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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:
586
Ratings:
3,552
Avg:
4.32
pDev:
21.3%
 
 
Wants:
436
Gots:
1,222
For Trade:
125
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Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch #9 Bottle

BIG notes of peanut butter in the aroma and flavor profile. Was not expecting that at all. Honestly tastes like FBS shortly aged in bourbon barrels. Tastes like a Resse's PB cup. Delicious and a fantastic dessert/breakfast beer! No sign of the high alcohol and instead the whiskey shows up on the sides of the tongue. A very different and unexpected experience with Big Bad Baptist. My only criticism is that the hops are a little out of control. They do a great job of cutting the sweetness and giving a dryer and less sticky mouthfeel, but the bitter finish reminds me of a big IPA or a light IIPA.

That being said, fahking tasty!

Check out my full review on Tumblr

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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 sleuthdog
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch #3 into Kuhnhenn tulip

Pour: Jet black with a full three finger tan head. Lacing is enormous and like sticky soap all over the sides of the glass. Head settles to a small pillow on half the surface of the beer.

Smell: Light coffee notes, dark semi-sweet chocolate, oak and vanilla. This is I'm assuming a huge, huge beer and I find everything in the nose to be spot on and in near perfect harmony.

Taste: Just like the nose with the moderate coffee, huge notes of dark chocolate, oak and vanilla. Also getting molasses, booze soaked dark fruit and a bit of char. The spiciness from the whiskey is evident and adds a fantastic additional dimension to this beer. Alcohol heat is here for sure but not distracting.

Mouthfeel: On the lighter side of full with soft carbonation. Creamy (silky) smooth but the alcohol does cut this with a bit of a bite.

Overall: This is a fantastic well balance coffee stout especially for such a huge beer. I am enjoying this one a lot.

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Photo of ksimons
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Release #60
A-pours is thick and black with a fingers worth of dark tan head that leaves a bit of lacing around the top

S-smell is of vanilla, bourbon, dark chocolate, and roasted dark coffee

T-similar to the smell with dark chocolate and dark coffee, molasses, vanilla, bourbon, and a roasted malt finish

M-medium full body and crisp carbonation, slight dry finish

Overall the smell on this one is pretty unbelievable, taste doesn't quite live up to the smell but still a very good imperial stout

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft, at the Aces and Ales, Las Vegas, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with a half of a finger of chocolate-colored head that dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Tons of roasted malt up front, imparting notes of freshly toasted pumpernickel bread, followed by some dark chocolate aromas, caramel and brown sugar. Rich.

Taste: Strong flavors of roasted malt up front, imparting notes of freshly toasted pumpernickel bread, a touch of freshly roasted coffee and smoke, followed by some dark chocolate-like bitterness, dark molasses, brown sugar-like sweetness and a touch of star anise or licorice. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Very chewy, very creamy and smooth, as there is no carbonation what-so-ever in this beer. With an ABV of 11.8%, there is a very pleasant alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: This is an excellent beer! I love the strong flavors of malt, dark chocolate and dark molasses/brown sugar-like sweetness as well as the creamy mouthfeel. Delicious!

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Photo of emerge077
4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First sampled on tap at Reefpoint in Racine. Finally found a bottle for a proper review.
This is great stuff, a worthy consolation prize for BCS Coffee if ever there was one.

Apparently my earlier rating can't be updated with attributes, so i'm forced to delete it and re-enter a review. Originally was 4.3, now rating #2300 of BBB.

Pours brownish black, with a sizable head of creamy mocha foam on top. Sticky lacing coats the glass. Foam takes a little while to dissipate, eventually looks like dark chocolate milk on the surface.

Aroma is huge, coffee and roasted malt are equally big. Rich, roasty, and chocolatey.

