Big Bad Baptist
Epic Brewing Company

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #102
Ranked #374
4.39 | pDev: 8.43%
Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States
Big Bad BaptistBig Bad Baptist
Notes: It’s Big, it’s Bad, Whiskey &/or Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, with Coffee and Cocoa Nibs.

ABV varies by batch
Reviews: 719 | Ratings: 4,048 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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2.71/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured hard from a can into a snifter glass, forming a couple fingers of brown head. Intense, bitter licorice smell. Taste follows the smell. Way too intense licorice, so I ended up having to dump this one out. If you like licorice it might be good, but I'm not 100% sure that was the primary taste/smell since I don't know licorice that well. Either way, not something I would personally sip again.

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EnderFett11 from Virginia, May 27, 2020
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4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can

Pours opaque black, tan lacing for a head.

Aroma of coffee, cocoa, toast, licorice, and oak.

Flavor is of smoke, toast, mesquite, cocoa, coffee bean, licorice, oak, maple, walnut, and bourbon.

Full body, tingly carbonation on the tongue. Bit of warmth going down.

Very nice, flavorful smokey stout. Drinks slow and smooth. Rich without being sweet. I like this a lot. I could see myself drinking it semi-regularly. It's not overly sweet like a lot of big stouts so it's a good change of pace.

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Cylinsier from Pennsylvania, May 16, 2020
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4.09/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

December 29th, 2015 - Compared to some of their darker, more bitter and more inky beers, the Imperial Stout is actually a touch sweet, with chocolate raisins and even a little champagne freshness mingling in the olfactory. The palate is also a little thinner than I expected for the style, with a long aftertaste. The alcohol plays a fundamental role in the Imperial Stout, with a blandness up front that blossoms slowly but steadily into an incredible but restrained strength. No off flavors here, or gimmicks, or odd-tastes. This is is demonstration of intensity, packaged neatly and and with discipline.

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GarrettB from Colorado, Mar 08, 2020
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4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

3 year vertical: 2016, 2017, 2018

All 3 pour very dark with a fantastic big fluffy mocha head that lingers.

‘16 has a nice chocolate and coffee aroma laced with oaky bourbon barrel.
‘17 sharp coffee aroma, boozy, light yeast
‘18 has the weakest aroma, coffee and light bourbon.

‘16 - milk chocolate melds nicely with coffee flavor, good barrel flavor as well. Reminds me of KBS
‘17 - dark chocolate blends with dark roast coffee, light yeast flavor. Boozy barrel presence.
‘18 - tastes young and firey, chocolate and coffee are not as well balanced and melded, but still very pronounced.

All 3 have rich and creamy textures, excellent carbonation.
Overall, glad i aged these, wish I had a ‘19 for the vertical. Very similar to KBS. 2016 is my favorite of the 3.

4.5 ratings

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Tony210 from New Jersey, Mar 01, 2020
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3.8/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz can into a stout glass on 2/19/20. Poured a deep black with a decent, brownish head. The aroma was quite noticeable, with the coffee and cocoa slightly more prominent that the whiskey. When I drank it, though, I was overwhelmed by the coffee and cocoa nibs in the taste. It was nearly overpowering. It took a second taste to notice the whiskey, which was initially masked by the former two flavors. The mouthfeel was a little thin, too, which was surprising. Overall, this was a good (just not great, like I'd hoped) Imperial Stout.

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EdHinPasadena from California, Feb 20, 2020
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4.59/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well that's a beauty. It's much more gourmet than the quadrupel barrels version with almond and all that other stuff. It's less dry. It let a nice place for the barrels and shows a unique malt and yeast profile.
Very nice

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Photo of odement
4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received a bomber as a gift for my birthday in August...saved it for the Ohio St vs M game in November...drank it with same guy who gave it to me who is a staunch Miller Lite drinker...even he loved it, so that counts big time.

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odement from Michigan, Dec 30, 2019
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4.05/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours black with a quarter inch beige head that dissipated quickly and left islands of lacing. Smells of whiskey, coffee, dark chocolate and roasted malts. Tastes of whiskey, coffee, cocoa, dark chocolate, roasted malts, oak, vanilla, toffee and a hint of cherry. Light bodied for a stout with a slightly watery mouth feel, low carbonation, dry finish.

