5 New Baptist Variants from Epic Brewing

Discussion in 'Beer News & Releases' started by Hinda65, Sep 14, 2019.

  1. Hinda65

    Hinda65 Initiate (190) May 7, 2017 Utah



    Info from a nice lady at the brewery revealed Epic is releasing 5 new Baptist variants over the next 5 weeks. Baptista will not be released this year but here is the lineup starting with the Brandy Friday the 20th with a new bottle released every Friday.

    Big Bad Baptist Vanilla Brandy, an imperial stout aged in brandy barrels with cacao, coffee and vanilla
    Big Bad Baptist Chocolate Rapture, an imperial stout aged in whiskey barrels with cacao nibs, coffee and vanilla.
    Hazelnut Vanilla Latte Big Bad Baptist, an imperial stout aged in whiskey barrels with coffee, roasted cacao nibs, roasted hazelnuts and vanilla
    Baptist Peanut Butter Cup, an imperial stout aged in whiskey barrels with coffee, roasted cacao nibs and peanuts
    Quintuple Barrel Baptist - not sure of all the ingredients here
    #1 Hinda65, Sep 14, 2019
    Last edited: Sep 14, 2019
  2. Immanuelrx

    Immanuelrx Initiate (21) Jan 20, 2019 Belgium

    That is exciting. The baptista is one of my favorite beers but all of the Baptist variants are great.
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  3. BeardedWalrus

    BeardedWalrus Disciple (351) Jun 5, 2018 North Carolina

    Quintuple barrel Baptist eh? The quad barrel was already nuts enough, so I'm curious as to how that'll turn out. The brandy barrel version excites me the most though.
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  4. JuliusPepperwood

    JuliusPepperwood Aspirant (219) Jul 21, 2013 North Carolina

    Bummed about Baptista, one of my favorite beers last year, but I'm excited about most these new variants!
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  5. laketang

    laketang Meyvn (1,172) Mar 22, 2015 Illinois

    I'm willing to try them all.
  6. Eddiehop

    Eddiehop Zealot (571) Jun 28, 2014 Texas

    Epic is milking that Baptist series for all it's worth. That hazelnut vanilla is intriguing though likely I'll never get a whiff of it.
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  7. 3bthero

    3bthero Initiate (66) Dec 25, 2012 Colorado

    If by "milking" you mean consistently dropping low-key bangers for $15-18/bottle with zero hype, than yeahhhhhhhhh. I guess I consider "milking" more along the line of a two-bottle+glass boxed set of non-BA stout at 3x the price, but hey, that's just like, my opinion, man.

    Anywho, I am disappointed in the lack of Baptista, but I'll be grabbing every single one of these releases nonetheless.
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  8. Eddiehop

    Eddiehop Zealot (571) Jun 28, 2014 Texas

    I just mean Baptist variants like baptista, reserve, double barrel, etc and now this release of 5 new ones.

    And I agree that for the price point, some of the better BA stuff on the shelf when you can find it.
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  9. AZBeerDude72

    AZBeerDude72 Poo-Bah (1,825) Jun 10, 2016 Arizona
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    I can see myself grabbing these, thanks for sharing.
  10. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,361) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado

    Just in time for GABF. How convinient.
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  11. thedaveofbeer

    thedaveofbeer Initiate (186) Mar 25, 2016 Massachusetts

    Does anyone know if all of these variants are getting full distro?
  12. BirdsandHops

    BirdsandHops Poo-Bah (2,629) Apr 14, 2008 North Carolina

    Man, I've not seen any of the Baptist variants under $21-24 with regular Baptist being ~$18. They've all been good and at least worth the price for one bottle, but harder to pull the trigger on multiple.
  13. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Meyvn (1,097) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    Do these guys distribute to California at all?
  14. mohaghandi

    mohaghandi Aspirant (282) Jun 22, 2010 California

    They’re everywhere in LA and San Diego.
  15. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Meyvn (1,097) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    I will have to look for it next time im in the bay area or santa rosa areas
  16. chong138

    chong138 Initiate (102) Dec 30, 2007 California

    Nobody has milked a single stout more than Alesmith.
  17. DIM

    DIM Poo-Bah (2,734) Sep 28, 2006 Pennsylvania

    How about fiftyfifty?
  18. alucard6679

    alucard6679 Aspirant (228) Jul 29, 2012 Arizona

    These look very interesting (although I'm not huge on peanut butter beers)

    Really wish I would've picked up a case of the Baptista, I miss it so...
  19. Eddiehop

    Eddiehop Zealot (571) Jun 28, 2014 Texas

    ...and just for clarification. maybe 'milking' was a poor choice of words on my part, since I like the BBB series, but seems like each successive year they're adding more new variants than the prior year. I guess its no different than Goose Island and their 6-7+? variants to the bourbon county lineup.
  20. Jaycase

    Jaycase Meyvn (1,304) Jan 13, 2007 Illinois

    "Rare Release"? Sign me up.
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  21. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,993) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina

