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Big Bad Baptist | Epic Brewing Company

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Big Bad BaptistBig Bad Baptist

Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States

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.


ABV varies by batch

Added by JohnGalt1 on 09-30-2011

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Reviews: 579 | Ratings: 3,511
Photo of larryi86
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- Black with a two finger mocha head.

S- Roasted coffee, whiskey, vanilla, some dark chocolate, fudge.

T- Cocoa, roasted coffee, some dark chocolate, some whiskey and vanilla, hints of caramel malts, oak.

M- Smooth, full body.

O- A very well done barrel aged stout. Definitely worth picking up

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Photo of Reema
4.77/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Serving type: 22 oz bomber into a brandy glass

Pours absolutely pitch black with mocha colored bubbles that develop to a film. Smell is of obvious whiskey, dark chocolate, mocha, subtle coffee, slight roast, along with chocolate liquor sweetness. It smells great. Taste reflects the smell. Initial taste is forward with the whisky and wood flavors, they lead into an intense chocolate and coffee taste, leads into a pleasant roast flavor that drops off into a whiskey aftertaste. Great stuff. Feel is thicker but not overly viscous. No apparent alcohol burn, doesn't drink like 12%+. Overall this is an outstanding beer with great whiskey, coffee, and chocolate aspects. Definitely buy this and hoard it.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Black opaque milkshake body, deep brown velvety head, which is much appreciated on a beer of this potency. Smell is whiskey and mild alcohol burn, countered but not quite balanced by roasty yet sweet malt and dark chocolate. Bitter. Flavor plays three card monte with the tongue: it's a fun, dazzling task to give order to the bitter chocolate, a newfound lactose sweetness, mild coffee flavor and acidity, immense dark malts, bourbon sweetness and alcohol, and even a hint of cinnamon towards the finish. Body is soft and thick, creamy, quite sticky, both very drinkable and yet filling.
What a great beer. Catered to my preference for sweetness while still adding complexity through bitterness, acidity, alcohol warmth, and deep, dark flavors. The nose was a tad harsh, or characterful depending on the drinker's preference. Either way, this brew will be greatly appreciated.

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Photo of flubbss
4.81/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured 22oz bomber into large snifter glass. Pours black with little to no head. Smell is mostly coffee. Perfectly smooth with good mouthful. Really good, one of my new faves. Curious to try it after aging a bottle

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Such a great bourbon and coffee imperial stout, especially for the cost. The only negative, if you even can call it that, is it finishes pretty dry. Love this beer. Cheers!

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Type: 8-oz. draft
Glass: Clear tulip glass
From: Alpine Beer Company Pub in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $8.00
Purchased: June 18, 2016
Consumed: June 18, 2016
Misc.: Think it was the 52, 53 or 54 release as they were all 12.5 pct. ABV

Had only heard great things about this monster. To see it on tap at my local brewery as one of the guest taps was an unexpected great pleasure. I believe there are a few bottles of this in town, but not sure I’ve seen it until this Saturday night in Alpine. Super excited for this one.

Poured a black color with 3-to-4 fingers of rocky tan head when I got it. No bubbles underneath that I could see. Excellent foamy lacing. Great retention. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled coffee, espresso, cocoa, chocolate milk, caramel, toffee, milk chocolate, smooth bourbon, dark chocolate, roasty malts and roasty nuts. (Smell - 4.25)

Everything was just bigger in the taste. Espresso, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, milk chocolate, perfectly smooth bourbon, roasty malts, toffee, caramel, leathery tobacco and hazelnut. (Taste - 4.50)

Full body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth, slightly warming finish. (Feel - 4.50)

This was just awesome. Would love to have a bomber of this bad boy. (Overall - 4.50)

4.43 | 98 | A

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Photo of Bartleby91
4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black appearance with some good carbonation. Big vanilla, bourbon, and chocolate notes. Tastes are pretty similar with a big alcohol burn. Really good

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Photo of HoodviewBrew
4.76/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Nice charcoal black color with slight head. Small champagne-style bubbles stuck to the glass nicely. The bear smells great. I noticed the bourbon and coffee notes mixed with a little sweetness which must have been the chocolate. The true character of this beer is where it counts- the taste. An outstanding mix of strong imperial stout, bourbon, and the right amount of coffee. I did not notice the chocolate as much but it did not detract from the beer at all. This is not as sweet as others in its class like Goose Island Bourbon County Stout but it is a world-class beer and a must-try!

