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%
 
 
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Photo of joecast
4.77/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Hollingsheads in Orange Ca.

Well, what can I say. One of the best beers I've had in a long time. Exceptional balance, mouthfeel and drinkability.

Superb, delicate chocolate aroma. Light oak and roast. Taste is as smooth as anything. Hardly any alcohol heat which is quite an accomplishment considering the abv. And so easy to drink, not filling or overpowering. Fits as a desert beer, accompaniment with dinner, or just something to sip on before bed.

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Photo of Benish
4.75/5  rDev +10%

Batch #15. Poured into snifter glass.

Appearance: looked insanely thick while pouring. Built a thick brown head. I mean thick. Dissipated slowly. Jet black in color. Not much lacings around the glass.

Smell: Wow, picked up sweet dark chocolate, intense bourbon, some coffee and some brown sugar. It's sweet and delectable. Something that falls in the category of desert.

Taste: Very multidimensional and complex. Milky chocolate, black coffee, and bourbon intermingled. Very complex and boozy. Sweetness all around with lots of heat with flavors all around the mouth. Outstanding.

Mouthfeel: quite simple: thick and creamy

Overall: outstanding. Epic sure pulled this one off. I see a lot of mix reviews, maybe different batches? But batch #15 was outstanding. I really enjoyed this.

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Photo of LloydDobler
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | 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 DMarlinJ
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
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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Photo of kkleu357
4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thick dark black pour with no head. Smells like cocoa and coffee beans. Not much alcohol smell at all. Big thick mouthfeel. Tastes like a chocolate covered espresso bean. Minor hints of whiskey. No alcohol taste. Terrific beer!

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Photo of brew3crew
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jackie o's tasting baby!! 1st release

A-black body and a tan head that stick around for awhile.

S-wow smell coffee as it starts to pour. Fresh roasted coffee

T-not really any whisky, tons of fresh coffee

M- medium boey and smooth

O-nice suprise. Very good but very Hugh coffee

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Photo of minterro
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bought from Colorado Liquor Mart in Denver, CO. This one was recommended to me, hope it lives up to the hype.

#18

Poured into a snifter.

A&S: Smells like straight up black coffee. No real sweetness or chocolate... just coffee at least it does initially. Jet black beer, with a dark tan that resides quickly.

T&M: AMAZING! Huge burst of chocolate upfront. Massive whiskey tones especially in the finish. Other tones include a bitter coffee finish and some subdued vanilla upfront. Very silky smooth texture, pretty much as good as it gets, with a sprinkling of carbonation.

Overall: It runs for around 12 bucks a bomber and well worth it. I would recommend splitting it with a friend. One of the better beers I have had in recent history. The only reason I didn't write more is because I was rating with skyping with a friend and I'm sick of writing things after spending so much extra time writing science grants.

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Photo of madtowndmb1
3.56/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I feel I had to review this just because it seems fairly batch dependant. This was batch #27 and it was a coffee bomb. While I love coffee in beers this was more of a coffee with beer in it, somewhere? So take my end number with a grain of salt. It poured a very nice black with an off white head that was a little too pop like for me with next to no lacing. The smell was the best part of this beer, it smelled like a coffee shop, lovely. Too bad it tasted like a cup of coffee, very little cocoa and no whiskey barrel. it came across a little thinner than I like but nice. Overall this beer was OK. Would try again just not batch #27

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Photo of BucBasil
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a tuliped pint glass at Stout Studio City.

The beer is pure black with a solid looking dark tan head. Foam lacing all over. About as solid as can be.

A more subdued aroma than what I expected. Light coffee and bakers chocolate. A bit of roast behind it but compared to other imperial stouts the aroma does not permeate. OK

All the right notes are there. The roast and bitter chocolate are spot on. There's a nice cordial sweetness in there that adds a liquer character. Then on top of that you get a nice wood and bourbon note. Very nice.

Overall right up my alley. A hugely solid beer. Drinkable and smooth with a pretty unique character. Recommended. Just missing that aroma to put it over the top.

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Photo of DaveAnderson
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Release #7, 11.0% ABV.

I wasn't really planning to review this beer. I just wanted to open in and drink it. But then I smelled it, and knew I would have to review it. So here goes.

