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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:
585
Ratings:
3,550
Avg:
4.32
pDev:
21.3%
 
 
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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 larryi86
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- Black with a two finger mocha head.

S- Roasted coffee, whiskey, vanilla, some dark chocolate, fudge.

T- Cocoa, roasted coffee, some dark chocolate, some whiskey and vanilla, hints of caramel malts, oak.

M- Smooth, full body.

O- A very well done barrel aged stout. Definitely worth picking up

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Photo of GJ40
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 22oz bottle in a DFH snifter thanks to a trade with nollie77. Release #17. Started around 55 degrees.

A - Deep black with a small tan head.

S - Very interesting and unlike any other BA IS I've tried. Lots of cocoa and vanilla with a sweet, almost dessert like scent. Coffee and whisky too but in a more supporting role.

T - Good depth and complexity with cocoa, dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla and brown sugar. But the whisky plays the biggest role. It's a little too much at first but I adjusted along the way. The alcohol is strong but again I adjusted. It gets better as it warms.

M - Creamy with a nice low carbonation.

O - A very good beer but it took some time for me to adjust.

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Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch #9 Bottle

BIG notes of peanut butter in the aroma and flavor profile. Was not expecting that at all. Honestly tastes like FBS shortly aged in bourbon barrels. Tastes like a Resse's PB cup. Delicious and a fantastic dessert/breakfast beer! No sign of the high alcohol and instead the whiskey shows up on the sides of the tongue. A very different and unexpected experience with Big Bad Baptist. My only criticism is that the hops are a little out of control. They do a great job of cutting the sweetness and giving a dryer and less sticky mouthfeel, but the bitter finish reminds me of a big IPA or a light IIPA.

That being said, fahking tasty!

Check out my full review on Tumblr

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Photo of Phelps
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Release 2, poured into a Bruery tulip. This release was brewed with coffee and cocoa nibs and hopped with nugget, chinook and cascade.

Black and thick as ink, topped with half a finger of cinnamon-colored head composed of big, wet bubbles that pop away quickly, leaving a medium-sized ring.

Coffee! Great handfuls of heavily roasted beans in the nose, balanced by sweet dark chocolate hints of vanilla an oak, and the lightest touch of bourbon.

The flavor’s equally coffee-laden, but there’s a little more bourbon and oak here. Big Dark chocolate flavor as well. Basically, everything from the nose, but more intense. Fantastic.

Silky medium body, like hot chocolate. Light, massaging carbonation; mild bitterness; just a hint of boozy heat in the nose.

A surprising delight. Big Bad Baptist displays huge coffee stout flavors with a masterful touch of bourbon. Very, very good.

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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 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 dogfishandi
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle at roughly fridge temp poured into a snifter. Release #8 (Sep. 2012) 12.5% ABV- nearly 1 year old.

Pours out opaque black, with a nice cascading dark tan/ light mocha colored head. Fairly decent head retention for such a big beer. Spotty lacing with just a touch of alcohol legs.

Big coffee aromas, combining both ground coffee and some espresso bean, bitter dark chocolate, heavily roasted, almost slightly toasted malts, a bit of booziness comes in as it warms, somewhat whiskey like, but the whiskey barrel characters are surprisingly tamed.

Bitter roasted, toasty malts, sweet caramel, bitter dark chocolate, roasted coffee more mocha like than espresso, a bit of oak and just hints of whiskey, but again its very tamed. Pretty much o booze in the taste.

Really thick, smooth and creamy as it flows across the palate. Rich. Carbonation is kept to a minimum.

A really nice impy stout, my only complaint is that I would've liked a bit more whiskey to show through. Has a nice toasted roasted malt aspect that a lot of these barrel aged stout seem to lack.

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This was a rare treat. Poured a deepndark black with a minimal rootbeer head that left some lacing in its wake. The smell was amazing, cocoa and more cocoa with roasts and whiskey backing that up. The nose carries over into the taste and this really makes for a good sipper. There is some nice alcohol warmth from this but it's not too boozy. All in all a great beer...would like to have more.

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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 WillCarrera
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber, release number 9, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours pitch black, thick and viscous looking, produces a thin brown head that recedes to a wisp, some spotty lacing.

S- Smells incredible, lots of coffee beans, rich dark chocolate, dark fruit, sweet bready malts, roasted grain and a bit of sweet alcohol. The coffee/espresso aroma is really great, very rich and intense.

T- Loads of chocolate and bitter coffee, which dominate the flavor and are immensely bold and awesome. There's also some roasted grain and a bit of fruity alcohol, but the booze is well-restrained for being so huge.

M- Medium-to-full-bodied, smooth, thick and viscous feel. Some alcohol warmth on the finish. This is what an imperial stout should feel like.

O- This is an big, tasty, Bible-loving, get-evolution-out-of-our-schools-I-ain't-related-to-no-goddamn-monkey, they-took-our-jobs awesome beer.

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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch #7 poured from a bottle into a clear plastic cup while tailgating.