Fudgy chocolate, dark and bittersweet, rich coffee layers throughout. Lingering dry chocolate bitterness in the aftertaste. Roastiness is a running theme, coffee and malts blend seamlessly. Nutty toasted almond as it warms up. The barrel is not a prominent part of the taste, though it clearly smooths and melds all the rough edges very well. Some light oaky woodiness in the dry aftertaste, but no overt whiskey flavors really.

It's blended very well, allowing the coffee and roasted malt to comprise the bulk of it with some light hints of barrel character lingering in the background. Overall this is very nice and i'll look for it again.

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Photo of n2185
4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours black with a finger of dark tan head that fades into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: lots of robust coffee and dark chocolat with oak, vanilla, and bourbon. Simple, but good.

T: similar to the aroma, lots of coffee and dark chocolate. There are some creamy vanilla, chocolate, and bourbon as well, but they're relatively subtle.

M: thick body with lowish carbonation, this beer is nice and creamy.

O: a very good beer overall. Delicious without being overly boozy or strong.

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Photo of Bartleby91
4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black appearance with some good carbonation. Big vanilla, bourbon, and chocolate notes. Tastes are pretty similar with a big alcohol burn. Really good

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours jet black, nice thick dense tan head excellent lacing.

Smell - Lots of dark chocolate, tobacco and coffee. Lots of whiskey and oak as well.

Taste - Amazing flavors, nice dark chocolate the alcohol is very well masked but you can still taste the whiskey. Bitter coffee, oak and hints of vanilla.

Feel - Heavier body, very smooth and coating great carbonation.

Overall - A spot on beer, great flavors and oak whiskey notes.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle from batch 23 den 1328 11.5 ABV into New Belgium globe during snow storm Pax

A-Dark body with brown foamy head, quickly fades, not a lot of lacing.

S-The aroma is certainly intense, very very coffee and a touch of cocoa.

T-Taste is less coffee than the aroma, rich velvety, sweet with a nice roastiness.

M-Mouthfeel is naturally thick and syrupy with low carbonation while the alcohol is relatively subtle. Well done dark chocolate coffee bomb.

O-Didn’t get a lot of bourbon in this, maybe a touch in the aftertaste, but I think the roastiness is stronger than the sweet bourbon element you usually expect. Overall, it is a well done dark chocolate coffee bomb. Glad to have the next day off, might want to share this bomber next time.

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Photo of stortore
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce into a snifter, release #40, 11.5%, maybe batch 1977 bottled 10/13/2014.

Pours dark, no head but lacing on the sides while drinking. Smells oaky, vanilla, buttery (?). Whatever, smells really nice. Tastes of vanilla, whiskey, some oak. Get some coffee on the back end. This is beautifully blended. Really smooth drinking, almost creamy.

First beer from Epic and it's a big winner. Can't get this where I live, wish I would have bought a second. Don't know if all the releases are this good, but you should buy it if you see it.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

If Epic Brewing is going to become truly "epic", then they are off to a good start here! A larger-than-life stout with chocolate, coffee and bourbon- aah, breakfast of champions!

Of course it pours black! Thick, viscous and inky- comparisons to motor oil ensue immediately. The dark ale patiently releases a dark mocha froth that floats on the surface like mousse. Retaining much longer than high gravity ales are normally given credit, it also laces the glass lightly with random threads. I can't really decide if I find its appearance inviting or intimidating.

Aromas are roast-dominant with high espresso and burnt sugar. Black-strap molasses, toffee, cocoa, heavy cream nuts and bourbon all align on the nose for savory richness that entice the olfactory senses in complete saturation.

Rich molasses, smooth robust coffee and chocolate start its succulent taste and rounds into a big brownie and fudge-like taste. The char of espresso and cocoa slice through the sweetness and pave the way for a robust bourbon alcohol to coat the finishing taste. All the while, a smoky chocolate note here, a cherry ester there, and a sprinkling in of vanilla, charred oak, and caramel emerge at any time to surprise the taste buds.

