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
Reviews:
618
Ratings:
3,671
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
8.55%
 
 
Wants:
434
Gots:
1,267
For Trade:
125
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Reviews: 618 | Ratings: 3,671
Photo of Ozzylizard
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$ 12.99/bomber from Craft Shack
Release # 37 (13 %) at 45 degrees into hand washed and dried tulip
Aroma very strong of roasted malt and coffee
Head average (3 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, creamy, diminishing to 3 mm ring and layer
Lacing good – nearly complete rings of tiny bubbles
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor very coffee forward, followed by chocolate and whiskey; stomach warming after swallow; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate full, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 4.5, Flavor 4.75, Palate 4.5, Overall 4.5

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle. Release #1, 11.7% abv. Deep brown, approaching black. Nice contrasting mocha head. Head fades to a thin layer after a minute, but still a good looking brew. No lace.

Coffee and some cream seem to jump out of the glass. A nice, darker roast. Caramel, burnt sugar, and some bittersweet dark chocolate notes. Maybe a hint of oak.

Dark chocolate, along with some fresh roast coffee. Some dry, burnt notes. Caramel, and burnt sugar. Dry tannins at the finish, along with a hint of booze.

Full body, chewy with lower carbonation. Some warmth at the finish. This is certainly a blast of coffee, with some nice compliments. Very nice.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

release # 36 poured into snifter.

A: jet black with a half finger of tan head. recedes to a ring around the glass with traces in the center. slight lacing. good considering 12.4 ABV according to the bottle.

S: fresh roasted coffee upfront, slight chocolate, a bit of bourbon/oak, dark malts

T: delicious. fresh coffee is upfront followed by a bit of chocolate, a hint of oaky vanilla, and just a touch of bourbon on the finish. alcohol is well hidden, though there is a slight burn on the finish. I would like just a bit more bourbon to come through.

M: thick and creamy. low carbonation, as it appropriate for the style.

O: this is an incredible beer. I'll definitely be seeking this out again.

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Photo of shirazed
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

#3 poured into a Libbey Craft Pub glass on 2/28/14.

Bottled Dec. 2011, purchased 2012 at Belmont Station in Portland, brought home to Seattle and consumed in Columbus, OH after moving here over a year ago.

Freaking awesome!!!

Showing the cocoa nib flavors and bitterness with subtle cask aging. Not alcoholic at all! Integrated!

A: Black! with caramel froth. Didn't pay attention to the head.
S: My nose isn't what it could be, so not a lot of anything here. Coffee, roast, dark dried fruit (prunes, raisins?).
T: Roasty, coffee, dark chocolates, caramel, bitterness, but maybe not so much hoppiness.
M: Rich, med-heavy, not alcoholic at all, smooth!
O: I so wish I had lots more of this! Should continue to drink well for more than a year.

consumed with Nirvana Belgian Chocolates Aztec Chocolate

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Photo of stephens101
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Spit-shined boot black with a thin coating of dense tan head.

Has a well-focused aroma consisting of dark chocolate, coffee and molasses.

Quite smooth and creamy up front with a hit of coffee and chocolate following. Other notes of grain, pine, caramel and plum float in the middle. Has a touch of grind residue in the finish that serves to make it that much more authentic.

Has a big body of course, but carries its weight and hold its alcohol well.

This is how it ought to be.

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Photo of rudzud
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #7, received in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a nice deep dark brown with a good slightly bigger than one finger mocha head that faded to leave a thin blanket and light, light side lacing. Nice appearance for an 11% beer.

S - Mmmm. Sumantra coffee. Super light bourbon notes along with oak and good vanilla. Make no mistake, this nose is pure Sumantra coffee, light alcohol. Not getting much roast malts of chocolate as this glorious coffee drowns it out.

T - Much more bitter coffee notes here, fresh grounds, light 85% cocoa. The bourbon comes out nicely in this one and interplays wonderfully with the coffee. 2 months old, has this faded a bit? Possibly, but the coffee is still dancing around in the mouth. The wiskey is a bit faint but that is alright, the alcohol isnt super noticeable, however, its still a sipper. Absolutely delicious

M - Mouthfeel is lowly carbonated, silky smooth. Alcohol isnt really noticeable but definately a sipper. Nicely done.

O - Overall, this is a damn good stout. Damn good. The marks would have been higher if BA Speedway wasnt fresh in my memory as far as coffee stouts go. Seek this one out BAers, its worth it.

