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:
574
Ratings:
3,493
Avg:
4.32
pDev:
21.53%
 
 
Wants:
435
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1,191
For Trade:
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Photo of hopflyer
4.61/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Release #65. Bottled 10/27/15 according to Epic website. Consumed 5/7/16 so has about 6 1/2 months on it.

Pours jet black, leaving no highlights of any kind. Maybe a hint of cola dark brown at the collar when held up to light.lighter tan head which receeds to a robust collar throughout.

Smell is a lot of chocolate and light coffee background but not overpowering. Pretty subtle aroma but

First taste at pretty cold temp again is chocolate up front with well blended coffee flavors. Coffee flavor not carrying much bitterness at first but then opens up a little more a couple sips in. Some tame whisky flavor and it's just about perfectly complimenting the bittersweet chocolate and roasted flavors. It also has a little bit of sugary sweetness and some vanilla as it warms some. Not a whole lot of deep roast or char flavor. ABV well hidden.

Feel is medium for such a big stout and the carbonation is on the lower end of medium. It's a bit oily and does leave a coating in the mouth but I wouldn't say this is a "heavy" beer. Not much heat from the alcohol.

Very impressed with this beer. I've seen a lot of other enjoys this on BA and I was lucky to find 2 bottles a few months ago. I like it much better than KBS, which is one of the only other BBA coffee stouts I've had. This is the first one and I'm already looking forward to the next. But I think I'll save it for late fall/early winter. Maybe I'll be able to get some more before then.

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Photo of MacSon1982
4.06/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: strong darkness in color. Poured into a snifter and created about 1/2 of head that sticks around long after. Each sip leaves a light amount of lacing that slowly fades.

S: whiskey, chocoate, and sweet malt.

T: strong booze, whiskey, vanilla, hints of chocolate, coffee and molasses.

F:medium to high mouthfeel with a syrupy type sweet stickiness.

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Photo of Pierre_Pressure
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Solid unpenetrable black. Slight mocha head decent lacing.
S: Coffee presents upfront with a chocolate undertone. Notes of vanilla and a slight presence of booze.
T: Follows the nose closely. The coffee strikes the perfect balance between being too subtle and completely overpowering the other flavors which I find happens in some beers. The only nitpick I have here is that I would like to see the cocoa nibs separate themselves a bit more from the other flavors.
F: Medium thickness, creamy and with little carbonation.
O: This is a fantastic offering. It is so easy to go wrong when using coffee or aging in barrels, but this nailed it on all fronts. There is a hint of alcohol present which is just enough of a reminder that this is a hefty beer and you shouldn't go at it too fast.

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Photo of Buck89
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Release #60. Poured into a snifter. Beautiful thick opaque dark brown color with a nice resilient tan head. Strong aromas of chocolate, coffee, toast, vanilla, and whiskey. The taste was a nice mix of cocoa, dark roasted malt and an understated whiskey presence. Feel was thick and viscous, but it did not feel overly sweet. Nice warming presence on the back, but the alcohol is not overly noticeable. A huge, beautiful beer.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Release #46. Black pour with thick, full finger cinnamon tan head; long lasting cap with clarity underneath; heavy lacing. Cacao nibs and roasted coffee beans nose. Chocolate and coffee flavors up front; a little oak and even less whiskey middle; the alcohol all but hidden in the roast malt finish. Rich, almost full mouthfeel; semi dry, cocoa powdery tongue coating; moderate carbonation. Overall, an excellently balanced stout with bittersweet dark chocolate and roast malt linger.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet. Batch #57.

A: Oil black with a tan one finger head that whittled down to foam. Thick lacing.

S: Dark chocolate, cocoa nibs, a bit of bourbon. You can smell this one a couple feet away from the bottle.

T: So robust, sweet and decadent. Like drinking from a chocolate fountain with anise, leather and cocoa nibs. As it warms, more flavors pop up; bourbon becomes more pronounced and the chocolate smooths out so nice. Vanilla and molasses slide in for the kill.

M: Medium to heavy with medium, chewy carbonation.

O: One of the best stouts I've ever had the pleasure of going to church with. Seek this one out. It's unholy delicious.

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Photo of byronic
4.66/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #60

Pours a midnight black with minimal mocha head leaving just a little lacing kissing the edge of the glass. A hint of vanilla and coffee with a very big cocoa presence sublimely finished with touch of whiskey, one of best noses I've ever come across on a stout. A flavour explosion of creamy rich dark chocolate balanced with hints of bourbon, vanilla and a nice malt base. A sweet lingering finish that makes this the perfect sipper.

A fantastic well rounded stout that I'd love to have again.

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
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 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 ThaneMcC
4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black with less than a fb of light brown foam. Smells of vanilla, bourbon, cedar/wood notes, leather, coffee. Tastes sweet malts forward, bourbon, vanilla, notes of cocoa/coffee, notes of dark dried fruits. Textures is full bodied, a little syrupy like a desert with the barest amount of carbonation - leaves a sticky residue on the palate - but a very pleasant one at that.

A thoroughly enjoyable stout, well balanced, tasty without being too sweet and the complexity of notes made it highly quaffable.
Great beer - I'd better stock up on this before people get wise. . .