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EMH73 from New York, Dec 29, 2019
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4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The Christmas/Holiday Break has begun for me as a substitute teacher & I am anxious to review this one since I am inCANdulous that they put this in CANs! The CANQuest (tm) was roundly scoffed at during its inception many years ago. The idea of an AIS in a CAN was one of the postulations that received great scorn. 8=( Well, I suppose that he who laughs last laughs best! 8=)

From the CAN: "Ultra Premium*Whiskey Barrel-Aged*World-Renowned*Critically Acclaimed*Copious Coffee"; "It's BIG, it's bad, it's one of the best barrel-aged stouts in the World! We take our rich and roasty Imperial Stout and age it in flavorful Whiskey Barrels before adding copious amounts of artisanal coffee and real cacao nibs. The result is a badass beer that will blow your mind."

I was feeling pretty badass as I Crack!ed open the vent & beCAN a steady, gentle C-Line Glug into the awaiting goblet. It did a pseudo-cascade on the way to the formation of just over a finger of dense, foamy, rocky, deep-brown head with decent retention. Color was obsidian Black/Opaque (SRM = 44) allowing ZERO light penetration. Nose smelled like someone poured a shot of whiskey into my morning cuppa joe! 8=O Man, it was rich and redolent with both whiskey & coffee & I was shaking my head in utter disbelief that they had CANned something like this! Mouthfeel was as though a dollop had been scooped into my mouth & onto my tongue. My CAN was marked as being a solid 10.0% ABV, but it was well-hidden. Dangerously well-hidden, actually. The coffee was prevalent with an underpinning of whiskey as well as dark chocolate and an undeniable smokiness. It was making my eyes water with its intensity. The coffee was what was really tripping me up since it was as strong and as bitter as what I brew up as my daily eye-opener. We used to brew & drink some intense coffee in the Navy, but once I retired, I weaned myself off of it for a while. Between college & becoming a teacher with early-rising hours, I fell back into the trap & now, while I (usually) limit myself to one cup per day, it is equal to this bad boy. Phew. Finish was dry, but the origin of its dryness eluded me. There was just a whole lot going on in this one & I was a bit overwhelmed by it all. YMMV.

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woodychandler from Pennsylvania, Dec 21, 2019
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4.19/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Big, fluffy milk chocolatey head that starts to lace up immediately. Lots of whiskey (very Jameson-esque) on the nose with coffee and chocolate and all the things that make big stouts so enticing. Lots of whiskey and chocolate on the tongue with an espresso aftertaste. Picking up a little toasted coconut as well. Mouthfeel is a little watery for what I'd expect from a 10.2% imperial stout, but it's suitably creamy and overall a pretty well-balanced sipper.

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Steve_Studnuts from Pennsylvania, Nov 30, 2019
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3.79/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I wouldn’t exactly say that I am confused. No, I have a handle on things. But I’m slightly disappointed. And yes, “slightly” is the word. We have a good beer right here, but it’s not world class like Simone Biles doing flips and shit. Pours beautiful, aroma matches that ten fold, but flavor and feel are a bit of a letdown. Like Edward Arnold’s belly, it’s just not robust at all. And then you swallow the end of a sip, and it’s a little slick and oily (not in a good way). Flavor ends a little too sweet, and I’ve had far many more beers with better feel. It’s ok, but damn (especially at $6.99 a can) what a waste of a beer.

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RaulMondesi from California, Nov 28, 2019
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4.85/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Dark, creamy, bitter sweet coffee. Bitter and alcohol, than the rest of the flavors develop, sweet almost fruity and coffee. Wonderful aroma. The batch I enjoyed was 13.5 ABV.

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Gordono from Nevada, Nov 21, 2019
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5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Being a long-time fan of the Son of a Baptist brew, I had to grab the four pack of these for $14. (What a deal, compared to the bombers!)

L: The can art is much more appealing than that of SOB, and the brew itself is equally beautiful. Just a centimeter of cappuccino head rises from the pour, settling down into a thin film of tan foam, which forms swirled patterns, like a latte. The thorough carbonation is apparent, even through the opaque black body, and extensive lacing patterns form on the glass, reminiscent of sea foam.

