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:
610
Ratings:
3,654
Avg:
4.32
pDev:
8.56%
 
 
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Photo of GOBLIN
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big Bad Baptist . . . appearance is the typical pitch black. Nothing really note worthy going on there. The aromas are off the charts however. With vanilla, coffee, chocolate, cocoa and cinnamon this beer is sure to please the sense of smell. Flavors follow close behind the aromas. I can almost tell exactly how this beer is going to taste just by smelling it. I honestly don't pick up on much barrel character with this though. The bourbon is subtle, which is nice. Mouth feel is slick, oily, smooth slight carbonation at first but finishes dry and ashy. Overall it's a delicious imperial stout that is always consistent no matter the batch.

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Photo of kbwalters
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured cold into a Libby stout glass and drank as it warmed. This is 2014 vintage, release #30.
Look = 4.75 Pours a dark brown into an opaque black in the glass with 1 finger of dark brown head that fades to a spotty cap. Leaves a nice dense lace.
Aroma = 4.25 Strong coffee aroma with a nice underlying chocolate base. Wasn’t getting much from the barrel until it warmed up a bit, then a distinct whiskey aroma develops.
Taste = 4.0 Coffee is the prominent favor to; burnt coffee, roasted malts, bitter dark chocolate and a touch of whiskey that develops as it warms. A light, lingering bitterness in the aftertaste.
Feel = 4.5 Nice, smooth, creamy and thick. Full bodied with low to medium carbonation. Great feel.
Drinkability = 4.0 Pretty easy drinking 10.5% coffee forward stout
Overall = 4.25 Coffee is the dominant player here with nice contributions from the cocoa and whiskey. Very well done.

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Photo of jbwimer
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is batch #13. Bought this at Vintage Estate a few months ago. One of the first BA stouts I ever had. Perhaps even the first. That was almost a year ago. Regardless, it's time for a review.

A- Poured from a 22 oz bottle. Split with my good friend Eddy. Half a finger of a tan head. Darkey-dark. Not the darkest beer I've had. But there's hardly any light getting through on the edges. Pretty good lacing for a BA stout.

S- So much coffee. Without a doubt, coffee dominates the nose. Faint woodiness. Slight bourbon character, but not much. This is a coffee bomb, and I'm okay with it. Roasty character certainly comes through. I want more barrel.

T- So much more smooth than I expected. Wood from the barrel levels it out. Faint bourbon. This one is dominated by coffee, roast, and dark chocolate, which washes everything down. 12.2%?! I would have never guessed. Again, more barrel, would do this beer a favor. I remember this beer having much more bourbon influence the first time I had it.

M- Not the most viscous BA stout I've had. But its cery clearly of the IS variety. Higher end of low carbonation. Slight alcohol warmth. Real nice.

O- Damn good beer. I wish this had as much barrel character as the earlier batch that I remember having. Still, this is a really enjoyable beer, with EXCELLENT coffee and roast character, which is what I love. Would come back to this beer, time and time again.

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Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%

22 oz Bomber poured into a 20oz Firestone glass.Jet black color.The smell is mostly chocolate up front.Taste is more Coffee up front with a hint of Chocolate.Nice smooth taste and a very drinkable brew.Can`t say that I think it`s worth the high Rating it gets or the big price tag{14.99} for 22 oz.But if your in the mood to try something new it`s a good one timer.Probably would not drink again because there are a lot of good stouts out there a lot cheaper.

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Photo of Echosolace
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

I had just tapped this keg at my workplace and after pouring one for a customer, and after having closed, zoomed in on this for my Otsukare (closing time) beer.

What follows is my experience with the Big Bad Baptist.

A: Safe to say I did not expect this level of head from the Baptist today. Unexpectedly long lasting, and almost sticky. Both of these remind me of porn. If lace is your thang, well... it has it in spades. I'm practically looking at an upside down lace Colosseum.

S: Coffee notes hit strongly right away. That and what reminds me of dark chocolate. Chef's salty chocolate balls, if I had to imagine what they'd smell like.

T: Where the smell might seem diminished, it's just a shell, a signboard for the real experience in the glass. What happens next is like nothing I've seen in beer. It's got some kind of mature taste. It's not particularly one I'm all over, or could come close to calling a session beer, but god damn this is some flavor. If I had to compare this to the food world, this would be like a coffee-bean rubbed steak, char-coaled to a definite but balanced and blackened sear. O man this shit is glorious.

M: God. Fuck... O god. it's... It's so good and it feels so wrong. It... came in my mouth and... it slides smoothly over until you pull it back across the tongue... and those bubbles gently pop in just the right amount. For the beer... I don't think it could be any better one way or the other.

