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Big Bad Baptist | Epic Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States | website

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:
567
Ratings:
3,465
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
8.82%
 
 
Wants:
429
Gots:
1,184
For Trade:
123
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Reviews: 567 | Ratings: 3,465
Photo of rypkr
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - very nice pour into a snifter. Almost pitched black with lots of foamy head and lacing. One of the most inviting looking stouts I've ever poured.

S - holy chocolate. Lots of green and light roasted coffee too, faint sweet bourbon on the tail end. Truly nice aroma altogether.

T - again, very fresh coffee and a ton of chocolate. Bourbon is there but pretty tame. Faint alcohol presence and a bittering char air malt as it finishes. Bitterness increases as it warms.

M - seemingly too drinkable. It's full and creamy but I'm finding myself sipping this faster than most BB stouts. Wish it had just a bit more "chewyness" to beef it up.

O - good, but not great. A little too bitter and thin for me as well as lacking much barrel flavors.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Release #17. Den (Ben?) #1307. Bottle says 12% ABV. Scoped this one at the Middleburg Heights Heinens.

An aggressive pour gets me a finger of cocoa colored head. The body is as near black as it can be. The head diminishes to a frothy ring in a little over a minute, and a thin sheet of lacing is caught clinging against the glass.

This smells of dark chocolate and dark, richly roasted coffee. A little maltiness joins with a faint nuttines to create a nice undertone.

The java is quite strong with this one. Coffee starts it off, then in glides the chocolate, to almost gild the mouth. This is topped off with the slight flavors of wood and roasted nuts, and capped with a mild alcohol burn at the end.

The mouthfeel on this is beautifully thick and heavy. Full bodied. This is the full package.

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Photo of martyl1000
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Mason Lounge. This is a humongous beer. The aroma is all coffee. As is the flavor in the mouth. A booziness combines with the roasted malt to create a delicious coffee cocktail. Coffee and sugar sweetness, shading into unsweetened cocoa territory on the finish. Full body.

I should revisit this another time when I'm less drunk. But tonight there's something not quite great about this, though. Should compare this to Lagunitas Capuccino Stout...
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Update 12/3/2014
On tap at Side Door Grill & Tap
Yep, this is very, very good.

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Photo of cvm4
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Release #13

A - Pours pitch black with a dark one finger tan head. Light lacing and alright retention.

S - An overload of dense roasted coffee flavors. Secondary smells of dark chocolate and roasted malts. Not a lot of barrel notes as like I said the coffee is very forward. Not a problem for me as I'm loving this smell.

T - The taste follows the nose except that the barrel characteristics come forth. Still coffee forward, but you can taste the roasted malts, sweet vanilla, dark chocolate and bourbon notes.

M - Medium to full bodied and low carbonation. Very velvety and creamy body with minimum alcohol burn.

O - A delicious coffee stout that will not disappoint those that dig the style.

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This was a rare treat. Poured a deepndark black with a minimal rootbeer head that left some lacing in its wake. The smell was amazing, cocoa and more cocoa with roasts and whiskey backing that up. The nose carries over into the taste and this really makes for a good sipper. There is some nice alcohol warmth from this but it's not too boozy. All in all a great beer...would like to have more.

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Photo of Moose90
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch No. 62 Served On-Tap

A — Pours a dark deep ruby hued brown, nearly pitch black into the glass. There is a dark brown head that slowly forms and leaves behind some sticky oily rings of lace with each sip.

S — Smell is pungent, roasted, dry, bitter, semi-sweet notes of coffee, chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, oak, bourbon, cinnamon. A nice balance of aromas here with nothing overpowering another.

T — Loads of dry bakers chocolate, cocoa nibs, coffee, espresso beans, dark chocolate, a light nutty and semi-sweet balance. Bit of vanilla, Bourbon, and oak.

M — Full bodied, not overly heavy, nice and balanced.

O — Fantastic overall, love the balance that is found in this one.

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Photo of rorykanderson
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Outstanding, surprisingly available bourbon barrel stout. Dark as the (submit review) button below with a frothy head that you could spoon up if you're quick enough. Nice amount of carbonation. Big aroma of chocolate, coffee, oak and booze. Taste is fudge, French roast, kilned barley, charred wood and a little of that sweet vanilla-bourbon. Alcohol heat compliments the creamy mouthfeel. Nothing astringent or caustic about it. Smooth smooth smooth.

