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

Release #13. Poured from a bomber into a snifter, the beer is jet black, thick and oily on the pour, with a halo of light brown head. It just looks thick and big. Terrific. The aromas are bittersweet, with notes of cocoa nib, coffee, vanilla, bourbon, woody notes, crème, and earthy highlights. This smells huge and layered. Flavors are very robust, with a heavy roasted character, solid cocoa nib backbone providing sweetness and bitterness, coffee highlights, a solid blast of whiskeyand booze that supplies a building warmth, earthy notes, and a steady flow of spice throughout. This is a beast. Very layered flavor profiles throughout. The body is robust, smooth, almost velvety. The aftertaste is heavily roasted, with cocoa nib, whiskey, and subtle crème. The finish is smooth, with a subtle boozy edge, and an overall dry, lingering feel. Solid, big, monster of a beer. This was a workout! Fantastic!

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 27 poured into a BCBS snifter.

Pours dark as night with minimal dark brown / tan head which quickly dissipates. Abundance of dark chocolate and roasted coffee, my favorite! Only drawback here is that I wish I could taste the barrel, hardly if even noticeable here. Very velvety and creamy body with no alcohol burn at all.
Simply delicious but where's the booze? :-)

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Photo of JerseyHopHead
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, almost black with a medium brown head.
The nose is dominated by roasted coffee beans with a hint of bourbon.
It tastes strongly of coffee with a fairly smooth mouthfeel. It finishes bitter like a cup of black coffee with just the slightest of boozy undertones (I would attribute them to the bourbon, but they're very slight). The batch I had was supposedly a 10.2 % but it drank very smooth and hid the alc content well. Not my favorite coffee stout but it's definitely up there.

Definitely worth a try. Just be careful cause this one will creep up on you with that alc content.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This stout poured with an obvious thickness and resembled coffee in appearance. The head was a thin lace of fine bubbles.

The aroma held a deep roasted coffee, spicy chili peppers, chocolate malts and a smokey tobacco.

The flavor was so smooth and diverse with a nice roasted coffee, whipped cream, chocolate, tobacco smokiness, malty Graham cracker cocoa powder and a dry lactose-sweetness.

The feel is almost velvety in its smoothness and has a nice thickness. It comes across as a bit dry.

Big Bad Baptist is a big, bad stout with nice varied flavors and a strong decisive complexion.

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Photo of kenzilka007
3.62/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Was a little disappointed with this beer. For a barrel aged beer I didn't get any heat from it. Instead the coffee notes where the highlights in this one. mouth feel was a little thin but the carb was right on. Overall the beer was decent and if the label didn't indicate it was aged in a whiskey barrel, I would have gave it a better rating.

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Photo of macher0
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured very dark black, slight fine bubble amberish head.

The nose is mostly dark roasted coffee. Some dark malts. Fairly simple. No barrel.

The taste mostly follows suit of the nose but a little more complex. Sone bourbon/oak/malts.

The feel is the best part. Very smooth and creamy. High carbonation. Thin.

This beer underwhelmed me. I would have liked more bourbon to go with the excellent coffee notes. This could be epic with some more time in the barrel.

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Photo of TheBeerDrinker
3.43/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours out like old motor oil with a fairly brown head about three-fingers, with good retention, and some nice lacing on the cup.

Smell is burnt malts to be sure, some coffee is pretty there, and I really don't get much else from the nose.

Taste is burnt malts, lots of coffee (way more than in the nose), maybe a tiny bit of chocolate but coffee and burnt malts are the prominent things here. Chocolate is WAY in the background and I would not have noticed it except I read nibs on the bottle and tried hard to find them. This is pretty fresh but really not much chocolate at all.

Mouthfeel is semi-thick, not too thick for the style. Not a bad thing but just not thick for what I would expect.

