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Imperial Stout - Epic Brewing Company

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Reviews: 68
Hads: 237
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 17.95%
Wants: 13
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bishopgary on 12-06-2010

This massive Stout pours a mahogany black with a thick, brown head. The aroma is all chocolate roasted malt. The aroma is all chocolate and toasted malt. The first wave of flavor embraces anise and dark, bitter chocolate but opens up to include coffee, smoke and rich sweet malt.
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Photo of KYGunner
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is what an Imperial Stout should be! Deep, dark and complex it's delicious yet smooth and 10%. Strong coffee overtones with chocolate syrup, molasses,sorghum, marshmallow, Graham Cracker, light anise, malt and even a bit of sherry. Love this!

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Photo of Benish
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Color: charcoal black in color. Appeared thick and viscious while pouring. Minimal head that is brown when present for a short time.

Smell: mostily coffee. Maybe a little bit of coaco but it's dominantly coffee.

Taste: very sweet and viscous in the mouth. Coffee, chocolate, and some dried dark fruits. It also has a bit of spiciness to it, but it doesn't seem like its coming from the alcohol. Almost like Mexican chocolate minus the cinnamon.

Mouthfeel: full-bodied with a spiciness character at the finish that lingers around for a little bit.

Overall: a decent stout from Epic. Just a step down from the Big Bad Baptist. Not sure if its the same base beer but I enjoyed it.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ratings are correct below, but I changed some marks above to make the final rating as close as possible with Beer Advocate's "revamped" system. The 4.00 overall rating is accurate.

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Karl Strauss 26th anniversary snifter glass
From: Utah State Liquor Store #06 in Logan, Utah
Price: $8.35
Purchased: May 2, 2015
Consumed: May 19, 2015
Misc.: Release #23 - Brewed on Oct. 23, 2014; Packaged Nov. 6, 2014; Brewed in Denver; 10.9 pct. ABV

Poured a black color with two fingers of frothy tan head, which thinned out quickly. Good uneven layered lacing with some spottiness along the sides of the glass. Very good retention. (Sight - 4.13)

Smelled chocolate, roasty malts, toasty nuts, caramel, dark chocolate syrup, smoky cocoa spices, faint coffee malts and sweet toffee. (Smell - 3.88)

Tasted similar to the nose, but slightly better. Got chocolate syrup, rich roasty malts, dark cocoa, toasty nuts, caramel, toffee, rich coffee malts, smokiness and fudge. (Taste - 4.00)

Full body. Creamy-to-sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter, slightly warming finish. (Feel - 4.13)

This beer really grew on me. I may have underrated it a tad, but either way this was a tasty double imperial stout. (Overall - 4.00)

4.00 | 90 | A-

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Photo of pat61
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Brilliant ebony under a 1” tan collar that quickly dissipates to a film.
S: Roasted malt, coffee, dark malt, dark dried fruit.
T: Intense roasted malt flavors lead to dark dried fruits and finish with big coffee flavors.
F: a big creamy mouthfeel
O: A big bold stout for people who drink their coffee black

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a viscous, shiny black. Thick dark khaki head which leaves heavy, dark lacing behind when it dissipates.

Smells of dark chocolate, licorice and coffee. Some roasted malt and tobacco.

Dark bitter chocolate is the first taste. Dark roasted coffee, black licorice, smoke, tobacco and earthy/peaty malt.

Thick, full bodied mouth feel. Creamy feeling which lingers on the tongue. Medium carbonation. Some alcohol but not overpowering.

Excellent imperial stout. Rich flavors which blend together and complement each other.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Straight black, opaque, with just the slightest hint of red underpinning it all. Small head, medium tan, that fades quickly. Lacing is minimal.

S - Most clearly the alcohol, big and full. Dark fruits and chocolate nibs. Hints of tobacco and wood ash.

T - Starts with the nose, but comes through with a second wave full of coffee and chocolate. Raisins and molasses. A close that is faintly acidic and lightly bitter.

M - Slick and full. Low carbonation. Mild drying in the close, but not enough to impact the experience. This is a sipper.

