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 tillmac62
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Release 45, 10.9%. Pours pitch black. Normal head volume, outstanding retention and World Class lacing.

Rich complex nose of coffee, chocolate, roast and a bit of vanilla. As it warms, bourbon is quite noticeable.

Medium bodied with a very smooth texture that approaches creamy. Below normal carbonation with just a bit of effervescence in the finish.

The flavor profile is World Class. It is intense, richly complex and balanced to perfection. Simply, it is a brewer's masterpiece. It begins with a semi sweet chocolate over a mild coffee background. The middle produces a subtle bitterness comprised of dark chocolate, roast and coffee over a sweet background with rich malt notes. As the middle fades, coffee achieves its most prominent flavor aspect over declining chocolate notes and an ascending bourbon background. As the finish begins, vanilla and oak notes make a short appearance. The finish is a slow fade of coffee and roast bitterness over a rich sweetness that is both malt and chocolate in nature. The only trace of alcohol is the nice light burn at the back of the throat.

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Photo of martyl1000
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Mason Lounge. This is a humongous beer. The aroma is all coffee. As is the flavor in the mouth. A booziness combines with the roasted malt to create a delicious coffee cocktail. Coffee and sugar sweetness, shading into unsweetened cocoa territory on the finish. Full body.

I should revisit this another time when I'm less drunk. But tonight there's something not quite great about this, though. Should compare this to Lagunitas Capuccino Stout...
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Update 12/3/2014
On tap at Side Door Grill & Tap
Yep, this is very, very good.

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Photo of Auraan
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured a deep black with a thin ring of tan head. It looked quite true to style, with perhaps a bit too thin a head, but it was fine, still quite nice looking. Scents of rich black coffee upfront, as it warm dark cocoa comes out and combines with the coffee. It's very coffee forward, but it does bring forward some cocoa. It's a very nice scent for a coffee lover. Taste follows the nose. Rich black coffee, some dark cocoa, rich bittersweet chocolate, slight milk chocolate, cocoa nibs, roast malt and faint hints of alcohol. It's very well done, very cocoa and coffee forward, fitting a beer brewed with coffee and cocoa nibs. It's nice, quite nice, though not as balanced as some other Imperial Stouts. Mouthfeel is thick bodied with moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Quite a nice feeling, very much a sipping beer. Overall this is another excellent RIS. It's much more a coffee stout than some others, but it is quite nice, less balanced but very well done if you like coffee and dark cocoa. I recommend it.

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Photo of JOldewurtel
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just started really trying out some different stouts. Have had some issue finding one I really liked. Some have too much coffee. Some have too much chocolate. Some are too thin. And while I'm just in the beginning of trying out stouts, this may be the "one" that will be the benchmark going forward

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%

Picked this up from a great trade with Evan. Release #12, July 6, 20133. Thick pitch black pour with a one finger caramel colored head with decent retention and great lacing. The nose is rich and roasty with huge coffee notes along with hints of dark chocolate, espresso, cocoa, bourbon, and subtle smoke. The taste follows suit, with the coffee once again being the star. Hints of bourbon, cocoa, dark chocolate, espresso, vanilla, subtle piney hops, and a touch of licorice. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy, smooth and velvety, with excellent balance and huge drinkability. Overall, this is one of the best coffee stouts I've tasted. Definitely in the same league as Founders Breakfast and Bourbon County Coffee.

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Photo of standardcherry
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Writing this review from notes, can't remember which batch it was, I think it was 4.

A: Thick dark brown/black pour. Big mocha colored head that dissipated after a few minutes.
S: Tons of coffee and roastiness. Lots of wood notes followed by bitter chocolate.
T: This is boozy. Lots of chocolate and coffee. Lots of whiskey (peaty flavor) in there as well. Very woody flavor with lots of roasty bitterness. The roastiness was taken too far in my opinion.
M: Silky smooth. Very rich and thick with moderate carbonation.
O: This is a great beer. The roastiness was a bit much but it was still very enjoyable. I would much prefer it without the peat flavors, there should be a bourbon-only version someday.