Overall this is an OK beer. I can't taste ANY whisky as this is supposed to be aged in whiskey barrels. Just does not taste like a barrel aged stout. The coffee makes this stout nice and is the highlight here. I always try to drink a coffee stout soon as coffee fades quick and maybe if it was aged more flavor would have came out from it but this is just not anything like a BA Stout. It's not a bad stout by any means but just not anything special that I would buy again. I heard some hype for this and am just not getting it.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.72/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Viscous jet with sepia film.
Pure coffee bean oil nose – fresh but one dimensional.
Molasses and fig up front, a big coffee hit, some umami fish sauce, and a whisky barrel bite.
Soily finish and chocolate-covered espresso bean linger.
Fill, thick, and chewy.

Big on coffee – actual gives a bit of a caffeine buzz. Huge body, too; this could pour over vanilla ice cream. But the chocolate and whiskey are mostly missing under all that java. A monstrous stout that needs to lay.

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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 tbeckett
3.83/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Whole Foods in DC. From notes.

A - Black pour with one finger of tan head that faded to a cap fast. Mild visible carbonation. Spatterings of lace and a half finger of retention.

S - big boozy dark fruit and barrel notes when poured. Big dark fruit and wood, coffee, nice milk chocolate.

T - Dark fruit, whiskey, wood, mild coffee, lot's of barrel, dry cocoa powder, roast, more chocolate. Bottom of the bottle provides more chocolate, wood, and whiskey.

M - Mild carbonation, full body, very dry woody finish.

O/D - A little odd. The coffee and chocolate were a bit subdued. Left me wanting more from this beer. Complex and nice all things considered. Barrel took over a touch too much.

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Photo of gatornation
3.94/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Batch 27
A- pours a pitch black color not overly thick with a nice 1 finger mocha head that receded quickly very little lacing
S- roasted malts espresso cocoa roasted coffee semi-sweet chocolate
T-rich espresso roasted coffee roasted malts cocoa and vanilla it has a wood and smoke flavor slight whiskey
M- thick roasted coffee with a touch of bitterness a wooded roasted feel
O- robust stout with alot of coffee flavors barrel taste is very faint would have liked more

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Photo of KFBR392
3.88/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A finger of bubbly tan head on the pour which was present on the edges of the glass while drinking. Above average active carbonation for the style. Pours and sit pitch black.

Smell: Coffee, lots of coffee hit the nose right away. The coffee has a medium roasted aroma that mixes well with the silky cocoa nibs. Light oak and mossy hops are picked up underneath everything else. Barrel character has a light touch of spices on the back end.

Taste: Milk chocolate and vanilla sweetness greets the drinker. Robust coffee grounds integrate well with the silky chocolate on the front. Roasted malt picks up on the back end. Slight touch of alcohol and barrel character on the back end but is very light.

Mouthfeel: Rich coffee and chocolate texture graces the palate throughout. Carbonation fits the beer.

Overall: Definitely a little disappointed here, especially after how much I loved the Imperial Stout from the Exponential Series. This beer is so coffee forward that it stifles everything else going on. And where is the barrel character? Despite those two things this is still a really good stout. Looking forward to sitting on the second bottle I have for a good long while and seeing what happens.

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Photo of Carb-Overlord
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a very good imperial that would be acceptable at any beer tasting. The rich coffee aroma is quite appetizing when the bottle is cracked. This doesn't feel heavy in the mouth like other imperials though; I would actually compare this to something like Surly's coffee bender.

A: A rich black color, initial head that foamed out after a couple minutes. Not quite as viscous when swirled compared to other imperials.

S: Smells like a fresh brewed pot of coffee with perhaps an undertone of sweet chocolate.

T: The taste of coffee is very strong, the forefront of the flavor, I couldn't really pick up any of the cask flavoring ... perhaps it may need to sit and mellow? Still, very flavorful and interesting imperial.

M: The feel was not so much a smooth creamy that I expect from my favorite imperials, but more of a effervescent like a standard porter. I would not say it detracted from the beer, but was not what I was expecting.

O: This is really an excellent beer if the consumer enjoys coffee stouts or coffee porters. The aroma and flavor combination are enjoyable though the smoothness and feel seem off from an excellent imperial.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle.

Pours a nice inky black color that allows no light to escape. There is a nice half inch tan head that is quite dense with some medium sized bubbles sprinkled around.

