Release Big Bad Baptist Reserve

Discussion in 'Beer News & Releases' started by Hinda65, Apr 8, 2018.

  1. Hinda65

    Hinda65 Initiate (126) May 7, 2017 Utah
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    A very limited release (600 cases) in the next week or 2. Sounds like it's going to be a blend of BBB, Triple barrel and Baptista

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    Fist we have Big Bad Baptist Reserve from Epic Brewing. What makes this one "Reserve"? Apparently it's because this version is a blend of the best, of all three barrels from all three 2017 Big Bad Baptist variants. It's said that crazy flavors were not the focus here, simply the smoothest blends that Epic has to offer. This will be a pretty limited batch when it hits. Only 600 cases will be produced. Big Bad Baptist season is still a ways away; maybe this will arrive sooner because of it's reserve status. At least now you can start planning your attack strategies sooner than later.
     
  2. bbtkd

    bbtkd Poo-Bah (2,038) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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  3. rypkr

    rypkr Crusader (798) Nov 19, 2011 Pennsylvania
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    If you blend 3 okay beers do you come up with something better?
     
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  4. Harrison8

    Harrison8 Poo-Bah (2,528) Dec 6, 2015 Missouri
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    Damn. I thought Big Bad Baptist was delightful. Haven't had the other two.

    But in theory, yes. A blend could cover up brewing mistakes, or off flavors or enhance weak but desirable flavors.
     
  5. Harrison8

    Harrison8 Poo-Bah (2,528) Dec 6, 2015 Missouri
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    Consider me excited! Epic doesn't come to my home state, but considering I work (and occasionally run) in an adjoining state that gets Epic, I'll have to keep an eye out for this. I won't get my hopes up though with the limited quantities.
     
  6. bbtkd

    bbtkd Poo-Bah (2,038) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    Which three okay beers are you referring to? BBB has a BA score of 4.37, Triple Barrel 4.43, and Baptista has a 4.41. They are listed as "Outstanding". You have to have a score in the low 3's to rank as "Okay".
     
  7. TheGent

    TheGent Meyvn (1,281) Jun 29, 2010 New Jersey
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    Big Bad Baptist is delightful!
     
  8. raynmoon

    raynmoon Crusader (776) Aug 13, 2011 Colorado

    I'm kind of with you on this one. But not with the whole "okay beer" part. I'm just thinking: BBB is really good, Baptista is a great variant, same with the triple barrel. Blend them all together, given most of the beer and ingredients are the same, what will change?

    If I were putting together a "Baptist Reserve" my first idea would be an extended barrel aging, or a mixture of barrels. Something other than what patrons can blend together with beers on the shelf.
     
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  9. Harrison8

    Harrison8 Poo-Bah (2,528) Dec 6, 2015 Missouri
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    Kinda makes me wonder if they an excess of barrels for each release of each of those, so they stirred up the leftovers into a new beer.

    Still, I'm excited to try and try it, but that was one of my first thoughts.
     
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  10. rypkr

    rypkr Crusader (798) Nov 19, 2011 Pennsylvania
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    "Okay" was MY opinion of the three base beers. Here's to their endeavor.

    Cheers!
     
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  11. Lahey

    Lahey Disciple (327) Nov 12, 2016 Michigan

    I didn't care for the triple barrel and haven't drank my baptista yet. I like the base beer a lot though, close to KBS imo.
     
  12. Anthony1

    Anthony1 Defender (640) May 3, 2009 Colorado

    Yeah, that's what we did. It's not really a blend of three different beers, it's the barrel selection that made it the reserve. I can see your confusion though. The best way I describe it is that it's a softer grand cru version of TBBB (since theres still coconut)
     
  13. Anthony1

    Anthony1 Defender (640) May 3, 2009 Colorado

    It definitely wasn't leftovers and we bought special barrels for this release that didn't go into other blends. Took a few extra months to really mellow out the flavors too. I was in favor of a much softer coconut flavor since I don't actually like coconut, but it went well with the rum.
     