O - Much better than the typical stout, and outside the nose, this delivers big ABV without a harsh alcohol burn. Drink with care, because it delivers a wallop. Love how this one has two levels, first delivering dark fruits and blackened malts, then jumping to a level of silky chocolate and coffee. Impressive work.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber (Release #17), the beer is jet black, with a dense, foamy, light tan colored head. Aromas of rich molasses, dark roasted coffee, some date and fig highlights, booze notes, and some chocolate. Wow...this smells rich. Flavors are heavily roasted and boozy forward, with a blast of bitter roasted coffee, a healthy dose of old world fruit richness, and bitter baker's chocolate at the end. Heavily roasted throughout, and the body has a surprisingly dry undertone in the body. The aftertaste is boozy, coffee, and chocolate, with some earthy notes, too. Smooth, dry finish. Big, heavy brew.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.94/5  rDev +1%

Poured a black body with two finger tan head that dies quick.
Aroma is mostly roasted malts and chocolate although there are some coffee notes and possible caramel and toffee malts as well (and I swear I get a hint of dark fruit).
Medium bodied and balanced, the beer shifts between two primary flavors of roasted malts and this chocolaty, syrupy sweetness (not quite Hershey territory).
Finishes easy and rather smooth/sweet than dry, not a heavy imperial stout but a mighty tasty/sweet one that hit my sweet tooth.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

2014 Release, 10.6% ABV

Appearance: Pours with a dark brown color yet sits black in the glass. Half a finger of bubbly dark brown head. Random sticky lacing left behind at each level.

Smell: Bitter dark chocolate and oats pop up on the front. Solid hop body with pleasant accents of black licorice, moss, oats, lactose, and sweet malt. Overall the aroma is definitely on the sweeter side, but is done very well.

Taste: Sweet malt, lactose, and black licorice hit the palate first. Balanced hop tones pick up in the body and gradually transition into some heavier roasted malt tones with accents of coffee grounds, toffee, dark chocolate, and caramel. The finish is a lingering mossy hop flavor, caramel, lactose, and taffy.

Mouthfeel: Awesome transitions from sweet to roasted, back to sweet. Robust full body. Carbonation is well done for even such a young stout.

Overall: This is some seriously great stuff. I cannot wait to try the big baptist which I picked up at the same time. Really impressed how well this drank fresh, have no hesitations to drink this brew ASAP. Reminds me a ton of Founder's RIS.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In review, a 2013 bottle.

A - Pours dark, midnight black color with a thick mocha colored lacing ring and moderately viscous when the glass is swirled. Nice legs.

S - Mocha, light char, mocha cream, burnt chocolate.

T - Dark fruit, mocha, burnt chocolate, alcohol.

M - Heavy medium body, sticky on the lips, coats the mouth with ark fruit and burnt chocolate.

O - A solid Imperial Stout, have really enjoyed the Exponential Series from Epic.

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A bomber on a snowy day. 1 of only 1800 bottles. Poured into a chalice.

A good beer but a bit too hot in the finish. Barrel-aged qualities without the aging or the barrels. 4.25

A – Pours an opaque dark brown to black with reddish tints, a thin brown head that dissipates quickly, a little viscous, nice brown lacing. 4.25

S – Roasted malts, some alcohol/whiskey, a bit of tobacco, prunes (?). 4

T – Roasted malt, dark chocolate, slightly sweet, but also some minor metallic taste (-). 4

MF – Medium-heavy body, SMOOTH and creamy, semi-dry finish with alcohol heat and slickness at the very end. A great mouth feel! 4.5

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Photo of smakawhat
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. Release #16, SLC #1265.

A real nice mocha brown one finger and a half tall head. Even bubbled quite creamy and slowly settles nicely. Real nice dark color to the head and giving a thick collar. Body is classic opaque dark walnut black. A little tilt under the collar shows some clarity with a hint of red hue. Leopard and speckled lacing hit while drinking. Great looking stout.

Interesting solid nose. Nice soft roasted malts, hints a little at chocolate but more to coffee. Great fruit subdued component to this, almost grape sweetness. A faint whiff of smokehouse cedar and wood embers comes out just on the end. Like this faint smoke in there too. Lots going on here quite nice, very balanced, but the roast grains dominate.

Palate delivers real nicely. Nearly silky texture, soft and giving to great roast coffee and chocolate feel. Bittering palate slightly, comes off with a hint of tobacco warmth and char. A real nice piping finish and controlled heat of hop and roast. Nothing boozy about this beer whatsoever. Warm espresso, chocolatey feel, bitter controlled finish almost lime juice to match. Fruit sweetness is pretty much non existent though than what the nose indicates.

Overall this is a real constructed brew, and a great beer to quaff.

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Photo of Zorro
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black colored beer with a brown colored head.

Smells sweet and of chocolate and toasted grain. Scent of Kahlua and And some fruity scents on the the ethanol. Scent of chocolate liquor can't quite ID the fruit but it is close to pear. Faint coffee as it warms but this smells mostly of chocolate.

