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Imperial Stout - Epic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

226 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 226
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 14
Gots: 36 | 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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Ratings: 226 | Reviews: 67
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Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber with a batch # on the label.

LOOK: Black, opaque, firm light brown head, excellent lacing

SMELL: Coffee, brownies, soft charcoal, black berries, burnt raisins, molasses, noticeable alcohol

TASTE: Silky smooth, creamy full body, molasses, dark fruit twang, alcoholic bite, mocha, charred wood, herbal hops, burnt toast, very warming, dates, mineral, lingering burnt finish

This is a big beer, yeah ... stating the obvious though this beer is bigger than most 9.0% abv Impy Stouts. Full on malt with a complimenting alcohol character, balance of roastiness and sweetness goes a long way. Seek a bottle or two out.

Photo of NilocRellim
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured cold from the bottle. This beer is extremely black without light permeating it. The head is bubbly and brown that didn't last long. There is not much to the smell... sweet and little hint of burnt and coffee. The taste is sweeter than most stouts with a nice burnt flavour. There was a slight chocolate taste and you can definitely taste the ABV. A very balanced beer overall.

Would I buy it again? Yes.

Photo of pat61
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
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

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured for me pitch black with a dark light absorbing hue, big tan head forming thick, really nice looking stout. Aroma has ripened fruit with dark chocolate, even a light booze character with brown sugar roasted malts with hints of tart cherry if I had to pick one fruit. Flavors combine nicely dominating with dark chocolate and robust coffee notes, even a creamy vanilla character with big roasted dark malts creeping to dry things out. Herbal hops evident but a bit overshadowed by dark roasted malt character. Mouthfeel is full bodied with even smooth carbonation rolling in, goes down smooth with minimal alcohol presence. Overall impressive offering I'm hooked on these Utah stouts from Epic from their light to the Big Bad Baptist and everything in between excellent drinkable versions of each style.

Photo of GilGarp
3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch #4. Bomber served slightly chilled in a goblet.

Epic's Imperial Stout is a very dark brown color with good clarity on the pour. It forms a nice thick off-white head. It's slow to settle leaving some nice lacing behind.

Aroma is rich and roasty with with hints of chocolate. It's a bit boozy but not overpoweringly so.

Flavor is strong both in dark roasted malts but also I hop bitterness. It has a very big malt backbone to support it but it's not as balanced as the best imperial stouts.

Mouthfeel is big in body and very bitter. Creamy smooth carbonation makes it a little easier to drink but the alcohol is pretty forward.

Overall this beer has elements that are enjoyable and others that detract. I would like to say I could recommend it but there are others (Stone, Great Divide, etc.) that make a better big stout for the price.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours like a bad-ass impy stout should: like oil, slick and tar-black, with a head of mocha froth that tries to fight through that 10% ABV as long as possible before chilling to a bubbly "puffed rice" layer and eventually a thin skim.

The nose on this one is mostly gooey and fudgy, sitting somewhere between milk chocolate and dark, bitter baking chocolate. Mild coffee notes, and an earthy/mineral vibe that gives it some edge, but never overdoes it. The alcohol is quiet in the nose, although might perk up with some warming...

Taste features strong notes of anise/black licorice, but never too out of whack. That's balanced by the considerable chocolate character, which is given further depth thanks to bitter coffee notes. For a 10% beer, the alcohol is felt and tasted just a touch, providing more subtle support than some other imperial stouts of similar strength. A dry finish leaves green, leafy hops lingering. Reminds me of Green Flash's Double Stout, in more ways than one, though not exactly a clone.

Feel is appropriately thick and gooey, though never overly chewy, partly thanks to the soft carbonation tingle that works its way over the tongue. Very, very nice.

This one deserves a name better than just "Imperial Stout." But hey, it's what's in the glass that counts, and so far, judging from this and Hopulent, Epic Brewing is doing some great stuff, and is a brewer I'll look forward to investigating further.

Photo of Infamous7100
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pitch black with a great looking finger width tan head.
S: Chocolate aromas and coffee notes pour out of this. Slightly smoky.
T: starts with sweet chocolate and malty notes. Transitions into a slightly smoky and bitter middle. Coffee and chocolate a present throughout.
M: Thick, smooth and creamy. Mild carbonation and full bodied. Finishes with a nutty and slightly dry, bittet hang.
O: this brew is done really well. Great mouthfeel, nice taste and hides the booze well. A great sipper for tne winter months.