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Photo of Bugs318
4.11/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown, decent tan to beige head.
S: coffee and vanilla forward barrel dominate faint chocolate notes, but nose is very solid.
T: slightly stale coffee notes finish a chocolate roast.
M: a bit thin and fairly low carbonation, but a touch silky.
O: like Peche Mortel bourbon light.

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Photo of gleemonger
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pitch black with a thin, creamy brown head, that dissipates pretty quickly leaving just a pleasant little cap, followed by some lacing down the glass. Very nice.

Picking up just about everything they say is in it, starting with some strong chocolate, followed by roasted malts, coffee, booze, and a little whiskey. Strong and complex, but doesn't smell super pungeant or anything. Super interesting and delicious smelling.

Getting all of the above from the flavor as well, with the chocolate leading off again - a kind of mix between dark chocolate and sweet milk chocolate. The coffee and roast is mellow, but definitely there. I get just the faintest hint of whiskey at the back end, and very little alcohol presence despite the massive size. This is one amazing imperial stout, I must say.

Nice and heavy with a light carbonation bite to round it out. Smooth and creamy and delicate - definitely like a dessert and what I love about a great imperial stout.

This is definitely one of my new favorite imperial stouts! Amazingly smooth and complex yet not over the top at all - everything blends totally perfectly and doesn't bury the rest. I would love to always have this one on hand for those times when I want a massive beer, for sure.

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Photo of ruzzal
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow. Reminiscent of bomb! or vice versa. Either way as a fan of RIS,especially barraged coca coffee influenced, wow. Stoked To pick up more tomorrow. Batch40.

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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 Stevem68
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep dark chocolate color. Has a rich coffee aroma with a subtle note of whiskey. Flavor is roasted coffee with notes of darks chocolate and a subtle hint of booziness. Mouthfeel is a little light. Overall this is a very tasty and I like that the whisky doesn't overpower the flavor of the beer.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Bottle
Batch #72 (Brewed: Sep-4-2015 | Bottled: Aug-23-2016)

A:
Pours a used motor oil black, thick with a finger and a half dollop of mocha head. Settles to a film with decent retention. Thick sheets of lace. (4)

S:
Rich, thick layers of dark chocolate, some woody backing with vanilla whiskey character and coffee, candied nuts, some spice. Very, very nice. (4.5)

T:
Similar to nose with more assertive barrel presence. Rich baker's cocoa mocha with a dash of bourbon. (4.25)

M:
Fairly thin, full-bodied, vague boozy warmth/profile in finish. (4.25)

O:
Really nice stout.
Well put-together layers of flavor and aroma that all hold each other up. Rich thick belts of chocolate and a spectrum of roastiness from coffee and the malts. The alcohol is a little warm but not too present flavor-wise which I really appreciate. some mellow barrel sweetness as well. Drinkable, but incredibly potent. It packs a wollop. Great beer, worth tracking down. (4.25)

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Photo of Myotus
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured at 48°F from a 22oz bottle (release #58, undechirable bottling date) into a Spiegelau Stout glass. Allowed to warm up to 50°F before reviewing. Consumed on 28May16.
LOOK: Pours with a finger and half worth of dense, cinnamon colored foam. The foam head changes color to khaki within thirty seconds. Well after three minutes, the foam head has only dissipated to a fingers worth. The large quantity of tiny, rising bubbles explains why the head refuses to die. Lacing is high in quantity and both thick and very thick.
SMELL: Very strong aromas of bittersweet chocolate and coffee intertwine with strong vanilla aromas and mild aromas of coconut, oak, and spicy whiskey. To my surprise, no aromas of bitter roasted malts are present.
TASTE: Very strong bittersweet chocolate flavors first explode on to the palate. Coffee flavors immediately strike right after and bring a strong and desirable bitterness. Strong spicy whiskey flavors next present a welcoming booziness. Mild flavors of vanilla and subtle oak, coconut, and bitter roasted malts finish off this symphony of taste as all previous flavors persist, except for bittersweet chocolate, which fade to strong.
FEEL: The thickness of this brew is incredibly full-bodied. There are hints of carbonation. Goes down ridiculously smooth while also clinging to the back of the throat like syrup. Due to the high presence of alcohol, this finishes with a strong and undesirable dryness.
NOTE: Usually, I'm not a fan of barrel-aged beers that have the liquor flavors stand out, but due to the fact that the chocolate and coffee stood out, I was perfectly fine with perceiving all the whiskey in this. This was an overall balanced Stout that kept a smile on my face the whole time as I drank it.

