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:
3,715
Reviews:
622
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
8.55%
 
 
Wants:
431
Gots:
1,279
For Trade:
126
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Photo of aufie
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FalconOne
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FBarber
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours oily viscous black. One finger tan head sticks around for a bit before dissipating to a thin layer of film. Impressive head retention for a barrel aged beer.

Smell is a pleasant blend of bourbon barrel, bourbon, cocoa, coffee bean aromas and slight hints of vanilla.

Taste ... holy cow this is how a barrel aged (ba) beer should taste. There is certainly a bourbon barrel character to the beer with flavors of bourbon, barrel, oak, and a hint of vanilla. However, the barrel does not overtake the imperial stout in any way, but rather acts as a complimentary flavor. Most ba beers tend to have more bourbon flavor than stout, but not this one. This is an Imperial Stout first acted in bourbon barrels second and I love it. The stout itself is wonderful. Lots of cocoa, pleasant mild coffee flavor that is not overpowering, deep roasted malts and a discernible hoppy bitterness on the finish. The fact that all the imperial stout notes still shine through is a huge plus and very impressive. Also this beer hides the ABV frighteningly well. You really don't notice it until you're nearing the end of the glass and suddenly you have a realization that wow, that was a hefty beer.

Feel is thick and viscous. Very velvety and smooth with all the flavors nicely melded together. Incredibly sippable. I loved the fact that because of the still present hoppy bitterness on the finish, the beer finishes rather dryly on the end - something I prefer in my Imperial Stouts, but almost never see in a ba Imperial Stout. Really gave it a nice depth to the overall feel.

This might be my favorite ba stout I've ever had. Not necessarily the best one out there, but certainly the only one I'd want to or be able to drink on a regular basis. Major props for balancing the Imperial Stout with the right amount of barrel aging to keep all the flavors intact.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Got on trade! 650ml bottle served at 12deg C in a tulip.

A- Opens well and pours a tiny 1/2" head on a vigorous pour but very brown and thick rich head. That head lased for 3mins before film out.

S- Coco, heat and malt. Touch metallic.

A- Nice balance of coco, coffee and whiskey not of the bourbon kind (or if there is bourbon barrel it's low on the ratio). Rich undertones of coffee and coco. It's all there.

M- Creamy going down but dries out quickly

O- Nice brew. Don't age this one as it won't do anything for it good. Nice to try brew.

Food Pairing

This brew went well with...... Smoked beef brisket on apple wood and hickory.

Enjoy

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Photo of lemmy187
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SweetwaterTuonker
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of burns3y
4.74/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Antg8989
4.81/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is what an imperial stout should be. Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a brown head. Considerable lacing for a beer at this ABV. Aroma is of molasses, dark chocolate, candied fruit and cream. It even smells like this has been aging in bourbon barrels. Taste is dark chocolate, cranberry and alcohol. Feel is light silky and smooth. Overall, a great example of the style and not very sweet by any means.

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Photo of Kendall_robbins
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of xShoWTeKx
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of curlybird
4.16/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kinggimp
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ManapuaMan
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Outstanding, surprisingly available bourbon barrel stout. Dark as the (submit review) button below with a frothy head that you could spoon up if you're quick enough. Nice amount of carbonation. Big aroma of chocolate, coffee, oak and booze. Taste is fudge, French roast, kilned barley, charred wood and a little of that sweet vanilla-bourbon. Alcohol heat compliments the creamy mouthfeel. Nothing astringent or caustic about it. Smooth smooth smooth.

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Photo of thebeers
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black with a finger of slowly-rising chocolate-colored head that quickly dissipates into thin, sudsy soap bubbles. There's a nice chocolate aroma with sweet bourbon behind. Delicious taste with dark chocolate ganache, dark-roasted coffee and sweet bourbon mixing in perfect balance. It's thick-bodied with a somewhat oily mouthfeel that's only partially cut by the carbonation. A kiss of alcohol comes through in the backend, along with a slightly bitter aftertaste. This is an amazing beer.

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Photo of mchegash
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

#66 (http://www.epicbrewing.com/beer-release-notes/item/7038-big-bad-baptist-imperial-stout-66)

L: Dark, essentially black. Very dark tan colored head, about 2/3 of a finger.

S: Coffee, whisky, vanilla, cocoa, oak.

T: Delicious creamy vanilla, coffee, chocolate and whisky flavors.

F: Creamy, medium-full body, a moderate amount of moderate-high intensity carbonation.

O: Delicious. I can see why this is so highly rated.

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Photo of brentusaurus
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of erk0607
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Opaque blackish brown with a gorgeous dark tank head that lingers.

Smell: Alcohol, roasted malt, syrup, chocolate

Taste: Alcohol, dark chocolate, roasty malt, coffee, roasty

Feel: On the thicker side of the spectrum, heavy, light syrup

Overall: Excellent and incredibly rich. Would get again and would definitely get a second one to age.

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Photo of rjd722
4.9/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jackalope1977
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Lurkerson
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NOLANDMAN
4.82/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Rinaldi81
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hopflyer
4.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Release #65. Bottled 10/27/15 according to Epic website. Consumed 5/7/16 so has about 6 1/2 months on it.

Pours jet black, leaving no highlights of any kind. Maybe a hint of cola dark brown at the collar when held up to light.lighter tan head which receeds to a robust collar throughout.

Smell is a lot of chocolate and light coffee background but not overpowering. Pretty subtle aroma but

First taste at pretty cold temp again is chocolate up front with well blended coffee flavors. Coffee flavor not carrying much bitterness at first but then opens up a little more a couple sips in. Some tame whisky flavor and it's just about perfectly complimenting the bittersweet chocolate and roasted flavors. It also has a little bit of sugary sweetness and some vanilla as it warms some. Not a whole lot of deep roast or char flavor. ABV well hidden.

Feel is medium for such a big stout and the carbonation is on the lower end of medium. It's a bit oily and does leave a coating in the mouth but I wouldn't say this is a "heavy" beer. Not much heat from the alcohol.

Very impressed with this beer. I've seen a lot of other enjoys this on BA and I was lucky to find 2 bottles a few months ago. I like it much better than KBS, which is one of the only other BBA coffee stouts I've had. This is the first one and I'm already looking forward to the next. But I think I'll save it for late fall/early winter. Maybe I'll be able to get some more before then.

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Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing Company
4.33 out of 5 based on 3,715 ratings.
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