Sweet Jesus Mr. Baptist... Dunk my head in your glorious black pool of yeast splooge and I promise to never tell anyone... so long as you're on tap.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great lasting foamy head rises caramel colored and dense. Nice head retention too. Missing a touch of lacing...

Whoa. Let me preface: I despise Hazelnut, but the hazelnut in this brew is done wonderfully. Roasty, bready, tons of coffee, ripe, chocolately, deep, dark and bold. For being full of hazelnut, it's done very well.

A great amount of carbonation, prickly. Harsh initial bite followed by flowing flavors of roasty hazelnut coffee. Bitterness is high and goes very appreciated. Sweetness is that of 80% dark chocolate.

A total mind bender. It's hazelnutty, but doesn't taste or drink hazelnutty. Way recommended @ $13/22oz. IMO, this is one beer best drank cold. One of Epics best beers for sure. Cheers!

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Photo of russwbeck
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Release #1 enjoyed with rjochman

A: Pours out of the bottle black and rests in the glass pretty viscous. A big brown head raises up, but recedes quickly. Not a ton of lacing or carbonation that I can see. Wish the head stuck around a bit longer.

S: The aroma on this is really impressive. The amount of coffee and chocolate really blows me away, but the whiskey is really underneath, and understated. While the aroma on this is quite bold the balance is there, which equally as impressive.

T: I've had stouts with coffee in it before, but wow this is a new experience. The aftertaste is exactly the same as when I take a sip of actual coffee. Really blown away about just how much this tastes like coffee. Up front is chocolate, vanilla, and a bit of whiskey. After a brief second, this becomes all about the coffee.

MF: Low carbonation, thick body, and pretty damn drinkable. The finish is so dry. I just can't stop taking sips the taste is so interesting.

O: I thought this was a hit, really glad I tried it. At $12.99 I thought this was definitely worth it. Interested to see how the other releases stack up.

Release #3

A: Just as deep and dark as Release #1 with a better head retention. Nice brown head, with minimal lacing.

S: The smell is a little less balanced. Tons of coffee, but less chocolate and certainly no whiskey at all. Let's see what happens with the taste.

T: The taste is a little better, but still after a few releases I was hoping this would have improved. Ton of coffee, the aftertaste is still similar to drinking an actual cup of coffee, but the chocolate is a bit thin, less vanilla, and again no whiskey.

MF: Not quite as thick. Perhaps this would benefit from some age as Release #1 was clearly better.

O: At $11.99 I think this is definitely still worth it. Expected more, but I still definitely enjoyed it. Wish the barrel aging was a bit more present.

Release #4

A: Black pour with a couple fingers of brown head. The retention and lacing are both wonderful. This is a great looking beer. 4.5

S: Amazingly the smell is all coffee. Can't believe how deep and dark this beer is and for it to be all coffee. The bourbon and oak lie underneath with a strong chocolate character. Great balance, but coffee focused. 4.5

T: Like the aroma, the coffee dominates the taste. A bit too much for me honestly. Bourbon hangs out, making its presence known as the beer warms, but the chocolate and barrel characteristics are secondary to the coffee. I think this needs a few months to balance out. The other dimensions are there. Just not strong enough. 3.5

MF: The body is full and the carbonation is a bit high as well. Big Bad Baptist is crazy drinkable and sports a dry finish. This is a great beer. 4

O: Overall, I wish the coffee was stepped back a bit and the bourbon was more prominent. This beer is top notch, but I'm thinking it needs some age to make all the flavors come together. Not my favorite of the releases, but I would never turn it down. 4

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Photo of screamking
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Release #13 22oz bottle poured into snifter.

Pours black with a thin dark khaki head. Dark roasted coffee right up front in the nose. Also lots of chocolate with vanillia, oak, and smoked toffee. This thing has a certain smokeyness in the aroma. The chocolate comes out up front in the taste leaving the coffee to play second fiddle. You get a bit of the whiskey notes in the middle of the mouth, in the form of smokey oak. This thing is very rich, lots of bold flavors. The mouth feel is full bodied. ABV is slightly noticeable, but for the percentage it excellent. This one makes for a perfect desert beer or even a late nightcap. All the flavors are there, they don't blend together very well but instead sit on their own.

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Photo of oline73
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a tasting glass.

Appearance: Pours almost black with a layer of tan head that fades fairly quickly. This is a very smooth beer. Roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. There is just the right level of sweetness. This is a very good imperial stout. I'd definitely have more.

