Big Bad Baptist | Epic Brewing Company

618 Reviews
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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Photo of TyrainDreams
4.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Release #71 and its important to note which release you get as each is slightly different in ratio and ingredients. I've noticed some reviews agree with the lack of alcohol hotness I detect and others do not. So every release is different and I believe they do a little less than 3000 bottles of each, All seem to be exceptional however.

Was a gift from my boss before Christmas. Made it all of 3 weeks before I opened it. I have not written a review in a while but this beer seems impressive so I figured I would. Poured straight up into a regular old pint glass(I can't find anything fancy digging in my old beerware sadly).

L - Gorgeous dark black body. Impressive thick tan head that just wont quit. I wish I could get this kind of head retention out of my homebrew Imperial Stouts.

S - Big Chocolate Coffee aroma with subtle Oaky Vanilla notes. You can certainly tell premium coffee was used(I dont drink coffee so I can't really expand on this other than to say its notably elegant in aroma).

T - You get the same flavors as in the aroma but in different strengths. First comes that big Coffee taste and then the Oak shines through much stronger than either the Chocolate or Vanilla. The barrel aging really comes out in the flavor. It's aftertaste is slightly astringent but in that classic Imperial Stout way. Surprisingly not a huge/hot alcohol taste for something that's 12.4%.

F - Not as heavy as I would expect. There's something unusually light about this beer. It goes down extremely smooth. This I think is its only flaw in that it just doesn't have as much weight in the body as you would expect. It's definitely a sipping beer just not as much mouthfeel as I would want out of it. It's sort of like a medium body mash on something where a full body infusion should have been used. Barely a flaw though(I'm chewing instead of chomping!).

O - Gorgeous Imperial Stout. One of the best beers I've ever had. Perfect cigar pairing would be a 1964 Anniversary Padron Maduro Robusto. If I had one it would be one hell of a combo. Any fine maduro would do for a cold night sipping this beer in front of a roaring fire. This may also be ideal for one of those espresso breakfast stout concoctions I've heard about but as stated I am not a coffee person so I wouldn't know. I also don't know if I would cellar this because its beautiful after sitting in the barrel for a year.

It's likely I'll never find a beer exactly like this one in any other batch and there's something of sorrow, beauty, and romance in that.

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Photo of Rogerlb
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Release #66, purchased in August '16, finally enjoyed 1/17. Pours as dark as you like, not 100% but let's say 98%. No head to speak of. Perhaps a brown ochre whisper. Aroma is cocoa more than anything. Not at all strong on the dark fruit, the booze, or the coffee.

Taste is sweet baker's chocolate (nibs). Coffee texture with a chocolate grain. Bourbon barrel is there and it's well-balanced. 12.2% says the label and that is all but invisible. No alcohol sweetness or heat. RIS malts without being burnt or really overly "Russian." Coffee also minimal. Lots here in bits but nothing takes it all hostage.

Not too sweet, either. It doesn't bite back, all the rich flavors you want without the part where your wife goes "yuck, why do you drink that?" As it warms you get the bourbon more, creamed coffee (not bitter), along with a creamy barley chalk. It's not Parabola, which I think is close to perfect, or even Ten-Fidy which has a more complex palette.

There's really nothing wrong with this. We like Bad Baptist because we can find it in almost any World Market or well-stocked Bristol's around here, and it's an uptown imp stout. Thick and inoffensive and a bit high priced.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Paid the premium on this 13 bucks a bottle with tax for a 13% brew. Into a standard pint. Blah blah dark pitch blackness in color with a 1/4 inch deep mocha foam. GOWDAMN that is such a pronounced cocoa nib smell like even repeated sniffs are not lie its there and no fading I am impressed! Appreciated also is no heavy bourbons in the nose booze always makes me gag and so much cocoa powder should get a 5/5 just for the aroma!

Taste is such a flow of flavors first roast, then chocolate then them NIBZ DAMN, and then some bourbon which highlighted my next taste this is a boozy beast. Finish is a mix of sweet or boozy depending on each sip which is a nice bit of complexity. 13% is a bit thinner than expected but each sip is a bit of winter warming ow YEAH.

Overall it's pricey but one of the better bourbon barrel aged beer ESPECIALLY cocoa nib beer I ever had! NIBZ!

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Photo of edwardsw
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My rating is mainly based on flavor. Tried this beer
at the Black Star Co-op brewpub in Austin, TX. This is a serious stout. The bourbon flavor is pronounced but very well balanced. Recommended.

