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
Ratings:
3,717
Reviews:
622
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
8.55%
 
 
Wants:
432
Gots:
1,276
For Trade:
123
User Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of xboxhueg
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

This is like an adult frapaccino...huge coffee and chocolate flavors with a thickness and mouthfeel that is like oatmeal....A+.

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5/5  rDev +15.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of SomethingClever
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

A: Black as obsidian which is expected slight mocha head that quickly vanishes, coats the lass slightly from the alcohol

S: Nice coffee smell has the vanilla toffee slight oak smell of a nice barrel aged beer get a slight chocolate smell. It's rich aroma is very enticing .

T: a deep roast taste, rich vanilla, soft toffee, tastes of chocolate, not much heat for barrel aged but you know the alcohol is there sweet but not over powering so on the end.

M: This has the mouthfeel of what KBS should have had it's not super thick but it holds it's own and you feel it envelope your tongue.

O: This is the beer that KBS wants To be I know they use different barrels whiskey v. bourbon but The chocolate and coffee and whiskey blend together here instead of being at harsh contrasts. This is a nice beer but if you are looking for BCBCS this doesn't have the exquisite mouthfeel although leaps and bounds ahead of KBS.

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Photo of indy351
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of WAbeerfiend
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

Release #20.
Poured from a bomber into a tulip on 06.17.14.

A: 1/3 finger tan head that quickly recedes. Midnight black body with no red in the glass.

S: Strong coffee with a chocolate base.

T: Coffee is dominant. A tiny bit of vanilla is subtle. Fig and pepper come out on the finish when it's warm.

M: Creamy. Soda-level bubbles on the tongue. I don't usually care much about mouthfeel, but this one is too bubbly.

O: The coffee was too strong in this one. It overpowered everything else. The vanilla was barely there to the point that it seemed like a stout that hadn't been aged in barrels. There was also a massive alcohol burn which is understandable at 10.5% ABV, but other BB stouts have hidden the alcohol much better. I'm aging another one that hopefully turns out better. I wouldn't buy this one again, as it is.

Rating: C-, 70/100.

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of Treyliff
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Release #10, 22oz bottle poured into Teku glass

A- pours jet black in color with a small foamy and fizzy khaki colored head that reduces to just a reign around the glass, a few alcohol legs sticking around

S- so many aromas of dark chocolate & cocoa nibs up front with big chocolate malt notes, fresh dark roasted coffee mixes perfectly with the chocolate aroma, providing notes of charred wood, smoke & herbal coffee. Caramel and coffee undertones mix with licorice & fruit-infused tobacco. Oaky barrel closes it out with aromas of vanilla & barrel juice. Very impressive

T- Deep and rich chocolate malt opens up with notes of cocoa and bitter dark chocolate bar. Sumatra-like coffee subtleties kick in behind the chocolate adding a nice compliment. Herbal hop notes mix with some smoky charred malt mid-palate, with hints of heavy whipping cream, dark cherry & molasses. Hints of nutty oak, vanilla and barrel juice close it out

M- medium-heavy body with low carbonation leads to a slightly creamy mouthfeel and a smooth and warming finish

O- this was consumed with a couple of years aging on it and it's held up just fine. The aroma was out of this world and the flavors seemed to mesh after some aging. Barrel notes aren't as pronounced as some BA Imperial Stouts, but this is a very well made beer

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.32/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of DenverHopHead
4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 oz bottle with Release #33 on the label; into a snifter.
Appearance - pitch black, with the slightest bit of light coming in at the bottom. Thick, foamy mocha head that recedes quickly into a thin, creamy layer. Lacing is adequate.
Smell - bold espresso, vanilla, chocolate fudge and brownies and a hint of sweet bourbon; this smells incredible!
Taste - starts off with a huge wave of espresso and booze, followed by some oak flavors; was hoping to get a little of the sweetness from the nose, but that never materialized.
Feel - heavy body, but easy to sip! Lacks the complexity that the nose seemed to indicate.
Overall - bold and intense, very enjoyable! Unfortunately, my expectations were higher. I'm aging another bottle, so hopefully this gains strength.

Update after aging almost 1 year.
Flavor is enhanced; the cocoa nibs are much more prominent. Booze is tame, but the overall body is still a bit heavy.

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4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.76/5  rDev +9.9%

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4.52/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing Company
4.33 out of 5 based on 3,717 ratings.
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