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Photo of abcentfishing
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful out of the bottle, nice mocha colored head with that oily look as I swirled the brew around the glass. Dark as night ummm good. The smell was also very nice, little stronger than most stouts I try. Roasty, carmaly, vanilla, and coffee. Very nice nose. The feel was wonderful nice body and nicely blended flavors. Strong coffee flavors and not just coffee but great coffee flavors. Two favorite parts of my day are my morning coffee and my first beer and this had both in it. It has bits of vanilla, carmel, smoke and that milky smoothness I love in a stout. Very nice Another stout I will look forward to having again.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #58 (November 2011):

LOOK: Pitch black, impressive head

SMELL: Exotic coffee, dark chocolate, soft charcoal, burnt currants, vanilla, booze, wood

TASTE: Thick, syrupy, smooth, bitter char, wood, booze, espresso, cocoa powder, faint vanilla

This beer is a beast! Usually you don't see such grace and balance with bigger Stouts. From roasted, wood, booze and sweetness, it all comes together. Seriously, this one gives some of the more hyped Imperial Stouts something to think about. A true ticker, beer geek, hunter or whatever, should be seeking this brew out.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

big thanks to hanzo for tossing me this one in the LNBA Secret Santa BIF. enjoyed from my sam adams snifter.

Release 9

a - brew pours a fairly lush and thick black with a thin creamy mocha tan head that hung out for the party. nice chunky lacing giving the head a concave look as the lacing clung to the glass while the head fizzled away.

s - big chocolate covered booze soaked wood. really decadent and rich. the dark coffee is evident and really compliments the smell. everything is in the right place.

t - huge chocolate. dark coffee. i get more whiskey than bourbon, but the wood and booziness is a great match for the beer and the blend.

m - the first thing i noticed about this beer was the feel. super silky. really rich and filling.

o - BIG beer. very rich and very filling, but really tasty. super enjoyable.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Blue Copper version.

A: Black pour. One finger beige head drops after a short time. Wispy lacing.

S: Freshly roasted coffee beans, coffee bitterness, nutty, smokey, spicy, dark chocolate, whiskey, caramel chews, roasted malts. Excellent balance.

T: Roasted malts, nutty coffee, smokey, bitter dark chocolate, chocolate truffles, and a bit of chocolate sauce. Caramel chews, whiskey, and wood. Nougat. A bit acrid. Char. Bitter coffee finish.

M: Thick body. Full and velvety. Chewy. Decadent. Deeply warming. Mild bite of tingling carbonation.

O: Superb barrel aging. Perfectly balanced. Cream of the crop as far as BA imperial stouts go. Put it on your short list.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

EBF sample. Pours syrupy and black. The beer sticks to my sample cup. Aroma is impressive. Coffee and chocolate, both very bold. Maybe a little bit of dark fruit. The flavor is immense and filled with bitter coffee and espresso along with dark chocolate. Faint dark fruit. It's mostly a big one-two punch of coffee and chocolate but it's done very well. Espresso bean finish. Full, thick and oily feel. Some alcohol heat. Great feel with lingering bitterness. I wish I had this on my radar earlier.

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Photo of GregSVT
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
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 alarmclock314
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle, release #54, 12% ABV. 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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Photo of GilGarp
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #3.

Served at cellar temp into a goblet.

BBB is nearly black in color with creamy tan head. It settles quickly and leaves no lacing.

Aroma is surprisingly intense with bitter chocolate and dark roasted coffee.

Flavor is huge as well with bourbon, chocolate, coffee, and smoke. It's layered, deep and complex. A little bit of grass and earthy quality too.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a little on the thin side for such a big stout. The alcohol is strong but not overly hot.

Overall a really tasty, interesting, and unusual stout.

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Photo of Stigs
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle - "Release #2"

served in a large snifter

A - pours with a thin film of light tan foam, settling to some random wet lacing around the glass and a few floating bubbles. the beer is not quite black, but deep, dark brown when held up to light.

S - dominating is some rich, bold french roast coffee, charred oak, and deep roasted malts. warming brings in some darker milk chocolate, tannic oak, and a hit of bourbon.

T - taste follows suit from the smell, with rich coffee being in the forefront...slightly bitter, roasty, quite nice if you enjoy your coffee that way (i do!). balancing sweetness of chocolate, roasted malts, and vanilla. a bit on the hoppy side, adds another layer, this one is probably best fresh. very nice.

M - medium, slightly creamy body with a touch of lingering sweetness. moderate carbonation lifts the flavors a bit, providing a vehicle for the massive coffee and malty roastiness to settle.

O - unsure about this one for the first few sips but it really grew one me. love the bold, coffee-forward taste. making for a wonderful sipper on a cold snowy night. my first epic beer, this one is really well done.

