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Big Bad Baptist | Epic Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States
epicbrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

ABV varies by batch

Added by JohnGalt1 on 09-30-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#297
Reviews:
635
Ratings:
3,780
pDev:
8.47%
Bros Score:
4.33
 
 
Wants:
437
Gots:
1,298
Trade:
128
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4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of amano_h
4.03/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer is probably one of the best illustrations as to why appropriate temperature matters when it comes to tasting beer.

Straight out of the fridge and the bottle, there's hints of dark chocolate, roasted malts, and a typhoon of toasted wood and french oak-invoking bourbon characters. The concoction also carries a considerable amount of heat as it travels down your throat, leaving behind a fiery trail as it traverses past your esophagus and into your GI tract. The body also feels very insubstantial; it's almost porter-like in its medium-body construct, although there's a nice little touch of creaminess that accompanies the want of fullness. This is definitely not the BBB that I remember shrieking in joy for after discovering it in an odd corner of the giant fridge at Tanakaya in Tokyo.

Fifteen minutes pass as I fumble through my camera and my phone to get the pictures 'gram ready and I settle down to write a disappointing review, but then I notice that something's changed. There's a pleasantly rich backdrop of coffee on the nose that was previously absent in the mix, joined by the aforementioned dark chocolate, roasty malts, and a somewhat subdued charred wood, type of bourbon character. I know I'm technically supposed to paint a mostly positive picture if I'm trying to prove a point with these things, but some acetaldehyde that was previously masked by the overpowering bourbon is now detectable in trace amounts as well, but otherwise, so far so good.

The mouth and the mouthfeel is where the most drastic departure from its more frigid counterpart can be observed. A decadent mix of Cadbury's milk chocolate, Starbucks frappucino without whipped cream or any flavor syrups, caramel, and a hint of dark fruits is detectable on the tongue. The bourbon takes more of a subsidiary role as time passes by, with the oak-y characters providing a gentle drying finishing touch to the bold flavors preceding it.

More commercially-brewed "coffee of the day"-esque drip pot coffee notes surface after the oak.
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Maybe it's because of the 12% ABV, but somehow the body feels less-porter like and more reminiscent of a stout as I keep drinking; there's even an element of chewiness to it which complements the creamy consistency very well. The heat has pleasantly been suppressed/forced into a retreat for the most part, but it hangs on ever so subtly to remind you that you probably shouldn't drink another beer after this one: fuck you, beer, don't tell me how to live my life. Gentle, sizzling carbonation with a medium-ish body is the final verdict on this one.
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Not quite sure when batch #86 was bottled, but I'm betting it'll get better with some TLC in the cellar. Considering what I used to pay for way worse non-BA stouts at #WooriSuper, 10.99 for this seems like a freaking steal.

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Photo of wwoj
4.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RAFH
4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had two 10 ounce draws ($10 per draw) at Tony Saccos Pizzaria on 12/14/17. They were outstanding! Easily one of the best beers I've ever had. To me it ranks up there with KBS, BCBS, & Black Note Stout.

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Photo of Viaduck
4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Near black body with a thin brown head. Strong aroma of dark chocolate, vanilla, coffee & molasses. Flavor is bittersweet chocolate, coffee, roasted malt. Extremely delicious & silky smooth. If you you like hot chocolate you’ll love Big Bad Baptist.

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Photo of SampsonSimpson
4.91/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

An excellent stout that delivers. This is a strong, malty beer that should be on every stout lovers wish list.

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Photo of ambruns1979
4.21/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jps715
4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cjmccahill
4.26/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of agreenman19
4.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of scream
4.17/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Got this recently at my local and today was the day to try it. This is a very solid beer and well worth the price. There are better out there but this is a very good value. I am somewhat surprised that there is not more sweetness to it but that is OK. Later this wk I may buy more if they are still there. Now I am curious to try the Baptisa-have 3 and the Triple-have 1

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Photo of bnes09
4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served slightly below room temp in a 10oz snifter. Great black, dense, viscous appearance on the pour. Minimal head as expected. Deep coffee, cocoa, tobacco, wood and bourbon aroma. Palate follows with an added burnt molasses and toffee sweetness which is well balanced. Earthy, tobacco, cocoa and coffee finish with rich bourbon and oak. Very well integrated and layered, like a fine dessert. Feel is dense and syrupy with somewhat low carbonation. Rich and sticky but not difficult to drink. A top-notch flavored BA stout. Better than KBS, in my opinion.

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Photo of AuntBea
3.89/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mnine
4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tone
4.07/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 1/3 inch head of a tan color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of strong chocolate, roasted malt, alcohol, sweet malt, piney hops, liquor, and a hint of wood. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong chocolate, roasted malt, alcohol, sweet malt, piney hops, liquor, and a hint of wood. Overall, good blend, strong body, alcohol doesn't dominate, and nice complexity.

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Photo of Junior
4.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gardner254
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheBeardedMeemo
4.03/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AD17
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bartpatton
4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of leroybrown10
4.32/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of V1per41
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wisegreensoul
4.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dsm45
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Longhorn08
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.37 out of 5 with 3,780 ratings
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