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Big Bad Baptist | Epic Brewing Company

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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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Reviews: 579 | Ratings: 3,510
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 GregJ
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a 1 finger think dark tan head. Smells of whiskey, bitter/dark chocolate, dark roast malts and mocha. The whiskey barrel aging plays a dominant role in the initial flavor followed primarily by very dark roast malts with a bit of burnt/char flavor. Also has a nice dark chocolate flavor. As it warms up I get a creamy mouth-feel, some oak flavors, the whiskey flavor becomes a little less dominant, retains a sweet booziness that is not overpowering but still ever-present, vanilla and more complex coffee flavors. Medium carbonation with a medium body. Dark/burnt malts in the aftertaste with some more chocolate layers. Incredible improvement with warming, my rating creeped up from high 3's to low 4's as it sat.

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Photo of EveningCordial
4.93/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bomber into snifter.

A- Thick and dark black with a small off white half finger head. Little to no carbonation present. Ample amount of lacing.

S- Bourbon and coffee presence is bold and strong, just how I like this style. After the initial nose, mocha and dark chocolate are apparent. Other notes include deep roasted malts, tobacco, hints of leather, and some wood.

T- The bourbon and coffee do not disappear here, as they are the driving force if this stout. Chocolates and mocha also add a nice sweetness, as do the vanilla and wood from the bourbon barrel. Very balanced and smooth.

M- Full bodied stout. Not much carbonation. Goes down smoothly with a nice sweet aftertaste with a little heat.

O- I loved this offering, probably one if my top 5 coffee stouts. It's hard to imagine getting much better than this, but there are just a couple I can think if that rival this. Outstanding job by Epic and I look forward to this again.

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

Procured from Corks & Kegs in Rich, VA

A: Jet black in color. Poured into an Alewerks snifter. Dark tan head.
S: Strong aroma of coffee and some chocolate.
T: Taste of coffee, chocolate, vanilla up front and ends a bit bitter for me (roasted coffee).
M: Medium-bodied with a small amount of carbonation.
O: Excellent BA stout; I like that the beer does not try to hide its booziness. My only complaint is that it left a slight bitter taste in my mouth; flavors up front were awesome.

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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 aquazr1
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown chocolate color with very little head. The nose is complex, coffee and very prominent chocolate. The taste is even more complex with some hints of raisin mixed in. Such a yummy beer.

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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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Photo of kkleu357
4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thick dark black pour with no head. Smells like cocoa and coffee beans. Not much alcohol smell at all. Big thick mouthfeel. Tastes like a chocolate covered espresso bean. Minor hints of whiskey. No alcohol taste. Terrific beer!

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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 ilikebeer03
4.59/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

release # 36 poured into snifter.

A: jet black with a half finger of tan head. recedes to a ring around the glass with traces in the center. slight lacing. good considering 12.4 ABV according to the bottle.

S: fresh roasted coffee upfront, slight chocolate, a bit of bourbon/oak, dark malts

T: delicious. fresh coffee is upfront followed by a bit of chocolate, a hint of oaky vanilla, and just a touch of bourbon on the finish. alcohol is well hidden, though there is a slight burn on the finish. I would like just a bit more bourbon to come through.

M: thick and creamy. low carbonation, as it appropriate for the style.

O: this is an incredible beer. I'll definitely be seeking this out again.

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Photo of emerge077
4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First sampled on tap at Reefpoint in Racine. Finally found a bottle for a proper review.
This is great stuff, a worthy consolation prize for BCS Coffee if ever there was one.

Apparently my earlier rating can't be updated with attributes, so i'm forced to delete it and re-enter a review. Originally was 4.3, now rating #2300 of BBB.

Pours brownish black, with a sizable head of creamy mocha foam on top. Sticky lacing coats the glass. Foam takes a little while to dissipate, eventually looks like dark chocolate milk on the surface.

Aroma is huge, coffee and roasted malt are equally big. Rich, roasty, and chocolatey.