Starts out sweet with a bittersweet chocolate flavor. Warms the chest quite well. Little bit of a patent malt bite to it. Very much a chocolate beer, that really sums it up. Lots of charred malt flavor.

Mouthfeel is full.

Overall a big chocolate beer.

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Photo of NeedBeerHere
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours out dark as a stout can be with a two finger brown head with decent retention. Seems to have decent lacing. Smell is dark fruits like raisins with some burnt malt and a decent amount of sweetness that I assume is coming from the malts. Taste is definitely some burnt malts and plenty of dark fruit with a slight sweet taste that seems to hang in the throat. The mouthfell is quite thick which is nice for the style which is one of the better attributes of the beer. This beer seems to be pretty one dimensional and not tons going on here. It's not a bad Imperial stout but it just doesn't have much going on. No chocolate to be found and I assume they use cheap ingredients like in most of their beers... Overall this is an OK stout with a little hops that come out in the end and hangs a little in the throat, It's not a bad beer but it's just not really that good either. I certainly would drink it again but it wouldn't be a first choice if I was suggesting a strong stout to someone, Not good and not bad. Just no better than average.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a very very impressive stout, just a step below the Baptist in terms of complexity, but every bit as well made, deep, and decadent. so black its almost red looking at it, intimidating at this viscosity, and sporting a cool half inch of coffee colored head. it smells spiced as well as the obligatory rich black roasted barley. I do get anise seed here, but I also get a touch of licorice and black pepper, its big and bold and robust. the flavor is not so spiced, although now I get an almost tarry tobacco flavor where the anise used to be. milk chocolate, tanned leather, and bitter oaky char. truly extraordinary. lots of body, not much fizz, as it should be for the style. I can hardly taste the booze too, which is a shock to me. this is about as good as imperial stouts get short of ridiculous additives and barrel treatments. the authentic article here folks.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured jet black with a big ol' rocky brown head, great caronation, loads of bubbles and plenty of lacing remains moments and sips afterwards

S: Bit of smoke, chocolate, coffee and a little whiff of dark fruits.

T: Initial sordove char and light smoke on this is blended well with bitter chocolate and coffee beans. A little bit of waivering dark fruits is present but barely detected. This beer is simply char, coffee and cocoa all the way through. A little booze sting is noticed but its just right. The finish has a light to moderate bitterness and is somewhat creamy

M: Fuller bodied, well carbonated, loads of flavor. Like I mentioned, somewhat creamy. Hearty and warming

O: A very well done non BA Imperial Stout!

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into an Elysian snifter. Pours pitch black with a finger of brown head with good retention and nice lacing. Aroma of toasted malt, chocolate and vanilla, a hint of alcohol. Flavor dominated by toasty, slightly charred malt, chocolate and coffee. Finishes with lingering charred coffee and hops. Medium bodied. A nicely made imperial stout on the char end of the flavor spectrum. Could use a bit more body and intensity of the initial flavors, but tastes great and the high ABV is more than covered. Not for the charred malt intolerant. ABV 10.1, somewhat higher than the listing here. This appears to vary from batch to batch.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Release #10, bottled 20 November 2012. My bottle says 11.1% ABV, not this piddly 9.1% that BA has listed. Tasted 29 June 2013.

Pours black and thick like motor oil. One finger of medium-brown head, quite dark. Good retention, excellent lacing. Top-notch.

Smell is big and chocolatey. Sweet and rich and very good, but a little one-dimensional.

Taste starts out big and sweet, molasses and milk chocolate, before it turns roasty with a touch of charcoal. Okay, so it's two-dimensional here, and the flavors are really good, but the thing keeping it from being top-shelf is the lack of depth and complexity.

Feel is just a tad thin. That's surprising, given what a bruiser the beer is in general. But it's a little oily, a little slick, and lacking in the chewiness and fluffiness.

A very good non-bal imperial stout. Rich, potent, and flavorful. The thing that separates it from beers like Darkness is the lack of variety, the lack of depth. But it's still pretty darn good.