S: The notable difference between this and SOB is the presence of bourbon. Semi-sweet chocolate is still center stage, followed closely by dark roast coffee, then black cherry, molasses, toffee, buttermilk and vanilla. Bourbon sweetness is most notable right up front, with the boozy botanical notes of wintergreen and star anise trailing along the tail end.

T: This is ridiculously smooth and balanced. Chocolate cake galore, with touches of espresso, toffee, and dried black cherry. Reminds me of a thinner, but equally flavorful Bomb!

F: And speaking of the texture, this is literally perfect. The charred dry feel complements the medium-full body perfectly. That along with the persistent but subtle carbonation allows it to be creamy, rather than syrupy, which many an acclaimed Imperial Stout has failed to do.

O: At long last; a whale beer that does not disappoint. These folks at Epic Brewing definitely have their imperial stout game down. Cheers!

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Ahypercube from California, Nov 12, 2019
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4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can, 2019 vintage, from ABV.

Jet black with a thin, brown head with good retention and minimal lacing, this looks decent. The nose, good! Coffee, whiskey, malted milk chocolate, dark caramel and a little char and and vanilla to go with a little honey. A noticeable and potent roasted grain character tempers the sweetness and barrel. Bitter and roasty. The palate opens with a blend of grainy bitterness, coffee and barrel. A definite cereal note is present, along with roasted grain, dark chocolate and mildly bitter hops. Mildly buttery and oily cacao nibs are present, with a soft, deep chocolate character. The whiskey character is mild, lending a pleasant heat and vanilla to the palate. Bitter and mildly boozy on the finish , this beer is medium full in body and softly carbonated. Quite excellent.

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4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(12 oz can, no date; purchased single off shelf... poured into a snifter)

L: deep dark brown liquid, opaque; dark tan head forms on pour, immediate recede into misty cap, then thin broken collar... very little lace

S: bitter dark chocolate, bourbon barrel char, dark chocolate cake-y malt... bit of spicy booze (or spicy hot pepper?) but the edge on it is nil

T: acidic bitter char, deep-toasted caramelized grain up front; extra roasty, lightly peppery aftertaste... second sip: woody overtone, dense thread of mocha syrup, which gets more rich and caramelly with each sip... bit of an almost red wine vinous booze... the coffee is buried in the background, possibly obscured within the roasted grain character

F: medium-bodied, but on the lighter end, undercut by the ethanol and delicate carbonation; subtle, brief oily viscous drag in the finish, but the soft burn of booze frays any syrupy roll

O: craving this (imp. stout) all day, but ended up being on the phone with gas co. for an hour after pouring it, and it just sat... boldly-flavored, fairly potent, but fairly homogeneous within the barrel-aged stout category (1595)

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Bouleboubier from New Jersey, Oct 30, 2019
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4.66/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Black with a tan lacing.

Light roast coffee.

Dark fruit from coffee but also lends to dark chocolate. Hardly bitter, some roast/char. Whiskey 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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pants678 from California, Oct 27, 2019
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3.08/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

L - dark, nice head on the pour
S - coffee and chocolate
T - some chocolate, burnt coffee with a sour aftertaste
F - not as thick as I am used to but I’m spoiled living in Massachusetts having access to Trillium and Tree House stouts
O - I just can’t get past the sour aftertaste and burnt coffee. The bottle is 15 months old. Not sure if that is the cause or if I would have enjoyed more if it were aged in bourbon barrels instead. But it’s tough getting past the sour aftertaste

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ouchiemomo from Massachusetts, Oct 13, 2019
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4.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Batch #73. About three years old and barely oxidized. Beautifully smooth, as it clearly aged extremely well. What a gorgeous beer. Notes of cocoa, coffee, and umami dance around the palate. Well done, Epic. Well done.

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acread from Vermont, Sep 21, 2019
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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draught @ Beer Temple, Amsterdam, unspecified which batch. Pours a black colour and a beige head with reasonable retention and a little lacing. Aroma's: big roast from the glass, roasted malts an roasted coffee. Additionally some red/sour fruit retronasal. Flavour is moderate sweet and moderate roasty bitter. There seems to be a touch of sourness, not sure that it's the coffee or a sign of infection? Medium bodied. Long finish, moderate roasty bitter. Needs a retry from bottle at some point.

