Big Bad Baptist | Epic Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States | website

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

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Photo of StArnoldFan
4.26/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch # 9

Pours dark black with a 3 finger mocha colored head. Smells heavy of coffee and chocolate, almost no whiskey scent at all. Tastes pretty much follow the nose, coffee, chocolate, roasted malts. Mouth on this one is good, perfect carb, not too thick, not too thin. Overall this is a good coffee stout, it's just lacking the barrel that I expect to smell and taste on a good BA stout. My bottle has been aged for around 8 months so maybe that has something to do with it. I'd like to get another one of these and see how they differ from batch to batch.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.26/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel snifter glass.

A - 4.75 - Poured an oily, pitch black color. Formed a nice finger and a half of very dark brown colored head. Low head potential, great head retention. Nice thick whisps of lacing left on the walls of the glass.
S - 3.75 - Tons of roasty coffee, little traces of alcohol, but the nose is primarily dominated by coffee.
T - 4.25 - Sweet cream upfront with an EXTREMELY distant note of butterscotch, possibly imparted by the whiskey barrels. Lots of dark chocolate and coffee which mingle together creating a nice bittersweet mocha flavor. The upfront sweet cream is balanced perfectly by the bittersweet finish. Would have liked a little more whiskey taste imparted by the barrel.
F - 4.75 - Super rich and thick, very creamy mouthfeel.
O - 4.50 - Definitely an A imperial stout, one of the better ones I've had in a long time. Stuff is a bit uncommon, but if you can get your hands on it and are a fan of the style, I highly recommend buy a couple to set back and age!

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Photo of spacebear09
4.26/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Very dark brew with a tawny head.

Smell- Primarily bourbon sweetness.

Taste- Surprisingly very little bourbon flavor, it only makes an appearance in the nose. Heavy roast is the majority of the flavor coming through here. Chocolate and hazelnuts... Reminiscent of Nutella. Notes of coffee and cola round out the finish, but after drinking BCBS or Parabola this seems like a medium bodied beer.

Feel- Very creamy and smooth. Not harsh in the least.

Overall- A unique bourbon barrel offering, good but not one of my favorites.

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

Black as night with no penetration to light. A minuscule layer of khaki colored foam covers the majority of the top. Brussels lacing. I smell very bitter coffee similar to iced coffee. The coffee flavor is like very bitter iced coffee similar to coffee bender,but the whiskey and chocolate notes are sweet and cut the bitterness. The mouth is thick and chewy.

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Photo of r0nyn
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into my DFH snifter.

As it settles in the glass, the beer looks a bit on the thin side, with light edges and a lower viscosity than I like to see in my imperial stouts. Quarter-inch light brown head leaves a decent amount of lacing. Nose reveals plenty of that whiskey barrel aroma, along with a sweet malt base. Surprisingly, the coffee and chocolate are subdue in comparison to the other smells. Not sure why, but they're still there and provide for a pleasant aroma.

Fortunately, the taste is where the coffee and chocolate really come into play. There's cocoa and bittersweet coffee everywhere, almost like a really fresh batch of FBS. Solid malt backbone combines with the sweet tastes, making this very tasty and easy to drink. Coupled with the fact the bourbon-barrel aging and alcohol are only very slightly detectable, this brew becomes really dangerous quite quickly. Mouthfeel is smooth and silky. Would have liked a bit more body to it to pack a bigger punch, but it's really just nitpicking at this point.

Definitely one of the most coffee-forward beers I've ever had the pleasure of imbibing. A must-try if you're at all into coffee and/or barrel-aged beers. Age would probably lessen the essence of this brew, so I'd suggest drinking it sooner rather than later.

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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 EgadBananas
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black as night, mocha head. Sits still with a brown ring on the the glass. Chocolate and coffee dominate the aroma, with an underlying vanilla and wood note. Toasted notes and some dark fruits. Cocoa leads the taste. Some bittersweet coffee follows, toasted and roasted notes, some sweetness and dark fruitiness. Back end vanilla and toasted oak round it out with some accompanying whiskey notes. The feel is full, and somewhat coating. The alcohol can get a bit heavy, so this makes a good closer.

Overall, a wonderful stout. -bal stouts are hit or miss with me, but this is a hit.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep black body, creamy chestnut head. Nose is spectacularly rich, a candy store of molasses, caramel, toasted marshmallow, and dark chocolate. Give it a sip, though, and you've got a lot more than that...especially first off, as warm, woody bourbon flavors comes rippling over the front end. Keep sipping and you see that the palate stays in that mode, condensed, powerful, but adding layer upon layer as the drink goes on: first chewy, chocolate-covered fruit, then crisp, smoky, and toasty (think chocolate-covered pretzel), and finally finishing with the spice of clove and fresh ginger. In all, this is a gorgeous beer. The only problem I have is that, like I said before, it really doesn't expand. It's a concentrated experience, never quite as full-bodied and lingering as other top contenders in its class. But still, just because it isn't the best, that doesn't mean that what's contained in this bottle isn't pure magic. Overall, this stout is nothing less than extraordinary. Cheers!