Aroma starts off with a great combination of coffee roast and some dark chocolate bitterness. Notes of sweet coca powder are also present. Not much barrel in the nose as the delicious coffee notes are pretty prevalent. Nice roasted and bu

Flavor is pretty smokey and roast. Strong notes of fresh brew espresso with some nice coffee acidity. Strong dark chocolate bitterness steps up after the roast and plays perfectly with it. Delicious mocha notes. The flavor shows some more whiskey barrel heat but not as much sweetness. Nice and dry flavor profile that relies on the barrel for some nice background heat and not as the main attraction. A very drinkable stout with great roasted and dark malt notes and just a sliver of sweetness. The body is nice full with great silky feel.

Great stout that shine because of the brewing and not just the barrel.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at the Ithaca Luminous release.

Pours a thick, dark opaque black, with a mocha head of about one inches. Small little globs of lacing on the glass.

Smells include roasted malt, chocolate, and some vanilla.

The taste is similar. I think this is bourbon or whiskey barrel aged, but I'm not really picking that up. Lots of chocolate, vanilla, and some oakiness, molasses, Hershey's syrup, etc. Great taste, but a little subdued, I think. Still quite good.

Medium to full bodied, low carbonation, creamy, thick mouthfeel.

Another great stout today. This is turning out to be one of the best beer days I've ever had.

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Photo of hops202
4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Release # 28 Poured into a stone snifter.

Pours dark dark black but not with motor oil thickness, So much coffee and chocolate my brain is in spasm. Taste is similar with some roast and sweetness, but balanced bitter finished. Coffee Coffee Coffee. This is a coffee blowout!

Release # 23 - drank 5/10/14

Lots of coffee. Coffee tastes a little older from the age maybe? No barrel notes to speak of which is disappointing. Release #28 was better.

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Photo of ISmith87
4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A 4.5 - pitch black beer with a mocha head that sticks and leaves surprisingly good lacing for a high abv beer
S 4.5 - dark chocolate, cafe mocha, espresso, bourbon, smoky, roasted malts, a very "dark" beer by all means
T 4.75 - the taste on this beer is phenomenal, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, espresso, roasted grains, smoky, cream, whole milk, wooden barrels, some bourbon but surprisingly light on that. It reminds me of well aged Bells Expedition stout (1.5-2 years)
M 4.75 - again, heavy as can be - a hot fudge milkshake in beer form. alc completely covered. Aftertaste is smoky, espresso/dark chocolate.
O - 4.75 - damn. The downside is the price tag at ~12/bomber? But its damn good and better than most beers that charge even more.

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Photo of Omnium
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber > Mason Pint

A - Pitch black motor oil with half a finger of fizzy tan head, small bubbly lacing.
S - Big smoky aroma with a huge chocolate presence, roasted malt and coffee beans, toasted almond, a little whiskey, burnt wood.
T - Lots of roasted dark chocolate malt, coffee isnt as big in flavor, which is good because it doesnt dominate, woody burnt caramel hints, the booze of the whiskey barrels comes in at the end, but its not over the top.
M - Rich velvety and creamy. Heavy beer for sure.
O - Best thing that Epic brews for sure, tons of rich bold flavor, whiskey barrels add just enough touch without making it an alcohol bomb.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.87/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle poured into an Epic tulip.
11.5% ABV, Release #23

A - Inky and oily, Big Bad Baptist pours black as night with a thin, fleeting mocha head and little lace left dotting the glass.

S - Cold brewed, French pressed espresso seeps from every pore of Big Bad Baptist giving it one of the most ultimate in coffee aromas from a beer, and while coffee steals the show, it's certainly not the only performer. Blackstrap molasses and chunky fudge melt with nougat inside charred oak barrels for a candy bar-like liqueur sweetness that's intoxicating.

T - Thick chocolate fudge coats the tongue with rich chocolate flavor that's hardly washed away by the bountiful roasted espresso bean flavor - the two combine for one wonderful dark flavor punctuated by charred oak barrels that offer just the slightest nod to whiskey.

M - If the quiet, thick pour and rich black color weren't indication enough, Big Bad Baptist is full-bodied and throat-coating with a velvety smoothness that finishes with the perfect level of alcohol dryness and warmth to be somewhat balancing.

