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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
Ranking:
#297
Reviews:
632
Ratings:
3,773
pDev:
8.47%
Bros Score:
4.33
 
 
Wants:
436
Gots:
1,293
Trade:
125
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Photo of mpmsu2003
4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bill6151
4.97/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of SawDog505
4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 16 oz tulip glass, not sure when it was bottled and 12.6% ABV. Pours very almost black with a 3 finger sticky mocha head and leaves incredible spotty lace and slowly settles into a thin layer of bubbles.

Smell is cocoa, vanilla, coffee grounds, leather, oak, and a healthy shot of bourbon.

Taste follows vanilla, oaky bourbon, coffee grounds, and dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel is almost large, plenty of life for the style, a little dry as you would expect, drinks easy enough at for its ABV.

Overall this is outstanding, balanced, awesome feel, and just an absolute treat.

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Photo of kevanb
3.56/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle, Release 83 11.9%, poured into an Epic Brewing snifter glass.

The beer pours a deep jet black color, very thick and opaque with a thick finger of caramel colored head that has good retention and yields excellent swatches of lace. The aroma is fine, lots of chocolate, light barrel, but the coffee comes across like old spent grounds rather than rich and decadent cold brew, but there is still some underlying pleasant coffee qualities and a nice amount of roasted grain that plays well with the barrel. The flavors are much nicer, really great dark chocolate, smooth and rich coffee, a bit vegetal and a bit of that spent ground flavor is there, but is much less prominent, smooth bourbon barrel, light caramel, a bit of char that goes well with the roasted dark grains. The mouthfeel is nice, rich full body, thick and soft that coats well that finishes effortless with a light warming sensation.

Verdict: A good barrel aged coffee stout from Epic Brewing Company. I don't love the nose, it's a bit harsh, kinda earthy and has that spent coffee ground aroma but the flavors more than make up for it. Lots to enjoy here, a very nice beer to sip on.

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Photo of DMcGirr
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mikeycibelli
4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JPS10
3.95/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of WickedBeer
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Eric_T_07
4.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a big stout. Thick, heavy amounts of chocolate, and a bit boozy. But, it is very delicious. I prefer the Big Bad Baptista variant over this, but this still very good. I think a 12oz serving would be ideal as I had trouble finishing the 22oz bomber on my own.

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Photo of Derek
4.05/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of C2H5
4.16/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bschmidt_37
4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beersmith90
4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hermit990
4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GuyFawkes
4.39/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Release #86".

Released September 2017; drank 10/16/17 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance.

A violent pour yielded a small dark tan head; decent lace.

Chocolate syrup, cream, light roast coffee bean, mild oak & faint bourbon sweetness in the nose.

Medium thick, creamy mouthfeel.

Chocolate syrup & light roast coffee bean flavors up front; cream & mild oak bite on the finish. As this warmed, faint booze bourbon heat emerged.

This reminds me of KBS, but better; less cloying & boozy, more balanced. Well above average, if not transcendent.

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Photo of GrumpyGas
4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Release 86 12% abv
Bomber poured into a snifter boasts a brilliant dark brown body showing a clear mahogany red only at the edges through direct light and briefly floats a thin tan colored 1/8in head.. and leaving erratic lacing.

Aroma actually surprises me. Dark stone fruit, bitter roast, but a wet cardboard aroma as well.

Flavors luckily skip the off-issue and settle on a solid roast cocoa, coffee, caramel, and stone fruit base. Note: only subtle booze heat as it warms.

Mouthfeel is fuller and just short of creamy, coating the tongue without being oily, and leaving a slight caramel aftertaste.

Overall a solid example of the style and perfect with either a fine cigar or cinnamon ice cream.

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Photo of Stlfoodscene
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Release #69, 12.3%abv. Very well done

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Photo of pstam87
5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of cmurphy7
3.79/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Buck_Jones
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.56/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of spark3148857
4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of J_Mueller
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rarigney
4.69/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big Bad Baptist pours a black color, with not much head. Big rich aroma, smoke and hints of chocolate. Flavor is also big and thick, lots of creamy malts, hints of chocolate and lots and lots of fresh coffee. Good body and feel. overall, a great complex beer, nice flavors and its well built.

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Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.37 out of 5 with 3,773 ratings
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