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:
#303
Reviews:
652
Ratings:
3,834
pDev:
8.47%
Bros Score:
4.33
 
 
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Photo of AyatollahGold
5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an absolutely beautiful looking beer. Pitch black with more than a finger worth of caramel/mocha colored head.
The smell is deliciously complex. Smells of chocolate and coffee are the big stars but then they are backed by notes of vanilla, char and barrel.
The taste comes in with the coffee being the strongest but the chocolate being a great partner next to it. Then the background of barrel and vanilla do a great job adding to dimensions.
The feeling is a smooth and creamy greatness with a very comforting warmness. Getting through the creamy head to the beer is a treat. Great carbonation and full body.
Overall, this was a treat. Would be very happy to have more. Literally don't know what I would dock it for. Such greatness.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.64/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into pint glass in February 2018. There was no drink-by date on the bottle, but it was labeled as Release #54. One their website it lists Release #54 as being bottled on September 2015. I drank this within 1 month of purchase.

Appearance: Very dark black with a one finger high tan/brown head. Head thins out to barely a covering, and leaves a little lacing on the glass, more lacing than most other stouts but not nearly as much as with IPAs.

Smell: Strong aroma of chocolate, roasted coffee, and caramel. There is some additional sweetness like malts. Not much hop aroma. A little earthy, maybe oak aroma.

Taste: There is an interesting combination of flavors. There is strong coffee flavors along with chocolate. Also some smoky roasted malt flavors, and a little caramel flavor. There is some bitterness from hops. There is a strong alcohol presence that matches 12% on the label. There is a strong oak and whisky aftertaste, that is really enjoyable.

Mouth-feel: Thick, but with an extremely smooth and creamy body.

This is a very good Imperial Stout, and it has a variety of flavors that adds a nice complexity to the beer. It is very smooth and enjoyable to drink. I would definitely buy this again.

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Photo of JoelHinson
4.73/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The first time I had this beer I couldn't believe how thick and chocolaty it was. This is one of my all time favorites, and it is always a treat when I sit down to have one.

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Photo of rolltide
4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Justdoit1234
4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mbalint1
4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of buttsmahogany
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of TheCrowsEye
4.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MarcieSumpter
3.85/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

very robust stout, caramel backbone, dark tan,very little carbonation with a pretty heavy mouthfeel. great beer in schnifter or julep. changes drastically depending on temp. cheers!!!!

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.76/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Taste: rich, dark toasted chocolate, coffee, malty, molasses, with notes of oak and whiskey.
Woody, whiskey and chocolate malt nose. Black, opaque, with a real dark tan head, foamy, then breaks quickly with some lace. Full body. Robust, smooth, complex, coffee in the finish as it warms. Alcohol with sneak on on you.

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Photo of Boccu
4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours black. One finger brown head. Aroma of coffee roast and dark chocolate.

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Photo of CHickman
4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Release #76, 13% ABV; had this bottle for almost a year, it pours opaque pitch black color with a 1 finger foamy tan head that faded slowly and left very good spotty lacing that clings to the glass.

Smells of whiskey, burnt coffee, chocolate, oaky notes, cocoa powder, fusel alcohol, peppery spices, charred wood, peat moss and rye. The malt and chocolate start things out but it ends with whiskey and rye. Really complex, well balanced.

Tastes starts off with really strong whiskey and sharp rye accents, shifting to peat moss, cocoa powder, toffee, burnt coffee grinds, brown sugar, white pepper, tea leaf, earthy notes and oak that brings a ton of complexities. A lot smoother than expected, it's really impressive and a great slow sipper.

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Photo of Duncian
4.19/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of JerryHelper
4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sjrider
4.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours out dark as the night with a slight tannish head and minimal lacing. Not a whole lot going on with the nose ,slightly sweet smelling and a tiny bit of coffee. Taste is sweetish ,a bit of barrel, faint coffee,bitter chocolate and a hint of bourbon. Tastes better as it warms. Medium body and mouthfeel ,slightly dry finish.Easy drinker ,nicely done.

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Photo of Gtwreck45
4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chill-i-am
4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MrDis
4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sirnickatnite
4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cmsiii
4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ltdsaint
4.15/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of reyna311
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rammed96
4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Beer rating: 4.37 out of 5 with 3,834 ratings