Big Bad Baptist | Epic Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States | website

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:
572
Ratings:
3,485
Avg:
4.32
pDev:
8.8%
 
 
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431
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1,190
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Reviews: 572 | Ratings: 3,485
Photo of JebBeerFish
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Always loved the name.

1/2 inch head on slow pour. Dark brown/ medium black; looks delightful.

Nose is mild coffee and mild chocolate.

Taste is mildly bitter coffee initially followed by chocolate and creamy oatmeal.

A really nice brew, and was at least 3 months old. Would love to have again.

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Photo of VashonGuy
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Now this is a real stout!! I'm reacting in part to an imperial stout I had earlier today that was mostly cocoa and not roasty. Big Bad Baptist has a great roasted malt character. It's pretty much the exemplar of an imperial stout. The whisky barrel influence is there, but it takes second place to the stout itself when first served cold. As the beer warms, the bourbon becomes stronger. It's incredibly rich. The ABV is noticeable.

In the last couple of days, I've had seven barrel aged stouts or strong ales. I think this is the best of the lot. If Epic could conjure up the marketing savvy of AB/InBev, people would chase Big Bad Baptist like they chase BCBS.

Serving: on tap, in a snifter.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm not sure where the Baptist thing came from (the land of the morons, I mean Mormons), but it sure is big and bad. But bad means good, you know.

It's black and beautiful. The aroma is big and bold - malty, cocoa and coffee. Both the smell and the taste are so thick and over the top that there is a sweet sour overtone that almost seems like raisins (fermented, of course). The whole thing is pretty boozy and it sticks with you, literally sticking your lips together with all the maltiness.

I may go grab another half growler tomorrow depending on how this one works out. I have a feeling that by the time it is done I will be pretty mellow.

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Photo of videofrog
4.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Batch #55 - Cultivar
12.7% ABV

L: Opaque black with a thin beige head that fades into a thin ring.

S: Very coffee forward. Roasted malts, chocolate, and whiskey are all secondary.

T: So delicious. Coffee forward like the nose, but all of the layers of flavors play really nice here. Chocolate sweetness balances out the coffee bitterness. Whiskey and oak blend in nicely, but not as powerfully as most BA stouts.

F: Thick, low carb, dry finish that keeps encouraging another sip.

O: Perfect antidote to a day of endless rain and driving around low water crossings. Drink fresh to enjoy the coffee awesomeness.

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Photo of Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a decent beer. My fault with it is the bourbon/whiskey flavors are more subtle then I'd prefer. I enjoy a strong boozy smell and taste, of which this isn't as aggressive. Still a great stout, worth getting one bottle and trying.

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Photo of BlushingMonk
4.91/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch #59 12.3% Pours black like oil. Big coffee nose with hints of whiskey and chocolate. Full rich mouth feel with big complex flavors that ends with bitter chocolate. Vanilla, wood, cola, chocolate, COFFEE. Doesn't taste as boozy as it is. I love this beer! In a blind taste test that included three different years of KBS I picked BBB as my #1. I'm buying as much of this as I can get.

UPDATE: This is my goto BA Stout. Having chased a lot of them, I continue to call BBB my baseline.

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Photo of uccle81
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Release #59 12.3% ABV
Fantastic, except the smell is off. Kind of like a chocolaty rotten pecan. The smell doesn't perceptively alter the taste.
And the taste is downright magical!

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on top, poured into a snifter. It's deep an dark, an opaque near-black with a tan head that seems to linger longer than on most big stouts.
aroma is big dark chocolate and roast coffee with hints of vanilla and booze. A hint of dark fruit as it warmed a bit.
Huge taste! Dark chocolate and espresso bitterness. A little bit of sweeter milk chocolate mid-sip followed by a finishing bitter assault.
Mouthfeel is medium and creamy.
This was mind expanding when paired with beignets with chocolate sauce. Transcendent.

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Photo of EdwardAbbey
3.49/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the only highly-rated barrel-aged stout I cannot seem to enjoy. Every time I've had it, the bitterness was overwhelming. The good news? More for everyone who seems to love it.

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Photo of MTKATL
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a big beer. 12.2% with very full flavor of cocoa, coffee, and booze. The nose is very boozy, but the taste is more coffee and chocolate. Mouthfeel is full without being overly thick. This is a great beer.

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Photo of dikebrewery
4.89/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow! Amazing cocoa coffee goodness! I dont really know where to start or end so ill keep this short. I love this beer! This is the Blue Copper coffee version and it is excellent! At 12.2 very drinkable. Good job Epic :)

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Black with a coffee colored head and spotty lacing. Notes of coffee, chocolate, bourbon, wood, vanilla, coconut, burnt toast, and light earth. Full body, creamy, chalky and slightly dry. This is an amazing bourbon barrel aged stout. The chalky feel isn't my preference but this is well done despite this.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.09/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black with small and short lived head. Smells of faint bourbon and chocolate. Tastes like it smells. Mild bourbon and chocolate. I like it better fresh, more flavor, as this one is almost a year old.

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

This beer is all about the coffee and cocoa infused in its brewing process. The pour is a deep, opaque black with a smallish, tan head with low retention. The nose is overwhelmingly very dark chocolate/cocoa and coffee beans. However, the smell comes off like coffee grounds that have already been brewed and with all that cocoa, it's so bitter it almost stings the nose. But in kind of a wonderful way if you're a coffee lover and in the mood for it (could be off-putting otherwise.) There is some oak in the background. The taste follow the nose, though more mellow. There is some sweetness up front, notes of vanilla mixed with the cocoa and burnt malt that make for a really nice flavor. The coffee comes towards the finish. The mouthfeel is smooth, slick and full-bodied—certainly a result of the whiskey barrel aging. All around a great imperial stout and I'd certainly get it again!

