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Big Bad Baptist | Epic Brewing Company

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96
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567 Reviews
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States | website

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
Reviews:
567
Ratings:
3,465
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
21.58%
 
 
Wants:
429
Gots:
1,185
For Trade:
124
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Reviews: 567 | Ratings: 3,465
Photo of don1481
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

#23 on tap at Stubbys MKE.

Poured into an Epic glass.

Appearance: pours dark, dark with a surprisingly lingering khaki head.

Smell: holy coffee notes, Batman. some chocolate, but this is definitely coffee. No booze notes to mention.

Taste: for something that's 11.5% the alcohol is well masked here. Neither the coffee nor the chocolate are overpowering. It's a pretty nice dance they're doing here.

Mouthfeel: Very clean. Not a strong aftertaste.

Overall: Dangerously sessionable. I have a bottle of this release aging at home. Very excited to see how this turns out.

Update 10-4-14: opened one of the release 27 bottles I was cellaring. So awesome. Even more dangerously sessionable than before. Just... wow. This puts Speedway Stout to shame. And I LOVE Speedway Stout.

I am so happy I still have another 23 and 27 in the cellar.

Review adjusted upwards slightly to reflect the 27 from the cellar.

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Photo of Marius
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from memory - shared at a tasting about a year ago. Pitch black pour with a fluffy tan head. Smells of roasted malts, coffee and dark chocolate. The notes are reflected in the taste, as well - not much barrel going on here, but a top notch stout nonetheless.

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Photo of Magbas
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

A perfect winter beer that is remarkably smooth considering the ABV. This is my winter beer, though I don't usually drink more than a few during the winter for functionality's sake.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

A: Black as obsidian which is expected slight mocha head that quickly vanishes, coats the lass slightly from the alcohol

S: Nice coffee smell has the vanilla toffee slight oak smell of a nice barrel aged beer get a slight chocolate smell. It's rich aroma is very enticing .

T: a deep roast taste, rich vanilla, soft toffee, tastes of chocolate, not much heat for barrel aged but you know the alcohol is there sweet but not over powering so on the end.

M: This has the mouthfeel of what KBS should have had it's not super thick but it holds it's own and you feel it envelope your tongue.

O: This is the beer that KBS wants To be I know they use different barrels whiskey v. bourbon but The chocolate and coffee and whiskey blend together here instead of being at harsh contrasts. This is a nice beer but if you are looking for BCBCS this doesn't have the exquisite mouthfeel although leaps and bounds ahead of KBS.

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Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing.

Pours a big, blackish brown with a mountain of brown head that has great retention. The nose is big and robust with an immense coffee aroma and faint chocolate. The flavor is dominated by coffee with some rich, roasted malts and underlying chocolate. There is a faint, citrusy hop finish that adds a little balance to the richness of the malts. The mouthfeel is definitely full bodied, very smooth, and well carbonated.

This was a great stout. The coffee was immense and intense, the alcohol is big and warm, the flavor was profound, but at the same time it was drinkable and smooth. It was all around enjoyable.

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Photo of Gwath
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

One of the best barrel-aged stouts I have had. Poured pretty thick with a great nose of bourbon and coffee. Up front taste was chocolate, with a little sweetness from the residual sugar. Middle started to get some of the astringency from the coffee and had a great oaky finish.

One of my favorites, try it out!

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Photo of thagr81us
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to beeruser for sharing this one at a recent tasting! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller oversized wine glass. Poured pitch black with a half finger tan head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, coffee, caramel, and sweet alcohol. The flavor was of roasted malt, coffee, cream, wood, sweet alcohol, and espresso. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was an excellent brew. I truly went into this brew not expecting to like what I found. Fortunately, I was QUITE surprised! This thing really amazed me with all the flavors and aromas I got off it. They were so intense throughout while still remaining balanced. This one really wowed everyone at the tasting that evening. If you have constant access to this, I definitely envy you. If you don’t, you need to get this thing on your palate STAT!

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Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Release #55 12.7% abv

A: Poured into a DFH snifter to a deep black beer topped by a finger of dark tan head that fades to a small mat on top of the beer with some lacing
S: Smells of huge fresh roasted coffee and bitter dark chocolate. There may be some whiskey barrel notes hiding in the back too but the coffee is the star of the show on the nose
T: Taste is roasted coffee, dark chocolate, a little vanilla and caramel, some slight oak comes in as well. Big roasted malt as well with some slight charred wood. Swallow is a little alcohol but mostly chocolate and coffee with some lingering barrel notes and some roasted malt
M: this beer is pretty full in body with soft but adequate carbonation and a slightly dry finish
O: A world class American Imperial Stout. Great flavors and great complexity yet still very drinkable. This is up there with the Eclipse beers from FiftyFifty. If you see this you need to buy it.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a tan like head. In the aroma, coffee, chocolate, and a note of alcohol. In the taste, dry coffee and balanced with a sweet cocoa, with notes of alcohol all the way through. A smooth and medium to bigger bodied mouthfeel, with a note of dry coffee and small alcohol in the aftertaste. Dry coffee balanced with sweet cocoa, with a nice alcohol presence, very nice.