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Photo of kculrich
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 22oz. bottle, release #62. Served in a tulip.

Pours deep black with a tight three-finger crown of lush dark mocha foam. Good-to-moderately-good retention and a fairish amount of fat sticky lacing.

Releases a cloud of sweet booziness as soon as the bottle's uncapped. Smells of sweet fruity booze, overripe fruit and rich chocolate cake. There is coffee and wood smoke, but they are minor notes.

Taste is bourbon, oak and vanilla, sweet smoky roasted malts, tobacco and dried apple. Long, slow bittersweet cocoa lingers on the palate while warm coffee-infused booziness lingers in the sinuses.

Feel is full, creamy and luscious, thick and mouth-coating.

Overall, a substantial, slow-sipping imperial stout, rich, delicious and deeply satisfying. I feel like every few weeks I say, OMG, this is one of the best stouts I've ever had but, for what it's worth, OMG, this is one of the best stouts I've ever had.

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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 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 CNoj012
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a jet black color with a small mocha head that fades quickly to a ring around the edge of the glass. There are a few spots of lacing. Smell is bourbon, oak, vanilla, chocolate and roasted malts. Taste is similar. Bourbon definitely makes itself known, but doesn't dominate like some stouts. Feel is thick, full and viscous. Really Coates the whole palate. Overall a very good stout. Will be on the lookout for this again.

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Photo of rrock44
5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've heard a lot about this beer. In particular as an alternative to BCBS. This is a phenomenal beer. Super thick, creamy, chocolate, coffee...dessert in a glass. I would say it is a lot less boozy/bourbon on the smell and taste than BCBS. The bourbon is way more subtle. I mention that for two reasons - if BCBS is too boozy, then this is the beer for you. If you want a bourbon bomb, then perhaps not (I still think you'll love it though). Love this beer; wish I bought more than one.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Release #62 - 11.9% abv - La Barba coffee version

Pours black with a fluffy, creamy tan brown head. Smells deeply of roasted coffee, deep dark chocolate, some mild vanilla, whiskey, caramel, toffee and oak. Tastes like huge coffee, dark chocolate, sweet whiskey, vanilla, caramel, toffee, oak, some mild smoke and woodsy herbal notes, with a lingering dark chocolate coffee aftertaste. Feels light-medium bodied, creamy with low carbonation. Overall a really great and balanced whiskey barrel aged imperial coffee chocolate stout.

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Photo of tigg924
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours opaque, pitch black color, with minimal head. Taste is coffee, baker's chocolate, vanilla, and a bit graham cracker. Medium bodied with low carbonation. Super tasty. The graham cracker flavoring really puts this one over the top for me. One of the better coffee flavored imperial stouts I have had in a long time if not due to the balance alone. Delicious, I will get this again.

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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 magnessr
4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours very dark into a snifter. Smells of coffee and chocolate. Taste is a very strong combination of roasted coffee and bitter chocolate, with a slight bourbon hint. Very smooth feeling in the mouth, as you would expect for such a high caliber stout. Excellent beer.

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Photo of Dols401
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #57

Very Dark rich color and and a creamy pour. A brown thin head with very little carbonation. A very roasted malty smell, but a bit of a boozy smell.
The taste....Wow! Such a rich beautiful full and balanced taste. The roasted coffee flavor is so smooth with a soft woody after taste. The boozy smell is is not at all in the taste. Wow This is one of the better beers I have ever had. Wow! Wow! Get this beer if you can!

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
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 rypkr
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
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 buschbeer
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 PT. 6 FLUID OUNCE bottle
Served in a snifter
Release #11

This beer pours black and is topped with an inch of mocha head that leaves very little lacing.

Even at three years old the coffee aroma is still there. It is faded but not gone. It allows some anise, chocolate, and roasted malt to come through.

I taste roasted coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt.

Full, creamy mouthfeel

This is a phenomenal beer fresh and pretty damn delicious with some age. This is not a beer I would pass up a taste.

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Photo of smcolw
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Perhaps this may show the randomness of my ratings but I tried this beer again and had a completely different impression of this beer. Here's my most recent review:

Moderate head that settles to rim bubbles. Little lace (some spots). The color is dark brown where no light can pass even on the edges.

I get chocolate but also the distinctive smell of model airplane glue. Huh? There's also cream and alcohol.

Very rich, both in flavor and in body. Lots of chocolate throughout. The swallow is very warming from the alcohol which dominates the aftertaste as well. Semisweet but with a dollop of sweet cream. Interesting and deceptively drinkable.

Here's the previous review:

4.0 4.25 3.75 4.25 4.0
Served in a brandy snifter. Beige head (small) which leaves a couple of rings for lace. Near black in color. No light shines through the glass at all.

I smell raw freshly ground coffee. I also get some berry in the background.

The flavor starts off surprisingly mild but with time the coffee and other burnt flavors come on stronger than normal. In the swallow some creaminess comes forward -- not enough to balance the coffee which lingers long into the aftertaste. Rich and nearly syrupy. The carbonation helps it from becoming too much.

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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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