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Photo of ohiobeer29
4.51/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

batch number 3.
great head
pours. dark
chocolate vanilla
can.barely taste the alcohol
great after taste of coffee as well
good mouth feel
if your a fan of stone brewing ris 2012 2013 your going to love this beer
price was 8.99 but well worth it.
size was bomber if your lucky enough to see one buy it and pm me with a thank you later

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Photo of wordemupg
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

650ml bomber #11 10.3% poured into tulip 12/6/13 cheers alpineclimber for splitting the bottle

A black liquid with a deep cola edge when tilted, large mocha head has good retention leaving some thick rings before falling to a thin film

S bakers chocolate, licorice, espresso, burnt toffee, some raisins, char and smoke, and just a hint of citric hops, smells pretty solid

T darker roast in the mouth with the espresso playing a bigger part leaving me wonder if they brew it with coffee but I'm too lazy to do some research, I suppose I'll just enjoy this dark roast instead

M leaning towards heavy, no booze going down, char and burnt espresso linger on the finish

O well rounded right down the middle, straightforward but very well executed, something I'd look for in the future

drinks very smooth for a big fresh stout, I'd like to taste an aged version but its already drinking well, a little hops in the background but mostly an intense dark malt that works well for me

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Photo of Moose90
4.44/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber
"RELEASE #10 – 11.1%ALC./VOL"

A – Pours a nice dark mahogany brown, quite thick as well. Head is thin, but light brown in color, leaves standard lacing throughout.

S – Bitter chocolates, malted milk, light roasted coffee. Strongly bitter, sweetness is undetected, though this is not a charred mess.

T – Deep, complex, and rich. Strong dark chocolate here, more bitter coffee, almost espresso. Sweetness is only detected on the palate, as it provides a nice coating and leads you to come back for more. Quite warming.

M – Thick, appropriately for the style. The alcohol is noticeable here, but only in the way that it warms you up on the way down. Wonderful.

O – Grabbed this on a whim, at what I would regard as a fair price. This is a great quality imperial. I haven't had any other released, but this one is stellar.

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Photo of mtstatebeer
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, release #4. Pours a opaque black color with a frothy brown head. Aroma is caramel and roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, soy, a bit of herbal hops, and a hint of alcohol. Flavor is caramel and roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, a touch of vanilla, molasses, tobacco, and a hint of herbal hops. Mouthfeel is full bodied, syrupy, warming and slightly bitter. Good beer, nice complexity.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Very dark, almost black, low tan head, some cling lace.

S - Cocoa, sweet malt and coffee. Choc chip cookies come to mind too.

T - Taste emulates smell, just not as sweet.

M - Medium to heavy body, good carb, fair balance.

D - Big beer, but hides it well. Nice offering.

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Photo of kagent777
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am pretty sure I picked this bottle up from the brewery on small business saturday, thanks American Express! This is from batch 10, clocks in at 11.1%, and was bottled on Nov 20, 2012. Three months old. Poured into my CCB snifter.

Appearance: Pours out nice and viscous, extremely black, with a nice deep tan head that rose to one finger before settling to a foam. Lacing all over the glass.

Smell: I get a sense of coffee and roast, with a bit of char. A touch of cocoa as well. Little sweetness, much stronger bitterness, maybe a bit of the Chinook.

Taste: This is what I look for in an RIS. Deep flavors, coffee and cocoa, with a very strong roasted backbone. Any residual sweetness is quickly covered up by bitter roast and some hops. A bit of fruit but that, too, is muted. Even at this young age, the alcohol is pretty well masked.

Mouthfeel: Thick, without being a wet blanket. Carbonation is spot on. Huge flavors easily cover taste buds.

Overall: I am glad this one is available here. Maybe a bit expensive at 8 a bomber, only Old Raspy beats it in value to cost ratio of the RISs that I have had. I would be curious to try a two and half year old bottle of this. I may sound like a homer, but this one is quite nice.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Opaque black with a frothy light brown head. Looks like it will leave some nice lacing as well.

Aroma: Roasted dark malts with hints of dark chocolate and anise. Pretty much exactly what you'd expect from an Imperial Stout.

Taste: A lot of flavors up front but what sticks out to me the most is a smooth black liquorish. A lot of dark malts backing up that flavor along with some alcohol. Some moderate bitterness right away but that goes away by the middle. Interestingly there is no roasted malt bitterness except for a slight black coffee echo in the aftertaste. This is actually a nice change of pace since usually this style gets quite palate biting in the finish. Heat from the 9.1% ABV in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Full and thick in body, almost chewy. Smooth effervescence and decent drinkability for how big a beer it feels like.

Final Thoughts: A real nice example of the style. It's lack of bitter roasted flavor may be a surprise to some but it makes for a nice drinking experience. Would I drink it again? If they make a barrel aged version.

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Imperial Stout from Epic Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.