Big Bad Baptist Naked
Epic Brewing Company

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #1,302
4.23 | pDev: 5.44%
Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States
Very Good
Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 10 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
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
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JLK7299 from North Carolina

3.69/5  rDev -12.8%
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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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
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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Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
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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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.02/5  rDev -5%
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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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.56/5  rDev +7.8%
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: 88 out of 100 with 10 ratings