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

Full disclosure: I’ve sampled Epic’s Big Bad Baptist before. From the source. In Salt Lake City. And I don’t remember doing it. At all. Four hours prior to takeoff, my friend and I decided to stop off at the brewery and proceeded to order every beer on tap. Every. Single. One. I know that the Baptist was mixed into that enormous “flight” somewhere, but I can’t recall where it landed. It sounded good… I mean, how can you go wrong with coffee, whiskey, and cocoa nibs? But with a sober mind and a clean palate, does it deliver? Is it worthy? Well…

The short answer is yes: it does deliver and it is worthy. Pouring the Baptist is an adventure in and of itself— the liquid settles quickly into a pitch-black pool after mocha-tinged lacing falls gracefully from the top of the glass. As if on a blind date, the beer opens up after taking the proper amount of time to get to know it. Aromas are subtle at first, but fresh-ground coffee, strong whiskey, and bitter chocolate are immediately noticeable. A few minutes after that, wood, vanilla, roasted malt, tobacco, and molasses emanate from the glass. The taste of this beer is unrivaled in many respects, as the Baptist allows the drinker to taste everything that it has to offer without tasting too much of anything. The mouthfeel is also much more intense than what would be expected of a barrel aged stout. While imparting rich flavor, barrels tend to mellow, balance, and smooth brews. This is not true of Epic’s barrel aged beauty. Swigs go down with a pleasant burn that mimics a less-intense whiskey shot. The striking taste of alcohol then fades to a lingering chocolate/tobacco aftertaste. And though I don’t remember our first encounter (nor do I remember passing through the security line at SLC), you can be assured that I won’t forget this experience. And I’ll be back for more.

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

Enjoyed on top, poured into a snifter. It's deep an dark, an opaque near-black with a tan head that seems to linger longer than on most big stouts.
aroma is big dark chocolate and roast coffee with hints of vanilla and booze. A hint of dark fruit as it warmed a bit.
Huge taste! Dark chocolate and espresso bitterness. A little bit of sweeter milk chocolate mid-sip followed by a finishing bitter assault.
Mouthfeel is medium and creamy.
This was mind expanding when paired with beignets with chocolate sauce. Transcendent.

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

Pours a pitch black with less than a fb of light brown foam. Smells of vanilla, bourbon, cedar/wood notes, leather, coffee. Tastes sweet malts forward, bourbon, vanilla, notes of cocoa/coffee, notes of dark dried fruits. Textures is full bodied, a little syrupy like a desert with the barest amount of carbonation - leaves a sticky residue on the palate - but a very pleasant one at that.

A thoroughly enjoyable stout, well balanced, tasty without being too sweet and the complexity of notes made it highly quaffable.
Great beer - I'd better stock up on this before people get wise. . .

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Photo of JLK7299
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious! I have been sitting on this for awhile and just now I finally got around to drinking it for the first time. I'm in love. Coffee and coco are perfectly balanced and I would never guess the high ABV. More please!

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

Tried this one on tap and had to buy a bomber of it...great imp stout! It hits all the classic notes...coffee, chocolate, hint of bourbon and booziness but what stood out to me was the mouthfeel...it's unbelievably drinkable for such a big stout. The flavors meld so nicely that makes this thing an incredible brew

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Photo of driverm11
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed 3 bottles at Total in McLean, VA. Glad I did. If I didn't have so much beer, I would have grabbed more. Delicious, so I hope it's there when I go back!

Dark, dark chocolate ice cream with a splash of bourbon. Full barrel-wood and sweet, rich fudge aftertaste. As is often the case, gets a bit bigger as it warms slightly from the fridge. At 13% you need not drink much to notice. Well done.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thick dark black pour with no head. Smells like cocoa and coffee beans. Not much alcohol smell at all. Big thick mouthfeel. Tastes like a chocolate covered espresso bean. Minor hints of whiskey. No alcohol taste. Terrific beer!

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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 HattedClassic
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours very little head even with a hard pour. The head is a bubbly dark and chocolatey brown that dissipates very quickly. The beer itself is a very dark brown that borders on black and is opaque.

The beer smell is a variety of roasted malt, dark and milk chocolate smell, and a very strong coffee smell with a slight hing of the whiskey barrels that are in. The beer taste is even more complex and richer than the smell.

The beer taste has a complex mix that starts with a roasted malt taste that turns into a sweet dark chocolate with coffee in notes and finishes with coffee and whiskey barrel with hints of vanilla.

The mouthfeel is fairly smooth and silky with some light carbonation that gives it a bit more texture.

Overall, a fantastic beer and one of the best Imperial Stouts. In addition to a cheap price relative to other beers of this caliber, I would highly recommend this one.

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Photo of antoneloc
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L - opaque, lightbtan 1/2 finger head

S - coffee bomb. Thats it

T- heavy coffee front end, boozy thick body, espresso and chocolate finish

M- little thin for the alcohol content and flavor profile, but still great

O - outstanding stout, could be a little too much coffee though

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Photo of elNopalero
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Holy smokes, I had this on tap for $2.50! Bought one for my brother too.

This pours insanely black with a cocoa-colored foam.

The aroma has a full bodied coffee-and-roast intensity. Heavy coffee aromas and flavors dominate the beer, with a drying roasty character underneath. There’s a touch of vanilla bean under this, along with some bitter chocolate notes.