  14. Harrison8

    Harrison8 Poo-Bah (2,528) Dec 6, 2015 Missouri
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    Very nice. I didn't know we had an Epic worker on these boards.

    Just recently discovered Kansas gets your work so I made a short drive a couple weekends ago and finally picked up Big Bad Baptist and Baptista. Hoping I can find some of this Reserve, but that may be a little hopeful with the amount being produced.
     
  15. Anthony1

    Anthony1 Defender (640) May 3, 2009 Colorado

    I’m the barrel blender for epic in Denver. I’ve been w epic for 5 years now. I make all of our sours as well as blend a large chunk of BBB. I get on here every few weeks but anyone can feel free to ping me on posts.
     
  16. s4tk

    s4tk Initiate (56) Jan 24, 2014 Indiana
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    Triple Barrel was a Top-5 stout of 2017 for me. More than okay.
     
  17. Selz202

    Selz202 Initiate (60) Jan 16, 2015 Washington

    I would say BBB is probably the best new beer for me that I tried in the last year. I have Baptista and Triple Barrel waiting. I dont even have to try those to know I want this reserve.
     
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  18. KBlodorn

    KBlodorn Aspirant (267) Oct 3, 2014 Ohio
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    Legitimate question: Do you add flaked/toasted coconut or coconut "flavoring" into Triple Barrel Baptist? In my experience, and I know I might be in the minority here, but I can't get into beers that taste like they have coconut flavoring in them, ala Triple Barrel Baptist, Last Snow, even Bourbon Paradise, etc. But if beer has flaked, or better, toasted, coconut, like Space Trace, Prop 14, Coconut Rye Parabola, Okie Paradise, etc. it tastes significantly better to me. Just curious, 'cause I loved BBB but just couldn't get into Triple Barrel BBB
     
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  19. s4tk

    s4tk Initiate (56) Jan 24, 2014 Indiana
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    I agree. A lot of coconut stouts taste like suntan oil to me. (but I think Prop 14 was actually coconut water?) but I didn't get that vibe from Triple Barrel BBB. Maybe just my tastes.
     
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  20. KBlodorn

    KBlodorn Aspirant (267) Oct 3, 2014 Ohio
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    Yep, typo on my part, that should have been Prop 13

    And, yes, suntan lotion. I got that big time from Last Snow and even in Triple Barrel BBB... That's just something I cannot get past, doesn't matter how well made the rest of the beer is.
     
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  21. Anthony1

    Anthony1 Defender (640) May 3, 2009 Colorado

    Reserve has no coconut extract. We used real coconut in the reserve AND the triple (which we actually barrel aged... as in the coconut sat in casks. It was a pain in the butt of a process). As someone who doesn’t like coconut, I also thought the TBBB was way over the top at first, but it’s really mellowing out. But that’s why we made the reserve like we did. It’s way more of a balanced flavor that brings out the rum. If you like coconut, but not the intensity of TBBB, you should definitely try the reserve.
     
  22. VitisVinifera

    VitisVinifera Initiate (102) Feb 25, 2013 California

    Found Baptista as a shelf turd and decided to buy based on name recognition. Was a bit let down, was expecting something like a flavored Abyss or Parabola.
     
  23. KBlodorn

    KBlodorn Aspirant (267) Oct 3, 2014 Ohio
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    Shit, if I can find it, I absolutely will. Thanks and cheers
     
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  24. Donco

    Donco Devotee (433) Aug 12, 2013 Pennsylvania

    Yes, please!!
     
  25. Donco

    Donco Devotee (433) Aug 12, 2013 Pennsylvania

    Seriously? BBB is one of the best BA stouts in existence.
     
  26. Harrison8

    Harrison8 Poo-Bah (2,528) Dec 6, 2015 Missouri
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    You misread my post if you thought I was knocking Big Bad Baptist. I said "I thought Big Bad Baptist was delightful."