A standard pour into a tulip produces a pitch-black liquid and an ethereal, dark tan foam. The head is not aggressive, and it dissipates fairly soon, leaving little lacing. The beer itself is as dark as any I have seen. It's not quite as viscous as some, but it's espresso black.

Coffee is evident to my nose. But chocolate is the dominant smell. And I don't mean it smells like a typical chocolate stout. To me, it smells like one of those chocolates that are 75% or 85% cocoa. The label says it spent time in whiskey barrels, but I would never have guessed.

It tastes like it smells. A hint of coffee, but huge, high cocoa chocolate notes. No oak, no whiskey. And hey -- it's none the worse off for lack of whiskey notes. I sometimes think brewers try to cram too many flavors into a bottle. This one is complex enough as-is.

Mouthfeel is a little thin for such a big beer. Alcohol is well-masked. This one is really easy to drink. It's my favorite beer from Epic so far.

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Photo of ruzzal
4.75/5  rDev +10%
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 Smurf2055
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Uber

Pours black with a finger of tan head.

Smell is awesome, strong coffee and a bit of nuttiness.

Taste is smooth coffee roast, bitter the whole way through.

Very nice beer, masks the alcohol very well, wish there was more chance to try this.

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Photo of PaulyB83
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a a 22oz. bomber into a tulip glass

A- Pours a thick black. With an aggressive pour a small cafe latte colored head forms and quickly dissipates to a ring.

S- Big coffee, then chocolate with some sweetness. Not getting a whole lot of the barrel.

T- Similar to the aroma but with the whiskey coming through. Tastes like a someone but a small shot of whiskey in a FBS. The sweetness level in this reminds me of an Irish coffee.

M- Thick, sticky and creamy.

O- A very good stout and a pretty good barrel aged one. I don't think this is aged long enough to become very complex and, as it is, remains just a great base stout with some added whisky flavor. I enjoyed how it reminded me of an Irish coffee and I guess $12 for a barrel aged bomber is pretty good. Having said that I could probably replicate the taste for cheaper by adding a shot of whisky to a FBS, actually think I'll try that soon.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.88/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A finger of bubbly tan head on the pour which was present on the edges of the glass while drinking. Above average active carbonation for the style. Pours and sit pitch black.

Smell: Coffee, lots of coffee hit the nose right away. The coffee has a medium roasted aroma that mixes well with the silky cocoa nibs. Light oak and mossy hops are picked up underneath everything else. Barrel character has a light touch of spices on the back end.

Taste: Milk chocolate and vanilla sweetness greets the drinker. Robust coffee grounds integrate well with the silky chocolate on the front. Roasted malt picks up on the back end. Slight touch of alcohol and barrel character on the back end but is very light.

Mouthfeel: Rich coffee and chocolate texture graces the palate throughout. Carbonation fits the beer.

Overall: Definitely a little disappointed here, especially after how much I loved the Imperial Stout from the Exponential Series. This beer is so coffee forward that it stifles everything else going on. And where is the barrel character? Despite those two things this is still a really good stout. Looking forward to sitting on the second bottle I have for a good long while and seeing what happens.

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Photo of rapidsequence
3.8/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. $11.40 from Pints O'Plenty.

Appearance: Pitch black. Good looking tan colored head with surprisingly goog retention. Nice looking spotty lacing.

Smell: Strong coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Caramel, vanilla, a hint of smoke, and a bit of leather.

Taste: Its on the bitter-roasty side, and a bit of heat and bitterness from the whiskey barrels accentuates this. Residual sweetness from the malt and the sweeter cocoa and vanilla flavors balance it somewhat, but this one stays a bit on the harsh side due to roasty bitterness and alcohol burn. There is nice complexity of flavors, but its out of balance at this stage of its life.

Mouthfeel: The body if the beer is nice and big, but is cut and thinned by the hot alcohol. The burn steals what would otherwise be a big, soft, fullmouthfeel. Still pretty good though.

Overall: I think this beer needs some time to mellow and meld. There are lots of nice flavors that I think will come together nicely. I wish I had one to age. This beer is probably better than my review numbers indicate.