It’s a sipper but that didn’t stop my brother from downing it like a light beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

this is an absolutely insane bottle of beer, dont ever pass up a chance to drink one of these. it pours inky black, thick, and dangerous. smell is coffee, dark dark pure cocoa, burnt barley, and pipe tobacco. the taste is unbeatable to me, and i almost never give out 5's. this surpases the abyss to me on flavor, really. fantastically rich brewed coffee up front with lots of woodsy, burning, organic matter hitting in the middle. big semisweet chocolate flavors come in just past the halfway point, followed by fresh tobacco tones and a syrupy sugar cane alcoholic tingle. this all rides on a slow rolling wave of the fullest body you can imagine and mellow carbonation just enough to keep it moving. a touch sludgy though, and maybe a good one to share around for the fainter of heart. gets downright hot boozy as it warms up, and is a definite slow sipper. if there is a better imperial stout on the planet, bring it to me, because this one is absolutely magic. black magic! best beer ive had from epic, and the highlight of my beer tour of utah. world class

edit: this has some real variability batch to batch, and while the first one i had was the king of the heap, i have appreciated each one, but liked the first one more than all of them by far. bumping down a few scores just a nudge to reflect that.

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Photo of Avast
4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
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 jaypaul522
4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one lived up to the ratings. It poured thick and fragrant, and the taste was very satisfying. You can smell the ingredients, and then they are subtly there in each taste. The alcohol doesn't overpower the flavor, and this one finishes very pleasantly.

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Photo of Ohiovania
4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a chance to try this at 2011 Brewzilla in Cleveland during Beer week. So I decided to pick up a couple bottles @ Acme in Akron, OH.

$12.99/ bottle (worth it)

Knocked my socks off. Best chocolate/ coffee imperial stout I have ever had to date. The only down side is that it's a bit sweet.

The alcohol is barely noticeable and the flavor is overwhelmingly complex. Get this one while it last. It's rumored to be a one time brew.

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

Drank from a 1 pt. 6 fluid ounces bottle acquired in a trade with mps
Release# 25
Served in a snifter

The beer poured dark brown and moderately viscous. Somewhat light for the style. The liquid was topped by a one-finger tall, tight, foamy, caramel colored crown. The head slowly faded to a lasting mass of bubbly froth. Odd shaped streaks of lacing coated the glass.

The aroma was very coffee forward. Freshly roasted coffee beans came to mind. Perhaps some coffee grounds as well. Roasted malts were noticeable, along with subtle hints of char. Dark chocolate and molasses notes came through as well. A touch of vanilla appeared as the beer warmed.

Coffee notes dominated in the flavor profile as well. The coffee reminded me a lot of a freshly brewed, lighter roast coffee. There was a notable malt presence, with the malts being sweet, dark and slightly roasty. Bakers chocolate and brown sugar notes contributed a pleasant bitter-sweet quality. Dark fruits appeared in the center. Cherries and plums were detectible. The beer finished with lingering notes of leafy, earthy hops and a fleeting, whiskey-like kick.

The mouthfeel was rich, creamy and velvety smooth. Thicker than average for the style but not super viscous. The liquid contained a super fine, moderate effervescence that gave the beer a pillowy soft quality. Quite impressive.

Big Bad Baptist is an amazingly tasty and complex imperial stout. While most flavor-infused, barrel-aged stouts tend to be high ABV monsters, this beer managed to be surprisingly drinkable yet immensely interesting. Fans of Coffee BCBS should definitely seek this out.

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Photo of dee4maine
4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted it at the brewery. Reviewing late so unsure on the batch number. Thick and luscious, black but no head. Boozy with layers of chocolate and coffee on the nose and similar on taste.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really great beer and so underrated. This one is pretty readily available, but it is right on par with other great stouts. Lots of chocolate on the nose and the finish.

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

Batch #7 poured from a bottle into a clear plastic cup while tailgating.

Appearance- Oily black with a rich brown bubbly head that set up about one finger on the top. Leaves lacing even on the inside of a plastic cup. Greasy, leggy, and rich looking.

Smell- Not much booze, but robust espresso and roasted nuts dominates. Hints of cacao and vanilla sneak out. A bit of a peanut butter sharpness is hiding in there somewhere. Very pleasant. Like walking through a bulk coffee aisle at an upscale grocery store.

Taste- Like the smell, espresso and dark roast coffee dominates. The barrel appears and brings with it a hint of tobacco spiciness, but is quelled quickly by the roasty malt backbone. A nutty, roasty coffee stout accented perfectly by the whiskey notes. Not overpowering from the whiskey at all. The only drawback would be the finish. It finishes fast and very bluntly. Not much of an issue considering the balance of this one.

Mouthfeel- Smooth. Not overly oily or heavy in the mouth or on the way down. Smooth and creamy, surprisingly lighter than some of its contemporaries.

Overall- This may be THE dark horse in the world of hyped-up BBL stouts. A bit surprised by this one. Very well balanced. Not overpowered by the booze. This one has had some age on it in the cellar. Can't wait (but will) to try the other one in the cellar with a few more months on it.

Cheers!

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Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing Company
4.33 out of 5 based on 3,671 ratings.
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