Photo of ohiobeer29
4.51/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

batch number 3.
9.1abv
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

Photo of Bung
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. Just about black, nice layer of tan head formed. Receded to a ring.

Aroma, Quite a bit of chocolate, cocoa. A dry earthy quality.

Taste, Load of chocolate and cocoa. Some roast, thoughv very little coffee. Just a hint of piney hops. Finish with the cocoa, fairly dry.

Solid medium body, enough carbonation though not quite creamy. Alcohol well hidden, no problem drinking this.

Imperial milk stout like, I like it.

Photo of smakawhat
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought this one at Brewforia on the way home from work tonight. Shared the first 3rd of the bottle with inflatablechair, and we pretty much decided it was a lost cause... that said, a couple hours later, it is at room temperature and a whole hell of a lot better.

Poured into my Old Rasputin tasting glass, 1 finger of deeep dark brown head .. retention is pretty lax ... so is the lacing.

Nose is very "black"... tons of dark malt and not much else except a pretty pervasive licorice note.

Flavor shows mainly very roasty malt... verging on deep char... a bit of minor dark fruits are blown out of the water by the ashy flavors. When cooler, this seemed waaaay too dry, but a bit of warmth made what little background sweetness there is bloom a bit.

Body may be a tad light.... the carbonation seems about right.

I am not going to fawn over this one, but it does show potential, but definitely needs to be dialed in right now.

4/3.5/4/3.5/3.5

Edit: LET THIS ONE WARM UP!!!

Photo of yamar68
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber to brandy snifter. Batch 4.

Pours a near pitch black with a slight edge of coffee clarity. A finger of sticky mocha head sinks down to a collar after a few minutes. Precise lacing.

The nose is big brownie fudge, chocolate syrup, abstract roasted malts, brown sugar, molasses, a bit of light fruit if you really look for it. Yum.

The taste is subtly smoky, coffee bean, burnt chocolate cake, a touch of heat is hidden far and away, super smooth and far from harsh.

This is just dandy. I wasn't expecting much after ready the reviews but I was very pleasantly surprised. Give this one a go if you have the means.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of ThickNStout
3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle from Bruisin Ales (Asheville, NC). 9.00. Release #5, bottled 2/28/12. Served in a Cigar City snifter. 

Pours black with a quarter finger  khaki head. Deep chestnut around the edges. Small intermittent islands of lace. 

Smells of cocoa, dark fruit, mild smoke and traces of alcohol. 

Taste is bitter coffee, cocoa, charred wood, stone fruit and booze. It favors the bitter over the sweet aspects typical in imperial stouts. Tastes nice but can't quite mask the sharp alcohol bite as well as many others I've had. 

Medium full body with a pretty strong dose of carbonation. Cool tingle of booze accompanies the bitter aftertaste of burnt coffee. 

Not bad but there's nothing that truly elevates it. For my tastes it's a touch too hot, bitter ans over carbonated. I'd drink it again but won't be seeking another bottle. 

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber courtesy of kirok, thanks Mark! Pours jet black with a moderate cap of tan head. Retention ok and lacing pretty nice.

Nose shows lots of dusty chocolate and dark fruit...raisins specifically. Smells real good, alcohol is pretty well hidden and a nice sweetness pervades.

Big roasty notes with a medium chocolate sweetness. Char almost, coffee big time. Yeast is pretty nutty and the dark fruitiness is definitely there, but not overbearing at all. Mouthfeel is thick and rich, it drinks like an 11-plus %'er. Its pretty good, a bomber would not be a problem at all. If it was available locally, Id buy a few.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Release #3, 9.1% ABV, 1,800 bottles.

3.5 A: Black color. Two and a half fingers of frothy/creamy hybrid head. Retention is average and a decent sized ring of lacing is left behind.

4.0 S: Good amount of roastiness to this. Stemming from that roast are dark caramel, semisweet chocolate, and hints of coffee. Molasses is abundant. Malts are decisively grainy, but a lot of that aroma is lost from the roasted aromas. Moderately sweet overall.

