Feel - medium body with a lighter carb
Overall - not a bad base
Nov 14, 2021
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Reviewed by SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.56/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Poured into a 16 oz tulip glass, pours a very attractive near pitch black, with a massive 2 plus finger mocha head that leaves a thin wall of lace, with amazing retention. 5

Aroma deep dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, a hint of pipe tobacco, maple, leather, vanilla, and oaked bourbon. 4.5

Taste follows dark chocolate, coffee grounds, pipe tobacco, maple, vanilla, and bourbon. 4.5

Mouthfeel is big, a tad dry, gentle carbonation, and at 13% you know it is big, but still very approachable. 4.75

Overall this one is pretty damn impressive. I will say this Stout never let’s you down. 4.5
Oct 25, 2021
Big Bad Baptist Naked from Epic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 31 ratings