Big Bad Baptist
Epic Brewing Company

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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #124
ABV:
11.8%
Score:
97
Ranked #425
Avg:
4.38 | pDev: 8.9%
Reviews:
734
Ratings:
4,082
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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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KT3418 from Colorado

4.04/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Wednesday at 02:25 AM
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trevormajor from Ohio

4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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vi11am from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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
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jlc12 from Minnesota

1.3/5  rDev -70.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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
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hmf05 from Colorado

4.54/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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
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bret27 from California

2.31/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 1.5

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
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Wasatch from Colorado

4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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loudmacleod from Ohio

4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
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low75 from Virginia

1/5  rDev -77.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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draheim from Washington

4.19/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.87/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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
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Jeffo from Netherlands

2.58/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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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Limazulu from Idaho

4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Solid black, very thin tan head but good long lacing
S-Primarily coffee, with a hint of chocolate and licorice
T-Hard Cold Brew Coffee, with a bit of dark chocolate. More sweet than bitter.
M-Lighter bodied than expected, but more carbonation than expected.
O-Well executed coffee-forward stout. Would have rated higher if the coffee palate had been higher quality.

Jun 07, 2020
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KRug from Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 3/27/20

This is one I’ve heard about for a long time, and I assumed it was a super rare find, so I was shocked to see my local liquor store have a few cases for cheap

Pours completely black with just a thin cap of mocha colored head that reduces to a ring quickly. For the small head, there is a decent amount of lacing

Wow, quite the huge barrel presence in the nose here. Rich oak and vanilla with some bourbon heat. Deep dark and chocolate as well with a hint of coffee and raisin

Yeah that’s bourbon in the taste no doubt, quite a bit of warmth from the alcohol to start the sip. Despite this initial alcohol sweetness, the chocolate and coffee come in with a light roast that perfectly balances the sweet vanilla and caramel, with a touch of smoke to boot

Full bodied and rich with very mild carbonation, this is extremely smooth and balanced. Dessert-like without being sweet, and feels about right for the abv

This is a damn good imperial stout without a ridiculous amount of adjuncts, simple ingredients with a complex flavor profile. I hope to try the variants some day

Jun 03, 2020
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EnderFett11 from Virginia

2.71/5  rDev -38.1%
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.

May 27, 2020
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Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

May 16, 2020
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GarrettB from Colorado

4.09/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Mar 08, 2020
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Tony210 from New Jersey

4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

2/29/20
Bombers
4.5 ratings

Mar 01, 2020
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EdHinPasadena from California

3.8/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Feb 20, 2020
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Bruno74200 from France

4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
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

Jan 07, 2020
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odement from Michigan

4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Dec 30, 2019
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EMH73 from New York

4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Dec 29, 2019
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Dec 21, 2019
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Steve_Studnuts from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Nov 30, 2019
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