4.0 T: The taste approximates the nose well. Hefty roast with plenty of dark caramel, molasses, and semisweet chocolate. Coffee again minimal. A lot more burnt than the nose suggest, but not distractingly so. There seems to be some hop bitterness in this that compounds with the bitterness from the roast. A good bit dryer than the nose, putting this at the middle of the spectrum.

4.0 M: Heavier medium to lighter heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Good creaminess to this with a roasty aftertaste that affects the smoothness a bit. Borderline 4.5

4.0 D: Solid brew all around, though it seems like there are a good number of bad bottles floating around. At $8 for the bomber, I'd say the risk is worth it. Anyway, this beer doesn't stand out from about a million other imperial stouts, but it is tasty nonetheless.

Photo of Zorro
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of Rhettroactive
2.64/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

From 22oz bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 9/28/11
*From notes

A: You ever seen a stout before? Ok then, you know what this looks like, as it's nothing special. A good pour yields a two finger, chocolate chip cookie lookin' head and decent lacing.

S: Wet cardboard and canned tuna. Seriously. I'm not kidding.

T: The fore is absent of any real discernible flavor. The mid warms up a bit, as a grab-bag of overly charred malt hits and carries to the finish, where more char comes and goes.

M: Nothing wrong here. Creamy and silky, with a rich texture and proper carbonation.

O: Epic's Imperial Stout failed to impress me. In the world of Kate, Black Tuesday and so on, you really need to put your dick out there and show the world you got a pair. Sadly, the folks at Epic dropped trou, but just can't seem to get their undies off.

Photo of TheHoppiest
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Happy International Stout Day! I've been cellaring this for a few months, and thought today would be as good as any day to dust it off and see how Salt Lake does stout.

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into an oversized snifter. The label indicates this was from Release #3, and states that it clocks in at 9.1% ABV. Pours an inky black with a ring of tan foam clinging to the edge of the glass, and a small island of thin foam slowly swirling in the center.

Has an oaty, malty aroma, thick and biscuity, with notes of coffee, vanilla, cola and alcohol.

Vanilla malt, creamy oats, and black coffee combine with moderate alcohol and hints of chocolate. There's a fair amount of hoppiness to finish, though the hops are more felt tingling the gums and tongue than through bitterness.

Full bodied, this is a creamy, rich brew. Almost syrupy, this demands slow sipping. A mildly bitter finish ends it nicely.

Although listed as an American Double, this has more of a taste and feel like an oatmeal stout or a cream stout. The bitterness is subdued, and is felt more than tasted. While there are hints of booziness, you're not hit over the head with this 9.1% double stout. Overall, a tasty stout; not top notch, but certainly worth a try.

Photo of mtstatebeer
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of JamesMN
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of BelgiumBill
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I paid $7.99 at Total Wine for a 1pt 6oz bottle. It says only 1800 bottles made.

I poured it into a Guinness pint glass starting at 48 degrees. It was a very dark brown - nearly black, with deep mahogany highlights. A nice medium brown bubbly head that was very sticky and receded to a lasting blanket.

Deep roasted characteristics were front and center on the nose along with espresso and cocoa.

The flavors were chocked full of roasted goodness. Mineral notes were present throughout and hops well integrated in the middle through finish and some licorice lingering afterwards.

This imperial stout was well balanced and medium bodied relative to other imperials. This was not huge or super intense but it was well structured and hid the alcohol well providing for an easy drinking experience.

I think 50-52 degrees is about right for this beer. A little warmer brings out more flavors, particularly the licorice. Mid to lower 40's would kill the flavors on this one.

At $7.99, not super expensive so I'd say a decent value as well.

Photo of KingofHops
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fantastic pour with a beautiful chocolate brown head and a deep black color. The aroma of from the pour is also incredible, rich tones of cocoa with settle hints of cream. The taste is enjoyable and certainly displays a chocolate element, and as an imperial stout could most certainly stand on its own. Certainly a smooth drink, but lacks some of the innate richness expected from an imperail stout. Overall enjoyable and one that I would recommend.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of KFBR392
4.3/5  rDev +10%
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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Imperial Stout from Epic Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 226 ratings.