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:
600
Ratings:
3,609
Avg:
4.32
pDev:
8.56%
 
 
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433
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1,247
For Trade:
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Reviews: 600 | Ratings: 3,609
Photo of audiobean
4.84/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hit the spot with that coffee flavor. It was strong enough to enjoy, but not too strong. It was rich in its stout manner and engulfed my taste buds in that way that only really good beer does. This brew is definitely going on my Christmas wish list. Hopefully Santa isn't Baptist.

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Photo of TheTrumpetGuy
4.84/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Wasn't sure what to expect but, wish I had another bottle. The barrel comes through just enough to compliment the stout itself. Medium -thick, a bit oily.

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Photo of juablu
4.81/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured 22oz bomber into large snifter glass. Pours black with little to no head. Smell is mostly coffee. Perfectly smooth with good mouthful. Really good, one of my new faves. Curious to try it after aging a bottle

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Photo of dvmin98
4.81/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow. Coffee coffee coffee. You smell it and you feel like you just woke up and got bitch-slapped by Mr. Coffee. That is one awesome nose!

The head is a small lacing.

Deeep dark color.

Taste is a very big coffee flavor up front with hints of cocoa. Then you can taste the whiskey on the way down. Very very nice flavor. I didn't taste the 11% like you can with other beers. This was smooth as silk.

Loved every sip of it.

Went back and grabbed two more today! Can't wait til its cold. Maybe I will have it for breakfast...mmm

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Photo of Cottontown201
4.81/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Release 45

How exactly is this going to improve with aging? Aroma, mouth feel, balance are all exquisite. Not a hot beer at all, despite the ABV. Drink that BBB now!

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Photo of Slongie
4.81/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Release number 45. Very good beer lots of whiskey, maybe should have aged it a year or two but the taste was spectacular. Coffee, cocoa, dark fruit and a lovely whiskey bite. Will buy again

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Photo of Antg8989
4.81/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is what an imperial stout should be. Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a brown head. Considerable lacing for a beer at this ABV. Aroma is of molasses, dark chocolate, candied fruit and cream. It even smells like this has been aging in bourbon barrels. Taste is dark chocolate, cranberry and alcohol. Feel is light silky and smooth. Overall, a great example of the style and not very sweet by any means.

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Photo of Jameson_P
4.81/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very dark just like an Imperial Stout should be, Beautiful coffee notes with a slight hint of cocoa, Very full bodied but slides right my throat. Amazing beer, just amazing

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Photo of Nightmare1972
4.81/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is an amazing stout strong and high abv, bitter sweet, barrel aged perfectly. Great beer to sip on during the winter time, would love to try again on a non bottle share night.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Amazed by this beer, pitch black pour into my Stone R.I.S. chalice, absolutely absorbed all the light in my glass. Big thicket of khaki tan head forms fine even bands of lacing between sips. A perfect breakfast beer, hair of the dog, basically smells and tastes like a coffee bomb with dark bitter chocolate and oak barrel aging effects smoothing things out a good bit. Espresso notes creamy vanilla and charred oak, this was one big complex Big Bad Baptist Imperial Stout that I enjoyed immensely. Body wasn't cloying full to the max with flavor and texture, evenly carbonated...excellent offering. Overall I'm in love and I need to find more I only had one bottle and I need more of this nectar. I've officially been baptized!

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Photo of videofrog
4.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Batch #55 - Cultivar
12.7% ABV

L: Opaque black with a thin beige head that fades into a thin ring.

S: Very coffee forward. Roasted malts, chocolate, and whiskey are all secondary.

T: So delicious. Coffee forward like the nose, but all of the layers of flavors play really nice here. Chocolate sweetness balances out the coffee bitterness. Whiskey and oak blend in nicely, but not as powerfully as most BA stouts.

F: Thick, low carb, dry finish that keeps encouraging another sip.

O: Perfect antidote to a day of endless rain and driving around low water crossings. Drink fresh to enjoy the coffee awesomeness.

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Photo of dar482
4.79/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer comes in a black color with tinges of brown coming through in the light with a mocha brown head.

The aroma immediately reminds me of KBS. Bright coffee, black cherries, big sweet whiskey and oak notes, a light bitter chocolate, but generally surrounded by vibrant lively barrel character.

The flavor follows with that immediately of boozy dark fruit, coffee and vanilla that continues onto the finish. Then a dark chocolate comes in as the whiskey barrel attacks. This is not the most smooth barrel aged beer, but it is not offensive. It has forward spicy whiskey notes with a medium plus to full mouthfeel. It almost reminds me of a bigger barrel aged version of Founders Breakfast (which is not KBS because they are different base beers).