Appearance- Oily black with a rich brown bubbly head that set up about one finger on the top. Leaves lacing even on the inside of a plastic cup. Greasy, leggy, and rich looking.

Smell- Not much booze, but robust espresso and roasted nuts dominates. Hints of cacao and vanilla sneak out. A bit of a peanut butter sharpness is hiding in there somewhere. Very pleasant. Like walking through a bulk coffee aisle at an upscale grocery store.

Taste- Like the smell, espresso and dark roast coffee dominates. The barrel appears and brings with it a hint of tobacco spiciness, but is quelled quickly by the roasty malt backbone. A nutty, roasty coffee stout accented perfectly by the whiskey notes. Not overpowering from the whiskey at all. The only drawback would be the finish. It finishes fast and very bluntly. Not much of an issue considering the balance of this one.

Mouthfeel- Smooth. Not overly oily or heavy in the mouth or on the way down. Smooth and creamy, surprisingly lighter than some of its contemporaries.

Overall- This may be THE dark horse in the world of hyped-up BBL stouts. A bit surprised by this one. Very well balanced. Not overpowered by the booze. This one has had some age on it in the cellar. Can't wait (but will) to try the other one in the cellar with a few more months on it.

Cheers!

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, almost black, into a Speiglau IIPA glass. A short-lived half-inch, creamy chestnut head gives way to spotty lace and a thick, viscous film.

The aroma opens with caramelized, roasted chocolate, light whiskey, and maybe a slight alcohol-infused chocolate. This is followed by ash and dark roasted coffee.

Deep roasted malt is the backdrop of the flavor profile. Chocolate with modest bitterness is in check with sweetness. Other flavors included cocoa powder, black coffee, and some whiskey notes. A mild lingering finish. Warmth brings out cigar smoke and cherry vanilla.

The body is full with a velvety texture and alcohol as expected. Lightly warming with modest carbonation.

Big Bad Baptist is a great sipping beer to enjoy while reading. While it lacks depth and layers of character, it is impeccably well done as a simple imperial stout.

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Photo of Brabander
4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a very well made Imperial stout. Very balanced with a good hint of the coffee. Not so much barrel smell and the cocoa nibs....i did not notice them...

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Photo of larryarms847
4.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep jet black, slightly oily but highly viscous with a very thin layer of creamy light khaki foam.

An immediate wave of chocolate and freshly ground coffee hits first, with some vanilla, toffee, and caramel notes to add as well as a ton of roastiness in general.

Coffee and chocolate both battle to be the standout ingredient in this beer. Tons of bitter but not overwhelmingly roast and some oak, earth, and vanilla.

Heavy-bodied, light carbonation, bitter roast, silky smooth, semi-chewy.

I was very happy with this beer overall, the one downside I have to remark on is the lack of bourbon aroma and flavor, but that is splitting hairs because this is damn good either way.

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Photo of amalburg
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L dark chocolate and small creamy head
S coffee alcohol chocolate
T huge amounts of coffee and dark chocolate.
M a little too thin. Doesn't match the taste.
O way better than I remembered. Good price and easily accessible.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 59. Just $12 for a bomber. Saw this on the shelf by accident and knew I had to grab it. I meant to have it awhile ago when it first hit Michigan but I passed on it for some stupid reason. Looking forward to this one -- a "reasonably priced" BBA'd stout? Damn, please.

Appearance: Poured hard into an over-sized Sam Adams Perfect Pint. Of course, pitch black in color. A couple fingers of a creamy dark brown head float on top for a little while, but it dies down to half a finger and stays there for quite awhile. Not a ton of lacing, but some.

Smell: Whiskey barrel and coffee. I could go on and on, but that's what it boils down to. Not a crazy amount of whiskey barrel, but it has a very nice presence. Loads of dark roast coffee with just a little bit of chocolate from the cocoa nibs. Not a shit load of depth, but it's rich, bold, and super inviting.

Taste/feel: Creamy mouthfeel is what stands out to me right away with a super awesome dark coffee flavor, sans some of the bitterness. There's a nice milk chocolate sweetness to balance it out a bit with just a tiny bit of the barrel in there as well -- I find the barrel more apparent in the aroma. There's actually not much booze, at least when it's cold. The mouth feel is really what makes this beer. The smell and taste are great, but the feel sends it over.

In a word, delicious. I find that this may be one of the very best value beers out there ... at least for barrel aged beers. In that case, it may be the best. The barrel aging isn't strong in this beer, it's very accenting more than anything. The coffee is heavy in this beer, so I hope you like that, but the chocolate with the mouthfeel and bittersweet finish makes for something special.

Honestly, this tastes a lot to me how I imagine Founders Breakfast Stout tasting if it were aged in a barrel... I absolutely love that beer, and I like this beer just the same or maybe very slightly more. They really are similar beers with fabulous coffee flavor, and an awesome mouthfeel. Needless to say, this is a must-buy.

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Photo of vkv822
3.93/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on-tap at Belmont Station.
from notes.

Pours black with a foamy, creamy looking light brown head.

