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Big Bad Baptist | Epic Brewing Company

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Big Bad BaptistBig Bad Baptist

Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States

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.


ABV varies by batch

Added by JohnGalt1 on 09-30-2011

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Photo of BeerNutz324
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

bomber into an oversized wine glass

Ap- dark dark brown in color and thick looking. Looks like a typical big stout. Dark tan had sticks around for just a bit then clings to the glass.

Ar- coffee bomb, cocoa, dark chocolate, roasted malts, some dark fruit...this one is one of the best smelling beers I have ever stuffed my nose into. As a HUGE fan of coffee stouts this one earns a rare "5".

T- weird...coffee, cocoa, roasty malts and a bit of barrel but just barely. Not being a huge fan of "whiskey" tasting beers this one fits just perfect. The barrel presense is barely there but in just the right amount. Bottle is labeled 12.5% alcohol and this beer hides it very well.

M- a bit bubbly for a stout but nothing outragous or anything. thick bodied and the alcohol warms your mouth on the hold.

O- an awesome stout, very well done, this is the best beer by EPIC that I have ever had. Ive had FBS, KBS, CBS and other big stouts I can honestly say this one is just as good!

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Photo of Bung
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Nice deep black pour, tan layer floats above and sags into the brew to give that layered look.

Aroma, about the strongest roast coffee I've smelled since Breakfast Stout. Some malt, dark chocolate, cocoa beneath.

Taste, Heavy roast again. Malt and coffee. More sweeter notes of chocolate, vanilla, toffee. Cocoa coffee finish. Whisky-oak is just present.

Fairly full bodied, the carbonation is just a bit too lively to give a creamy mouthfeel. Still coats very well. A faint warming but very under control for 11%.
At $13 it is worth trying, maybe not buying a bunch of. Wouldn't mind seeing what some time would do though. It's good, like a big Breakfast Stout, just not quite as all around good as Breakfast Stout, mainly because of the heat.

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Photo of IKR
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black with a fair-sized medium beige head. Nothing to change here.

Smell: Upfront coffee with some mild brown sugar notes. Maybe the faintest of whiskey notes as well.

Taste: Coffee and some roasted malt notes. I also get some mild vanilla and whiskey from the bal-aging. The beer finishes with some slight hop and roasted malt notes. The alcohol presence is very subtle for the ABV. The bal-aging pays second fiddle to the coffee notes.

Mouth-feel: Medium to full bodied with the perfect level of carbonation for the style (for my taste).

Overall: Let me preface this by stating if there were a coffee advocate site I would be a long-standing member. The prominent coffee, the good mouth-feel and the coffee nose work well for me. With the pricing in my area I'll be revisiting this one.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber, release number 9, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours pitch black, thick and viscous looking, produces a thin brown head that recedes to a wisp, some spotty lacing.

S- Smells incredible, lots of coffee beans, rich dark chocolate, dark fruit, sweet bready malts, roasted grain and a bit of sweet alcohol. The coffee/espresso aroma is really great, very rich and intense.

T- Loads of chocolate and bitter coffee, which dominate the flavor and are immensely bold and awesome. There's also some roasted grain and a bit of fruity alcohol, but the booze is well-restrained for being so huge.

M- Medium-to-full-bodied, smooth, thick and viscous feel. Some alcohol warmth on the finish. This is what an imperial stout should feel like.

O- This is an big, tasty, Bible-loving, get-evolution-out-of-our-schools-I-ain't-related-to-no-goddamn-monkey, they-took-our-jobs awesome beer.

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Photo of dvmin98
4.81/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow. Coffee coffee coffee. You smell it and you feel like you just woke up and got bitch-slapped by Mr. Coffee. That is one awesome nose!

The head is a small lacing.

Deeep dark color.

Taste is a very big coffee flavor up front with hints of cocoa. Then you can taste the whiskey on the way down. Very very nice flavor. I didn't taste the 11% like you can with other beers. This was smooth as silk.

Loved every sip of it.

Went back and grabbed two more today! Can't wait til its cold. Maybe I will have it for breakfast...mmm

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

On tap at hops and pie. Standard imperial stout appearance: motor oil. Filmy head. Aroma was the most glorious coffee beans, so rich with a dab of chocolate. The flavor followed suit and was just as nice. Overall this was a fantastic beer and I need to score some bottles of this stuff or else head back for another glass.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours black with a firm creamy dark tan head, good retention, nice lace.