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Photo of driverm11
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed 3 bottles at Total in McLean, VA. Glad I did. If I didn't have so much beer, I would have grabbed more. Delicious, so I hope it's there when I go back!

Dark, dark chocolate ice cream with a splash of bourbon. Full barrel-wood and sweet, rich fudge aftertaste. As is often the case, gets a bit bigger as it warms slightly from the fridge. At 13% you need not drink much to notice. Well done.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2016-12-25 in Lititz, PA from a 22oz bottle.

Top notch Imperial Stout. Rich dark chocolate, vanilla, roasted grain, oak, caramel and earthy spice. Delicious.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 22oz bottle into a speiglau barrel aged glass.

Look is pitch black with a half inch tan head.

Arowma is lots of chocolate and vanilla from the bourbon.

Taste is like a bourbon milkshake absolutely delicious.

So good.

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Photo of dee4maine
4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted it at the brewery. Reviewing late so unsure on the batch number. Thick and luscious, black but no head. Boozy with layers of chocolate and coffee on the nose and similar on taste.

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Release #78. Pint glass. Very dark (but not motor-oil opaque). Almost no head. Initial impression is dark chocolate, coffee, and whiskey. Slight sweetness initially which is gradually replaced by a mild bitterness in the finish. There is some oak in there too, which becomes more evident as it warms. Medium-thick, creamy mouthfeel. The 12.6% ABV is very well hidden, making it scandalously easy to drink. It's reasonably priced (well, if you consider $11.50 a bottle reasonable), fairly easy to find, and absolutely delicious. Highly recommended.

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Photo of nola1988
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: Jet black, mocha head.
S: coca and a coffee bitterness. whiskey in the back.
T: deep coca sweetness and coffee bitterness. whiskey is not up front but lingers in the back. hot.
F: thick, velet.
O: KBS by a different name. The price (bomber for $12) and and availability make it a steal. grab one.

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Photo of Zraly
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch #41 from the Denver Brewery. Packaged on 10/17/14. Aged in temperature controlled setting.

Poured into a CCB snifter. Pours thick with a small mocha head. Nose of vanilla and chocolate.

Chewy chocolate brownie flavor. Rich vanilla with a hint of pressed coffee. Some of the coffee has waned but is to be expected with aging. Roasted barley is present but blends well with the overall flavor. Carbonation is a tad much for the style but does not impede on the style or palate as the body remains fairly full. Alcohol is present but smooth and creamy, so although it is a sipper, it goes down easy.

Very drinkable and tasty barrel aged stout. If I recall correctly, I found this easily and it wasn't expensive considering it is barrel aged. I made a note when I drank this fresh it was good but a bit hot, so a touch of aging, at least for this batch, did it some good. I wish I tried this about six months ago as the coffee note may have had more punch. I digress. With that said, if you find this, buy a few bottles and experiment with aging. For the price, it wouldn't be a huge investment and it is tasty beer even with the alcohol heat. Definitely try this, especially if you are a fan of imperial stouts aged in whiskey/bourbon barrels. You will be satisfied.

A real beast with some smoked blue cheese.

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Photo of Quincey
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark
Almost no head
Aroma loaded with coffee and slight hint of bourbon.
Taste malty with a very pleasant finish.
The bourbon is not overpowering which is partly why I like it so much. I definitely recommend.

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Photo of Masonz223
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Smell: big expresso coffee whiskey fudgy chocolate vanilla coconut black berries.

Taste: upfront the beer is super smooth there's an initial fudgy chocolatey sweetness in the mid palate your getting a super smooth cold brewed coffee vanilla coconut in the finish is where the barrel is really present you get some oakiness and some whiskey heat but not overpowering it actually really adds to the complexity off the beer.

Feel: This is a perfect mouth feel it's full and chewy but some how the beer stays super smooth and creamy and it goes down really smooth.

Overall: this beer is extreamly balanced the flavor isnt overally aggressive but that's alright it's made up for with the great mouth feel and by how nice the beer smells. I would put this beer in the world class category and for the price it's definitely worth trying.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into a snifter, batch #63 , 12.3% abv

Black liquid capped with a thin taupe layer than quickly settles to clouds of bubbles

Aroma of chocolate, coffee

Get coffee, chocolate , bourbon, tobacco and licorice on the taste

Low sudsing, nicely weighted mouthfeel

Alcohol is present but well masked

Good beer

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Photo of Radcpa
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very dark appearance with little head and just the right amount of carbonation. The aroma is a combination of bourbon and coffee. The very pleasant bourbon and coffee flavor with a hint of alcohol. A little aging should improve this beer.