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Photo of Beerguykirk
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

To me this beer is pretty dam similar to BCBS. It's lacking a little in the mouthfeel for me but overall a great offering. Wishing I had gotten more than one.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
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 wordemupg
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

650ml bomber poured into tulip 1/5/13 cheers Rutager for sending the bottle, looks like batch 3 but it also says 12.5% so I'm guessing that 3 is really a partial 8

A black but has a deep cola edge, a finger of dark mocha foam retains well for a monster and leaves a couple thick rings and random patches deeper down the glass

S nose is mellow but solid, coffee and dark chocolate, almost fudge, a little oak and vanilla with a hint of booze, very faint char and a little more coffee to top it off, everything's working for it but it could be stronger

T its the nose but beefed up, coffees very strong and high quality, there's a little booze but I'm thinking 8ish% 12.5%? I'd never guess and I'm not even sure I believe that. the chocolates not as dark but stronger then the nose, a little cream brulee and a faint nutty aspect. The barrels working for the flavor more then the nose, in fact I'd just say its the nose on steroids

M full bodied and creamy from the bubbles, booze is very well concealed and almost scary really, tannins are stronger then I'd guess from the barrel presence, and I'm loving the coco and coffee that just keeps going long after you swallow

O I like coffee and if I didn't I'd hate this beer, seems that it builds right until its in my stomach. great stuff but I could cope with a little more intensity but I'm happy with whats in my glass

I'm impressed how well they hide 12.5%, I feel it but don't really taste or smell it. barrels there but again the base had some power on its own, I'd look for this one and would love to taste how the batches differ

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Batch #14

A pitch black body with a long lasting sticky brown head. It’s got the look down of a big ol’ Imperial Stout.

The nose is met with a rich roasty aroma. Big coffee and roasted malt comes through. Deep dark chocolate follows. Some whiskey vapors provide some warmth in the nostrils and vanilla from the barrel flesh it out.

The taste does not disappoint. It follows nicely along with the nose. Big roasted coffee character. I feel I get more dark chocolate and cocoa nib on the taste. It is almost desserty, but does not come across with much sweetness. The booze and roast keep it in check. Whiskey comes forth in the finish and lingers with the dry oak tannins. Big heavy body that goes down smooth with mild carbonation.

This is incredibly drinkable for being 12%. It isn’t hot and the flavors are balanced well.
I got sent this from Colorado and have never heard of it. Blew me away for sure.

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Photo of BA_Berto
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: dark, beautiful mocha head, nice retention.
S: I love the coffee bean smell. Dark roasted coffee bean, chocolate, light vanilla.
T: wow! Similar to smell. Coffee, cocoa nib, vanilla! Wonderful! Reminds me of Big John (which I also enjoy)!
M: nice viscosity, medium body. Not that of BCBS, parabola, or IBB. This is where, I prefer a little more body.
O: exceptional brew! Love the slight bitterness from the nibs!

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Photo of khmel
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer is all about the coffee and cocoa infused in its brewing process. The pour is a deep, opaque black with a smallish, tan head with low retention. The nose is overwhelmingly very dark chocolate/cocoa and coffee beans. However, the smell comes off like coffee grounds that have already been brewed and with all that cocoa, it's so bitter it almost stings the nose. But in kind of a wonderful way if you're a coffee lover and in the mood for it (could be off-putting otherwise.) There is some oak in the background. The taste follow the nose, though more mellow. There is some sweetness up front, notes of vanilla mixed with the cocoa and burnt malt that make for a really nice flavor. The coffee comes towards the finish. The mouthfeel is smooth, slick and full-bodied—certainly a result of the whiskey barrel aging. All around a great imperial stout and I'd certainly get it again!

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very dark brown body with a thin mocha colored soapy head. Aroma is big on roasty and bitter coffee and chocolate. Slight hint of oaky booze as well. Barrel comes through way more in the flavor; oaky whisky up front, followed by some chocolate and coffee through the finish to mellow it out. Feel is thick, syrupy, boozy, lingering sticky aftertaste with low carbonation. This one is solid, but is pretty boozy up front. If you like big barrel character, this one will suit you.

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Photo of azdback
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Arrogant Bastard pint glass. Dark black but not all light sucking. Edges reveal just the slightest bit of light. Head rises quickly and is a bit lighter than coco color and is creamy smooth while it lasts. Head dissipates just as quickly as it showed up.

Smell is charred and burnt malts. Lots of dark roasted coffee, some vanilla and oak. Just a hint of bourbon. Quite nice.

Taste is fantastic. Just like the smell it is loaded with dark roasted coffee. There is some sweet vanilla bean and charred oak barrel. The alcohol at %11.3 is disguised very well.

Mouth isn't as thick and chewy as I would expect for an Imperial Stout, but is still quite good. It has medium carbonation and a long wet finish.

Overall, I really liked this a lot. This is so under the radar of "Barrel Aged Imperial Stouts out there. It wasn't very cheap and maybe that's a down fall but this was truly wonderful beer. Thanks to Sylvia for getting the last two cases this states going to see.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Effectively black with a thin brown head. Leave the glass oily and spotted on the way down.

Full aroma of chocolate, mild coffee, and complementary whiskey and barrel. Vanilla and oak combine nicely with the base beer.

The flavor is, too, very well integrated. Nice combination of melted chocolates, some coffee, and integrated bourbon and barrel flavor. Alcohol is hidden very well. Some mild roast and molasses present.

Near full in body with low-moderate carbonation.

A very nice beer. I wish I could find a bottle of this to enjoy.

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Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing Company
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