Big Bad Baptist
Epic Brewing Company

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From:
Epic Brewing Company
 
Utah, United States
Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #308
ABV:
11.8%
Score:
97
Ranked #725
Avg:
4.36 | pDev: 8.94%
Ratings:
4,093
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jan 21, 2022
Added:
Sep 30, 2011
Wants:
  462
Gots:
  1,343
SCORE
97
World-Class
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Notes: It’s Big, it’s Bad, Whiskey &/or Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, with Coffee and Cocoa Nibs.

http://www.epicbrewing.com/the-beers/exponential-series/item/635-big-bad-baptist-imperial-stout

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Photo of PaulMcartney33
3/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by PaulMcartney33 from Florida

Might have gotten one of the bad batches(2020 is all I remember). Had a weird sour note i couldnt shake. Got a little better as it warmed but not much. Definitely wont be buying again. Disappointing

Jan 21, 2022
 
4.5 by odenbr12 from New Jersey on Jan 02, 2022
Photo of AvalexBrewing
4.88/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by AvalexBrewing

This is a beautiful beer. Pours big with tan head on dark black body. Thick luscious mouthfeel with lots of dark chocolate and coffee flavors and a lingering whiskey finish. Almost chewy overall. Really enjoyed this.

Dec 30, 2021
 
4.04 by AmeriCanadian from Tennessee on Nov 21, 2021
 
3.45 by QuentinDishaw from Massachusetts on Nov 20, 2021
 
4.46 by RMW66 from Australia on Nov 15, 2021
 
4.43 by mpk2020 from Illinois on Oct 13, 2021
 
4.44 by chrishiker1409 from New York on Sep 17, 2021
 
4.68 by joran from Kansas on Sep 11, 2021
Photo of NCSapiens
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by NCSapiens from Indiana

Attractive near black color with ample tan head. Aroma of whiskey and cocoa. Taste is whiskey barrel, cola, coffee, and char from roasted malts. I’m not sure if there is cinnamon added but I swear I detect a trace of cinnamon. Well balanced with a solid mouthfeel. Overall a very solid barrel aged coffee stout.

Aug 15, 2021
 
4.42 by jordanginsberg from Louisiana on Jun 14, 2021
Photo of erosier
4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by erosier from Connecticut

Pours a deep black that you can't see through, nice tan colored head that laces nicely as it fades. Huge roasted malt aromas with hints of coffee and a whiskey sweetness. Tastes bigger than it smells with huge coffee and roasted malts upfront with some hints of cinnamon in the middle and a really well balanced whiskey flavoring at the end. Thick, chewy, absolutely awesome!

May 21, 2021
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4.04/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by KT3418 from Colorado

I did enjoy this and I'd like to try it's other variants. The whiskey wasn't very prevalent but it was there and it helps sometimes but if i want those flavors more I'd probably look elsewhere. That being said the coffee was more subtle than SOB and this was just a more well rounded brew with the roasted coffee still slightly coming forth more. I'm glad the stouts are keeping up to reputation for Epic.

Yo the other reviews are kind of wild and its making me think this is straight up hit or miss depending on the batch and they gotta sort that ish out period.

May 12, 2021
 
4.42 by shreead from Pennsylvania on May 02, 2021
 
4.37 by lobos62 from Pennsylvania on Apr 25, 2021
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4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by trevormajor from Ohio

22 oz bomber poured into a tulip glass at 55 degrees F. This is a 2019 vintage I believe.
L - dark with a lovely hazelnut head that hung around for the festivities
S - malt, bourbon, coffee beans
T - big and bold, flavors of malt, bourbon, coffee, no sweetness in this beer; the warmer the beer gets, the more the whiskey comes out on the back end
F - thick with minimal carbonation
O - interesting beer, seems dry and a lot of malt flavor, the bourbon is a bit understated, but it's back there