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Photo of Briken
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark thin brown head with poor retention. Roasted coffee aroma with light vanilla. Strong roasted coffee, light bourbon vanilla and chocolate notes with the bourbon and chocolate in the finish and linger. Light acidity with a rich, smooth carbonation.

After the initial roasted coffee surge the flavors blend nicely with nothing overpowering and everything remains clear. Although the coffee is omnipresent, it is very enjoyable.

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Photo of ArchEnemyBrew
3.57/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into darkness tulip 2-12-12

A: Pours a deep black with a dark khaki colored head that is about 1" deep.

S: Smells like fresh roasted coffee, dark chocolate, a bit of smoke and some booze as well. Don't get much barrel character but that doesn't detract from the nose.

T: This is where the beer falls apart. Tastes of coffee and ashtray. The burnt out cigarette flavor in my mouth is just not appealing to me.

M: Medium bodied with a slight alcohol burn. Smoky/ashy flavor lingers.

O: Loved the smell of this beer but the taste killed it for me. Not enough barrel character and too much harsh coffee flavor for me. Won't seek out again.

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Photo of bobhits
4.99/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Mind BLOW - can't believe this isn't rated by me.

In the dark stout relm this is about an 8 in the darkness scale. Light is fleeting on the way out, but turns more amber brown as it goes to the glass, quickly turning black and viscous. A nice tan head, milk chocolate colored. Lacing is nice, not great.

The nose is coffee, caramel, vanilla, chocolate, and some light candy notes.

The beer is sweet bold sugary but with coffee grounds, almost creme brulee like notes, sugars like a wiskey and just so much coffee.

Creamy but well carbonated. A great sipper.

I can't say enough good about this one. It's about as good one can get.

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Photo of dcotom
4.97/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 22-ounce bomber into a rocks glass. Thick, lightproof brownish-black pour which a thin tan head. Big aromas and flavors of roasted malt, dark cocoa, coffee, molasses, and licorice, with plenty of whiskey-barrel character that does not overpower the other characteristics. Silky mouthfeel, smooth and easy drinking, alcohol warmth without any harshness or burn. Finishes cleanly, with a tinge of sour fruit and tannic astringence. This is as good as it gets.

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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 patm1986
3.65/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For a barrel-aged imperial stout, it's not as dark as others. it's more of a darker brown than a dark brown or black. Maybe the nibs have something to do with it. There isn't much of a head at all, nor any carbonation. it also doesn't look as viscous, certainly not motor oil-y.

It smells like mildly roasted coffee beans, sweet cream, cocoa powder, vanilla, and pine, all without much of an alcoholic aroma.

Pronounced flavors of coffee and cream, baking chocolate, roasted coffee beans, a little bit of whiskey--but more an oaky vanilla flavor--but, overall, it tastes like a thicker, carbonated, barely spiced or spiked irish coffee with chocolate syrup.