Fudgy chocolate, dark and bittersweet, rich coffee layers throughout. Lingering dry chocolate bitterness in the aftertaste. Roastiness is a running theme, coffee and malts blend seamlessly. Nutty toasted almond as it warms up. The barrel is not a prominent part of the taste, though it clearly smooths and melds all the rough edges very well. Some light oaky woodiness in the dry aftertaste, but no overt whiskey flavors really.

It's blended very well, allowing the coffee and roasted malt to comprise the bulk of it with some light hints of barrel character lingering in the background. Overall this is very nice and i'll look for it again.

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Photo of PacNWDad
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%

Lots of coffee and a bit of chocolate. Roasted malt aroma is quite strong. Pours dark mahogany, cloudy, lost of lace on the sides of the glass. A bit of toffee. Sticky sweet to start, then bitter into the finish. A bit on the thin side. Lightly carbonated. A tad dry. But, it packs a good finish.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a pitch-black color. The head is a finger high, with a tan shade. Creaminess is excellent, but the retention is rather low (unsurprising, considering it’s a 12% barrel-aged monster). Some lacing is at least left on the glass. (4)

Smell: Holy crap. This is mocha heaven. Roasted black coffee, dark chocolate, and brownie batter, oh my! And the barrel presence is beautifully nuanced inside the other notes, bringing very slight vanilla and oak. But the best part? It doesn’t come across as being excessively sweet. This is massive and decadent smelling, yet not cloying or diabetic – in other words, nearly perfect. (4.5)

Taste: The flavor profile thankfully follows through. It opens up with black coffee and dark chocolate (read: mocha), slowly but surely fading into oaky barrel notes. I pick up wisps of bitter hops, dark fruit, and whiskey on occasions. A finishing combination of vanilla cream and *slight* alcohol really just work. As does everything else about this brew – it’s balanced, it’s deep enough, it’s cohesive, it’s sophisticated, it’s beautiful, it’s like someone melted an 85% cocoa bar into my cup of Irish coffee…while in heaven. (4.75)

Mouthfeel: Not quite as viscous as motor oil, but the texture is more than good enough – medium to slightly full bodied, and velvety smooth. It finishes sweetly, though not ridiculously so. It also hits a nice medium between being rich and being easy to drink. Carbonation levels are just right, as well. (4.5)

Overall: This is EXACTLY what I anticipated KBS would taste like. Except there’s no hysteria surrounding the release of this brew, just a ridiculously delicious imperial stout that almost sits on the shelf. But even if this beer did reach KBS/BCBS/Parabola levels of yearly release insanity…I’d still hunt it down like Predator hunting down a fat guy. This beer is worthy of being hyped, and thank Diablo it really isn’t. (4.75)

4.64/5: And there we go, I just found my Best Beer of 2014™

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Photo of natethamac
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

All around coffee-bomb. Super dark roasted coffee flavor drowns out the whiskey-barrel completely! The dark bitter coffee smell is pretty much exactly what I'm getting on the tongue as well with a little bit of dark chocolate goodness and some hints of vanilla. Mouthfeel is chewy with medium-low carbonation. Glad to be a coffee fan or this probably wouldn't be for me. Batch #41.

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Photo of guityler83
3.71/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Release #42

A: The pitch black liquid spewed forth into my goblet producing a persistent dark brown head. Streaks of fine bubbles kick up when swirled and slowly slide down the edge. No glimmer of light shines through even on the edges.

S: Moderate dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate not 100% cacao - more like 70% with a little sweetness. Mild caramel with a hint of cherry. No hop aroma, light fruity esters from the ferment.

T: Beautiful, big dark chocolate flavor right from the start - Sweet but in the way a chocolate bar is. Milk chocolate, caramel, vanilla and toffee come through in the middle followed by a blast of coffee to round it out. The bitterness is low to medium with a mild ethenol / wiskey / boozey character. The barrel doesn’t come through at all. Balance is on the sweet malt / chocolate side.