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very dark brown body with a thin mocha colored soapy head. Aroma is big on roasty and bitter coffee and chocolate. Slight hint of oaky booze as well. Barrel comes through way more in the flavor; oaky whisky up front, followed by some chocolate and coffee through the finish to mellow it out. Feel is thick, syrupy, boozy, lingering sticky aftertaste with low carbonation. This one is solid, but is pretty boozy up front. If you like big barrel character, this one will suit you.

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Photo of Nightmare1972
4.81/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is an amazing stout strong and high abv, bitter sweet, barrel aged perfectly. Great beer to sip on during the winter time, would love to try again on a non bottle share night.

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Photo of 57md
4.09/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown color with very little head. The nose was mildly chocolatey and roasty. The flavor profile is definitely roasty with a distinct coffee presence. The chocolate notes came out as this offering warmed.

The chocolate was nicely done but the flavor was not huge. The same could be said of the coffee. There is some alcohol essence but this beer did not seem to pick up terribly much whiskey flavor from the barrel.

This was a solid beer but it sadly seemed disappointing because of the excessive hype generated around this offering.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served at Wynkoop in Denver, CO into a 12oz snifter. Batch #67, 11.5%.

Pours a pitch black body with a ring of light brown foam. Cherry highlights in the sun. Some lacing.

Aromas are potent and forward, very inviting. Heavy whiskey and cocoa, some coffee and vanilla on the nose.

On the tongue.. Lots of chocolate upfront, followed by whiskey and coffee, some vanilla, toffee, roastyness on the finish. Lightly sweet. Body could be a little thicker for 11.5%. Medium carbonation.

A nice treat, very delicious.

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Photo of Myotus
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured at 48°F from a 22oz bottle (release #58, undechirable bottling date) into a Spiegelau Stout glass. Allowed to warm up to 50°F before reviewing. Consumed on 28May16.
LOOK: Pours with a finger and half worth of dense, cinnamon colored foam. The foam head changes color to khaki within thirty seconds. Well after three minutes, the foam head has only dissipated to a fingers worth. The large quantity of tiny, rising bubbles explains why the head refuses to die. Lacing is high in quantity and both thick and very thick.
SMELL: Very strong aromas of bittersweet chocolate and coffee intertwine with strong vanilla aromas and mild aromas of coconut, oak, and spicy whiskey. To my surprise, no aromas of bitter roasted malts are present.
TASTE: Very strong bittersweet chocolate flavors first explode on to the palate. Coffee flavors immediately strike right after and bring a strong and desirable bitterness. Strong spicy whiskey flavors next present a welcoming booziness. Mild flavors of vanilla and subtle oak, coconut, and bitter roasted malts finish off this symphony of taste as all previous flavors persist, except for bittersweet chocolate, which fade to strong.
FEEL: The thickness of this brew is incredibly full-bodied. There are hints of carbonation. Goes down ridiculously smooth while also clinging to the back of the throat like syrup. Due to the high presence of alcohol, this finishes with a strong and undesirable dryness.
NOTE: Usually, I'm not a fan of barrel-aged beers that have the liquor flavors stand out, but due to the fact that the chocolate and coffee stood out, I was perfectly fine with perceiving all the whiskey in this. This was an overall balanced Stout that kept a smile on my face the whole time as I drank it.

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Photo of FBarber
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours oily viscous black. One finger tan head sticks around for a bit before dissipating to a thin layer of film. Impressive head retention for a barrel aged beer.

