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:
#299
Reviews:
623
Ratings:
3,726
Liked:
3,591
Avg:
4.37/5
pDev:
8.47%
Alströms:
4.33
 
 
Wants:
432
Gots:
1,277
Trade:
124
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3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Knapp85
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

#9: This poured out as a rich deep black color with a light brown head on top. There isn't much retention or lacing on this beer but it still looks nice. The smell of the beer has big amounts of coffee on the nose. It's got some whiskey notes as well to sweeten the beer. The taste is big and bold. The coffee is huge here, the chocolate and whiskey note fall into place in the aftertaste. There is a subtle sweetness in there too. The mouthfeel is slick and smooth. The beer is heavy and gently carbonated. Overall this beer is really good. Found this to be a great dessert after a big thanksgiving dinner.

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of metter98
4.29/5  rDev -1.8%
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 BEERchitect
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

If Epic Brewing is going to become truly "epic", then they are off to a good start here! A larger-than-life stout with chocolate, coffee and bourbon- aah, breakfast of champions!

Of course it pours black! Thick, viscous and inky- comparisons to motor oil ensue immediately. The dark ale patiently releases a dark mocha froth that floats on the surface like mousse. Retaining much longer than high gravity ales are normally given credit, it also laces the glass lightly with random threads. I can't really decide if I find its appearance inviting or intimidating.

Aromas are roast-dominant with high espresso and burnt sugar. Black-strap molasses, toffee, cocoa, heavy cream nuts and bourbon all align on the nose for savory richness that entice the olfactory senses in complete saturation.

Rich molasses, smooth robust coffee and chocolate start its succulent taste and rounds into a big brownie and fudge-like taste. The char of espresso and cocoa slice through the sweetness and pave the way for a robust bourbon alcohol to coat the finishing taste. All the while, a smoky chocolate note here, a cherry ester there, and a sprinkling in of vanilla, charred oak, and caramel emerge at any time to surprise the taste buds.

Incredibly rich, seductive and verbose- its textures topple the mouth with expansive creaminess that's fueled by residual cream-like maltiness and expressive carbonation. But after the ale settles, it finishes with dense milkshake and port-like viscosity. High warmth but without the burn ensures an extended coffee and chocolate aftertaste to keep the palate rewarded indefinitely.

Big Bad Baptist is a world-class Stout that would beg for a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream if it weren't so decadent in its pure and true form.

#38: High prominent roast, char and earth. Maduro-like.
#37: Smooth, chocolaty, "rootish" as if chicory with nutty pecan. Kona-soft and buttery.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
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 kojevergas
3.91/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired in Los Angeles for $11.99 a couple days ago. Reviewed live. 11.4% according to my (2012) bottle. Release #10. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Expectations are high given its current ratings.

Served refrigerator cold but allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger rich tan colour head of great cream, thickness, and retention (considering the high ABV). Body colour is a solid nontransparent opaque black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Solid for the style.

Sm: Cocoa, coffee, quite strong roast bitterness from the coffee, roasted barley, some stale coffee notes, and dark malts. Coffee/java is definitely dominant. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Coffee (with some notable bitterness on the climax), some roast, java, subtle chocolate on the open, and whiskey - as subtle as can possibly be. Wow. A bit of malty sweetness. Coffee is dominant. Some caramel. Really marvelously balanced. I quite like it, though the bitterness does come through a bit too much on the finish.

Mf: Great. Ideal smoothness/coarseness balance. Good wetness. Perfect carbonation. Suits the flavour brilliantly. Great thickness to support the flavours. Actually not too heavy on the palate.

Dr: Very drinkable for the high ABV. I'm impressed. A very coffee oriented imperial stout. I could down this all night. Incredible. It's surpassed my expectations. I'd definitely have this again. Epic surprised me. I'd like to have it on-draught. Not a perfect example of the style, but a pretty damned good one.

Low A-

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11.22.14: Notes on Release #36. $9.99 in Austin, TX. 12.4% ABV.

A: Pours a creamy dark rich vibrant head with a fantastic complexion and a full creamy consistency. Soft-looking and appealing, with 30 second retention. Leaves no lacing.

Body colour is black, with an opacity that prevents any yeast particulate or hop sediment from becoming visible if present.

Sm: Rich chocolate and roasty coffee. Abundant traces of cocoa nibs. Dark malts, chocolate malts. Whiskey presence is quite limited, unfortunately - I get no signature whiskey spiciness, no vanilla, and no oak. At best there's a hint of generic wood. The coffee/java notes dominate, but lack the depth and intricacy of the coffee notes in world-class coffee stouts.

T: This is less balanced than I remember it, with aggressive coffee notes dominating the flavour profile, hiding the dark malts and chocolate. Where's the whiskey character? I do get some light vanilla, but there's no oak or spiciness. Maybe a dab of marshmallow.

Not hoppy, yeasty, or boozy.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Should be creamier and softer. Apt thickness. This texture is a nice companion to the taste, but doesn't elevate the beer. Overcarbonated.

O: It's a drinkable enjoyable imperial stout, but I vastly preferred release #10. It's still good, but I'd like to see Epic get their batch variation in check. I'll definitely be trying future versions - especially if this stays at $10 a bottle, but Epic really needs to work on consistency.

Low B

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Photo of emerge077
4.41/5  rDev +0.9%
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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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of brentk56
3.96/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color capped by an inch of tan foam; a smattering of lace is left behind

Smell: Ashy oak and burnt coffee beans with bittersweet chocolate undertones

Taste: Scorched black bread and "Charbucks" coffee, up front, with bittersweet chocolate building, in the middle; after the swallow, the Whiskey barrel treatment adds weight and a hint of vanilla; somewhat boozy in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Overall: Normally, my reviews mark down beers for having to much sweetness but, in this case, I think the beer would have benefited from some sweetness in the malt to balance out all of the char and burnt flavors; not a bad beer but just my two cents

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Photo of oline73
4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
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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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of zeff80
4.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a nice large dark brown foamy head with good retention. Aroma of chocolate notes with light vanilla and coffee notes is quite awesome. Taste is also a great mix of creamy chocolate notes with some vanilla and bourbon notes and light floral coffee notes which is well integrated in the mix. Body has nice creamy texture with good carbonation and no real apparent alcohol notes. Super well-balanced with great drinkability.

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Photo of largadeer
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
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 zestar
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, batch 1; bottled 9/22/2011. Pours pitch black color with a small dense tan head with good retention; that reduces to a very thin cap that lingers. Some decent spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of huge dark roasted coffee, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, vanilla, whiskey, toasted oak, molasses, light smoke/char, and roast/toast/oak earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, cocoa/coffee, and whiskey barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge dark roasted coffee, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, vanilla, whiskey, toasted oak, molasses, light smoke/char, and roast/toast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate roast/char bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark roasted coffee, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, vanilla, whiskey, toasted oak, molasses, light smoke/char, and roast/toast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of the dark/roast/bready malt, cocoa/coffee, and whiskey barrel flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet and bourbon/oak spiciness balance; with zero acrid/astringent flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and thick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an amazing barrel aged imperial stout! Great balance of flavors with the barrel aging; and very smooth to sip on for being 11.7%. This is the easier to find substitute for KBS in my book.

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4.02/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mothman
4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tan head. Black color. Batch #65.

Lots of coffee and a tad too much roast. The thinner body is a distraction, but other than that it's solid. Chocolate and cocoa. Oaky and vanilla. Big whiskey flavors.

Solid offering, I could drink a lot of this.

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 96.4% out of 100 with 3,726 ratings
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