S: Like sticking my nose in a coffee machine, big heavenly coffee bean aroma, some secondary dark chocolate.

T: Coffee and chocolate dominated the first half. The second half gets quite hoppy and grassy, it reminded me of ST Creme Brulee in this aspect, hops when you'd never expect it. Big, full flavour.

M: Full-bodied, though it does feel a bit thinner at the finish than I'd like. Creamy, with a soft carbonation.

O: An interesting tasty beer for sure, like Peche Mortel meets Yeti. The bomber price is a bit out there, but a pour on-tap was a good deal methinks.

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Photo of jtd1969
4.67/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep black and beautiful, no lacing...

N - Chocolate, sweet fruit, coffee

T - Coffee, sweet fruit, chocolate, lite bourbon(mainly on after taste) Taste more like a bourbon soaked fruit with nibs...

M - Full bodied, medium carbonation, smooth!

O - One of my fav stouts for winter!! So good not to try it!! Enjoy!

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Photo of Magpie14
3.91/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Release #7.

A: velvet pour. Inky brownish black in color with soft cocoa cream cap. Looks sumptuous.

S: the nose suggests dark fruits and coffee. Whiffs of oak and whiskey can be noted as well. Not to involved overall. Not as big as I was planning.

T: sipping unlocks whiskey soaked coffee beans, bitter cocoa, ripe currants, and burnt oak. To me, the collection of flavors struggle to meld well. Not that it is bad, it's just a little lackluster. The tail end of each sip is occupied with whiskey and then burnt/charcoal bitters. Warming helps a little and brings a nice smoothness, helps round out the flavors a little.

M: smooth with moderate to heavy body. Standard for the style.

O: enjoyable and worth the trying. I will reach for others when spending/considering $12.99 for a bottle. Epic is fairly new to the market here in Michigan and this is my first Epic brew. Overall, it is nothing near "epic" in character, rather it is just shy of a "great" beer.

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

On tap at Hops and Pie.

A: Pours oily black with a thin mocha head which fades to the rim and leaves no lace.

N: Dark cocoa powder, roasted coffee with some dark cherries on warming.

T: Rich roasted coffee with cream, toasted nearly perfect expresso and marshmellow, The bourbon is present but not overpowering. Toffee with some burnt char on warming along with a nice floral note. Smokey with tobacco and leather. Complex.

M: Rich and creamy. Full body and moderate carbonation.

O: Lucious and heavenly with a big wow.

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Photo of Dope
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle is labelled Release #2 - 11.3% ABV.

A: Pours pitch black with a big, dense mocha-colored head. Fades nice and slowly - excellent retention. Thick, almost solid wall of lacing left behind.

S: Whoa, big strong roasted coffee beans. A bit of dark chocolate mixed in as well. No noticeable effect from the barrels, mainly due to the coffee being so strong I think.

T: Touch of whiskey influence up front. Very mild. Hints of caramel and toffee and chocolate. Then the coffee bomb hits. Like drinking ground up coffee beans. Strong and bitter with just enough dark chocolate to try to balance it a little and give it more of a mocha flavor. Creamy towards the finish with a little sweeter chocolate here and some drying oak. Oak and residual coffee bean lingers between sips.

M: Heavy, thick, viscous. So smooth and creamy.

O: Big time coffee bomb stout. A must-have for the coffee lover. I don't even like coffee but the coffee flavor and aroma in this is very rich, fresh and delicious. Not much influence from the whiskey barrels, I think that really could have made this beer incredible. It's quite good regardless, big sharp and strong flavors. I enjoyed it a lot.

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Photo of GregSVT
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into a snifter - Release #3

A: Pours a very dark brown, nearly black, with a light brown head that fades to a ring and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: Holy coffee! The aroma of fresh roasted coffee immediately hits me as I breathe this in. As it warms I can detect subtle notes of chocolate, vanilla, and molasses. The coffee dominates here but it smells wonderful.

T: The taste follows the nose with a big rush of dark roasted espresso on the tongue followed by nice flavors of vanilla, cocoa, and a touch of molasses. Again the coffee dominates but the barrel and base beer are noticeable as well.

M: The feel is medium bodied and creamy from the carbonation.

O: I think this could be world class if it toned down the coffee just a touch...maybe 10% less coffee. Otherwise it's a damn tasty beverage. If you don't like coffee I'd steer clear of this one as it's basically a nice stout with a double shot of espresso dumped in. I have a Batch #1 someone sent me as well and I may age it for a while to see if the coffee fades enough to bring out more flavors.