Big chocolate and faint roast.

More chocolate and roast coffee in the taste as well.

Medium-light body with bubbly, medium carbonation.

Enjoyable Imperial Stout, chocolate and coffee for the most part, with the body sitting slightly on the lighter side for the style.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Batch #14

A pitch black body with a long lasting sticky brown head. It’s got the look down of a big ol’ Imperial Stout.

The nose is met with a rich roasty aroma. Big coffee and roasted malt comes through. Deep dark chocolate follows. Some whiskey vapors provide some warmth in the nostrils and vanilla from the barrel flesh it out.

The taste does not disappoint. It follows nicely along with the nose. Big roasted coffee character. I feel I get more dark chocolate and cocoa nib on the taste. It is almost desserty, but does not come across with much sweetness. The booze and roast keep it in check. Whiskey comes forth in the finish and lingers with the dry oak tannins. Big heavy body that goes down smooth with mild carbonation.

This is incredibly drinkable for being 12%. It isn’t hot and the flavors are balanced well.
I got sent this from Colorado and have never heard of it. Blew me away for sure.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet. Batch #57.

A: Oil black with a tan one finger head that whittled down to foam. Thick lacing.

S: Dark chocolate, cocoa nibs, a bit of bourbon. You can smell this one a couple feet away from the bottle.

T: So robust, sweet and decadent. Like drinking from a chocolate fountain with anise, leather and cocoa nibs. As it warms, more flavors pop up; bourbon becomes more pronounced and the chocolate smooths out so nice. Vanilla and molasses slide in for the kill.

M: Medium to heavy with medium, chewy carbonation.

O: One of the best stouts I've ever had the pleasure of going to church with. Seek this one out. It's unholy delicious.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Release #26.
look: Dark, nearly opaque brown. Some ruby highlights when held to light. Big mocha head on the pour that recedes to a fairly thick ring around the gas and some lacing that sticks around. Gorgeous.
smell: As expected coffee and cocoa. Some charred roastiness. Hints of bourbon and vanilla.
taste: Most of the flavors in the nose though not melded as well imo. The finish is bitter char.
overall: A dry coffee stout. Interesting and glad I had it. Personally i prefer KBS and Tweak but nice.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Slides into glass a pitch black with a 1 finger caramel colored head. Quickly dissipates. A serious looking stout

S- Massive coffee notes stake its territory on the nose. The roasted malt level is intense. I was unaware this is such a coffee stout. Dig deep to smell the barrel character.

T- Coffee still present, but mellows to a degree creating stellar balance. Cocoa nibs take over where the roasted bean leaves off. Blends so nicely. Barrel, booze, and dark fruits add to the complexity and depth. Charred wood and smoke are welcomed. Vanilla creeps in when warm. This is a beer with a flavor profile that comes out guns blazing.

M- A meal of a stout for sure. Full body and hearty. But remains drinkable.

O- Outstanding. A Barrel aged beer that lets the base do the talking instead of being totally controlled by the barrel. This thing is flat out gettin' after it! Depth, bold, brash. This stout rides a coffee backbone to heaven...or hell, whatever floats your boat.

Pairing- A juicy ribeye or NY strip. Might overpower a center cut filet.

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Photo of Oxymoron
2.24/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Pours a midnight black color with a soft tan head. No real retention to speak of even when trying to help it out. Some viscous lingering on the glass.

The nose is coffee forward. Really no other aromas come out. Some maybe minor malt and hint of chocolate but would have liked more balance.

The taste is bit more on par although coffee is dominant. Beyond the coffee is a light chocolate note. Some minor whiskey/fusel notes as it warms but really not much beyond coffee. Again looking for balance here.

The body is moderate with a more astringent finish. Some fusel/hot notes that is more of a distraction than anything. Carbonation is not present. Overall this is more of a call coffee with alcohol than a beer.

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Photo of ksimons
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Release #60
A-pours is thick and black with a fingers worth of dark tan head that leaves a bit of lacing around the top

S-smell is of vanilla, bourbon, dark chocolate, and roasted dark coffee

T-similar to the smell with dark chocolate and dark coffee, molasses, vanilla, bourbon, and a roasted malt finish

M-medium full body and crisp carbonation, slight dry finish

Overall the smell on this one is pretty unbelievable, taste doesn't quite live up to the smell but still a very good imperial stout

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Photo of Jimmys
4.51/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

bomber. release #3.

A: pitch black with a dark brown head. retention really is not very impressive. neither is the lacing.

S: coffee all up in your face. and chocolate. man this is inviting. a little bit of bitterness with dark burnt grain.

T: similar to the nose, a rich french roast starts the palate off. vanilla beans. dark chocolate. burnt grains. this thing is complex with new flavors coming across each sip. the flavor lingers with coffee and chocolate. bitter. absolutely fantastic.

M: mild carbonation. definitely a full body.

D: man this is good. the flavor as well as the nose is everything i want in a coffee stout. really impressed and well worth the search.

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Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing Company
4.32 out of 5 based on 3,550 ratings.
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