Mar 21, 2021
 
4.46 by _Adam_ from Maryland on Feb 22, 2021
Photo of vi11am
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by vi11am from Pennsylvania

Dark dark thick back strap molasses color,whiskey, and oak right on the nose, floral hints to taste with strong whiskey finish. Light mouth feel small head dark chocolate as it warms

Feb 22, 2021
Photo of jlc12
1.3/5  rDev -70.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
by jlc12 from Minnesota

I absolutely do not see what attracts people to this cloying, boozy mess. It's almost medicine-like. No body, no mouthful, no nothing. Totally undrinkable. It's not often I find a beer that I don't like assuming I'm not straying out of my lane of preferred styles, but this isn't a case of "I don't prefer it." This is just plain awful. I spilled it down the drain.

Feb 21, 2021
Photo of hmf05
4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by hmf05 from Colorado

An absolutely breathtaking imperial stout. Smells and tastes like an iced mocha. It coats your entire mouth with a very pronounced chocolate creaminess. Whiskey is there, but not upfront and does not overpower. Drinks incredibly smooth for the ABV. Clearly was not spoiled like others have reported. Pretty close to perfection.

Feb 15, 2021
 
4.24 by markallmon from Tennessee on Feb 13, 2021
 
4.07 by ronniebruner from Arizona on Feb 07, 2021
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2.31/5  rDev -47%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 1.5
by bret27 from California

5/2020 version. Aged in whiskey barrels.
12oz can. Could not finish.
Looks good.
Coffee and booze.
The more offensive taste is unsweetened bitter chocolate and/or cloying fruitiness.
And sourness.
I don’t know if it’s an infection or supposed to taste this way.
Thick mouthfeel, chaulkey presence.
Now looking back I see some other people have found this to be sour and/or offensive licorice tastes.

Jan 27, 2021
 
4.73 by Metalgod666 from Michigan on Jan 17, 2021
 
4 by iamjeffbaker from California on Jan 02, 2021
 
4 by chicagoish from Pennsylvania on Dec 31, 2020
 
4 by csmrx7 from Canada (AB) on Dec 26, 2020
 
3.79 by 0x4a64 from Minnesota on Dec 22, 2020
 
3.46 by Scottsbeer from Florida on Dec 20, 2020
 
4.38 by kramacam from Kentucky on Dec 16, 2020
Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Wasatch from Colorado

Had a few months back
On-Tap (Monumental Beerworks)
10 oz. Glass

Poured into a glass a very nice dark brown/black color, with some pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger tan head, which also leaves some minimal sticky lacing behind. The nose is pretty nice, malty, hoppy, with a pretty nice touch of chocolate/toffee, coffee, vanilla, licorice, bourbon/oak notes. The taste is pretty nice, malty, hoppy, with a pretty nice touch of chocolate/toffee, coffee, with a pretty nice touch of vanilla, licorice, pretty nice bourbon/oak notes. Full Body, ABV is hidden very nicely, with a slight dry/bitter finish, a pretty nice sipper. Overall, this is a pretty tasty beer.

Dec 14, 2020
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4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by loudmacleod from Ohio

Strong booze on the nose. Pours a deep, dark brown with appropriate chocolate brown head, which fades to a finely laced film. First taste is whisky. Lots of it. If I let it linger, effervescent on the tongue. Once it warms a bit, coffee and cacao start to shine. Finishes with a slight roasted flavor.

Dec 06, 2020
 
4.29 by lost_sailor from Massachusetts on Nov 16, 2020
 
4.44 by Rubezahl from Pennsylvania on Oct 18, 2020
Photo of SushiSakeBeer
4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by SushiSakeBeer from Oregon

Choc-offee

Oct 14, 2020
Photo of low75
1/5  rDev -77.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
by low75 from Virginia

This is the first stout beer that I have drunk in my life that was downright sour. Googling and getting to Reddit confirms that the brewery has put out a number of sour batches. I will be returning it to where I bought it. I would have given it all zeros if possible. What a disappointment...