Finishes smoothly, but thins out greatly the warmer it gets. not much of a body, but such as it is, it lends itself to be more palatable. it leaves that nice mouth tingle though.

this is a solid barrel-aged brew at a time when we're being hit with them from all angles. the cocoa nibs are a really nice touch though. some age on this might thicken it some.
cheers

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Release #78. Pint glass. Very dark (but not motor-oil opaque). Almost no head. Initial impression is dark chocolate, coffee, and whiskey. Slight sweetness initially which is gradually replaced by a mild bitterness in the finish. There is some oak in there too, which becomes more evident as it warms. Medium-thick, creamy mouthfeel. The 12.6% ABV is very well hidden, making it scandalously easy to drink. It's reasonably priced (well, if you consider $11.50 a bottle reasonable), fairly easy to find, and absolutely delicious. Highly recommended.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally tried it after Ted and others bugged me for like 3 months.

Pours black with a small white head. Then the smell. Holy shit its coffee. Like lots of coffee. bitter coffee and dark chocolate and oak in the taste. Light body, low carbonation, and lots of coffee. There wasnt as much bourbon as I was expecting, but it gets the job done.

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Photo of yamar68
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An imposing looking beer... thick black syrup that shows barely an edge of copper clarity, dense half finger of light brown that leaves loads of boozy lacing.

Massive charred wood on the nose, sweet whiskey notes, bitterish coffee presence, sphagnum, burnt caramel, oats, syrupy dark chocolate notes... hot cocoa or something, the 11% abv is perfectly integrated on the nose.

Oh, wow... one word comes to mind - "whiskey-choco-timber-syrup-cafe-caramel." Such enormous flavors taking so many different directions. What I'm actually most impressed by though is the perfect placement of hot whiskey... it blends beautifully with earthy charred woods and mocha flavors. Fantastic stuff.

Wow.

Jesus, man.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Black opaque milkshake body, deep brown velvety head, which is much appreciated on a beer of this potency. Smell is whiskey and mild alcohol burn, countered but not quite balanced by roasty yet sweet malt and dark chocolate. Bitter. Flavor plays three card monte with the tongue: it's a fun, dazzling task to give order to the bitter chocolate, a newfound lactose sweetness, mild coffee flavor and acidity, immense dark malts, bourbon sweetness and alcohol, and even a hint of cinnamon towards the finish. Body is soft and thick, creamy, quite sticky, both very drinkable and yet filling.
What a great beer. Catered to my preference for sweetness while still adding complexity through bitterness, acidity, alcohol warmth, and deep, dark flavors. The nose was a tad harsh, or characterful depending on the drinker's preference. Either way, this brew will be greatly appreciated.

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Photo of kirok1999
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich looking black with a nice thick rising light brown head.
Smells of mild milk chocolate mixed with some rich coffee. A mild sweetness comes through as well.
Taste is very nice. Sweet and creamy with lots of coffee and mild milk chocolate. The coffee is well done here, not overpowering at all, just nicely there in the background. The chocolate comes through well and it finishes nicely with a lingering sweetness. Feels rich and smooth. A really well done stout but the price is a bit much to drink with any regularity.

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Photo of DMarlinJ
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Had this with friends for New Year's eve, from a bottle. Release #17

Poured into non-beer glasses but at about 55' to 60' it produced a nice lasting head. The aroma hits you with the coffee and chocolate and the taste followed true to what you smelled. I was impressed with how long you could continue enjoy the smell.

The taste was exactly what was advertised. I love big and bold flavors, coffee and chocolate is one of my favorite combos. This is a sipper because the taste does start to overwhelm the buds. You need to refresh your palette with food then you can continue to enjoy the beer. I would have rated this higher if the taste was more balanced and complex and not so overwhelming. It was more like a dessert milkshake, which is ok but why I loved the mouthfeel. It was luxurious, creamy and silky. I thought it fit the style and taste perfectly for what I like in a mouthfeel.

Overall I would look for this again, just to see if I love it as much and taste with my palette fresher. It was New Year's Eve after all. Everyone who tasted it thought it was outstanding, beer lovers and wine drinkers alike. Cheers!

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Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing Company
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