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:
#300
Reviews:
623
Ratings:
3,725
Liked:
3,590
Avg:
4.37/5
pDev:
8.47%
Alströms:
4.33
 
 
Wants:
432
Gots:
1,277
Trade:
124
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Ratings: 3,725 |  Reviews: 623
Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of zeff80
4.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a nice large dark brown foamy head with good retention. Aroma of chocolate notes with light vanilla and coffee notes is quite awesome. Taste is also a great mix of creamy chocolate notes with some vanilla and bourbon notes and light floral coffee notes which is well integrated in the mix. Body has nice creamy texture with good carbonation and no real apparent alcohol notes. Super well-balanced with great drinkability.

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Photo of largadeer
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to drgonzo3705 for this one. Batch 4, bottled in Jan 2012.

Appearance: Pretty standard black bodied RIS appearance here, pouring with a couple fingers of leather-hued foam that settles to a thin film. Looks solid.

Smell: Not terribly subtle but thoroughly enjoyable coffee and cocoa up front. Gentle roastiness is noticed beneath, along with some molasses sweetness. Little bit of barrel peeks through, lending vanilla and faint alcohol.

Taste & mouthfeel: Coffee, cocoa and vanilla, in that order. The coffee used has a robust earthy, spicy note that's pretty nice. Pleasantly roasty malt backbone without any burnt qualities. The body is a solid medium-full, never approaching syrupy, and sweetness likewise is pretty reigned-in for an 11%er. Subtle bourbon barrel flavors here, I'm guessing this didn't spend much time in the barrel. The finish is long but mellow, very coffee-forward.

Overall: This stuff is pretty legit, I'm very surprised. It isn't quite in the same league as beers like BCBCS and KBS, but it isn't too far off.

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, batch 1; bottled 9/22/2011. Pours pitch black color with a small dense tan head with good retention; that reduces to a very thin cap that lingers. Some decent spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of huge dark roasted coffee, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, vanilla, whiskey, toasted oak, molasses, light smoke/char, and roast/toast/oak earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, cocoa/coffee, and whiskey barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge dark roasted coffee, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, vanilla, whiskey, toasted oak, molasses, light smoke/char, and roast/toast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate roast/char bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark roasted coffee, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, vanilla, whiskey, toasted oak, molasses, light smoke/char, and roast/toast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of the dark/roast/bready malt, cocoa/coffee, and whiskey barrel flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet and bourbon/oak spiciness balance; with zero acrid/astringent flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and thick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an amazing barrel aged imperial stout! Great balance of flavors with the barrel aging; and very smooth to sip on for being 11.7%. This is the easier to find substitute for KBS in my book.

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Photo of Boone757
4.02/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mothman
4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tan head. Black color. Batch #65.

Lots of coffee and a tad too much roast. The thinner body is a distraction, but other than that it's solid. Chocolate and cocoa. Oaky and vanilla. Big whiskey flavors.

Solid offering, I could drink a lot of this.

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Photo of DrBier
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of olradetbalder
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of jlindros
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch #9 thanks to rudzud for sharing, and thanks to jedi111 (Reddit) for sending me a bottle I can save for the right time to share.

Pours a nice creamy darker but small head covering, light lacing, just about pitch black color.

Nose brings plenty of fresh espresso, roasted coffee beans, so much fresh coffee it almost seems like I poured some beer into my fresh espresso. Chewy oats in there, light chocolate, light wood dust, hint of roast, hint of dark chocolate, wood and oak dust and barrel, a bit Canadian Whisky like surprisingly but I think mostly due to the beer overpowering what would be whisky.

Taste again fresh coffee, roasted espresso, ground coffee, light chocolate, roast, caramel, vanilla, toasty oak and again some Canadian like whisky that tastes sweet, fruity, and gamey almost. there is some booze warmth as well, with the fruity whisky, a maple cream whisky like too. Chewy oats come in, with light caramel and more vanilla barrel, some bitterness from roasted malts but also light earthy spicy hops. Some light wood dust and oaky flavors in there rounding it just a bit and bringing all that vanilla. Finish is drier, light booze, chocolate, caramel, lots of fresh roasted coffee all lingering, a light bitterness as well, and light wood dust esters lingering.

Mouth is thicker bodied, decent carb, fairly rich, light warming booze.

Overall quite a nice beer. Great coffee, freshly roasted, as well as nice malt base, some hops kicking in with a decent touch, and booze is hidden fairly well. All that with nice barrel flavors and whisky def cuts in but not the best whisky, more Canadian like it seems, or at least seems due to influence from the beer, but can't get any bourbon. Still a great beer and I'm glad I got another one in the cellar.

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Photo of oberon
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial nonic pitch black with a one finger deep mocha colored head atop that stuck like glue to the glass,no light getting thru this even when held up to the light.Mocha java aromas really stick out,wow like a Starbucks mocha java no joke.Heavily roasted flavors with only light alcohol imparted sweetness,faint smokiness lingers,the chocolate flavors are there but dont lend much sweetness just cocoa flavor.Thick and lush in the feel,hey to me Epic makes really really good beers and this is true to form.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.04/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a taster glass.