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Photo of yamar68
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An imposing looking beer... thick black syrup that shows barely an edge of copper clarity, dense half finger of light brown that leaves loads of boozy lacing.

Massive charred wood on the nose, sweet whiskey notes, bitterish coffee presence, sphagnum, burnt caramel, oats, syrupy dark chocolate notes... hot cocoa or something, the 11% abv is perfectly integrated on the nose.

Oh, wow... one word comes to mind - "whiskey-choco-timber-syrup-cafe-caramel." Such enormous flavors taking so many different directions. What I'm actually most impressed by though is the perfect placement of hot whiskey... it blends beautifully with earthy charred woods and mocha flavors. Fantastic stuff.


Jesus, man.

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

Pours a thick, pitch black color with a large, brownish-java colored head that goes down slowly. Scent is...amazing...So much fresh coffee in the aroma. Sweet vanilla aromas with subtle oak. A good amount of bourbon whiskey in the nose. Dark chocolate with more coffee and espresso. Such an inviting aroma. Taste is just as good! At first, I get sweet vanilla and bourbon. A bit of a chocolate liqueur flavor as well. Fresh espresso with a hint of coconut and dark fruits. More bourbon in the finish. High ABV is noticeable, but well-balanced with the flavors. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and creamy. Drinkability is high, especially for such a big beer. Overall, I was blown away by this beer. I haven't been too impressed by all the other offering I have had from Epic, but this one definitely is EPIC (as much as I hate to use that overused word). Definitely goes up there with the BCBSs, Parabolas, and KBSs.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer #62 in my great Utah Brew Hunt.

So this is #9, which is aged in whiskey and bourbon barrels.

Hey now. Super tasty cocoa tones. It has quite a bit of coffee bitterness that seems to mesh extremely well with all of the characteristics of the beer. I get a very slight touch of vanilla that shows in a quite interesting way. Seems the perfect tone from a barrel, or the nicest way it could show.

I remember seeing someone on the boards here say that this was better than KBS, or something along those lines. Founders Breakfast Stout will always be one of my favorite beers, so I can't really go near that statement. But this is definitely a world class beer.

If this were bottled year round, and available at a cheaper price, this would be my go-to beer almost every day of the year. A pity it is such a rare release, but I am definitely glad I had a chance to try it.

Too bad this will most likely overshadow all other beers brewed in Utah I try from here on out.

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Photo of denver10
4.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Pours black with a dark khaki head. Alright retention given its barrel aged. Never smelt anything quite like this and I like. No, I love it. Smells of huge whiskey filled burnt mocha frappucino. Huge cocoa, coffee, and whiskey barrels. Flavor is just as unique; starts off with the whiskey barrels, then some coffee, and leaves with a huge thick, melted chocolate. A medium to fuller mouthfeel. Overall, yeah, this beer is great.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to TATURBO for sharing this beer! Thanks Chris!

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: black bodied beer with 1 finger of light tan head. Beer has some spotty lacing clingn to the side of glass.

Smell: Heavy char, beef jerky / bacony / meaty smoke, oak, little chalky, touch of vanilla, and roast.

Taste: Really oaky and fully roasted to the point of being charred notes upfront that mix with some vanilla and chocolate sweetness. A hint of molasses, black licorice and cocoa. Beer finishes with a smokey whiskey finish!

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low end of maderate carbonation. Really smooth with just a hint of heat from ABV. This beer really well made and carbonated very nicely!

Overall: This is my third beer from EPIC Brewing. They picked an appropriate name for the brewery bacause 2 of the 3 beer I have drank from them have been EPIC! I am a fan of Big Bad Baptist!

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Photo of MrDanno96
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours pitch black with a finger of tan head and some foamy lacing.

S: A burst of dark-roasted coffee immediately meets the nose, intermingled with strong aromas of roasted malt. Alcohol-soaked coco nibs linger in the background as well. Notes of oak are also present, but surprisingly little whiskey aroma. Nevertheless, the nose is really incredible--the in-your-face roastiness is sublime.

T: Coco nibs and straight chocolate comes through much more in the flavor and almost becomes cloying before it is saved by roasty bitterness in the finish. Some oaky vanilla flavors and alcohol burn come through in the finish as well. The whiskey finally makes an appearance! After the nose, the flavor is a slight let down, but still very good.

M: Full bodied. Thick and oily. Very mild carbonation and a slight warming from the alcohol. Spot-on mouthfeel.

