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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
Reviews:
587
Ratings:
3,556
Avg:
4.32
pDev:
21.3%
 
 
Wants:
434
Gots:
1,228
For Trade:
124
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Reviews: 587 | Ratings: 3,556
Photo of KettleBellFreak
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful pitch black beer. TONS OF LACING there was a pour trail until the 3/4 head dissipated to almost nothing.

Opening the bottle BOURBON FLEW EVERYWHERE OH MY GOD THE SMELL. once in the glass, chocolate, caramel, vanilla bean, that beautiful whiskey smell.

Flavors were fantastic but not as abstract or deep as I hoped. Chocolate, vanilla, coconut, toasty Wood with bourbon undertones. Stellar taste but a mouth feel that is slick, pleasant and drinkable, but lacks the motor oil thickness and chewiness I find in other stouts.

Top notch regardless!

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Photo of Jeffsta1
4.69/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

HOLY CRAP this is probably the best stout I've ever had.

Black in color, inspiring dark, just a sheen of brown. How much more black could it be? None. None more black. Medium to light brown head, ultra fine lacing. Perfect.

Smell is beautiful, awe-inspiring. Malt, molasses, cocoa, black licorice.

Taste is awesome - and yet still the weakest part of this incredible beer! It's so very mild, subtle - cocoa, licorice, malt.

Mouthfeel is simply perfect. Rich but not ridiculous. Carbonation is light, subtle, very very fine bubbles. Champagne producers would genuflect upon trying this.

Overall: long, moderately intense finish. Tremendous integrity - all elements of this beer come together perfectly.

Spiritually this stout is in the same company as Ten Fidy, but more subtle, more refined, more awesome. Bravo, gentlemen! You can tell from my other reviews, I do not give praise lightly or easily - and here I say you've done something wonderful.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep dark chocolate color. Has a rich coffee aroma with a subtle note of whiskey. Flavor is roasted coffee with notes of darks chocolate and a subtle hint of booziness. Mouthfeel is a little light. Overall this is a very tasty and I like that the whisky doesn't overpower the flavor of the beer.

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

750ml bottle poured into tulip. Label says this is release #50, 12.6% abv.

Pours nearly total black with dark brown edges when held to the light. Thin head of mocha bubbles that leaves erupting volcano lace as it recedes.

Smells of black chocolate, fresh ground coffee, dark berries, campfire smoke, soft boozy whiskey barrel and faint leafy hops.

Tastes of rich dark fudge, strong coffee, dried cherry and raisin, soft licorice, charred wood and gentle whiskey notes of vanilla and toffee. Earthy, leafy hops barely make themselves known.

Feels thick and creamy. Full bodied with sturdy carbonation. Finishes dry with black chocolate and coffee bitterness. Alcohol is warm but surprisingly soft.

Verdict: Vigorously recommended. Barrel adds complexity without losing control, and it has more chocolate and coffee than the biggest Starbucks in the land.

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

22 ounce bottle served in a pint glass.

Pours as it should... jet black with a tan head.

Smells great... malty, chocolate, coffee, caramel.

Taste very good but not outstanding to me. A little too "medicine" tasting. Maybe from the whiskey however there are other aged imperial stouts that don't seem to have quite the same "medicine" taste to me.

Still a very good beer but there are a few others in this category I like better.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, almost black, into a Speiglau IIPA glass. A short-lived half-inch, creamy chestnut head gives way to spotty lace and a thick, viscous film.

The aroma opens with caramelized, roasted chocolate, light whiskey, and maybe a slight alcohol-infused chocolate. This is followed by ash and dark roasted coffee.

Deep roasted malt is the backdrop of the flavor profile. Chocolate with modest bitterness is in check with sweetness. Other flavors included cocoa powder, black coffee, and some whiskey notes. A mild lingering finish. Warmth brings out cigar smoke and cherry vanilla.

The body is full with a velvety texture and alcohol as expected. Lightly warming with modest carbonation.

Big Bad Baptist is a great sipping beer to enjoy while reading. While it lacks depth and layers of character, it is impeccably well done as a simple imperial stout.

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Photo of Dunkelganger4
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Lucifer goblet...irony indeed....
Appearance: motor oil black with a thin beige head.
Aroma:Coffee, chocolate, whiskey
Flavor: The cocoa nibs are the first flavor detected, which impart a slight dry, roasty quality to the beer. Also, the coffee is quite prevalent while the whiskey and barrel-derived vanilla notes lay more in the background providing complexity without taking away from the two prominent flavors. There's almost no alcohol present, which makes this beer quite dangerous.
Mouthfeel: Silky smooth and quite viscous.
Overall: An incredible BBA imperial stout that stands out from the other drunken BBA imperial stouts that seem to saturate the market.