    I said a blend could potentially cover up brewing mistakes, as a general comment. I don't think Big Bad Baptist has any though as I really enjoyed it. I had Baptista since my original post and wasn't as big of a fan (the chilis peppers got me). Having a blend with heavier coffee and lower chili peppers may make the reserve even better for my palate.
     
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  27. AZBeerDude72

    AZBeerDude72 Meyvn (1,317) Jun 10, 2016 Arizona
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    I would try it out if the price is right or maybe as a sniffer. Honestly I am worn down with the Barrel Aged trend, it is almost as over the top as NEIPA in my humble opinion. It was fun when just some beers with BA, now it seems like everything is in order to cash in on the premium charged for them.
     
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  28. Manchovies

    Manchovies Initiate (17) Apr 18, 2018 South Carolina

    Will this be distributed to the Carolinas? I'm in upstate SC and never see anything from this brewery but wouldn't mind driving up to Asheville or something
     
  29. Hinda65

    Hinda65 Initiate (126) May 7, 2017 Utah
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    triple barrel was $18.49 ... I was told it would be more than that...My guess is $21 or $22?
     
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  30. Donco

    Donco Devotee (433) Aug 12, 2013 Pennsylvania

    Sorry...I wasn't reacting to your post. I was reacting to the OP:grin:
     
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  31. Lahey

    Lahey Disciple (327) Nov 12, 2016 Michigan

    I still enjoy BA stouts, but I've learned that a barrel doesn't cover up the shit flavor of a beer with too many additives. Don't get me wrong, some beers pull it off. But I generally don't need blueberries, maple syrup and bacon to make a stout palatable to me.
     
  32. AZBeerDude72

    AZBeerDude72 Meyvn (1,317) Jun 10, 2016 Arizona
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    I agree. At times I really enjoy some of them but honestly I love a simple tasty beer. Sometimes I think less is better if that still holds in this beer market lol. Seems like the new trend is "all in"
    Cheers
     
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  33. Lahey

    Lahey Disciple (327) Nov 12, 2016 Michigan

    Yeah, I got pulled in by the FOMO monster and still will from time to time. But I'm learning how great a simple beer can be. So many hyped beers have been disappointing to me in the stout world lately.
     
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  34. MrWrigleyField

    MrWrigleyField Initiate (29) Nov 22, 2015 Illinois

    Triple barrel baptist was the best new beer of 2017 imo.
     
  35. Mikecd234

    Mikecd234 Initiate (145) Jun 24, 2015 Michigan

    I agree, I was bummed I could only find 1 bottle.
     
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  36. brewaddict

    brewaddict Aspirant (245) Nov 25, 2015 California

    Just throwing in my 2 cents, but I found triple barrel lacked balance. The smell was fantastic. Had all of the components. But they weren't blended in the flavor. I could clearly taste each one staged throughout the sip and they weren't complimenting each other. It was still good. I still think I like Baptista better.
     
  37. Jkolls

    Jkolls Disciple (307) Dec 2, 2015 Ohio
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    @Anthony1 do you anticipate Reserve Baptist getting any distro? Or is this one staying at the brewery or in Colorado ?
     
  38. Hinda65

    Hinda65 Initiate (126) May 7, 2017 Utah
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    FWIW...We only had about 100 cases stay here in Utah...So if it was the same at the Colorado spot, close to 400 cases were shipped out.
     
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  39. Jkolls

    Jkolls Disciple (307) Dec 2, 2015 Ohio
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    oh wow! Didn't realize it already came out. I'll keep my eyes peeled in NE ohio
     
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  40. Anthony1

    Anthony1 Defender (640) May 3, 2009 Colorado

    Yeah, I’m certain it will get around but I think I heard most distro will be 5-10 cases. Unsure though. I’ll check back when I find out.
     
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