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Photo of mcallister
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an almost deep purple, a tan head of two fingers fades into a molten top leaving no lace.

Amazing aromas of big and bold freshly brewed coffee. Dark chocolate, black and blueberry, light whiskey and hints of oak. Roasted malts and a hint of smoke.

Coffee monster here and delicious, big and toasty with hints of mocha, heavy cream, burnt caramel, toffee, plum, blueberry, very light wood, with some bourbon notes late in the finish. Other brooding dark fruits, coffee tannins galore and a smidgeon of vanilla.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer #62 in my great Utah Brew Hunt.

So this is #9, which is aged in whiskey and bourbon barrels.

Hey now. Super tasty cocoa tones. It has quite a bit of coffee bitterness that seems to mesh extremely well with all of the characteristics of the beer. I get a very slight touch of vanilla that shows in a quite interesting way. Seems the perfect tone from a barrel, or the nicest way it could show.

I remember seeing someone on the boards here say that this was better than KBS, or something along those lines. Founders Breakfast Stout will always be one of my favorite beers, so I can't really go near that statement. But this is definitely a world class beer.

If this were bottled year round, and available at a cheaper price, this would be my go-to beer almost every day of the year. A pity it is such a rare release, but I am definitely glad I had a chance to try it.

Too bad this will most likely overshadow all other beers brewed in Utah I try from here on out.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a dark as night black in color with a nice finger worth of brown head that left good frothy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: huge coffee aroma upfront on the nose, plenty of chocolate goodness, molasses, brown sugar, great roasty character, a little bourbon booze, hints of vanilla and very nice oakiness coming through as well.

T: the coffee character was just as potent like the aroma suggested it would be alongside rich dark chocolate flavor, caramel brown sugar sweetness, great raosted malts, vanilla accents with good oaky notes and a little underlying booze.

M; the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, roasty, chocolatey, oaky, roasty, mildly boozy and creamy finish.

O; I honestly didn't think it was going to be that good and they proved me wrong. Definitely going to look out for more of their offerings.

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Photo of natethamac
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

All around coffee-bomb. Super dark roasted coffee flavor drowns out the whiskey-barrel completely! The dark bitter coffee smell is pretty much exactly what I'm getting on the tongue as well with a little bit of dark chocolate goodness and some hints of vanilla. Mouthfeel is chewy with medium-low carbonation. Glad to be a coffee fan or this probably wouldn't be for me. Batch #41.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an impenetrable black with a half-finger of chocolately-tan head. Smell is malty roast and coffee, with chocolate and dark fruits. Taste is similar, with a lovely thickish feel and just the right amount of sweetness. The barrel component is very subtle, which I personally prefer. Great beer, especially as an after-dinner drink.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Release 45, 10.9%. Pours pitch black. Normal head volume, outstanding retention and World Class lacing.

Rich complex nose of coffee, chocolate, roast and a bit of vanilla. As it warms, bourbon is quite noticeable.

Medium bodied with a very smooth texture that approaches creamy. Below normal carbonation with just a bit of effervescence in the finish.

The flavor profile is World Class. It is intense, richly complex and balanced to perfection. Simply, it is a brewer's masterpiece. It begins with a semi sweet chocolate over a mild coffee background. The middle produces a subtle bitterness comprised of dark chocolate, roast and coffee over a sweet background with rich malt notes. As the middle fades, coffee achieves its most prominent flavor aspect over declining chocolate notes and an ascending bourbon background. As the finish begins, vanilla and oak notes make a short appearance. The finish is a slow fade of coffee and roast bitterness over a rich sweetness that is both malt and chocolate in nature. The only trace of alcohol is the nice light burn at the back of the throat.

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Photo of JohnIrving
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Tried both 2014 versions side-by-side at Epic's "Tapless Tap Room" in Salt Lake City. This was my first barrel-aged imperial stout. I see everyone stating that it is a step below many of the greats. Well, I am going to have to try those as soon as possible, because this brew was exceptional. The Cafe Ibis version was mellow, the CharmingBeard coffee version was more intense. Both were the two best Utah beers I have ever had.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is dark brown, nearing blackness. Atop the beer rests a half inch of dense, beige head. Aromas of roast, chocolate, spice, coffee, espresso beans, cocoa powder. Fabulous flavor following the aroma. Strong and potent coffee character without dominating the flavor profile. Medium to full-bodied with fairly low carbonation. Smooth on the palate with alcohol content very well hidden. A top-notch Imperial Stout.

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Photo of beernuts
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

To me this is a great example of brewers using bourbon barrel aging to improve a stout, but not feature the bourbon barrel as an up front experience. The beer is deliciously roasted with beautiful coconut notes and not a sharp edge anywhere. Highly recommended.

