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Imperial Stout - Epic Brewing Company

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Imperial StoutImperial Stout

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very good

68 Reviews
very good

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Reviews: 68
Hads: 238
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 17.95%
Wants: 12
Gots: 42 | 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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Reviews: 68 | Hads: 238
Reviews by corby112:
Photo of corby112
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Release #7

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a two finger beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic streaks of lace left behind.

Deeply roasted dark malt aroma with subtle hints of earthy hops, peppery spice and dark fruit. Some resinous, piny hops countering hints of dark chocolate, coffee bean, toast and oatmeal. There's also some licorice, dark fruit sweetness and some alcohol as it warms.

Medium bodied with some dry, earthy hop bitterness up front that lingers over the roasted and sweet malt notes into a dry finish. It's surprisingly hop forward with grassy, resinous pine flavor followed by roasted dark chocolate malt, espresso bean, burnt toast and oatmeal. The roast is countered by hintsvof anise, licorice, dark fruit and boozy swetness. Really well balanced and the high ABV is well masked making this beer easy to drink.

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More User Reviews:
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 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 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 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 t2grogan
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of rpt2805
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of jose_alehouseSD
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of mctizzz
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of NilocRellim
3.86/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of sourdog
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of doremite
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of Mtooman
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of InfernoBoss
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of GilGarp
3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.25/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of MuFugga
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CWVegas
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Infamous7100
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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