Smell is a pleasant blend of bourbon barrel, bourbon, cocoa, coffee bean aromas and slight hints of vanilla.

Taste ... holy cow this is how a barrel aged (ba) beer should taste. There is certainly a bourbon barrel character to the beer with flavors of bourbon, barrel, oak, and a hint of vanilla. However, the barrel does not overtake the imperial stout in any way, but rather acts as a complimentary flavor. Most ba beers tend to have more bourbon flavor than stout, but not this one. This is an Imperial Stout first acted in bourbon barrels second and I love it. The stout itself is wonderful. Lots of cocoa, pleasant mild coffee flavor that is not overpowering, deep roasted malts and a discernible hoppy bitterness on the finish. The fact that all the imperial stout notes still shine through is a huge plus and very impressive. Also this beer hides the ABV frighteningly well. You really don't notice it until you're nearing the end of the glass and suddenly you have a realization that wow, that was a hefty beer.

Feel is thick and viscous. Very velvety and smooth with all the flavors nicely melded together. Incredibly sippable. I loved the fact that because of the still present hoppy bitterness on the finish, the beer finishes rather dryly on the end - something I prefer in my Imperial Stouts, but almost never see in a ba Imperial Stout. Really gave it a nice depth to the overall feel.

This might be my favorite ba stout I've ever had. Not necessarily the best one out there, but certainly the only one I'd want to or be able to drink on a regular basis. Major props for balancing the Imperial Stout with the right amount of barrel aging to keep all the flavors intact.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Got on trade! 650ml bottle served at 12deg C in a tulip.

A- Opens well and pours a tiny 1/2" head on a vigorous pour but very brown and thick rich head. That head lased for 3mins before film out.

S- Coco, heat and malt. Touch metallic.

A- Nice balance of coco, coffee and whiskey not of the bourbon kind (or if there is bourbon barrel it's low on the ratio). Rich undertones of coffee and coco. It's all there.

M- Creamy going down but dries out quickly

O- Nice brew. Don't age this one as it won't do anything for it good. Nice to try brew.

Food Pairing

This brew went well with...... Smoked beef brisket on apple wood and hickory.


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Photo of Antg8989
4.81/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is what an imperial stout should be. Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a brown head. Considerable lacing for a beer at this ABV. Aroma is of molasses, dark chocolate, candied fruit and cream. It even smells like this has been aging in bourbon barrels. Taste is dark chocolate, cranberry and alcohol. Feel is light silky and smooth. Overall, a great example of the style and not very sweet by any means.

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Photo of rorykanderson
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Outstanding, surprisingly available bourbon barrel stout. Dark as the (submit review) button below with a frothy head that you could spoon up if you're quick enough. Nice amount of carbonation. Big aroma of chocolate, coffee, oak and booze. Taste is fudge, French roast, kilned barley, charred wood and a little of that sweet vanilla-bourbon. Alcohol heat compliments the creamy mouthfeel. Nothing astringent or caustic about it. Smooth smooth smooth.

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Photo of thebeers
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black with a finger of slowly-rising chocolate-colored head that quickly dissipates into thin, sudsy soap bubbles. There's a nice chocolate aroma with sweet bourbon behind. Delicious taste with dark chocolate ganache, dark-roasted coffee and sweet bourbon mixing in perfect balance. It's thick-bodied with a somewhat oily mouthfeel that's only partially cut by the carbonation. A kiss of alcohol comes through in the backend, along with a slightly bitter aftertaste. This is an amazing beer.

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Photo of mchegash
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

#66 (http://www.epicbrewing.com/beer-release-notes/item/7038-big-bad-baptist-imperial-stout-66)

L: Dark, essentially black. Very dark tan colored head, about 2/3 of a finger.

S: Coffee, whisky, vanilla, cocoa, oak.

T: Delicious creamy vanilla, coffee, chocolate and whisky flavors.