Oct 08, 2020
Photo of EMV
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by EMV from Pennsylvania

Batch #89. Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Inky black pour with 2 fingers of mocha colored head. Great lacing.

S: Big and bad. Roast, coffee, and cocoa just as advertised.

T.F: Rich and roasty... burned sugars and espresso. Dark cocoa, chicory, and a bit of vanilla. The bourbon is subtle but adds some nice oak, booze, and char. Thick and oily on the tongue... smooth medium to low carbonation. Complex... warming... boozy but at least somewhat hidden. More complex as it comes up to room temp.

O: A fantastic BA stout, and drinks a bit like KBS. Really enjoyed this one. Sip it slow.

Aug 11, 2020
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4.19/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by draheim from Washington

22oz (label imprint says Release #13, SLC #1389; according to Untappd this was bottled on 8/21/2013) into a tulip. Pours an opaque, oily black w/ a 1/2-finger mocha head that settles to a narrow collar and light film on the surface.

Aroma is roasty and bitter with notes of coffee and cocoa. Definitely on the burnt/roasted end of the spectrum.

Taste follows nose. Nicely roasty, bitter, chocolatey. Real nice dry cocoa flavor. Not picking up a ton of bourbon/whiskey, or other vanilla/coconut flavors I often associate with this style. Much more in the coffee realm. Not that that's a bad thing. Now that I read the description and see that coffee was used in the brewing process, that aspect of the flavor profile makes a lot more sense.

Mouthfeel is great; not too heavy and not too light. Roasty bitterness provides a nice clean finish.

Overall a really nice imperial stout, one I'd be happy to enjoy again.

Aug 07, 2020
Photo of patre_tim
3.87/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by patre_tim from Thailand

Dark brown with 2 fingers of beige head.

Smells like fine chocolate, red pepper and coffee. Reminds me of Peche Mortal.

Tastes sour and of chocolate, coffee. It’s off or really old.

Light body with moderate carbonation.

Got at Total Wine Sacramento, drinking in Redding, August 2, 2020.

Aug 02, 2020
Photo of Jeffo
2.58/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
by Jeffo from Netherlands

Got this one from the speciaalbierexpert in NL.

From a bomber into a snifter
REL#121
SLC#6300
Stout with cacao nibs and coffee added and aged in whisky barrels

Originally had this many moons ago from ScottO. Scored it a 3.13, mentioning that it was a solid coffee stout but not a solid BA coffee stout. I've got the base plus a few 2019 variants here, so it's time to a re-review. Let's see if a few bunch of batches has improved this one.

APPEARANCE: Clear dark brown pour yields a two finger, medium looking, slightly foamy light tan head with decent retention. Clear black body with touches of carbonation evident. Foamy head slowly recedes to a thin wisp. Splotchy wisp remains leaving touches of lacing down the glass as it empties.

SMELL: Whisky, oak, and a level of tartness to it. Cacao and vanilla cream come out more as it sits, as does some roasted coffee aromas.

TASTE: Whisky, oak, a touch of tartness, with some roasted coffee and then a dose of alcohol at the swallow. Bolder finish of wood, whisky, roasted coffee, some light tart character, hints of chocolate, as well as some decent alcohol linger on the palate.

PALATE: Medium body with medium carbonation. A little foamy on the palate, goes down okay with a bit of a burn and finishes somewhat mouth-coating. A decent amount of heat lingers.

OVERALL: Nope. No improvement. Perhaps this beer has gotten worse? In any case, this is mediocre at best. Not off-putting, but certainly not on-putting either. It might be slightly oxidized already, but if it isn’t, then it’s simply not that great. There’s a level of tartness to it that surely wasn’t planned, and the slightly foamy feel isn’t up to snuff either. I’ll finish the bottle, but am rather disappointed with this one. Here’s hoping that the other variants of 2019 turned out better.

Jul 16, 2020
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