Epic Brewing Co. is recalling specific bottles of Big Bad Baptista after reports of “off flavors.”

The recall is limited to just one release of the 11 percent ABV imperial stout brewed with a “carefully selected blend” of Mexican coffees from Blue Copper Coffee in Salt Lake City, as well as cinnamon, vanilla and a “healthy dose” of locally-produced cacao nibs from Solstice Chocolate before being aged in whiskey barrels. That specific release is #8 DEN #4799, which was bottled on Nov. 19, 2017.

“Through sensory analysis, our team discovered varying levels of a buttery, off-flavors from nearly undetectable to overwhelming levels, thus confirming the reports that had been sent to us by consumers,” reads a statement on Epic’s website. “The micro-testing we conducted confirmed a bacterial presence in both the bottles and kegs that were sampled. Samples have been sent to a third-party lab for further identification of the bacteria strain. This bacterial infection results in flavor issues with the beer, but is not harmful.”

The affected beers were shipped to eight different states:

  • California (Bay area)
  • Colorado
  • Idaho
  • New Jersey
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Texas

According to Epic, while the brewery has a protocol in place to test samples of every batch of beer to test for “off-flavors and possible beer spoilers” before they are packaged, records indicate that the testing on the affected batch “simply didn’t happen, which was a failure of the system we have in place to prevent these types of issues.”

Customers who purchased bottles of the affected beer are being asked to email [email protected] with the following information:

  • First and last name
  • Shipping address
  • When and where the beer was purchased
  • A photo of the stamped information on the side of the label
In addition, retailers who have bottles of the affected beer should contact their local Epic Brewing distributor to get the beer replaced or credited.