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:
3,706
Reviews:
621
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
8.55%
 
 
Wants:
431
Gots:
1,276
For Trade:
126
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4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TooGood
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beerthulhu
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

- cocoa nibs, coffee, aged in whiskey barrels. Release #65.

A: Darkest of pours produces a one inch, dark mocha capping with a very good retention. A thick sheet band lacing sticks well.

S: Freshly ground dark roast beans comes right from the grinder to your nose, beautifully dry, with a silty campfire roast. Seriously like sticking your nose into a freshly grounded bag of coffee beans. The duration is very lengthy as well with a very good rate of strength. Light complimentary hints of whiskey and vanilla.

T: Beautiful dark roast, fresh, oily, rich with the cocoa coming through with very good results. Vanilla bean, oily coffeee roast combine with a dark chocolate bittering roastiness. Fresh splashes of whiskey are wet and tempting.

M: Medium heavy body, oily, chewy depth, low carbonation, soothing, silty and alcohol warming.

O: Every bit as good as advertised. A huge freshly grounded coffee presence takes center stage here, added fresh i presume after the aging ala BCBS. The aroma and flavor are a coffee beer lovers dream here, nicely accented, rich, deep and worthy seeking out. World class offering indeed.

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Photo of boogerisu
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Epic Brewing Company - Big Bad Baptist [Batch # 56]. 11.9% ABV. 22oz Bomber split between two snifters.

Look: Pours and settles a viscous pitch black, and retaining a half finger of mocha colored head.

Smell: Most prominent aroma is raw whiskey, with some under powered aromas of cocoa, coffee, dark malts, dark fruits (raspberries and grapes), and charred oak.

Feel: Thick, chewy, heavy, creamy, full bodied.

Taste: Very strong whiskey up front, with some sweet cocoa, bitter coffee, some dark malts, and the dark fruit protruding about halfway through. Very bold boozy aspect, with none of the other flavors really making a significant impact on the palate. Gets better as it warms up.

Overall: This is one big beer, and would be hard to handle by yourself. Very strong boozy whiskey in this batch, a little too much it seems; a lot of the other flavors are drowned out by it. I was expecting a whole lot more from this, but maybe this batch wasn't as good as the others.

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Epic Brewing Company - Big Bad Baptist [Batch # 71]. 12.8% ABV. 22oz bomber poured into a tulip glass.

Look: Usual pitch black body, with a porous dark tan head. One finger in size, but ends as thick lacing.

Smell: Very roasty with lots of coffee, sweet cocoa, with a slight vegital and boozy backing aroma.

Feel: Thick and full bodied with mild carbonation. Slightly chewy.

Taste: Roast coffee, with some mild bitterness, incorporated with chocolate, barrel, char, and slight alcohol.

Overall: A great Christmas present! A bit different from Release 56 I had previously reviewed. This was not as completely overpowered by roast and whiskey like it, however the coffee in this was more vegital and raw. Numbers were pretty much identical, and averaged out the same.

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Photo of ThaddeusLamar
4.69/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zachpaschal
3.81/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brandonparrent
4.16/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of parkead2
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of M-Jez84
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of LADaveBN
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Amazing brew. A fantastic mix of chocolate, oak, subtle coffee, and a touch of smoke. Surprisingly drinkable for such a high ABV. Would absolutely look for this one again. Probably the best BBA imperial stout that's readily available. Highly recommended.

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Photo of jrob21
3.74/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tom21s
4.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of SheboyganLager1869
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Angerhaus
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hopmarc
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of heerboth
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ryannotbryan
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sathanas
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

First off, when a brewery constantly tweaks recipes... I'm probably gonna be a fan!

So, Epic brewing's finally made it to my northern, frostbitten area of Canada! $21 Canadian per bomber of their batch #50 using coffee from Blue Copper coffee shop in Kansas City at 12.6%. Pours a (not completely pitch) black colour with a thick creamy finger of mocha brown head. Looks super promising!

Predominantly a high-end coffee start, goes into a dark chocolate and bourbon vanilla-ey taste then a milk chocolate middle with some dried dark fruit flavours like a prune and raisin and a still smokey vanilla aura through out. Ends with a strong coffee/hop bitterness. Absolutely beautiful.

Personally I love huge coffee stouts and pick em up whenever a new one comes available, but I usually get way too much coffee. This beer (after 3 1/2 months) balances damn-near perfectly, but still lets you know its a coffee bomb. Best coffee beer I've had thus far and makes me one happy (but cold) Mennonite! Highly recommended!

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Photo of brett606
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing Company
4.33 out of 5 based on 3,706 ratings.
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