The finish is of dark chocolate and slight amounts of roasted coffee, alcohol, and oak.

A big amount of alcohol and whiskey flavor without too much sweetness. This definitely is up there with my favorite barrel aged stouts. It is different from other barrel aged beers with their silky, sweet, vanilla, and bourbon character. This has those complexities, but with more alcohol and a more restrained sweetness. One of my new favorite barrel aged brews.

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Photo of Someguy1_8t
4.79/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Release #7 - served in a tulip glass.

Appearance - The color for this was black. It had about a finger of rapidly diminishing head.

Smell - The first aroma to hit me was a strong coffee scent. This was followed by wet oak or wood grilling planks, which I'm assuming comes from the whiskey barrel aging. The aroma was strong enough to smell from about 2-3 feet away. There where also hints of sweet vanilla and chocolate and some booze, again probably from the barrel aging.

Taste - The taste was much like the smell. Bold taste of roasted malts , chocolate and dark roast coffee. There was also vanilla, oak, and a hint of booze.

Mouthfeel- There was a full bodied mouth feel to this one with very little carbonation. Viscous and velvet like. With a lingering of the roasted coffee for a bit.

Overall - I thought this was one of the best Imperial stouts I have ever tried, if not certainly the most interesting and intriguing.

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Photo of SaulFox
4.78/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Release #37
-Super dark with a half finger of mocha head.
-Molasses sweetness, slight whiskey barrel.
-This is where its at! Brown sugar, whiskey, bitter dark chocolate, slight coffee coming through. Beautiful sweet whiskey!
-Velvet goodness coats the mouth. Full bodied!
-Definitely picking up once I cross paths!

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Photo of joecast
4.77/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Hollingsheads in Orange Ca.

Well, what can I say. One of the best beers I've had in a long time. Exceptional balance, mouthfeel and drinkability.

Superb, delicate chocolate aroma. Light oak and roast. Taste is as smooth as anything. Hardly any alcohol heat which is quite an accomplishment considering the abv. And so easy to drink, not filling or overpowering. Fits as a desert beer, accompaniment with dinner, or just something to sip on before bed.

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Photo of soupyman10
4.77/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pitch black pour, Big bourbon aroma. Chocolate. Roasted malt. A touch of dried fruit. Flavor is mind-blowing. Huge. Chocolate. Bourbon. Tons of dried fruit. Delicious beer. Body is perfect, smooth, thick body, with appropriate carbonation. Overall a delicious beer - one of the best I've tried, perhaps only behind the KBS and CBS from Founders.

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Photo of Keananmichael5
4.77/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great beer with amazing chocolate coffee and rich characteristics. Very smooth and drinkable for being almost 12%. Had 2013, 2014, 2015 back to back and with age this beer gets better and better!

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Photo of DaverCS
4.77/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Batch #59; had on a road trip with my dad in Kanab.

Pours pitch black with a lovely 1 finger of off-white khaki colored head. Great lacing!

Aroma is dominated first by chocolate, then by coffee. Absolutely wonderful smelling beer! It's like smelling a mocha. Not too much barrel or whiskey characteristics.

Taste is an absolute coffee bomb! Big roasted coffee notes. This is followed with some unsweetened cocoa nibs. Nice viscosity to this one, without being overly thick. Also, it has a great amount of carbonation, where it livens the beer but doesn't thin it out. I really am not getting any barrel or whiskey notes from this batch. Perhaps a bit of whiskey alcohol heat just before the finish, but it is a stretch. The coffee and chocolate notes are just so dominant! A very mild amount of bitterness finishes the sip.

Overall, this is a near perfect coffee stout. I see this pairing well with dark chocolate covered pretzels. I prefer this beer to Parabola. It gets a 95.5/100.



*** AGED 1 year update***

Batch 59 with 1 year

Aroma is dominated by earthy coffee. A light amount of chocolate and a little oak.

Cold, this beer is a mess. Very unbalanced; thin and watery in feel, with a surprisingly bitter aftertaste.

As this beer warms, it does get better, but not as good as it was fresh by any means. The beer still feels watery and under-carbonated. Coffee is extremely dominant in flavor. Alcohol is present with astringency. Best to consume out of the fridge-room temp; don't overchill. Bitterness lingers with almost no barrel character. Drink the beer fresh; totally different with age. With age I give it a 79/100.