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Photo of WadeBridgman
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Incredible stout, very well balanced and filled with a perfect combination of chocolate coffee and bourbon. Some people are commenting on a boozy taste but I think the ABV is very well hidden. A great nose on this one also. Two thumbs up

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Photo of q33jeff
4.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle to snifter.

LOOK: dark black, full, tan head,
AROMA: is lots of cocoa, barley and bourbon are also well represented.
TASTE: chocolate, ash, whiskey.
FEEL: smooth, touch of ash4, dryish , powder.

Really nice stout. Very impressed.

Hate the use of the word "Epic" which is way overused, but this is a tasty brew.


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Photo of Slatetank
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks so much to my brother for sharing this enjoyed chilled in a snifter.
The color is black with opaque clarity and thin tan head after settling. The smell is great -sweet smell of malt with cocoa and coffee with a slight wood essence of bourbon with mild roast aroma and earthy spice. The feel is incredible -smooth as hell for 13%, mostly dry in the finish however full of body with medium carbonation and low alcohol effect on the palate.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours jet black, nice thick dense tan head excellent lacing.

Smell - Lots of dark chocolate, tobacco and coffee. Lots of whiskey and oak as well.

Taste - Amazing flavors, nice dark chocolate the alcohol is very well masked but you can still taste the whiskey. Bitter coffee, oak and hints of vanilla.

Feel - Heavier body, very smooth and coating great carbonation.

Overall - A spot on beer, great flavors and oak whiskey notes.

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Photo of NicolasBird
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

An amazing, well crafted beer. I am drinking batch #69 at 12.3% and what a great treat it is. Pours pitch black, very thick and with hardly any head when poured down the center. The smell on this beer hits with sweet chocolate and maple right away, followed by the coffee and you definitely get a bit of the bourbon alcohol on the nose as well. Taste: Very pleasant, I taste everything I smell. First get hit with that slight bourbon taste, then everything else comes into play. The mouth feel is magnificent, it's so smooth, creamy and thick. The beer overall is just fantastic. I will be going back to get some more. A couple for this winter around Christmas time, and a couple to cellar. Very highly recommended.

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Photo of scud83rp
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smells and tastes smooth and energetic with coffee and cocoa flavor. For my taste, I thought it carried a strong acidic finish (because of the coffee and cocoa), but still a great stout. Wonderful hint of bourbon, not overpowering.

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Photo of dream
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours super thick - the first thing I look for in a barrel aged stout - it leads me to think the mouth feel will be quite pleasant. Midnight black with very nice lacing.

Smell like coffee, chocolate, maple syrup, bourbon and oak.

Tastes like like it smells. Very balanced!

Super great feel and thick. This is the epitome of what the mouthfeel on a barrel aged stout should be.

This is definitely a competitor to KBS, and with that being said, I seem to like this better than KBS. Especially the mouthfeel and the thickness of the stout.

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Photo of PDXAmbassador
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

After hearing a lot about this one but never having seen it in the flesh, I was visiting a different part of the country and discovered that this was one of the local shelf turds. Odd, and fun. So brought it home to share with a buddy. And...Disappointing.

It smelled okay -- dark chocolate, coffee, and a hint of bourbon barrel. But the pour looked thin and fizzy. The mouthfeel followed suit -- thin, fizzy, a little sharp with bitterness not balanced by sweetness as I had expected. Neither as full nor sweet as KBS (which isn't all that sweet as it is) and nowhere near BCBS and that lot.

All that said, I wish this was a shelf turd in FL but alas, we don't get BA stouts down there like they do in the PNW. Maybe one day!

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Photo of jaypaul522
4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one lived up to the ratings. It poured thick and fragrant, and the taste was very satisfying. You can smell the ingredients, and then they are subtly there in each taste. The alcohol doesn't overpower the flavor, and this one finishes very pleasantly.

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Photo of jooler
4.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pouring this at 35 degrees celsius. little to no head. smell is delicious. loads of coffee and bourbon. initial taste is chocolate and a hint coffee. then a very alcoholic taste plows its way through to end off on a taste that is like those chocolate covered espresso bean. mouthfeel to me for a BBA beer feels a little over carbonated. i like that sludgy feeling. overall, great beer

BTW, this batch is 12.8% abv

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