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Photo of GeezLynn
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Straight black, with a medium brown head that is short-lived.
S: Very earthy and roasted, oats are apparent, with light coffee and a hint of whiskey.
T: Starts off with a heavy dark coffee flavor, followed by a light whiskey bite, and finishes with a bitter chocolate covered coffee bean flavor. A little vanilla shows as it approaches room temperature.
M: Thick body with low carbonation. Overall feel is velvety smooth.

BBB was a change of pace from the more common bourbon barrel stouts out there. This is very char-heavy without the bourbon derived cherry/fruit flavors. More of a vanilla/alcohol contribution from the barrel. Coffee addition was mild, but very nice. Enjoyable.

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Photo of SFC21
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch #48

Chocolate and coffee flavors shine here, with the whiskey playing second fiddle. Great balance. The wood from the barrel aging makes for a very dry finish. Really tasty beer.

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Photo of Ri0
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured 22oz bottle into a chalice. Batch #27

A - Obsidian with a 2.5 finger mocha colored head. Nice retention and delicate, yet plentiful lacing.

S - Fresh steeped cold coffee, smells great. I also find notes of dark chocolate and cocoa with hints of earthy hops. The coffee aroma is really something.

T - A big, bold, flavorful coffee roast mixed with dark chocolate and cocoa. Earthy hops and very subtle bourbon notes round it off and keep it bitter with a hint of sweetness.

M - Medium bodied and nice carbonation with a smooth mouthfeel.

O - One of the most coffee forward stouts that I have had. I have had many and this one is brilliant and well done. I recommend this and it best consumed fresh if you like strong coffee.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

on draft in an 8 oz glass

jet black, opaque - tan head that fades. nice huge chocoately aroma. taste is big on the chocolate and coffee flavors as well. thick full mouthfeel. overall very good.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Surly Goat in West Hollywood, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is absolutely fantastic with dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, and huge coffee bean and coffee ground aromas. Taste is of dark roasted malt and a flavor very similar to tiramisu that has been dusted with cocoa powder and coffee grounds. There is a nice roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a medium body. Overall, this is a good stout with an outstanding aroma but the taste just doesn't match up.

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Photo of Mdog
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Opaque black, good head.

Smell: Dark chocolate, woody, slight vanilla.

Taste: Thick and coating. Vanilla-tinged coffee with a nice sweetness. Moves towards a more straight-up coffee flavor and dry coffee finish.

Overall: I forgot to write down the batch number, but this had been sitting on the shelf at the store for at least 2 years. Still was a very tasty big stout that stands beside the bigger names.

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Photo of Jonada
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch #22 10.2% ABV. Served in a Goose Island stemmed glass

Appearance: Pours nearly black in color with a finger of a dark tan head that dissipates to a thick ring and wispy coating of foam. Body is nearly opaque with only the smallest hints of ruby red when held up to light.

Smell: Extremely fresh ground coffee, roasted malt, dark chocolate, maybe a hint of vanilla. Not super complex, and is lacking really any barrel character, but the coffee aromas are excellent.

Taste: More of the same as the aroma. Fresh ground coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, slight smoke. Again, where is the whiskey barrel character? Even as the beer warms there's little to no barrel presence.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Booze masked fairly well.

Overall: This was a bit of an odd beer to rate. I scored this fairly high since it is a very good coffee stout, however I'm a bit let down considering the lack of barrel presence coupled with the price paid for the beer. If you're looking for a good coffee stout, then this is probably worth a try (though there are better options for cheaper), but I can't recommend this as a great bourbon/whiskey barrel aged stout.

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Photo of whiterabbit
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Lucky batch #13 for me...

A - Pitch black thick oily dark tan head, disappears fast, but lacing remains. Exactly what an imperial stout should look like

S - Not bad, but was expecting more. Coffee and alcohol

T - Bam. Deep coffee / espresso. Slight chocolate, then whiskey a go go. . Great! This is where this stout is at. Complex, yet layered to be savored.

M - Thick, oily and complex. Boozy as hell, yet all three characteristics stand alone. Bravo

O - This is the bomb. great sipping stout, the warmer it gets the better it gets. Not for faint of heart, not for the beginner. If you like a good barrel aged stout, and a nip of whiskey floats your boat, come along for the ride. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Iratolla
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

22oz bomber lightly chilled and poured into a snifter...big boozy nose from the barrel, but not overwhelming on the palate. Solid coffee flavor upfront then giving way to roasted malt and stouty lusciousness. Not opposed to this offering whatsoever...well done Epic

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Photo of StoutBrotha602
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

got this from total wine in my area of Phoenix i frequently shop

i poured this into my Rogue/left Hand/speigelau Stout Glass

Pour was Really really dark the stout glass produced an excellent head
Smell/aroma was heavy on chocolate and cocoa nibs
Mouthfeel was light on carbonation and smooth on pallete
the finish was bitter and it lingered a lil bit but it was woth it.. ..good imperial stout but

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Photo of largadeer
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to drgonzo3705 for this one. Batch 4, bottled in Jan 2012.

