Big Bad Baptist | Epic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
4.37/5
3,740 Ratings
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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:
#298
Reviews:
626
Ratings:
3,740
pDev:
8.47%
Bros Score:
4.33
 
 
Wants:
431
Gots:
1,284
Trade:
125
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,740 |  Reviews: 626
Photo of GreenMind
4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 2dogbrew
4/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Mikexw
4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pencible
4.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This poured an opaque black with a little tan head.
S: It smelled like huge fresh black coffee, with oak and toasted coconut and a little dark chocolate and molasses.
T: It tasted like lots of fresh black coffee, with some bitter dark chocolate and oak, and a little toasted coconut and smoke. It had a clean and surprisingly mellow bitter aftertaste.
M: It was slightly thick with lots of carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was a great coffee stout, up there with Black Xantus, and better than Cafe Royale. I loved the scent and taste. The body was a bit weak, but finish was so smooth, it was really easy to drink. Should be drunk fresh, but may be interesting to age. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of Griffith
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of jeff1973
4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a HofTD tulip. Batch #13 (bottled in August 2013), so about a month old or so. Bought for $11.99 @ Whole Foods Newport Beach.

A - Pitch black, looks very silky. Mocha heads leaves great lacing. Everything you want to see in a good Imperial Stout.

S - Mostly big cocoa and bittersweet chocolate. A little faint vanilla and coconut. Not the most aromatic beer.

T - What it lacks in the nose, it makes up for in the taste. Big dark chocolate note, along with the coffee. A lot like a Cafe Mocha. Pretty sweet upfront, but the back end dries out nicely. You get the whisky/bourbon mid palate. Nice toffee, vanilla, coconut notes that blend perfectly w/ the cocoa and coffee. Only a slight hint of alcohol burn, but very light for 12.2% and being that it is fairly young.

M - Perfect for this style. Very thick and viscous (again thick a rich cafe mocha). You get a very creamy (half and half) note. Carbonation is low to go along with that silky, creamy mouthfeel.

O - Great beer!! The chocolate and coffee meld seamlessly with the whiskey and bourbon. This is the creamiest alcoholic cafe mocha that I have had. Starbucks should have this on their menu!

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Photo of morimech
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Release #1

Viscous liquid that is deep black color. Half inch of head forms and settles quickly to a thin cap. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left down the glass.

I get mostly coffee in the aroma. This does not change much even as the beer gets close to room temperature. Just subtle hints of roasted malt, chocolate, and the faintest trace of whiskey.

Coffee forward flavor as well. A little bit of roasted, burnt bitterness from the malt. Slight hint of chocolate. The barrel aging did not impart much flavor. Would of liked more. Alcohol is well hidden. Just slightly warming in the finish. A little unbalanced with the heavy coffee flavor.

Full bodied and close to perfect carbonation. Just a little too fizzy upfront.

The flavor was dominated too much by one element. For the cost of the bottle I wanted a much better executed stout. The barrel-aging needed to come out more. I would still give the next release another try.

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Photo of hollywood_15063
4.73/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of xnicknj
4.1/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into snifter

Pours a viscous black color with a small, yet fluffy browned head. Patchy lacing on the glass with some filmy retention resting on top of the brew.

A smack of coffee in the nose with some nutty tones. Bourbon and oak sweeps this away without becoming too hot. Rich chocolate and coffee bean notes swell into the profile.

Coffee and chocolate kick off the flavor, which is fairly rich yet balanced. Somewhat sweet, but tempered by oak and bourbon warmth. Vanilla is present throughout with some molasses and roasted dark malts. More coffee and booze towards the finish.

Fuller body, decent carbonation, silky and creamy on the tongue. This is one of those beers that makes me think, "Why am I trading when this is sitting on the shelf?" Definitely a really nice barrel aged beer that I'd like to have more of.