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Photo of puck1225
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap into a small tulip glass. Very strong coffee smell. A beautiful dark brown, almost black, color. Excellent head and lacing. The taste was not subtle! Very strong dark chocolate, and strong cappuccino taste. A bit boozy,as expected. A very enjoyable stout.

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Photo of Marshman1969
5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had it on tap and it was very smooth. The flavor evaporates off your tongue due to the high alcohol content. The head is creamy and aromatic with all the coffee and cocoa notes.

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

- cocoa nibs, coffee, aged in whiskey barrels. Release #65.

A: Darkest of pours produces a one inch, dark mocha capping with a very good retention. A thick sheet band lacing sticks well.

S: Freshly ground dark roast beans comes right from the grinder to your nose, beautifully dry, with a silty campfire roast. Seriously like sticking your nose into a freshly grounded bag of coffee beans. The duration is very lengthy as well with a very good rate of strength. Light complimentary hints of whiskey and vanilla.

T: Beautiful dark roast, fresh, oily, rich with the cocoa coming through with very good results. Vanilla bean, oily coffeee roast combine with a dark chocolate bittering roastiness. Fresh splashes of whiskey are wet and tempting.

M: Medium heavy body, oily, chewy depth, low carbonation, soothing, silty and alcohol warming.

O: Every bit as good as advertised. A huge freshly grounded coffee presence takes center stage here, added fresh i presume after the aging ala BCBS. The aroma and flavor are a coffee beer lovers dream here, nicely accented, rich, deep and worthy seeking out. World class offering indeed.

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Photo of Bonkinishwa
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
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 LADaveBN
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Amazing brew. A fantastic mix of chocolate, oak, subtle coffee, and a touch of smoke. Surprisingly drinkable for such a high ABV. Would absolutely look for this one again. Probably the best BBA imperial stout that's readily available. Highly recommended.

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

First off, when a brewery constantly tweaks recipes... I'm probably gonna be a fan!

So, Epic brewing's finally made it to my northern, frostbitten area of Canada! $21 Canadian per bomber of their batch #50 using coffee from Blue Copper coffee shop in Kansas City at 12.6%. Pours a (not completely pitch) black colour with a thick creamy finger of mocha brown head. Looks super promising!

Predominantly a high-end coffee start, goes into a dark chocolate and bourbon vanilla-ey taste then a milk chocolate middle with some dried dark fruit flavours like a prune and raisin and a still smokey vanilla aura through out. Ends with a strong coffee/hop bitterness. Absolutely beautiful.

Personally I love huge coffee stouts and pick em up whenever a new one comes available, but I usually get way too much coffee. This beer (after 3 1/2 months) balances damn-near perfectly, but still lets you know its a coffee bomb. Best coffee beer I've had thus far and makes me one happy (but cold) Mennonite! Highly recommended!

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Photo of BSiegs
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
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 DaverCS
4.77/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Batch #59; had on a road trip with my dad in Kanab.

Pours pitch black with a lovely 1 finger of off-white khaki colored head. Great lacing!

Aroma is dominated first by chocolate, then by coffee. Absolutely wonderful smelling beer! It's like smelling a mocha. Not too much barrel or whiskey characteristics.

Taste is an absolute coffee bomb! Big roasted coffee notes. This is followed with some unsweetened cocoa nibs. Nice viscosity to this one, without being overly thick. Also, it has a great amount of carbonation, where it livens the beer but doesn't thin it out. I really am not getting any barrel or whiskey notes from this batch. Perhaps a bit of whiskey alcohol heat just before the finish, but it is a stretch. The coffee and chocolate notes are just so dominant! A very mild amount of bitterness finishes the sip.

Overall, this is a near perfect coffee stout. I see this pairing well with dark chocolate covered pretzels. I prefer this beer to Parabola. It gets a 95.5/100.

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Photo of MajorPaver
4.66/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best Imperial Stouts I have had in a long time. Initial nose is heavy on the alcohol, but that disappears on drinking. Mouth feel is smooth and a little chewy. Very chocolaty with some coffee notes. Experienced on draft.