F: Creamy, medium-full body, a moderate amount of moderate-high intensity carbonation.

O: Delicious. I can see why this is so highly rated.

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Photo of erk0607
4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Opaque blackish brown with a gorgeous dark tank head that lingers.

Smell: Alcohol, roasted malt, syrup, chocolate

Taste: Alcohol, dark chocolate, roasty malt, coffee, roasty

Feel: On the thicker side of the spectrum, heavy, light syrup

Overall: Excellent and incredibly rich. Would get again and would definitely get a second one to age.

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Photo of hopflyer
4.61/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Release #65. Bottled 10/27/15 according to Epic website. Consumed 5/7/16 so has about 6 1/2 months on it.

Pours jet black, leaving no highlights of any kind. Maybe a hint of cola dark brown at the collar when held up to light.lighter tan head which receeds to a robust collar throughout.

Smell is a lot of chocolate and light coffee background but not overpowering. Pretty subtle aroma but

First taste at pretty cold temp again is chocolate up front with well blended coffee flavors. Coffee flavor not carrying much bitterness at first but then opens up a little more a couple sips in. Some tame whisky flavor and it's just about perfectly complimenting the bittersweet chocolate and roasted flavors. It also has a little bit of sugary sweetness and some vanilla as it warms some. Not a whole lot of deep roast or char flavor. ABV well hidden.

Feel is medium for such a big stout and the carbonation is on the lower end of medium. It's a bit oily and does leave a coating in the mouth but I wouldn't say this is a "heavy" beer. Not much heat from the alcohol.

Very impressed with this beer. I've seen a lot of other enjoys this on BA and I was lucky to find 2 bottles a few months ago. I like it much better than KBS, which is one of the only other BBA coffee stouts I've had. This is the first one and I'm already looking forward to the next. But I think I'll save it for late fall/early winter. Maybe I'll be able to get some more before then.

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Photo of MacSon1982
4.06/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: strong darkness in color. Poured into a snifter and created about 1/2 of head that sticks around long after. Each sip leaves a light amount of lacing that slowly fades.

S: whiskey, chocoate, and sweet malt.

T: strong booze, whiskey, vanilla, hints of chocolate, coffee and molasses.

F:medium to high mouthfeel with a syrupy type sweet stickiness.

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Photo of Pierre_Pressure
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Solid unpenetrable black. Slight mocha head decent lacing.
S: Coffee presents upfront with a chocolate undertone. Notes of vanilla and a slight presence of booze.
T: Follows the nose closely. The coffee strikes the perfect balance between being too subtle and completely overpowering the other flavors which I find happens in some beers. The only nitpick I have here is that I would like to see the cocoa nibs separate themselves a bit more from the other flavors.
F: Medium thickness, creamy and with little carbonation.
O: This is a fantastic offering. It is so easy to go wrong when using coffee or aging in barrels, but this nailed it on all fronts. There is a hint of alcohol present which is just enough of a reminder that this is a hefty beer and you shouldn't go at it too fast.

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Photo of Buck89
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Release #60. Poured into a snifter. Beautiful thick opaque dark brown color with a nice resilient tan head. Strong aromas of chocolate, coffee, toast, vanilla, and whiskey. The taste was a nice mix of cocoa, dark roasted malt and an understated whiskey presence. Feel was thick and viscous, but it did not feel overly sweet. Nice warming presence on the back, but the alcohol is not overly noticeable. A huge, beautiful beer.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Release #46. Black pour with thick, full finger cinnamon tan head; long lasting cap with clarity underneath; heavy lacing. Cacao nibs and roasted coffee beans nose. Chocolate and coffee flavors up front; a little oak and even less whiskey middle; the alcohol all but hidden in the roast malt finish. Rich, almost full mouthfeel; semi dry, cocoa powdery tongue coating; moderate carbonation. Overall, an excellently balanced stout with bittersweet dark chocolate and roast malt linger.

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Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing Company
4.32 out of 5 based on 3,511 ratings.
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