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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:
586
Ratings:
3,553
Avg:
4.32
pDev:
8.56%
 
 
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436
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For Trade:
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Reviews: 586 | Ratings: 3,553
Photo of Zraly
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
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 -0.5%
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 +0.5%
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 +0.7%
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 WadeBridgman
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
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 +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

**
11/07/16
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 +2.5%
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 +2.1%
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 +8.8%
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 +1.9%
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 +2.3%
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 -6.7%
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 +5.6%
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 +4.4%
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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Photo of Nic1985Ace
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Shared a bomber for my bros' 21st BDay.

L: Pours pitch black with a lighter colored tan head that dissipates quickly

S: Nose is great. Strong coffee, dark chocolate and whiskey barrel.

T: Follows the nose, big chocolate, oak, coffee forward. Whiskey barrel is definitely present, and I really enjoy that. Pretty boozy.

F: Just right. Along the same lines as KBS and Parabola. Not too thin, but not as thick as some of the same style.

O: Great beer, very enjoyable, whiskey barrel becomes even more prominent with warmth. Love the big coffee and chocolate here.

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Photo of pda22
4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark black with small head. Deep malt flavors with strong chocolate notes. Hints of bourbon aging are well balanced and not overpowering. Overall a great beer that I will buy again.

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Photo of Jameson_P
4.81/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very dark just like an Imperial Stout should be, Beautiful coffee notes with a slight hint of cocoa, Very full bodied but slides right my throat. Amazing beer, just amazing

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- thick dark brilliance

S-incredible aromas of chocolate, coffee but predominantly booze

T- follows the nose, very boozy and strong taste of whiskey along with the chocolate and coffee.

F- thick but full of alcohol that coats the mouth

O- boozy but absolutely superb.

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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 Reema
4.77/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Serving type: 22 oz bomber into a brandy glass

Pours absolutely pitch black with mocha colored bubbles that develop to a film. Smell is of obvious whiskey, dark chocolate, mocha, subtle coffee, slight roast, along with chocolate liquor sweetness. It smells great. Taste reflects the smell. Initial taste is forward with the whisky and wood flavors, they lead into an intense chocolate and coffee taste, leads into a pleasant roast flavor that drops off into a whiskey aftertaste. Great stuff. Feel is thicker but not overly viscous. No apparent alcohol burn, doesn't drink like 12%+. Overall this is an outstanding beer with great whiskey, coffee, and chocolate aspects. Definitely buy this and hoard it.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Black opaque milkshake body, deep brown velvety head, which is much appreciated on a beer of this potency. Smell is whiskey and mild alcohol burn, countered but not quite balanced by roasty yet sweet malt and dark chocolate. Bitter. Flavor plays three card monte with the tongue: it's a fun, dazzling task to give order to the bitter chocolate, a newfound lactose sweetness, mild coffee flavor and acidity, immense dark malts, bourbon sweetness and alcohol, and even a hint of cinnamon towards the finish. Body is soft and thick, creamy, quite sticky, both very drinkable and yet filling.
What a great beer. Catered to my preference for sweetness while still adding complexity through bitterness, acidity, alcohol warmth, and deep, dark flavors. The nose was a tad harsh, or characterful depending on the drinker's preference. Either way, this brew will be greatly appreciated.

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Photo of juablu
4.81/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured 22oz bomber into large snifter glass. Pours black with little to no head. Smell is mostly coffee. Perfectly smooth with good mouthful. Really good, one of my new faves. Curious to try it after aging a bottle

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Such a great bourbon and coffee imperial stout, especially for the cost. The only negative, if you even can call it that, is it finishes pretty dry. Love this beer. Cheers!

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Type: 8-oz. draft
Glass: Clear tulip glass
From: Alpine Beer Company Pub in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $8.00
Purchased: June 18, 2016
Consumed: June 18, 2016
Misc.: Think it was the 52, 53 or 54 release as they were all 12.5 pct. ABV

Had only heard great things about this monster. To see it on tap at my local brewery as one of the guest taps was an unexpected great pleasure. I believe there are a few bottles of this in town, but not sure I’ve seen it until this Saturday night in Alpine. Super excited for this one.

Poured a black color with 3-to-4 fingers of rocky tan head when I got it. No bubbles underneath that I could see. Excellent foamy lacing. Great retention. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled coffee, espresso, cocoa, chocolate milk, caramel, toffee, milk chocolate, smooth bourbon, dark chocolate, roasty malts and roasty nuts. (Smell - 4.25)

Everything was just bigger in the taste. Espresso, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, milk chocolate, perfectly smooth bourbon, roasty malts, toffee, caramel, leathery tobacco and hazelnut. (Taste - 4.50)

Full body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth, slightly warming finish. (Feel - 4.50)

This was just awesome. Would love to have a bomber of this bad boy. (Overall - 4.50)

4.43 | 98 | A

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Photo of Bartleby91
4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black appearance with some good carbonation. Big vanilla, bourbon, and chocolate notes. Tastes are pretty similar with a big alcohol burn. Really good

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