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Release #3 – 12.5% ABV (per the label)
-Purchased at the Green Jug in Woodland Hills

22oz bomber w/ my Gentlemen Jack tumbler. (Seemed fitting)
*notes from 12/06/12

A: Pours a dark black bean color body with a thin cap of brown sugar head. Wisps away relatively soon thinning out to just a fine collar. Some loose running legs upon the glass with each sip.

S: Initial aromas are of dark roast malts with light barreling character to it – wood, sweetened vanilla, and some earthy char. Nose really blooms with fresh espresso beans and chocolate after the pour. Very nice. Has an overall coffee liqueur quality that just takes over. I could smell this brew for days.

T: Premium dark roast coffee abounds. Espresso beans coated in dark chocolate. Highly kilned malts carry through a charcoal note that is met by some oak and vanilla crème. There is a nice earthy hop presence with an almost piney accent to it. The beer has a higher level of bitterness with an emphasis from the coffee but never becoming acrid. Alcohol is present and warming but incredibly well integrated at such high levels. Some faint brewer’s licorice noted. Rich but not overly sweet. The coffee flavor in this is quite intense. Like a sweet coffee liqueur. Really great stuff.

M: Body is moderately heavy and viscid but seemingly thinner with an oily slick and fleeting feel to it. A little perplexing. Somewhat wet however silken smooth and almost non-existent at times Carbonation may be on the lower end.

D: This is a big beer so you will want to take some time with it. Super rich with intense bold flavors. The only other coffee beer I have had that was this concentrated is Pizza Port Carlsbad’s Coffee Monster. This one is on a whole nuther scale though. Somehow maintains a great balance. My biggest quandary was not picking up more of these when I had the chance…that and maybe the mouthfeel.

More like the Big Badass Baptist. I am actually shocked this is coming out of Utah.

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

Batch #8

Pours a deep dark flat black color with a small tan head.

Aromas are very nice. Lots of coffee up front, both dark roasted beans, and brewed espresso. Some bourbon and cocoa as well.

Taste is smooth, and fairly easy to drink for such a beast of a beer. Coffee forward, but not overly so like I find a lot of coffee stouts. Light bourbon, heavy roasted malts, and cocoa notes. Finish is warm, with some pine bitterness.

Mouthfeel is smooth and soft. About right for the style.

Overall? Very impressive first beer for me from Epic. Well balanced, flavorful, but not overpowering. Good stuff.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Very dark, almost black. Small ring tan head, not much lace.

S - Big cocoa, soy, charred malt.

T - Gigantic malt, cocoa, and charred malt. Take the smell and triple it.

M - Big, heavy, good balance but strong.

D - Love this one. Tried it late on one night, but it would have put me to sleep even earlier.

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

Pours a dark dark brown. Reddish tint. Some light off-white head. Smells incredible. Tons and tons of coffee. Lots of sweetness on the nose as well. Tastes bitter And roasty. A nice solid mouthfeel. Well carbonated. I'm really impressed with this beer

But, no barrel characteristics what so ever.

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Photo of farrago
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Slow building head crests at around a finger of dark brown, equal mix of larger bubbles and dense foam, excellent retention which sort of means the lacing gets crowded out, what’s there is isolated chunks which themselves stick well. The liquid as expected is pure black, barely a hint of yellow or orange anywhere, as a result impossible to gauge the carbonation/bubbles visually. The nose is indeed boozy yet also delivers a vast array of sweet scents such as licorice, coconut oil, mocha, café au lait, vanillin oak and a good deal of plum and black cherry fruit scents, produces green apple and floral nuances as well, actually not as punishingly long as it might be and presents itself as gracefully as can be. Full-bodied, average to slightly below average carbonation, not inert but moves like a freighter among ice floes. Loaded with milk chocolate, caramel, butterscotch, coffee ice cream, anise and coconut, it’s like cramming a German chocolate cake down your throat. Not as much black fruit here but also more hoppy bite, on a few sips you sense a latent grassiness struggling to be heard. The orange citrus candied and close to syrupy. Finishes with notes of macadamia and pecan nuts. Lack of carbonation shortens finish but maybe it’s for the best as less monolithic as a result. Excellent beer which just needs some more gym time to loose the flab and tighten up its game. (Release #7)

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

Oh my oh my, this is a fine beer.

Served in a tulip glass, a bubbly mocha head sits atop this thick black ale. The head dissipates quickly, though, and can only be brought back (modestly) with some excessive swirling.

Smell is pretty remarkable: heavy coffee notes (almost like getting a slight whiff of french press) along with cocoa. Some alcohol present in the nose, too.

Taste is of bold roasted and chocolate malts. This is balanced well, not too sweet, not too bitter. A bit of alcohol resonates as it washes down.

This is a thick-bodied beer but still manages to go down without any sludge or oily residue. Relatively little carbonation suits this beer quite fine. Well done.

This is a beer worth seeking. And as is so often true, I believe it is even more delicious in the company of good friends. Great beer.