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Arjen from Netherlands, Aug 10, 2019
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4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a "big barrel aged" stout with lots of flavor. It is a great stout but the similar "Big Bad Baptista" had a bit more interesting flavors.

Look: black with a finger thick mocca colored head

Aroma: roasted malts, caramel, some chocolate, coffee, and whiskey

Taste: It is roasted malts, caramel, some chocolate, coffee and a signficant whiskey flavor

Body/Overall: full body

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Photo of JediMasterLenin
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a snifter

Look: Pours pitch black, no light penetration with a small tan head that leaves a little bit of spotty lacing down the side.
Smell: Roast malt, coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla and a woody note from the barrel.
Taste: Follows the nose, but the coffee and dark chocolate flavors are dominant on the palate, and the chocolate especially lingers.
Feel: On the thicker side of medium bodied.
Overall: Dark, roasty and delicious. Huge coffee and dark chocolate flavors that linger on the palate. Not as sweet as many BA beers, which is great.

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JediMasterLenin from District of Columbia, Jul 30, 2019
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4.83/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I scored a 1/4 barrel of this wicked brew and feel blessed by my good fortune. I love the creamy brown head. I have been drinking a small taster of this brew after dinner each night for dessert, very muck like a port or sherry. My wife on the other hand pours herself an imperial pint before bed. I have guests coming over this weekend; I think I will have them sign a waiver before they take a sip.

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CudahyGuy from Wisconsin, Jun 21, 2019
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My wife bought this for me to drink after the horrible task of cleaning the gutters and let me tell you it’s quite refreshing and delicious after an hour of hard work! Looks pitch black with an amber ring around it. No head on this pour. Smells like bourbon pretty strongly. Taste brings out the cacao and coffee flavors quite prominently, soaking in bourbon. I really like the addition of coffee as it’s almost like I’m drinking an espresso. An aftertaste of coffee too. Mouthfeel is medium heavy. Not too thick. Overall I rate this beer pretty highly as it has all of my favorite flavors in it plus the alcohol weighs in at a heavy 11.8% which I’m fond of.

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4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black coloration with a medium, creamy head. Smells lovely of roasted, caramel malt and coffee as well as dark, bitter chocolate, bourbon and vanilla with just a hint of a certain earthy/musty note and oak. Taste follows the nose, with an absolutely lovely balance of roasted, caramel malt, roasted coffee, dark, bitter chocolate and bourbon, with lighter notes of vanilla, earthy oak and just a hint of tobacco and licorice. Finishes with a medium bitterness and some coffee, chocolate and bourbon lingering in the aftertaste. Full mouthfeel with a medium/rich body andf medium carbonation.

This just has an absolutely lovely balance of roasted/caramel malt, coffee, chocolate and bourbon going on, with the coffee and chocolate being quite rich and smooth. While it is perhaps just a teeny tiny tad too sweet for my personal taste, there still is a great balance between the sweeter and roasted/bitter notes as well, this turning quite a bit more roasted/bitter in the finish. I haven't enjoyed a BBA Imperial Stout like this in a while, fantastic stuff.

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Photo of BayAreaJoe
4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Release #86, brewed 8/26/15, bottled 9/26/17, consumed 5/19/19

Probably should have popped this bottle a year or so ago. Everything aged nicely except for the coffee (which pretty much never does). The staleness of the coffee isn't overbearing and may not even be too noticeable for some; but I work for a coffee roaster so I can't ignore it. I think this would probably reach another level overall with fresher coffee aromas. Pretty outstanding otherwise, barrel notes perfectly melded and not really any traceable alcohol for such a high ABV (12%). Lower level of sweetness compared to other BA stouts like FW Parabola. I'd say it's best to drink it fresh or age it maybe 6 months at the most - stouts infused with coffee, even if they're barrel-aged, probably shouldn't get cellared longer than that because the coffee notes drop off no matter what and they are generally very prominent.

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BayAreaJoe from California, May 19, 2019
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