M: Moderate alcohol warming in the chest. Medium carbonation with a medium full mouthfeel. creamy with no astringency.

O: Tons of chocolate and coffee, very dessert like. Put this beer in your mouthhole if you haven’t tried it - it’s a tasty beer for sure just not my thing. Would have liked more barrel and less sweetness.

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Photo of mrmaps
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

#41 version

L: Jet black, no lacing bascially no head

S: Coffee dominates. No bourbon detected. Dark roast malts.

T: Well balanced, slight carbonation. Nice blend of bourbon and coffee. Bourbon is subtle and not overwhelming. Dark chocolate present. As it warms the bitterness comes out.

F: Smooth

O: A really nice beer. Nothing jumps out or dominates. The bourbon, coffee and chocolate are well integrated. The beer is almost too smooth w/o any high notes. Can a beer be too well integrated? This opinion might be a consequence of trying Lost Abbey Deliverance two nights before.

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Photo of Nietzsches_Horse
3/5  rDev -30.6%

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 Furlinator
4.04/5  rDev -6.5%

Release #31- Charming Beard Coffee.

Pours opaque black. The 1/4 inch tan head quickly fades to a thin film on top and leaves faint spotty lace.

The smell is of dark chocolate, vanilla, pipe tobacco, dark chocolate, toasted coconut and faint booze.

The taste is of bitter black coffee, dark chocolate, ripe dark fruit and hints of bourbon.

The texture is heavy bodied, thick and viscous with low carbonation.

A big, barrel aged stout that is dominated by bitter black coffee flavor.

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Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.75/5  rDev +10%

Deep dark black with little to no head - non-aggressive poor.

The aroma is wonderful. Dark chocolate and coffee come off strong.

This is extremely well made. On the taste, I get sweet chocolate and sugar, vanilla, nutmeg, pecan coffee (or something similar), bourbon, brown sugar, oak, and char. On top of all that is a nice tobacco and nutty finish.

It's full bodied and sticky - just the way I like it. The velvety texture of the beer slips down so easily. The booze is well-hidden.

Crazy good! This reminds me a lot of Stone's w00tstout, one of my favorites. It's like a rich dessert with super complex flavors and a lingering taste.

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Photo of Gwath
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

One of the best barrel-aged stouts I have had. Poured pretty thick with a great nose of bourbon and coffee. Up front taste was chocolate, with a little sweetness from the residual sugar. Middle started to get some of the astringency from the coffee and had a great oaky finish.

One of my favorites, try it out!

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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 fitrock2112
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured Big Bad BAPTIST into a snifter.

A - Pours black as midnight with a bubble of mocha head.

S - Coffee , dark chocolates on first sniff. Getting just a touch of vanilla.

T - Taste is nice. Smooth dark chocolates initially with strong coffee flavors. Mid palate getting vanilla, roasted malts and more coffee. On the aftertaste hints of char and vanilla with more roast and coffee.

M - Smooth full body with low carbonation.

O - Damn good beer. Recommended Cheers!

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Photo of Magbas
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

A perfect winter beer that is remarkably smooth considering the ABV. This is my winter beer, though I don't usually drink more than a few during the winter for functionality's sake.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.74/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a stout glass, and this is oil black, with a cappuccino-like thick head that looks silky. Rich, velvety-thick liquid. (Lacing stuck all over the glass throughout)
Oh nice the chocolate up front smells fantastic. There's also a black licorice effect, coffee, wooden barrel and lurking dark fruit, slight alcohol burn. To me, dark cocoa comes through the most, even more so than the coffee. Smells terrific.
Sweet taste up front, chewy mouthfeel to experience this great chocolate and coffee syrup flavor, and a finishing bourbon bite/ chalky hop bitterness of a sensation that balances out this bad boy's sweeter side.
Medium body, super-smooth sipping, and appropriately lower carbonation.
This is easily in my top 5 ever tried of this style. Big and balanced, this stout is a must have for any imperial stout fan.

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Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing Company
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