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Photo of Brenden
4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is the biggest stout I've had in a while, and it takes just a look to make me realize how much I've missed them. Black, thick, viscous, and heavy-looking, it looks as much the part as any like it. The head is medium brown, a good-sized cap, and tight. It's craggy and rocky, and it recedes very slowly. All the while, it leaves some strong patching in plenty clinging to the glass's walls.
There's a toasted brown sugar sweetness with vanilla, and the wood shows on the nose. The whiskey gives off a heat and a steady note in the nose that neither takes over nor gets overwhelmed by the huge malts, the creaminess, or the bittersweet cocoa. Coffee adds to the roasty note with its own particular essence, and just a touch of char adds to the overall effect.
It all comes together in the flavor; it's rich, complex and delicious. Booziness is overlying but not overwhelming, coffee and cocoa come out nicely, and it's a beautiful balance of sweet, woody, nutty, roasty, warm, and creamy, balancing slightly dry, with a certain thickness in the flavor.
Speaking of, this is a rich and full-bodied brew. It's got just a slight crispness, enough to keep it entertaining, and it's plenty smooth.

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Photo of Gatordaddy
4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of papat444
4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

***Release #25***

I think i owe thanks to F2brewers for this one but it might be someone else.

Poured from a bomber.

Thick, dark pour with hanging lace. Aroma is sweet cocoa, heavy and intense. Flavor is very good; rich cocoa, chocolate, rye, strong coffee, nice whiskey overtones play wonders. Very robust yet remarkably easy to drink. One of my favorite barrel aged stouts, wish i had 12 of these!

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Photo of rderedin
4.1/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cpetrone84
3.82/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is extremely dark brown, almost black, with a small amount of tight light brown head. Nose is quite big, tons of very clean coffee with a faint roast and rich malt backbone. Taste is also strong coffee, clean and virtually no acrid flavor whatsoever. The roast is light and there is a nice malt backbone of caramel and rich fudge. Body is quite full with a strong carbonation and soft palate. Finish has some lingering roast and some scorched barrel with notes of whiskey booziness intermingling down the throat.

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Photo of warnerry
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Dope
4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle is labelled Release #2 - 11.3% ABV.

A: Pours pitch black with a big, dense mocha-colored head. Fades nice and slowly - excellent retention. Thick, almost solid wall of lacing left behind.

S: Whoa, big strong roasted coffee beans. A bit of dark chocolate mixed in as well. No noticeable effect from the barrels, mainly due to the coffee being so strong I think.

T: Touch of whiskey influence up front. Very mild. Hints of caramel and toffee and chocolate. Then the coffee bomb hits. Like drinking ground up coffee beans. Strong and bitter with just enough dark chocolate to try to balance it a little and give it more of a mocha flavor. Creamy towards the finish with a little sweeter chocolate here and some drying oak. Oak and residual coffee bean lingers between sips.

M: Heavy, thick, viscous. So smooth and creamy.

O: Big time coffee bomb stout. A must-have for the coffee lover. I don't even like coffee but the coffee flavor and aroma in this is very rich, fresh and delicious. Not much influence from the whiskey barrels, I think that really could have made this beer incredible. It's quite good regardless, big sharp and strong flavors. I enjoyed it a lot.

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Photo of Zuidman
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Stofko1992
4.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gtermi
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of bsuedekum
3/5  rDev -31.4%

Photo of Kevinpitts
4.1/5  rDev -6.2%

Nice stout. Good coffee flavor. Nice beer, but nothing exceptional.

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Photo of tectactoe
4/5  rDev -8.5%

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

22 ounce into a snifter, release #40, 11.5%, maybe batch 1977 bottled 10/13/2014.

Pours dark, no head but lacing on the sides while drinking. Smells oaky, vanilla, buttery (?). Whatever, smells really nice. Tastes of vanilla, whiskey, some oak. Get some coffee on the back end. This is beautifully blended. Really smooth drinking, almost creamy.

First beer from Epic and it's a big winner. Can't get this where I live, wish I would have bought a second. Don't know if all the releases are this good, but you should buy it if you see it.

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Photo of kvgomps
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Lukass
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.37 out of 5 with 3,740 ratings
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