Pours near black with a thin mocha head. Not too much in the way of lacing. The nose carries some really nice cocoa and whiskey. Really nice combination and well done here. A bit of vanilla and oak in the background. The flavor isn't quite as intense as the nose, but still pretty good. Mouthfeel has a bit of heat, and could be a bit thicker. Overall, really a pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.09/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch #10 - Cocoa Nibs and Coffee in Whiskey Barrels

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some very dark amber highlights and a moderate amounts of visible carbonation near the surface. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy dark mocha head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer, a couple of small thicker patches, and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Strong aromas of dark roasted malts and green + freshly roasted coffee beans with moderate aromas of oak, whiskey, and cocoa. Lightly bitter in the aroma. Very light notes of vanilla and char.

T: Moderate to strong flavors of green and freshly roasted coffee beans with some more moderate flavors of roasted dark malts. There are some more moderate elements of oak, whiskey, cocoa, vanilla, and charred wood. Light amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: This beer is pretty easy to drink considering that it is 12% ABV (roughly) and it is quite enjoyable - the coffee is very present but the whiskey barrel is not as much. Very enjoyable but definitely a sipping beer considering the strength.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.98/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap 3/6/2016 at Flynn’s in Mansfield, MA, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a short light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains chocolate, dark fruit, licorice, a faint touch of hops and some alcohol.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of chocolate, licorice and dark fruit. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in. The hops presence is very mild as expected and there’s some alcohol sting but the balance is decent. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, very strong kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of nickfl
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of ygtbsm94
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Release #11 and 11% ABV. Cocoa and coffee with Nugget, Chinook, and Cascade hops. No mention of barrel aging. Smooth and rich with less of a bite than many other big stouts. A whiff of coffee in the aroma.

Totally black color with a very nice foam, lighter than the usual dark beige. Rich and tangy with a surge of malty sweetness all the way back to the throat. Best coffee flavor I can remember in a beer, which is to say it's not immediately identifiable as coffee, but grows into a nice roasted flavor with bitter, burnt notes. This is all quite mellow and seamless. Less bitter than most big stouts, but still enough to nicely balance all the malt.

A great beer with a velvety mouthfeel. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bottlecraft for $11.65 in San Diego.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a tulip glass. This is from batch # 3.

Pours pitch black in the glass, with a finger of rich milk chocolate colored head. This retains with a strong ½ finger of froth, throwing up a robust cascade that quickly descends down and drenches the sides of the glass with spotty foam. The aroma smells robust to say the least, with notes of coffee and cocoa just erupting in the nose before giving way to flavors of vanilla, coconut, and more chocolate (which only picks up steam as this warms). The bourbon barrel rides along on the edges of this with some warmth but I have to say, that’s it’s the coffee here that really controls the nose overall.

The taste is quite rich up front, with a delicious mélange of chocolate, coffee, and vanilla, which runs into a wall of barrel character across the back that gives this some intenseness and finishes this dry, burnt, and warm. I think that decadent mix of flavors being up front helps, as it spreads out over the profile and aids in smoothing the rougher edges of this out. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with a nice chewy creaminess in the mouth that prickles the tongue a bit as well. The ABV itself is pretty well hid itself except for adding a little extra sweetness to this, with the bourbon here mostly giving this any burn that it has.

I’m usually more of a fan of balance in barrel-aged beers and this beer doesn’t excel at that, with coffee dominating in some areas, sweetness in others, and then bourbon yet again in other areas, but this just worked for me. Maybe it’s because each facet of this didn’t overly crowd the others but I found this to be a quite a pleasant sipper with a killer hidden ABV for 11%. Definitely pick this up though if you like coffee beers, as it is very well done in this.

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4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.32/5  rDev -1.1%
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 billab914
3.7/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 1 poured from a 22oz bottle into my Stone IRS glass. It poured black in color with a frothy tan head barely covering the top of the beer and clinging to the edges of the glass. Nice lacing as I drank it.

The aroma shows a good amount of roasty, bitter coffee flavors to it. The chocolaty flavors really come out in it as well and mix pretty nicely with the whiskey. Some notes of oak and vanilla smooth it out a little. The coffee is a little dominating, but it's a pretty nice aroma overall.

The taste also has a big roasty and bitter coffee flavor throughout. It's a a little overpowering of the other flavors for me. In the finish I do get some of the dark, bitter-sweet chocolate and whiskey flavors coming out along with just a hint of vanilla.

The mouthfeel is heavy with carbonation being low. Overall it was a pretty decent beer, but the roasty, bitter, coffee was a little overpowering for me. I liked the coffee flavors, it just overshadowed the chocolate and whiskey a little too much for me. A little more balance would have really gone a long way. Pretty decent beer of the style, but not an outstanding one for me.

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev -8.5%

Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 96.4% out of 100 with 3,725 ratings
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