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:
#334
Reviews:
655
Ratings:
3,865
pDev:
8.49%
Bros Score:
4.33
 
 
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445
Gots:
1,322
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Ratings: 3,865 |  Reviews: 655
Photo of mindspin315
2.22/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Almost black body with hints of brown. Small chocolate brown head initially on the pour but has faded to nothing. Lacing is very minimal, gradually falls back into the body.

Big aromas and they're very sweet smelling. Lots of chocolate covered espresso beans, brown sugar, chocolate candy bars, and roasted coffee notes.

Espresso and chocolate are on the palate right away. Not quite as medium or full-bodied as I was expecting this to be. Tastes are actually thin. The beer doesn't seem to be over carbonated so I can't see that being the factor in the watered down flavors. You can detect the coffee, espresso, cocoa, but they don't really shine as much as I thought they would. I do get heat here but nothing that shows me this was aged in Whiskey barrels. Alcohol is quite predominant in the middle then left with a touch of heat and a roasted semi-dry bitterness on the finish.

I was hoping for a little more from this one. It has plenty of things going on that should be good...cocoa nibs, coffee, and aged in whiskey barrels. Altough this one doesn't showcase all that much of a whiskey character and the flavors don't add up to much here. I'd like to see how this beer comes through on tap or a nitro pour.

[68/100]

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Photo of Oxymoron
2.24/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Pours a midnight black color with a soft tan head. No real retention to speak of even when trying to help it out. Some viscous lingering on the glass.

The nose is coffee forward. Really no other aromas come out. Some maybe minor malt and hint of chocolate but would have liked more balance.

The taste is bit more on par although coffee is dominant. Beyond the coffee is a light chocolate note. Some minor whiskey/fusel notes as it warms but really not much beyond coffee. Again looking for balance here.

The body is moderate with a more astringent finish. Some fusel/hot notes that is more of a distraction than anything. Carbonation is not present. Overall this is more of a call coffee with alcohol than a beer.

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Photo of Mac_Daddy
2.34/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Gives me goosebumps. Not the good kind. Flat.

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Photo of Vierenner
2.47/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had very high expectations but was severly disappointed. I was hoping for a Big John sort of quality & flavor -- it's certainly not that. The smell is powerful but I'm not sure how to describe it -- musty, perhaps? The taste is out of balance ... incoherent. A mix of flavors, each trying to out do the other, certainly not in harmony. Often even a mediocre beer gets better during a sitting as the taste buds acclimate ... not the case for me with this one. Stay away.

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Photo of cofeeguru
2.5/5  rDev -42.7%

Photo of FosterJM
2.71/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

1593rd Review on BA
Bottle to Woodshop snifter
22oz

Release #9
Purchased at Total Wine Brea for $10.99

App- A really great looking stout in the glass. It was a very deep brown. Bordered on black and very dense in the center and even the edges stay black. A good 1" tan head that faded to a small ring. Couple dots of cling.

Smell- Well it completely loses me here. Pure pressed coffee thats already been brewed with a big malt backbone. Large bitter. 

Taste- Pure over brewed and roasted coffee. I get nothing but coffee and bit roast.

Mouth- A thin medium body with a thin carbonation. Way too much coffee. Just not a great flavor.

Drink- Just a bad beer. Wont come back.

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Photo of Takifugu
2.75/5  rDev -36.9%

Photo of Ryan011235
2.77/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 10/30/11

Release #1

Pours a stained cherry brown and settle up rather dark with a one finger cap of sandy brown foam. The head drops quickly to a skimmed layer of foam and a large patch of bubbles shoved off to the side. Drippy lace hangs from a third of the glass. Swirling helps keep the head alive.

Dang, the coffee addition rules the roost as far as the aroma is concerned. If I didn't know better, I'd assume this was a spot of espresso. Swirling draws forth meager notes of sweet whiskey and a hint of charred oak. As it warms there are suggestions of vanilla, but I'm not getting anything from the cocoa nibs. It keeps reverting back to espresso throughout the whole glass. Overtones of booze as it warms further.

After taking a sip it seems this is, in fact, beer. Hey, off to a good start, right? That said, the flavor profile table is slanted and all the ingredients are tumbling about, longing for the floor. Things start off sweet, courtesy of chocolate tones and whiskey nips. The middle finds overtones of oak as things shift toward roasted coffee, which carries everything on down. Full on espresso lingers long on the floor. Tastes a bit harsher as it warms, which is kind of a surprise.

Fairly full bodied, but not overly viscous; kind of nimble as far as imperial stouts tend to go (though it does seem to bulk up a bit over time). Carbonation is higher than I prefer, but not inappropriate here, I guess. At least it's puffy instead of prickly. Though not entirely hidden, alcohol is largely masked; it tends to be warming and is most apparent on the floor.

As far as I'm concerned, this needs some serious clean-up. Namely, the coffee is out of control and needs to be reigned in. I hate to be the one to police the Hype Pipe © usage that seems is going on here, but this is far from an astounding barreled take on the style. Perhaps it might improve as the coffee fades, but, at this price point, I'm not likely to pick up a second bottle to find out.

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Photo of JonahAC
2.8/5  rDev -35.8%

Photo of ajm5108
2.84/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Expected color, nice creamy head, a little porous on the fade. Not my particular style on the aroma - charred oak, fusel, diner coffee grounds, tobacco leaf - very husky and dark, needed some smoother elements. Flavor is mostly the same - there is a real lack of barrel element beyond some heat & vague oak, and the cocoa bits are lost in the wilderness. Tastes like an average coffee stout at best, which for the price tag, hey, fine, but there is a plethora of better beers on the market riffing on these exact same ingredients.

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Photo of CPAles
2.86/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of CraftFan5
2.96/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of cliff538
3/5  rDev -31.2%

Photo of Elicoleman
3/5  rDev -31.2%

Photo of BGsWo22
3/5  rDev -31.2%

Photo of BeerGreg
3/5  rDev -31.2%

Photo of BrewtalHonesty
3/5  rDev -31.2%

Photo of Nietzsches_Horse
3/5  rDev -31.2%

If you like intensely bitter coffee and chocolate, and prefer a little whiskey with those foodstuffs, then this is the beer for you! (However, this one, Release #34, was not the beer for me.)

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Photo of BlackTuesday
3/5  rDev -31.2%

Photo of ithinkimasofa
3/5  rDev -31.2%

Photo of mrkdwrds
3/5  rDev -31.2%

Photo of mrshoes
3/5  rDev -31.2%

Photo of bsuedekum
3/5  rDev -31.2%

Photo of CoryR
3/5  rDev -31.2%

Photo of CommanderOfAwesome
3/5  rDev -31.2%

Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 3,865 ratings