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
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,715 |  Reviews: 622
Photo of Briken
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark thin brown head with poor retention. Roasted coffee aroma with light vanilla. Strong roasted coffee, light bourbon vanilla and chocolate notes with the bourbon and chocolate in the finish and linger. Light acidity with a rich, smooth carbonation.

After the initial roasted coffee surge the flavors blend nicely with nothing overpowering and everything remains clear. Although the coffee is omnipresent, it is very enjoyable.

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Photo of mlockman
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Aroma and flavor are all whiskey, and intense. Underlying the whiskey-notes is an intense flavor of chocolate, more present in the finish than elsewhere. Overall, phenomenal, but I can't wait to see what some age will do for this brew.

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Photo of eldoctorador
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of alexanderplatz
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rcjennings
4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Tons of cocoa and coffee in the nose and first sip. And very nice amount of whiskey, just enough to announce itself without overtaking it. Cinnamon taste just lightly appears and lasts gently through the finish. This is a complex and well made brew. Very slight barrel character and ok body.

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Photo of TwoBeers
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Batch #59 12.3% 2015 edition. This is amazing. The whiskey shines through this thick and creamy stout nicely. The coffee isn't as strong as expected, but it's apparent. It's a bit bitter from the chocolate. However it's smooth and tasty for how strong this beer is.

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Photo of RHVC59
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Batch #63, 12.3% abv, but review applies to multiple releases sampled over the past few years. Despite the fact that Epic changes up the construction and type of coffee, Big Bad Baptist is consistently one of the most potent coffee-forward stouts around. Cacao nibs add a raw, earthy nuttiness to the aroma, but the coffee is clearly the star of the show.

Some other standout coffee stouts, like Treehouse's Double Shot or Modern Times' Mega Black House, are exceptionally smooth, fragrant, and chocolaty, utilizing cold-brew to avoid introducing much additional bitterness. The handful of batches of Big Bad Baptist I've tried, on the other hand, are bold, uncompromising, dark-roasted beasts. The nibs bring chocolate balance to the finish, but there's no effort here to please anyone who isn't a coffee drinker.

The influence of the barrel is to shore up the body into a full, smooth mouthfeel, only adding a touch of wood pulp and spice to the flavors.

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Photo of dannycohen62
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Big_V
4.01/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sedotakj
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's big. It's a little bitter. It's chocolate. It's awesome!!! It is not for the faint of heart. It's worth the. Effort.

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Photo of Jpinoniemi
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

#56 - huge coffee notes and taste, a little boozy on the back end. Excellent!

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Photo of BKotch
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Batch #55. 12.7% abv.

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

Pours an impenetrable black with a half-finger of chocolately-tan head. Smell is malty roast and coffee, with chocolate and dark fruits. Taste is similar, with a lovely thickish feel and just the right amount of sweetness. The barrel component is very subtle, which I personally prefer. Great beer, especially as an after-dinner drink.

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Photo of Redgoatman
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of joberlander
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Elumbeer
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rodbeermunch
4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

When I first tried this it was kind of a foray into well tread ground. Adjunct barrel aged stouts. Been there right? Anyways, this is the usual dark ass descriptor of used motor oil, thin beige head on it. Smell was impressive, coffee and the whiskey was super mild but present enough to not question its existence.

Taste led quite well with the chocolate and chocolate malt. Heat covered up. Again the whiskey notes were in the background, well integrated. Mouthfeel was silky, not a rough drink. Impressed. Also had it with about 18 months on it, held up quite well. This is a pretty affordable version of this kind of beer.

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Photo of ryanhooks81
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

batch #59. poured from 22oz bomber. thick and black. smells like chocolate and coffee. everything is super well balanced. barrel aged finish. this is the first beer ive had from epic and it was awesome. i hear there are frequently several different batches sitting on shelves in the colorado area. unbelievable.

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Photo of ChristianSmith
4.11/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of MiamiWeiss
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pnelting
4.64/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of alarmclock314
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle, batch #54, 12.5% ABV, bottled 9/16/15 according to their site. Pours black with a medium-sized brown head. Smells of rich cocoa, coffee, and roasted malt. The taste follows exactly with cocoa, coffee, and some roasted malt. Very subtle bourbon and mild bitterness. High carbonation and somewhat thin body; not very fitting of the style. Overall, it could use some more time in the barrel and have a better mouthfeel, but it's a tasty brew.

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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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