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Photo of trippytbta
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into snifter

A: pours black with brown/ tan head

S: big coffee then bittersweet chocolate

T: starts with char burnt coffee, ends with chocolate ( aroma and taste are almost exactly the same ) a slight whiskey taste on the end

M: full bodied with a good amount of carbonation

Overall: a good brew. Heavy on the coffee, is
You like the heavy coffee RIS style you will love this. I think it needs a little bit more time in the barrels.

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Photo of brstls4drmrs
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A--pours a dark, thick, opaque liquid with a perfectly thin caramel head. Good lacing occurs with some froth sticking to the glass.

S--dark chocolate malts, earth, coffee, burnt vanilla bean.

T--coffee and strong malts. Faint dark chocolate with some burnt, dark fruits.

M--thick and slightly creamy as temp rises. Finish sticks around for a while which is quite pleasing.

O--great brew. Would definitely get more of this.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch #22. A very nice coffee and chocolate Russian Imperial Stout. What I don't get are any whiskey barrel notes. Unfortunate, as I love those flavors. Luckily, the coffee and chocolate notes as well as the base beer itself are all rock solid- I just wonder how amazing this would be with a real Bourbon note as well. The coffee is obviously top notch, as is the cacao. You het each in almost equal measure, perhaps just a tad more coffee. The base beer itself shows off a nice roasty note. Silky smooth, and beautifully integrated. Very Nice.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A 22 oz. bottle, poured to a pair of snifters and split with my wife on a snowy/sleety afternoon in Portland. Bought the bottle last weekend at Taps n Caps in nearby Camas, WA. First time I tried this was at last year's Portland International Beerfest - what a memorably bold coffee/chocolate stout!

Label:
Release #20
10.5 Alc/Vol
SLC #1442

A: Very dark and very rich, but almost no head. A thin skim of light tan swirls across the top and hangs around as a slender ring. Sparse lacing.

S: So intensely forward with the "coffee" aroma, strikingly fresh grounds with sooty chocolate. Lacking some of the expected "whiskey barrel" notes, even when warmed. Coffee bean roast is dominant; good thing I love that aroma.

T:

M:

O: Still remarkable for its huge scent and flavor, although I remember it enthralling a bit more from the keg.

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Photo of TBonez477
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Overall a really nice, complex BA Imperial Stout. My only knock on this one was that, even after a year of aging, the barrel gets a little harsh after warming. Actually preferred this one below cellar temp.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a jet black color with a small mocha head that fades quickly to a ring around the edge of the glass. There are a few spots of lacing. Smell is bourbon, oak, vanilla, chocolate and roasted malts. Taste is similar. Bourbon definitely makes itself known, but doesn't dominate like some stouts. Feel is thick, full and viscous. Really Coates the whole palate. Overall a very good stout. Will be on the lookout for this again.

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

22oz bottle - in a box from ikaika122

This is my first bottle from Epic. Damn fine effort.

The cocoa and coffee drive this, which isn't an issue given that the declared intent is right there to push a flavored imperial stout. There may well be barrel aging but it isn't evident this far along. I'm drinking the Batch #4 (Jan '12) - Rimini Tanzanian Coffee, whiskey/bourbon casks, 11.1% in the summer (July 2) of 2013 and there is zero evidence of booze or the rich vanilla characteristic often found therein. There is a subtle wood note which contributes significantly to the overall flavor but certainly isn't gobstopping.

Dark, minimal lacing but there is plenty of carbonation. In fact, the mouthfeel here is the best aspect; perfect balance with a deft touch. Rich but light enough to have a 22oz without having to split it.

Greatly enjoyed BBB. A lighter take on the style (the style being the cocoa/coffee imperial stout) and with a bit more coffee than anything else.

(206th)

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

Bomber. Batch #37. First impression is that it smells like bourbon county coffe. Well as much coffee, maybe not as much bourbon. But as close as it gets to a perfect coffee stout. Taste, although still good, is a bit of a letdown. Mild chocolate, sweet bourbon, coffee (which worked much better on the aroma) and bitter vanilla. Average to maybe on the tho side for such a big beer.

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Photo of metter98
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is absolutely jet black in color. It poured with a two finger high dark tan head that died down a bit and left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a small collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of coffee beans n the nose along with some hints of roasted malts.
T: The taste shares some similarities with the smell in terms of flavors of coffee beans and also has notes of whiskey and hints of roasted malts The roasted toffee beans linger throuh the finish and overall become stronger as the beers wrms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: For a beer of this strength, the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

Note: Batch #10

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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 kawilliams81
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch #10. Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Pipeworks snifter.

A- pours black with a 2 finger dark cola head. Big blotches and trails of lacing remain on the glass.

S- amazing coffee aroma, some roast, faint vanilla and whiskey.

T- some chocolate followed by bitter coffee. Coffee dominates this beer with very little bourbon or whiskey.

M- full body and medium carbonation. Creamy, smooth feel and drinks very well at roughly 12%.

O- very good beer. I wish there was more barrel notes but the coffee in this beer is amazing!

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