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Photo of TBonez477
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Overall a really nice, complex BA Imperial Stout. My only knock on this one was that, even after a year of aging, the barrel gets a little harsh after warming. Actually preferred this one below cellar temp.

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Photo of kbwalters
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured cold into a Libby stout glass and drank as it warmed. This is 2014 vintage, release #30.
Look = 4.75 Pours a dark brown into an opaque black in the glass with 1 finger of dark brown head that fades to a spotty cap. Leaves a nice dense lace.
Aroma = 4.25 Strong coffee aroma with a nice underlying chocolate base. Wasn’t getting much from the barrel until it warmed up a bit, then a distinct whiskey aroma develops.
Taste = 4.0 Coffee is the prominent favor to; burnt coffee, roasted malts, bitter dark chocolate and a touch of whiskey that develops as it warms. A light, lingering bitterness in the aftertaste.
Feel = 4.5 Nice, smooth, creamy and thick. Full bodied with low to medium carbonation. Great feel.
Drinkability = 4.0 Pretty easy drinking 10.5% coffee forward stout
Overall = 4.25 Coffee is the dominant player here with nice contributions from the cocoa and whiskey. Very well done.

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Photo of LloydDobler
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch Release #30. 10.5%ABV

Pours an endless black with absolutely zero head. The nose is burnt coffee grounds and a bit of sweetness. The initial taste was sour mash with dark chocolate and bitter coffee. This doesn't taste so much barrel aged as much as it does just brewed with a whiskey addition. Not that being that way is all that bad, just not much mellowing wood characteristic to it. This was fairly light and slick on the tongue. Overall great, but would like to try some other(higher ABV) batches.

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Photo of Mbo108
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Acquisition: received in a trade months ago. A recent look is showing I've accumulated way more beer than I should have so I'm gonna try to spend the next few weeks/months drinking some of this off, special occasions or not.
Verdict: delicious
Details: poured from the bottle into one of my snifters. Did 3 1/3 bottle pours at a time. Wife didn't want any but liked the coffee nose. Speaking of, very coffee forward,nice balance of cacao. Very little whiskey to it, prob lost that edge over time which is fine. Beautiful brown lacing. A touch lite on the mouthfeel. Seemed a little easy to drink for the 13% abv but stiill a little boozy. Nicely walked line there.

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Photo of justinp444
4.87/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Today's date: Aug 15, 2015
Release #17, poured into a tulip. Smell of coffee, straight cold coffee. Taste is much the same, a nice bit of bourbon with a fine warming and tastes exactly like coffee, it's very sweet but not overly with some chocolate and a tad but of acidity. Really tastes exactly like sweetend cold coffee. Big full mouthfeel and body.
10/27/2015
Release #52, It has a bit of a blueberry flavor, more of a FBS taste, more bourbon, more alcohol, and more chocolate, still a overwhelming amount of coffee, but the chocolate is more pronounced. A little bit more complex but rough around the edges (too much alcohol), a year of age probably helped release #17 have a bit of an advantage, but the complexity of the coffee (especially the blueberry) is a nice addition.

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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 costanzo_mike
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark oily black. Light head that sticks around for a little while while drinking. Fantastic smell of chocolate, coffee, bourbon and spice. Taste reflects similarly in that order. Very enjoyable beer from the guys out in Utah

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Photo of Hootie159
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark brown, almost black. Very thin dark brown head. Quickly gone. Spicey nibs on the nose. As it warms the barrel smell kicks in. Very balanced taste. Dark chocolate that isn't overly bitter. Light coffee on the follow through. Again whiskey kicks in more as it warms. Very smooth, but a tad watery.

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Photo of Bugs318
4.11/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown, decent tan to beige head.
S: coffee and vanilla forward barrel dominate faint chocolate notes, but nose is very solid.
T: slightly stale coffee notes finish a chocolate roast.
M: a bit thin and fairly low carbonation, but a touch silky.
O: like Peche Mortel bourbon light.

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

Just started really trying out some different stouts. Have had some issue finding one I really liked. Some have too much coffee. Some have too much chocolate. Some are too thin. And while I'm just in the beginning of trying out stouts, this may be the "one" that will be the benchmark going forward

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Photo of kitch
4.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A 22oz bomber from release batch #46 with a brew date of 24th September 2013 and a packaged date of 8th December 2014 and poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: The beer poured an opaque black colour with a one finger brown head that dissipated fairly quickly leaving a thin whispy layer and spotty lacing.

Aroma: Strong aromas of chocolate mixed in with coffee, caramel and vanilla. There is also a hint of whisky alcohol aroma.

Taste: Taste is much like the aroma. Chocolate and espresso coffee dominate followed by hints of slightly burnt caramel and vanilla. There is also some roasted malts and oakiness but not a lot of whisky even though its aged in whiskey barrels.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, light carbonation, smooth.

Overall: I’m a sucker for coffee, whisky and beer (my three favourite drinks). Now put together into a single drink, although the whisky is not so prominent here, this brew is fantastic. It’s right up there with Founders Breakfast Stout and Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break. Another must buy beer to add to my list.

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Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing Company
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