Epic Brewing Company (Salt Lake City, Utah) has officially announced that it will send three versions of its fan-favorite Big Bad Baptist Imperial Stout out into full distribution in November: Big Bad Baptist Imperial Stout, Quadruple Barrel Big Bad Baptist, and Big Bad Baptista.
After stripping its “barrel aging program . . . down to its core and [rebuilding] it with one goal in mind – taking a legendary beer and making it even better”, Epic Brewing is now ready to hit its fans with a “truly Epic” Big Bad Baptist season that will feature the following three takes on its highly coveted Imperial Stout (descriptions sourced from the brewery’s press release):
- Big Bad Baptist Imperial Stout – “This year OG Big Bad Baptist is one of the finest and most fussed over releases we’ve ever produced. Each release is a hand-picked blend of first, second, and third use whiskey barrels. We’ve expanded our barrel aging program to over 2000 barrels and our cellarman track and taste each one as it develops. This attention to detail and the high standards we place on each barrel means the resulting blend is simply the best of the best. This year’s coffee is a Columbian origin roasted by Salt Lake City’s Blue Copper Coffee Roasters. The lightly roasted beans have a nutty and earthy quality that rounds out the chocolate, malt and barrel character. The coffee is still upfront but quick to step aside and show off the barrel character.
- Quadruple Barrel Big Bad Baptist – Quadruple Barrel Big Bad Baptist is one of those ideas that’s just crazy enough to be great. We started with our Imperial Stout and a grip of rum barrels. These tend to highlight the molasses and toasted marshmallow flavors in the beer and pairs perfectly with coconut as noted by the success of last year’s Triple Barrel Big Bad Baptist. But we felt like there was still room to take this concept and the complexity a step farther and it didn’t take us long to start experimenting with almonds. We packed first-use whiskey barrels with Blue Copper’s Brazil Cruzerio coffee beans, shaved coconut, and slivered almond so all three ingredients could soak up as much barrel character as possible before being added to the beer.
- Big Bad Baptista – Completing the trio this year is Big Bad Baptista. We just couldn’t imagine a winter without the warm and comforting combination of Mexican coffee, chocolate, cinnamon and vanilla. Adding to its long list of accolades Baptista was ranked #23 in Paste Magazine’s massive 144 Imperial Stout tasting and maintains a solid 4.4 caps on Untappd.
“We wanted this year’s Big Bad Baptist to reflect the complexity and nuance that goes into its making. In a lot of ways this year’s approach is a return to the first few batches we made when our program was only 20 barrels. I have to hand it to our team – handling a program one hundred times larger isn’t easy and you can taste the hard work and passion they put into the beer.”
– Dave Cole, Epic Brewing Co-Founder
All three variants of Big Bad Baptist will enter distribution in mid-November 2018 and will hang around as long as supplies last. You can expect to find these Limited Release brews at select craft beer establishments located in Florida, Utah and throughout the rest of Epic Brewing’s distribution area. Prost!