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Photo of mabermud
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The look is luscious.
The smell is rich and sexy.
The taste is desirable.
The feel is warm, thick, and substantial.
Overall, she is someone you would probably lust for.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.51/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into snifter. It's jet black in color with a fairly thin, mocha colored head and lacing, which quickly dissipated except for the edge of the glass. The smell features burnt, dark coffee, dark chocolate, nuts, and char, with a hint of whiskey. What a flavor: dark roast coffee, sweet vanilla, cocoa, dark malt, nuts, with a nice dose of whiskey. This is a medium-bodied, stout, with moderate carbonation, and you definitely notice the 11.8% ABV. This is truly a sipper. Overall, this is one of the finest stouts I've ever tasted! About the only thing missing is a little dark fruit. I wish this were easier to find in New Jersey.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft, at the Aces and Ales, Las Vegas, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with a half of a finger of chocolate-colored head that dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Tons of roasted malt up front, imparting notes of freshly toasted pumpernickel bread, followed by some dark chocolate aromas, caramel and brown sugar. Rich.

Taste: Strong flavors of roasted malt up front, imparting notes of freshly toasted pumpernickel bread, a touch of freshly roasted coffee and smoke, followed by some dark chocolate-like bitterness, dark molasses, brown sugar-like sweetness and a touch of star anise or licorice. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Very chewy, very creamy and smooth, as there is no carbonation what-so-ever in this beer. With an ABV of 11.8%, there is a very pleasant alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: This is an excellent beer! I love the strong flavors of malt, dark chocolate and dark molasses/brown sugar-like sweetness as well as the creamy mouthfeel. Delicious!

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
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 d5001986
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber poured into Spiegelau tulip.
Release #42

This is a solid stout for the money. Coffee forward with chocolate and a notable hoppiness. The whiskey barreling is obvious, but doesn't lead to an overly boozy taste. Sticky consistency that hangs in the back of the throat. Overall, I wouldn't put B.B.B. among the best, but rather one of the better B.A. stouts you're going to find for $$.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
3.98/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Thick motor oil viscous RIS. Pretty typical of the style.

S- Very coffee forward. Some fig/prune/dark fruit background along with faint dark chocolate.

T- Again, coffee forward with alcohol following. The RIS is unfortunately next. Hidden by the forwardness of the coffee and booze.

M- Moderately thin here; with a good amount of carbonation for this style.

O- This is a great fall/winter BA stout beer to buy during the holidays. Denver does not get as many as the Midwest does; so I need to stock up on these brews.

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Photo of Beerandboards
3.88/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch #8, reviewed 12/30/12

Poured from a bomber into a snifter.

A - pours almost black, poured pretty cold, so a small amount of head forms and dissipates to a ring and some whisps. Lightens a little on the edges when held to the light. Second pour after warming a little doesn't produce much more in the way of head.

S - Coffee forward and coffee dominates throughout. Also some vanilla and a little bit of the bourbon whiskey. Some oak-y barrel as well. Petty nice,if not a little thin.

T - COFFEE. This is almost a coffee bomb. Medium roast coffee dominates the whole show. It's good, near great, but the coffee dominates. There are notes of vanilla and bourbon, as well as some roasty elements as well. There is some hop bitterness to finish. Can't quite decide whether I don't like it or if I really like it. At first I found it a little bit of a turn off, but I find it keeps me wanting another sip. Nice element I suppose.

M - above average. Low carbonation, thick. No complaints here.

O - I would definitely buy this again. I put it in the like it but don't absolutely love it. The interplay between the coffee dominance and the hop bittering at the end was interesting. I like coffee beers, and this one was very enjoyable.

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Photo of mlockman
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Aroma and flavor are all whiskey, and intense. Underlying the whiskey-notes is an intense flavor of chocolate, more present in the finish than elsewhere. Overall, phenomenal, but I can't wait to see what some age will do for this brew.

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Photo of davemathews68
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Release 17, 12% abv

A- A vigorous pour yields a vary dark brown body with a brow head that lingers slightly.

S- alcohol, coffee, dark malts, biter sweet chocolate.

T- boozy,strong coffee, slight chocolate, no whiskey. I had to double check the fact that it was barrel aged.

M- good but a bit thinner and slightly more carbonation than desired.

O- a great coffee stout. I would pick up other releases to compare.

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Photo of MTKATL
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a big beer. 12.2% with very full flavor of cocoa, coffee, and booze. The nose is very boozy, but the taste is more coffee and chocolate. Mouthfeel is full without being overly thick. This is a great beer.

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