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
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1,267
For Trade:
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Photo of BradenMK
4.99/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch #56

APPEARANCE - Pours jet black with tiny, tiny bubbles that cascade into a tight, slowly-forming, cocoa-colored, one-finger head that quickly settles into a ring. Leaves really great lacing around the sides of the glass all throughout the drinking experience.

SMELL - Beautiful. Right up front you get a combined hit of whiskey and coffee, the scent of what my comrades like to call Whiskafé. Right behind it is a little cream and sugar, and finally trailing at the end, the chocolate, both from the malt and the nibs. Righteous, indeed.

TASTE - Harmony. No one character steals the show; I'm met with a tour de force ensemble cast of what tastes like single malt whiskey, really great coffee (on par with whatever Dieu de Ciel! uses to brew Péché Mortel), and mouth-coating milk chocolate. Bursting with flavor on all cylinders that simply sing together, naturally. Finally, the finish greets you with roasted malt and a soy sauce like umami character that carries the cocoa flavors with it to end on a gourmet fudge note. Wow.

FEEL - Chewy. Chalky. Heavy, with an effervescent low-carbonation that is just a shade more aggressive than silk. Maybe not quite as "thick" feeling as OA Yeti or as incredibly smooth as Doughnut Break, but just as good in its own, different way.

OVERALL - Using my own rubric, I give this beer a 97.35 out of 100, juuuuust a hair under the 4.99 assigned by the bros' calculations, but such details are trifling. A phenomenal beer whatever anyone's numbers say. Incredibly good, and WAY easier to get than anything remotely similar on the market. Regardless, seek this brew out, as I will be (again). I used to drink this a lot a few years ago, but it disappeared from Columbus, OH shelves. But Epic's got a new Ohio rep, and the Baptist is back baby, and it's as good as it ever was!

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Photo of SaulFox
4.78/5  rDev +10.4%
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 Brutaltruth
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thoroughly enjoyed this beast from the 22 oz bottle in a snifter. This excellent imperial pours a muddy brownish black with a fantastic head of light brown foam that settles to a thick ring, thin layer, and nice clinging lacing. Nose of heavy duty dark roasted coffee, light char, and a touch of chocolate. Flavors exceed the nose with rich deeply roasted coffee and moderate dark cocoa to the fore, while mid to back of the taste fades to a subtle cream and bourbon note. Coating and lightly carbonated mouth feel improves vastly with warmth with a warming alcohol finish and coffee/cocoa aftertaste. The sum of it's parts, each identifiable. THIS is a stout drinkers dream come true. One of the best.

Cheers

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Photo of SHDoyle
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Description: Pours black with just a hint of brown if held up to the light. Almost no head on this, just a hint of coffee brown with some lacing. Smell is overwhelmingly coffee with bits of roasty dark chocolate and maybe a bit of dark fruit. The taste, like the smell, is heavily tilted towards coffee but more of the dark chocolate flavor comes through. The whiskey was not terribly apparent but I thought there was a bit of it on the finish. Feel was more carbonated than I'd expect from a stout, especially at first, but as it warmed and was exposed to the air it calmed down.

Suggested food pairing: A hard Parmesan cheese with a spicy meat like pepperoni or salami. Or even chorizo. Yeah, chorizo.

If you like this beer then you should also try: Breakfast Stout

Ideal time to drink this beer: The heavy coffee flavor and charcuterie-esque food pairing evoke images of a small, quaint setting. Possibly a bar or cafe in the early afternoon before the nighttime rush has arrived. Unmolested, you sit and slowly sip on this one. A football game you're only somewhat interested in is on the TV, but you're more focused on the satisfaction you feel at drinking in the middle of the day. Ahh yeah, afternoon beer....

Overall: 4.25 (This beer is good and I would likely drink it again) This isn't exactly what I expected from Big Bad Baptist (BBB)(Did I just makeup that abbreviation? Pretty sweet if I did.) but it certainly wasn't bad. For an imperial stout aged in whiskey barrels I was expecting something smoother and with more of that whiskey flavor coming through. If you're looking for a coffee stout then look no further, but be aware of what you're getting.

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Photo of Abk542
4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Phenomenal brew, amazing coffee flavor followed by a chocolatey malty finish with a smooth mouthfeel and little to no bitterness or carbonation. Must drink for anyone who enjoys a fine stout.

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Photo of ccg
3.94/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch #50 ("Blue Copper") poured into an Epic snifter.
Deep, dark brown, small amount of khaki foam, good retention. Does not bend the light on the edges the way a lot of BBA stouts do.
Smells amazing. Immediately, you get the coffee, but sweet coffee without the bitterness. A moment later, the sweet toffee and vanilla notes from the bourbon barrel emerge.
Coffee, vanilla, chocolate, and caramel flavors come through in the taste, but the finish is surprisingly bitter for how sweet and rich it smells. The bourbon barrel comes through only slightly but becomes a little more noticeable as it warms.
The mouthfeel is pretty standard for a stout but does not quite have the rich, syrupy viscosity I was expecting for a barrel-aged stout.
Overall: I'm glad I finally got to try, but I had built it up in my mind a little too much. I think I was hoping for a substitute for BCBCS, which it is not. BUT, for a $13-ish bomber of barrel-aged coffee stout, it's going to be hard to beat.

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Photo of Slongie
4.81/5  rDev +11.1%
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 JebBeerFish
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Always loved the name.

1/2 inch head on slow pour. Dark brown/ medium black; looks delightful.

Nose is mild coffee and mild chocolate.

Taste is mildly bitter coffee initially followed by chocolate and creamy oatmeal.

A really nice brew, and was at least 3 months old. Would love to have again.