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Photo of jera1350
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pure black with a cocoa colored head of fluffy and rocky foam that makes some nice lacing on the glass.

If this was a sniff test, I would have guessed this was Founders Breakfast Stout. Lots of coffee and chocolate on the nose.

Mmm, nice big flavor. A big malty blend of coffee and chocolate with some warm alcohol permeating up through my nose. There is some warm lingering bourbon in the background. Seems to be more felt than tasted, but it is a nice little compliment. Throw in some oak also. Very tasty, very long flavor. The flavors are nice and mellow where it seems like it's been aged a while.

Very smooth with a lightly sticky feel. Full bodied and plenty warm.

This is a very nice impy stout. Along the lines of a KBS/Breakfast Stout in my opinion. I may have to grab another bottle or two of this one.

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Photo of BSiegs
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black pour with some light tan head that laces nicely. The nose is big time dark coffee, whiskey, dark roasted malts. Very complex flavors. Dark roasted malts, coffee, whiskey, oak, caramel. Simply delicious. The body is full with low-medium carbonation. Really terrific beer.

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Photo of Bonkinishwa
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Epic Brewing Company - Big Bad Baptist [Batch # 56]. 11.9% ABV. 22oz Bomber split between two snifters.

Look: Pours and settles a viscous pitch black, and retaining a half finger of mocha colored head.

Smell: Most prominent aroma is raw whiskey, with some under powered aromas of cocoa, coffee, dark malts, dark fruits (raspberries and grapes), and charred oak.

Feel: Thick, chewy, heavy, creamy, full bodied.

Taste: Very strong whiskey up front, with some sweet cocoa, bitter coffee, some dark malts, and the dark fruit protruding about halfway through. Very bold boozy aspect, with none of the other flavors really making a significant impact on the palate. Gets better as it warms up.

Overall: This is one big beer, and would be hard to handle by yourself. Very strong boozy whiskey in this batch, a little too much it seems; a lot of the other flavors are drowned out by it. I was expecting a whole lot more from this, but maybe this batch wasn't as good as the others.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 PT. 6 FLUID OUNCE bottle
Served in a snifter
Release #11

This beer pours black and is topped with an inch of mocha head that leaves very little lacing.

Even at three years old the coffee aroma is still there. It is faded but not gone. It allows some anise, chocolate, and roasted malt to come through.

I taste roasted coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt.

Full, creamy mouthfeel

This is a phenomenal beer fresh and pretty damn delicious with some age. This is not a beer I would pass up a taste.

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Photo of schwemjw
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch #11

A: Black as night, a standard 1 finger mocha head and has a creamy looking texture. looks like an imperial stout!

S: Dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee and a surprising amount of dark fruit underneath it all. definitely some nice roast and a little spicyness to it. Fantastic!

T: NICE! vanilla, chocolate cocoa shavings, a deep espresso roasted malt with a lot of coffee bitterness. There is definitely a whiskey burn and corn/rye note on the end. There is almost a graham cracker flavor.

M: Not much carbonation, very creamy, but lighter than i expected it to be. you definitely know there is alcohol in this though

O: Excellent stuff! it got better as it warmed up and gave you enough of a burn to know there was some whiskey there. but its complex and balanced. alot of depth. Gonna pick another one up to age! 95 was spot on!

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Photo of woosterbill
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a Surly Darkness glass. Big thanks to knifestyles for opening this under-the-radar powerhouse.

A: Black with orange highlights under a thin layer of tan bubbles. All right.

S: Mmmm. Intense coffee + cocoa powder. Not much in the way of whiskey, but the coffee and chocolate are so radically fresh and intense that I don't care. Awesome.

T: Coffee and chocolate essence. Seriously, this is like chocolate-flavored coffee or coffee-flavored chocolate, whichever sounds more delicious to you. There's nothing else here, and what's here is some of the most delicious coffee/chocolate flavor I've ever experienced. The finish is spicy with booze, which is the only thing keeping this from getting full marks. Incredible.

M: Quite viscous - much more so than the appearance would suggest. Moderate carbonation. Absolutely luscious.

O: What a beer. Complex it is not, but it gets the job done like no other stout I can remember. I'd buy more in a heartbeat if I knew where to find it. Drink this beer.

Cheers!

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet. Batch #57.

A: Oil black with a tan one finger head that whittled down to foam. Thick lacing.

S: Dark chocolate, cocoa nibs, a bit of bourbon. You can smell this one a couple feet away from the bottle.

T: So robust, sweet and decadent. Like drinking from a chocolate fountain with anise, leather and cocoa nibs. As it warms, more flavors pop up; bourbon becomes more pronounced and the chocolate smooths out so nice. Vanilla and molasses slide in for the kill.

M: Medium to heavy with medium, chewy carbonation.

O: One of the best stouts I've ever had the pleasure of going to church with. Seek this one out. It's unholy delicious.

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Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 567 ratings.
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