O - One of the quintessential coffee beers of our time, Big Bad Baptist is an exercise in oddly tamed excess - it's over the top but neither cloying nor fatiguing. It's time in the whiskey barrels almost goes unnoticed behind the bold coffee and chocolate flavor but the alcohol hint, charred oak, and wink of whiskey flavor come together flawlessly for an imperial stout everyone must try.

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

A-dark brown black color with a decent tan head and little lacing

S-dark malt, coffee, bourbon, oak, chocolate, molasses

T-dark roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, hint of dark fruit, bourbon, light oak, hint of char

F-medium to full body with mild carbonation, smooth and creamy

O-great flavor and feel, enjoyed sipping this one

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Photo of lochef81
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this one in the fridge for a few months just waiting for the right night to pour it. The wicked Michigan weather is breaking and Spring is blooming; I think it is time. This stout pours a near black color with a thick tan head that gives way to a beautiful lasting film and sticky silken lacing. The nose is rich and complex with notes of coffee, dark chocolate, Sweet roasted (almost European style) malts, and plenty of booze. This is definitely a cold weather, warm you up kind of beer. The mouthfeel is thick and luxurious. Coating every inch of taste buds with rich stout flavor. The taste is everything the nose promises. A punch of chocolate and coffee on the front followed by a sweet vanilla and pipe tobacco middle and finished with the bitterness of cacao and burnt coffee. There is also a hop note on the tail that rounds this out to perfect stout elegance. The alcohol prevalent in the nose is nearly indiscernable in the mouth. TThis is an amazingly well crafted stout that is so rich and complex it is almost beyond words. Very well done
I can't wait to sample future batches of this deep well crafted ale.

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

A - Pours a midnight black with a one-finger tan foamy head. Light amount of sticky lacing.

S - Aroma of sweet milk chocolate, whiskey, and fresh coffee.

T - Follows the aroma. Nice sweet milk chocolate upfront followed by dark roasted coffee. Finish is bitter coffee and whiskey. Whiskey does produce a nice warmth in the finish.

M - Full bodied with low carbonation. Nice creamy mouthfeel.

O - This is a great coffee forward Imperial Stout. The flavors blend seemlessly together. Awesome.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.81/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

10oz poured into a tulip glass at Tipsy Cow in Madison, WI today, 3/25/2014.

App- dark black opaque body, one finger mocha head with decent retention. Not much lacing.

Smell- lots of bitter dark toast coffee, some milk chocolate sweetness from the malts. Nice and very coffee forward stout.

Flavour- solid, more heavy on the milk chocolates but the coffee bitterness takes a step back compared to the nose. Some bitter dark chocolate with a coffee forward aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- medium bodied on the thicker side, good carbonation. Otherwise standard imperial coffee stout. Bitter coffee finish.

Overall- decent coffee imperial stout that doesn't make me go crazy. But this isn't a bad option to pick up at the store if you're craving a pick me up and a throw me down bro simultaneously.

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

Purchased the last bomber at my local "beer heaven" outlet.

Cracked this baby open and poured into sniffer.

Extra bold black, with a perfectly brown head that stuck around for a bit.

Smell was wonderful. Roasted dark malted goodness with coffee and chocolate notes.

Superb, full-bodied and smooth. The aged-in-whiskey barrel flavoring came through too.

Taste was everything I was expecting. Full, smooth, beautiful to look at, smell and taste. One of the best beers I have had to date.

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Photo of hardy008
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Release #19, 10.4 % abv

Pours dark black with a one finger mocha head. Leaves beautiful lacing, which surprises me for such a big beer. The aroma has cocoa, coffee, dark roasted malt, and chocolate.

Tastes much like the aroma with coffee, cocoa, chocolate, dark roasted malt, molasses, whiskey, and a little vanilla. Nice balance of sweetness and bitterness. Becomes sweeter as it warms.

Medium to full bodied. Smooth creamy, with light carbonation. Has a cocoa and light coffee aftertaste. The alcohol is very well hidden for a 10.4 % abv beer. A must try if you get the chance.

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Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing Company
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