O: The flavor needs just a little more balance, but otherwise this brew is spot on. Well done! I will be looking out for future iterations of this brew for sure.

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Photo of chefdaddy18042
4.85/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing brew! Everything the bottle described is in this brew. Has the taste of an RIS with a touch more sweetness and this is where the cocoa nibs come into play with the bitterness matched with the sweet. Color was magnificent, dark black appearance with the rusty grey head. Very much in love with this brew. Shame I only have one bottle left, but I will be saving this one for a special occasion

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

Nose: Coffee roast, milk chocolate, chocolate cake, slight whiskey, a touch of oak.

Taste: Prominent coffee, bittersweet chocolate with a slight sweetness, char, oak, whiskey.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, slight carbonation, a touch of heat, but hardly any booze burn.

Overall: Feels like a cross between FBS and KBS. Delicious, must revisit this one soon.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood Brewing

The beer pours black in color with a finger of tan head. There is a huge coffee aroma to this. Quite a bit of oak with just a mild vanilla note. Some nice bourbon to go with roasted malt and brown sugar. The flavor has a touch of licorice and molasses to go with vanilla, bourbon, and chocolate. Really solid mouthfeel as well.

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

Rich dark pour with an exquisite head and color. Easily mistaken for a rich cup of coffee, the appearance clearly reflects that chocolate and java elements, smooth feel with a perfect complement of carbonation. The tones of java are unmistakable and are perfectly complimented by the settle chocolate hint. Fantastic imperial stout, one that most certainly requires indulging on multiple occasions.

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

This is one of my favorite imperial stouts I've ever had. Great body, pours a smooth, deep black color. Beautiful dark copper head. Right off the bat you can smell the coffee and chocolate. First taste is a bitter bite from the whiskey cask aging and the acidity from the coffee. Smooths out with a wonderful dark chocolate finish. I love this beer. Perfect for a cold winter night. Make sure you share, its a big boy.

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

22 ounce bottle into snifter, batch 1; bottled 9/22/2011. Pours pitch black color with a small dense tan head with good retention; that reduces to a very thin cap that lingers. Some decent spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of huge dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, toffee, vanilla, whiskey, oak, molasses, toast, and light char. Fantastic aromas with awesome balance and complexity. Taste of big roasted coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, caramel, roasted malt, molasses, toffee, whiskey, oak, molasses, and toast. Light bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, coffee, whiskey, oak, toast, molasses, caramel, toffee, and vanilla on the finish for a while. Fantastic balance of the barrel flavors with the beer; no overwhelming whiskey flavors at all. Medium carbonation and full bodied; with a nice creamy, slick, and thick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely fantastic barrel aged imperial stout! Great balance of flavors with the barrel aging; and very smooth to sip on for being 11.7%. This is the easier to find substitute for KBS in my book.

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Photo of portia99
4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle (release #3, 11.4% ABV) courtesy of hoppymcgee. Thanks again Greg! Poured into a Brooklyn snifter.

A - Pours an almost pitch black color that is quite opaque in the glass. A finger of dense, dark brown head lingers for a minute or two and falls slowly to the surface leaving a foamy collar and some lacing on the glass.

S - From a distance to the glass, my first impression is a chocolate donut. Closer inspection changes this and reveals much more. Serious coffee which smells great, dark chocolate, faint hints of whiskey, a bit of char, lots of dark roasted malt. Actually reminds me quite a bit to a KBS. I hope this tastes as good as it smells.

T - Coffee is still front and center in the flavor but perhaps is second in intensity behind a prominent charcoal and burnt toast aspect. Cocoa nibs come thru nicely especially towards the finish. Barrel is extremely subtle but definitely adds a layer of nuance. Doesn't quite stand up to KBS or its own aroma, but this is really, really good.

M - Medium bodied with a lower level carbonation that is a touch tingly...or is that the whiskey? If it is the whiskey it is really the only evidence of the spirit in the mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden, no heat at all, flavor contribution is subtle but complementary. Maybe the weakest aspect of this beer, but that is a bit nit-picky and definitely speaks to how good the other aspects of this stout are.

O - Very glad Greg suggested this one to me...honestly hadn't heard of it at the time and had to look it up. This is one of the better imperial stouts I've had recently...really like the powerful coffee flavors, subtle barrel treatment, amazing aroma. Would really like to get another bottle of this one somewhere down the road.

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Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing Company
4.32 out of 5 based on 3,508 ratings.
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