Appearance: Pretty standard black bodied RIS appearance here, pouring with a couple fingers of leather-hued foam that settles to a thin film. Looks solid.

Smell: Not terribly subtle but thoroughly enjoyable coffee and cocoa up front. Gentle roastiness is noticed beneath, along with some molasses sweetness. Little bit of barrel peeks through, lending vanilla and faint alcohol.

Taste & mouthfeel: Coffee, cocoa and vanilla, in that order. The coffee used has a robust earthy, spicy note that's pretty nice. Pleasantly roasty malt backbone without any burnt qualities. The body is a solid medium-full, never approaching syrupy, and sweetness likewise is pretty reigned-in for an 11%er. Subtle bourbon barrel flavors here, I'm guessing this didn't spend much time in the barrel. The finish is long but mellow, very coffee-forward.

Overall: This stuff is pretty legit, I'm very surprised. It isn't quite in the same league as beers like BCBCS and KBS, but it isn't too far off.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-Black in the glass, clear around the edges, one finger brown head that tries to leave some lacing.

S-Woah. Lots of great coffee. Some chocolate and roasted malt, more oak than whiskey. The coffee dominates and it is a good thing.

T-Again lots and lots of coffee. What wonderful coffee flavor. Then some roasted malt and chocolate. FInishes with oak and very slight whiskey, it could use longer aging I believe.

M-Medium bodied, slight carbonation, tad creamy.

O-One of the better coffee stout on the market. Could use some more whiskey flavor but still a knock out. Thank you Clif!

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Photo of OneEye78
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Review of 2014 version, approximately 1 month old. Poured 22oz Bomber into a snifter. Poured a thick dark black, with a thin khaki head. Nose was a roasted coffee blast with sweet vanilla, caramel and toffee undertones. When cold, strong coffee flavor present, but as it warms vanilla, oak and bourbon burn took over. Caught a hint of raisin and cherry in its sweetness. Mouthfeel was full, but not syrupy. Overall a very enjoyable beer. Very complex, but a step below the "greats".

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Photo of REDAMI
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into two pint glasses.

A - Pours black, tan/caramel colored head which dissipates quickly with little lacing.

S - Strong bitter chocolate, followed by whiskey, boozy alcohol, and a coffee finish.

T - Starts as a well balanced mocha with an extra shot of espresso. Followed by a strong alcohol edge, which finishes with the bitterness of baking chocolate and dark roasted grains.

M - Smoothness is cut by strong alcohol which thins it somewhat. Should improve wih aging.

O - The flavors are spot on for a mocha stout. However, the alcohol bite takes away from the overall body of the beer. This is still an outstanding brew and I hope I can get another bottle to see how it turns out after aging.

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Photo of projectflam86
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber served in a tulip. Release#1 11.7% ABV on the side of the bottle.

A- Pours a deep black color with a medium sized light brown head that leaves some lace.

S- This baby is all coffee. Deep dark roasted coffee aroma and some bittersweet chocolate. Not picking up much from the whiskey barrels but the coffee definitely stands out.

T- Ok, now the whiskey barrels show themselves. Huge wave of alcohol initially with a creamy smooth roasted finish. The coffee still leads the way in the flavor profile but the whiskey is quite noticeable and adds a bit of depth. Some dark chocolate, vanilla beans, and black licorice comes through more as it warms. Charred burnt aftertaste lingers until the next sip.

M- Full bodied with medium carbonation. Silky smooth and rich.

O- This is one doozie of a beer. I think the alcohol is a bit too hot for my personal preference but aging one might take away from the huge coffee flavors. A very nice coffee forward brew.

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Photo of uvachief
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Poured from a 22oz bomber. Dark impenetrable black with a little head. Aromas of coffee. Tastes of coffee with background of dark, unsweetened chocolate. Goes down smooth. You do notice the bourbon on the way down or even more in the aftertaste but not overwhelming. Subtle. Solid stout but I don't think it is anywhere near a 97 rating. Very good though.

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Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing Company
4.32 out of 5 based on 3,654 ratings.
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