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Photo of Reema
4.77/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Serving type: 22 oz bomber into a brandy glass

Pours absolutely pitch black with mocha colored bubbles that develop to a film. Smell is of obvious whiskey, dark chocolate, mocha, subtle coffee, slight roast, along with chocolate liquor sweetness. It smells great. Taste reflects the smell. Initial taste is forward with the whisky and wood flavors, they lead into an intense chocolate and coffee taste, leads into a pleasant roast flavor that drops off into a whiskey aftertaste. Great stuff. Feel is thicker but not overly viscous. No apparent alcohol burn, doesn't drink like 12%+. Overall this is an outstanding beer with great whiskey, coffee, and chocolate aspects. Definitely buy this and hoard it.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.77/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Lackman, arrived in a snifter.

Appearance: Your usual imperial stout impenetrable black, capped with a dark brown head that dwindled somewhat quickly to a cap and ring. Lacing was patchy but persistent.

Smell: Chocolate, and quite a bit of it, riding atop a wave of coffee and caramel. Some hints of spice as well.

Taste: This has some over the top intensity of flavor. The aforementioned chocolate is present in spades, alongside French roast coffee, burnt caramel, white and black pepper, ginger, cinnamon, and a slurry of dark fruits. Some wooden, vanilla, and almost chile-like undertones waft along through the background as well. The finish is sour dark fruit, bread, coffee, and oak.

Mouthfeel: Thick, full, sticky, and rich, this is definitely an imperial stout.

Overall: I'd have this again were I to come across it. I'd have just one, but I'd still have it again.

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Photo of TastefulNudity
4.77/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Batch #13. Been sitting on this one for a month or two. 22oz poured in to a snifter.

A: Served at cellar temp. Thick pour on this one that leads to a mocha brown head. Fades down pretty quick to a ring around the glass. Not too much lacing but some patches.

S: This is where it's at. Dark, dark chocolate with extreme char. Coffee, vanilla, roasted malt, Hershey's syrup. Deep inhale gives way to a bit of alcohol but for 12.2% it's nothing.

T: Chocolate covered coffee beans, char leading in to woody vanilla and then whiskey. Minimal burn but some noticeable alcohol mouth. Translates well from the nose. I love it.

M: This is smooth. Silky but leaves a touch of alcoholic residue in the mouth and throat.

O: I was craving a huge stout and got what I bargained for. My first offering from Epic left something to be desired but this one is satisfying. Have it on a cold night and it'll warm your bones.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.77/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a thick black, like motor oil, with a creamy brown head.

S: Dark coffee and espresso dominate the nose with a touch of dark bittersweet chocolate, vanilla and oak. The vanilla and oak come up after a few whiffs.

T: Dark roast coffee, espresso, vanilla, oak, dark chocolate. Coffee is the strongest flavor in the taste, but it's much more balanced than the nose.

M: Full bodied and creamy smooth. Nice balance between between sweet and bitter.

O: An excellent imperial stout, with great bourbon character.

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Photo of mrjmann
4.77/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Batch 59. This is an excellent imperial stout. I would highly recommend this to anyone who is a fan of big coffee-forward stouts. Huge amounts of coffee in the nose and taste. Hard to believe it is 12.3% alcohol as you cannot taste any barrel from this at all.

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Photo of HoodviewBrew
4.76/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Nice charcoal black color with slight head. Small champagne-style bubbles stuck to the glass nicely. The bear smells great. I noticed the bourbon and coffee notes mixed with a little sweetness which must have been the chocolate. The true character of this beer is where it counts- the taste. An outstanding mix of strong imperial stout, bourbon, and the right amount of coffee. I did not notice the chocolate as much but it did not detract from the beer at all. This is not as sweet as others in its class like Goose Island Bourbon County Stout but it is a world-class beer and a must-try!

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Photo of BergBeer
4.75/5  rDev +10%

Look: Opaque black with a rich mocha colored head. Lots of lacing and legs keep the head nice and thick

Smell: huge chocolate, coffee and vanilla notes that you can smell from a couple of feet away. Also getting more roasted coffee, slight whiskey, some barrel, dark fruit, chocolate cherries, and slight tobacco. Smells fantastic

Taste: Huge coffee hits the tongue, followed by dark cherries dipped in bourbon, vanilla, more coffee, and lots of barrel on this one

Mouthfeel: Rich and smooth at first but quickly becomes big bodied and heavy on the tongue alcohol is present but not overpowering with the oak barrel taste adding a nice dry finish.

Overall: Outstanding brew. Surprised how complex this one really is. I thought the coffee would dominate but a lot of the original stout shines through with those nice dark fruit notes. I also really enjoy how much of the barrel shines through!

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