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Photo of pollocwr
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Such a tasty beer. Strong coffee flavors with some bitter chocolate. Smooth all the way through. Only downside for me was a smokey flavor somewhere in the middle. Still good and will be better after sitting for 2 years.

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Photo of Thirstygoat
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this bottle for a while, and now I guess it is the season for hearty stouts.
This pours pitch black with a bit of copper head and a slight trace of lacing
Not that much smell vague hint of malt , pleasant not distinct
this tastes like malt soup with slight hints of wood, chocolate and a solid coffee flavor- delicious
thick, unctuous mouth feel, like a big stout should have
I had high expectations and they were met, maybe exceeded

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Photo of biboergosum
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle (Batch #50, 'Blue Copper', @12.6% ABV). Every December 5th, in honour of the American Repeal Day, I extract the biggest, baddest Yankee-brewed offering from my cellar to review. Turns out that this year, I couldn't have had a better option: Big Bad Baptist!

This beer pours a solid black abyss, with the scantest of basal mahogany edges when pressed to the cold glow of the monitor screen, and one skinny-ass finger of weakly foamy, and mostly just bubbly brown head, which leaves some decent arctic iceberg profile lace around the glass as things gently get a move on.

It smells of charred black coffee, grainy caramel malt, bittersweet chocolate, earthy licorice root, gritty American whiskey barrels - corn-fed booze and wood, mostly - a strange dark fruitiness, and some tame weedy, leafy, and musty hoppiness. The taste is rich medium chocolate fudge, fading day-old coffee grounds, toffee-flecked caramel malt, those Scandinavian licorice candies, surprisingly subtle barrel astringencies - a bit of vanilla and rye whiskey-soaked staves - and a generic earthy bitterness.

The bubbles are fairly laid-back, but perform well enough via their supportive frothiness, the body a dense medium-heavy weight, and rather smooth, with a heady and robust creaminess. It finishes sweet, but in a generally moderated sense - the char, coffee, and a mildly acrid booziness seeing to that.

Wowee - for such a high ABV stout, you'd hardly know it, and the chocolate and coffee work together like old buds, with just enough barrel content to make ya happy, without hitting you over the head with it. This Baptist fulfilled my quota and my belly tonight, with big, bad aplomb - but make no mistake, I'm not losing my religion, as my religion is damned (sorry) good beer.

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Photo of Briken
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark thin brown head with poor retention. Roasted coffee aroma with light vanilla. Strong roasted coffee, light bourbon vanilla and chocolate notes with the bourbon and chocolate in the finish and linger. Light acidity with a rich, smooth carbonation.

After the initial roasted coffee surge the flavors blend nicely with nothing overpowering and everything remains clear. Although the coffee is omnipresent, it is very enjoyable.

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Photo of mlockman
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Aroma and flavor are all whiskey, and intense. Underlying the whiskey-notes is an intense flavor of chocolate, more present in the finish than elsewhere. Overall, phenomenal, but I can't wait to see what some age will do for this brew.

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

Tons of cocoa and coffee in the nose and first sip. And very nice amount of whiskey, just enough to announce itself without overtaking it. Cinnamon taste just lightly appears and lasts gently through the finish. This is a complex and well made brew. Very slight barrel character and ok body.

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Photo of Gorilla_Biscuits
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch #59 12.3% 2015 edition. This is amazing. The whiskey shines through this thick and creamy stout nicely. The coffee isn't as strong as expected, but it's apparent. It's a bit bitter from the chocolate. However it's smooth and tasty for how strong this beer is.

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

Batch #63, 12.3% abv, but review applies to multiple releases sampled over the past few years. Despite the fact that Epic changes up the construction and type of coffee, Big Bad Baptist is consistently one of the most potent coffee-forward stouts around. Cacao nibs add a raw, earthy nuttiness to the aroma, but the coffee is clearly the star of the show.

Some other standout coffee stouts, like Treehouse's Double Shot or Modern Times' Mega Black House, are exceptionally smooth, fragrant, and chocolaty, utilizing cold-brew to avoid introducing much additional bitterness. The handful of batches of Big Bad Baptist I've tried, on the other hand, are bold, uncompromising, dark-roasted beasts. The nibs bring chocolate balance to the finish, but there's no effort here to please anyone who isn't a coffee drinker.

The influence of the barrel is to shore up the body into a full, smooth mouthfeel, only adding a touch of wood pulp and spice to the flavors.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
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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Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing Company
4.32 out of 5 based on 3,556 ratings.
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