    I absolutely love their beers, but I also absolutely hate their pricing point.
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  22. DIM

    DIM Poo-Bah (2,734) Sep 28, 2006 Pennsylvania

    Agreed and I hate the format too. I've tried two versions and unless I see one of the more hyped varieties I'm probably done. For roughly the price of 3.5 eclipses, I got a case of Underground Mountain Brown.
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  23. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,993) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina

    The EC done in 18 yr old barrels in White Wax is worth the money imo.
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  24. The-Adjunct-Hippie

    The-Adjunct-Hippie Poo-Bah (4,153) May 12, 2014 South Dakota

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  25. GetMeAnIPA

    GetMeAnIPA Defender (607) Mar 28, 2009 California

    I’ve seen multiple variants of past releases in Orange County.
  26. Roguer

    Roguer Poo-Bah (4,465) Mar 25, 2013 Georgia
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    These definitely look gimmicky, except ... well, everything I've ever had in the BBB series has been phenomenal at worst. I'd expect every one of these to be excellent.
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  27. jakecattleco

    jakecattleco Poo-Bah (2,121) Sep 3, 2008 California
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    We see plenty in the Sac area as well. Hell, I even remember seeing Baptista on the shelves at World Market, $14/bottle.
  28. skiking70

    skiking70 Devotee (475) Sep 23, 2014 Maryland
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    Honestly imo Baptista is the best of the bunch, sorry it won’t be around this year. All of those variants sound great, I hope to grab 2-3 of them.

    On a side note the double barrel, reserve and quad barrel have been a little lackluster in their flavor and seem disjointed to me. I enjoy Epic and will definitely search these new beers out, except the quintuple.
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  29. Jlabs

    Jlabs Meyvn (1,427) Nov 11, 2013 New York
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    these all sound awesome..wish they distributed to NYC
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  30. KidGalaga

    KidGalaga Initiate (72) Apr 21, 2014 Illinois

    my sentiments as well. enjoyed Baptista far more than triple, reserve or quadruple.

    curious about the PB as that is very hard to execute well
  31. ManBearPat

    ManBearPat Devotee (472) Dec 2, 2014 Colorado

    Guess I’m in the minority here in that I like regular old BBB the best... then again- coffee is the only extra flavor I want in my stouts.

    All the others have been great though fwiw
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  32. mogulskier

    mogulskier Initiate (68) Feb 3, 2019 California

    Not hard to find in the Bay Area.

    Disappointed to see no Baptista this year. It is deserving of the high marks it receives.

    Not to worry though as Epic has some appealing Baptist offerings. There are a couple I am really interested in, Vanilla Brandy and Chocolate Rapture.
  33. CSpoons

    CSpoons Initiate (158) Nov 13, 2012 Maryland

    My local shop just got them in but this place is notorious for insane mark-ups so I'm expecting at least $25 per bottle. Not sure if I'm willing to go that high considering I've not been impressed with BBB in the last 2 or 3 years.
  34. mogulskier

    mogulskier Initiate (68) Feb 3, 2019 California

    The one that intrigued me the most was the Vanilla Brandy variant, but I also picked up Quintuple.

    Tried the Vanilla Brandy, and if that is any indication, all of these should be world-class brews. Especially at these price points; the reason why I only bought two.

    That said, the Vanilla Brandy is indeed world class and just what I was hoping for. It is very good.

    If Quintuple is also just as good, or even close, I'll pick up the remaining variants.
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  35. drunkenmess

    drunkenmess Meyvn (1,057) Mar 27, 2015 Michigan
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    So far have had 4 out of 5 variants.
    Chocolate Rapture is the only one left for me to try. IMO I feel Vanilla Brandy is my top fav followed by Quintuple, Peanut Butter Cup, then Vanilla Latte. At 15.99/bottle why not. Looking forward to Chocolate Rapture. :beers:
  36. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (6,913) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    I've only seen 2 so far. The Chocolate Rapture hit my palate just right. The Peanut Butter Cup could have used more peanut butter flavour but was very good.
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  37. AZBeerDude72

    AZBeerDude72 Poo-Bah (1,825) Jun 10, 2016 Arizona
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    These dropped in AZ a few weeks ago at $15.99ea.
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  38. jnance88

    jnance88 Initiate (126) Jun 10, 2014 California

    I really wanted to try the Vanilla Brandy but I can't find it close to me here in LA. My local has a bunch of the Chocolate Rapture and Vanilla Hazelnut.
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  39. CSpoons

    CSpoons Initiate (158) Nov 13, 2012 Maryland

    Ok, I was pleasantly surprised by the reasonable prices at my store. Only $18.99 per bottle. Picked up the Chocolate Rapture and the Vanilla Hazelnut.
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  40. Beer_Stan

    Beer_Stan Initiate (128) Mar 15, 2014 California

    I've had them all so far since I got them into my store. The Baptista was so far the best variant they've made in terms of the expression of flavors promised on the label. These 5 weren't bad, I just wanted more from them in respects to what they said they had in them. Good but not as EPIC as I was expecting.