Incredibly rich, seductive and verbose- its textures topple the mouth with expansive creaminess that's fueled by residual cream-like maltiness and expressive carbonation. But after the ale settles, it finishes with dense milkshake and port-like viscosity. High warmth but without the burn ensures an extended coffee and chocolate aftertaste to keep the palate rewarded indefinitely.

Big Bad Baptist is a world-class Stout that would beg for a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream if it weren't so decadent in its pure and true form.

#38: High prominent roast, char and earth. Maduro-like.
#37: Smooth, chocolaty, "rootish" as if chicory with nutty pecan. Kona-soft and buttery.

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Photo of kalosjakar
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark black with a mocha colored head. Creamy.

Aroma: Coffee, sweet chocolate, bourbon notes, marshmallow.

Taste: bittersweet chocolate, coffee, toasted, roasted, noticeable bourbon flavor which grows as it warms. Blends perfectly with the chocolate.

Tremendous lacing.

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Photo of scud83rp
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smells and tastes smooth and energetic with coffee and cocoa flavor. For my taste, I thought it carried a strong acidic finish (because of the coffee and cocoa), but still a great stout. Wonderful hint of bourbon, not overpowering.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

#9 (Sep '12) - Ibis Sumatra Dark Coffee, whiskey/bourbon casks, 11.8%

A - Thick, creamy, dark khaki head. Dark black body with thin cola highlights.

S - Nice roast, dark roasted chipotle peppers, dry espresso beans.

T - Awesome flavor profile. Medium roast coffee, milk, 60% cocoa, dry cocoa nibs, espresso beans, light woodiness.

M - Thick, smooth body. Lacks a little bit in depth.

O - An excellent Imperial Stout. Great complexity and integration.

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Photo of Josh012012
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

almost no head despite pouring it like I was having angry makeup sex with a stubborn ketchup bottle

Initially smells mostly like roasted coffee with whiskey/alcohol next and sweet stout smells last

For taste I get the nice roasty base stout first then start tasting mild additions of coffee cocoa and whiskey

mouth feel is pretty good and complements the brew very nicely.. a little heavier with a little more soft carb may have upped the rating

overall if you have never tried this beer expect a nice well balanced stout with no overly strong or offensive flavors.. to spell it out a nice base stout complemented by mild whiskey coffee and cocoa that is quire smooth for .6 abv

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle.

Pours a nice inky black color that allows no light to escape. There is a nice half inch tan head that is quite dense with some medium sized bubbles sprinkled around.

Aroma starts off with a great combination of coffee roast and some dark chocolate bitterness. Notes of sweet coca powder are also present. Not much barrel in the nose as the delicious coffee notes are pretty prevalent. Nice roasted and bu

Flavor is pretty smokey and roast. Strong notes of fresh brew espresso with some nice coffee acidity. Strong dark chocolate bitterness steps up after the roast and plays perfectly with it. Delicious mocha notes. The flavor shows some more whiskey barrel heat but not as much sweetness. Nice and dry flavor profile that relies on the barrel for some nice background heat and not as the main attraction. A very drinkable stout with great roasted and dark malt notes and just a sliver of sweetness. The body is nice full with great silky feel.

Great stout that shine because of the brewing and not just the barrel.

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Photo of Giraffe
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours like one would hope: pitch black with a hearty, persistent head.

S: Definite whiskey, with lots of espresso and some wood smoke.

T: A style that's easy to overdo on the whiskey end in my humble. But this gets it just right in a great balance between the coffee and the whiskey. Chocolate is somewhat present, but definitely takes a backseat to the other two flavors. No matter. What's there works wonders. Smokiness and espresso lingers on the roof and tongue long after. Zero to slight booziness, which is amazing.

M: Not the best judge of this, admittedly. Smooth, inoffensive overall, but with a bit of astringency in the end.