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Photo of VashonGuy
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Now this is a real stout!! I'm reacting in part to an imperial stout I had earlier today that was mostly cocoa and not roasty. Big Bad Baptist has a great roasted malt character. It's pretty much the exemplar of an imperial stout. The whisky barrel influence is there, but it takes second place to the stout itself when first served cold. As the beer warms, the bourbon becomes stronger. It's incredibly rich. The ABV is noticeable.

In the last couple of days, I've had seven barrel aged stouts or strong ales. I think this is the best of the lot. If Epic could conjure up the marketing savvy of AB/InBev, people would chase Big Bad Baptist like they chase BCBS.

Serving: on tap, in a snifter.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm not sure where the Baptist thing came from (the land of the morons, I mean Mormons), but it sure is big and bad. But bad means good, you know.

It's black and beautiful. The aroma is big and bold - malty, cocoa and coffee. Both the smell and the taste are so thick and over the top that there is a sweet sour overtone that almost seems like raisins (fermented, of course). The whole thing is pretty boozy and it sticks with you, literally sticking your lips together with all the maltiness.

I may go grab another half growler tomorrow depending on how this one works out. I have a feeling that by the time it is done I will be pretty mellow.

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Photo of videofrog
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
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 Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a decent beer. My fault with it is the bourbon/whiskey flavors are more subtle then I'd prefer. I enjoy a strong boozy smell and taste, of which this isn't as aggressive. Still a great stout, worth getting one bottle and trying.

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Photo of BlushingMonk
4.91/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch #59 12.3% Pours black like oil. Big coffee nose with hints of whiskey and chocolate. Full rich mouth feel with big complex flavors that ends with bitter chocolate. Vanilla, wood, cola, chocolate, COFFEE. Doesn't taste as boozy as it is. I love this beer! In a blind taste test that included three different years of KBS I picked BBB as my #1. I'm buying as much of this as I can get.

UPDATE: This is my goto BA Stout. Having chased a lot of them, I continue to call BBB my baseline.

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Photo of uccle81
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Release #59 12.3% ABV
Fantastic, except the smell is off. Kind of like a chocolaty rotten pecan. The smell doesn't perceptively alter the taste.
And the taste is downright magical!

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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 EdwardAbbey
3.49/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the only highly-rated barrel-aged stout I cannot seem to enjoy. Every time I've had it, the bitterness was overwhelming. The good news? More for everyone who seems to love it.

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Photo of MTKATL
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a big beer. 12.2% with very full flavor of cocoa, coffee, and booze. The nose is very boozy, but the taste is more coffee and chocolate. Mouthfeel is full without being overly thick. This is a great beer.

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Photo of MFMB
4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow! Amazing cocoa coffee goodness! I dont really know where to start or end so ill keep this short. I love this beer! This is the Blue Copper coffee version and it is excellent! At 12.2 very drinkable. Good job Epic :)

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Black with a coffee colored head and spotty lacing. Notes of coffee, chocolate, bourbon, wood, vanilla, coconut, burnt toast, and light earth. Full body, creamy, chalky and slightly dry. This is an amazing bourbon barrel aged stout. The chalky feel isn't my preference but this is well done despite this.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black with small and short lived head. Smells of faint bourbon and chocolate. Tastes like it smells. Mild bourbon and chocolate. I like it better fresh, more flavor, as this one is almost a year old.

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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 TBonez477
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Overall a really nice, complex BA Imperial Stout. My only knock on this one was that, even after a year of aging, the barrel gets a little harsh after warming. Actually preferred this one below cellar temp.

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Photo of kbwalters
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured cold into a Libby stout glass and drank as it warmed. This is 2014 vintage, release #30.
Look = 4.75 Pours a dark brown into an opaque black in the glass with 1 finger of dark brown head that fades to a spotty cap. Leaves a nice dense lace.
Aroma = 4.25 Strong coffee aroma with a nice underlying chocolate base. Wasn’t getting much from the barrel until it warmed up a bit, then a distinct whiskey aroma develops.
Taste = 4.0 Coffee is the prominent favor to; burnt coffee, roasted malts, bitter dark chocolate and a touch of whiskey that develops as it warms. A light, lingering bitterness in the aftertaste.
Feel = 4.5 Nice, smooth, creamy and thick. Full bodied with low to medium carbonation. Great feel.
Drinkability = 4.0 Pretty easy drinking 10.5% coffee forward stout
Overall = 4.25 Coffee is the dominant player here with nice contributions from the cocoa and whiskey. Very well done.

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Photo of LloydDobler
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch Release #30. 10.5%ABV

Pours an endless black with absolutely zero head. The nose is burnt coffee grounds and a bit of sweetness. The initial taste was sour mash with dark chocolate and bitter coffee. This doesn't taste so much barrel aged as much as it does just brewed with a whiskey addition. Not that being that way is all that bad, just not much mellowing wood characteristic to it. This was fairly light and slick on the tongue. Overall great, but would like to try some other(higher ABV) batches.

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Photo of Mbo108
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Acquisition: received in a trade months ago. A recent look is showing I've accumulated way more beer than I should have so I'm gonna try to spend the next few weeks/months drinking some of this off, special occasions or not.
Verdict: delicious
Details: poured from the bottle into one of my snifters. Did 3 1/3 bottle pours at a time. Wife didn't want any but liked the coffee nose. Speaking of, very coffee forward,nice balance of cacao. Very little whiskey to it, prob lost that edge over time which is fine. Beautiful brown lacing. A touch lite on the mouthfeel. Seemed a little easy to drink for the 13% abv but stiill a little boozy. Nicely walked line there.

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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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