O: I was told this is an excellent supplement to Founder's KBS. I've not had that, but this is a tremendous beer I hadn't even heard about until I bought it. I highly recommend it for fans of barrel aged anything.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a pair of large snifters. Label says Release #19, 10.4% ABV, SLC #1261. Poured at fridge temperature, maybe 40ish.

Pours black, small, fast-fading light brown head. Too dark to tell whether it’s seriously carbonated or not. Smell is coffee, overwhelmingly coffee, super coffee, more so than this morning’s coffee. How do you make a beverage that smells more like coffee than coffee? I don’t understand. There’s also plenty of chocolate in the aroma. There might be a hint of smoke, which probably means a boatload that just happens to be completed covered up by the coffee.

Taste has lots of coffee, but is much more well rounded. The chocolate comes out more, the smoke balances it a little bit. Some mysterious sweetness, a little bit of black licorice. Very nice. Very interesting.

Mouthfeel is thick, slightly dry/gritty, nice. Overall, excellent beer.

If anything else pops up as it warms, I'll try to remember to update this review.

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Photo of Omnium
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber > Mason Pint

A - Pitch black motor oil with half a finger of fizzy tan head, small bubbly lacing.
S - Big smoky aroma with a huge chocolate presence, roasted malt and coffee beans, toasted almond, a little whiskey, burnt wood.
T - Lots of roasted dark chocolate malt, coffee isnt as big in flavor, which is good because it doesnt dominate, woody burnt caramel hints, the booze of the whiskey barrels comes in at the end, but its not over the top.
M - Rich velvety and creamy. Heavy beer for sure.
O - Best thing that Epic brews for sure, tons of rich bold flavor, whiskey barrels add just enough touch without making it an alcohol bomb.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This stout poured with an obvious thickness and resembled coffee in appearance. The head was a thin lace of fine bubbles.

The aroma held a deep roasted coffee, spicy chili peppers, chocolate malts and a smokey tobacco.

The flavor was so smooth and diverse with a nice roasted coffee, whipped cream, chocolate, tobacco smokiness, malty Graham cracker cocoa powder and a dry lactose-sweetness.

The feel is almost velvety in its smoothness and has a nice thickness. It comes across as a bit dry.

Big Bad Baptist is a big, bad stout with nice varied flavors and a strong decisive complexion.

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Photo of SebastianOwl
4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled labeled "release # 61" which was bottled on 10/9/15 per the Epic website; 12.1% ABV, aged in whiskey barrels and uses Caffe Ibis coffee; drank for St. Patrick's Day

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch #55, 12.7% abv.

Pours dark and thick. Dark tan head dissipates to a thin film. Leaves spotty lacing.

Smell is sweet and notes of whiskey. Taste starts with vanilla and cocoa, followed by slow creeping whiskey. The barrel character is subtle at the onset and builds. The flavors come together masterfully. Nice thick, oily mouthfeel. No carbonation, but nice body.

Overall, this is a fine example of a barrel aged imperial stout. The tastes are not unique, but the balance is excellent. Not too hot, but a sipper none the less.

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Photo of Brabander
4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a very well made Imperial stout. Very balanced with a good hint of the coffee. Not so much barrel smell and the cocoa nibs....i did not notice them...

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Photo of HoposaurusRex
4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: 22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

A: Pours an opaque black with thin tan head.

S: Very forward coffee aroma with hints of syrup and chocolate. Initial scent reminded me of walking into a coffee shop.

T/M: Very intense coffee taste with hints of cocoa and smokiness. Slightly syrupy mouthfeel, but the beer is in no way cloyingly sweet. The bitter coffee taste cuts the sweetness and masks the alcohol excellently.

O: Wow! This beer has some intense coffee flavor. Reminded me of biting into a chocolate-covered coffee bean. I would have enjoyed a bit more smokey bourbon flavor, but on the whole this is a fantastic imperial stout. Great after a hearty dinner of steak or ribs.

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Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing Company
4.32 out of 5 based on 3,552 ratings.
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