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Imperial Stout - Epic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

196 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 196
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 9.77%
Wants: 11
Gots: 31 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: bishopgary on 12-06-2010)
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5/5  rDev +28.5%

tfsimpkins, Nov 24, 2013
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5/5  rDev +28.5%

mikereaser, Dec 11, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Underdogbisco, Nov 19, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Brushkanna, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of ohiobeer29
4.55/5  rDev +17%
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

ohiobeer29, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of Mtooman
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Mtooman, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of Lynn
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Lynn, Mar 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

DaveONan, Feb 14, 2012
Photo of Moose90
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Moose90, May 21, 2013
Photo of mgbickel
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Release #2...22oz bottle poured into a CC snifter.

A massive 3 fingers of dark mocha foam formed on top of the oil black body. The head stuck around forever...slightly receding, leaving behind trails of lace.

The nose has lots of meaty aromas up front...anise, molasses, coffee and cocoa.

The nose is a decent indicator where the taste leads...chocolate starts things out, the sweetness quickly fades to a roasted coffee flavor that turns to an almost bitter, semi-hoppy finish. The coffee flavor peaks once again in the aftertaste.

Medium to heavy bodied, thicker as it warms...moderate carbonation.

Overall this is a very solid beer. Lots of flavor and complexity is packed into this non-barrel aged offering. Mucho recommended.

mgbickel, Oct 13, 2011
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4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

BelgiumBill, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a darn fine stout from them Epic peeps.

Out of the bottle it's dark ruby and black. Tan foam goes up to about 2 fingers. Nice lacing.

Chocolate and roasted malt aroma, just like the above description says. A hint of prune and black plum. Solid

A bit more black plum in the taste. Some licorice and baked raisin cookies. It's mellow yet strong. Chocolate, dark toast and smoked malt. Very nice. Simple. The complexity isn't there, but who cares? A straight up double stout. Drink it. The abv gives a 'hello' on the end, but goes away quickly

nice beer

Mebuzzard, Mar 07, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark brown-black with a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted dark chocolate malts, with some raisin and other dark fruits, coffee, molasses, black licorice, vanilla, and a bit of booze.

T - Starts off with some roasted dark chocolate malts with some raisin and other dark fruits and some black licorice. Through the middle, some molasses and a bit of vanilla comes through with some coffee. The finish is a mix of roasted dark chocolate, coffee, black licorice, molasses, and a bit of booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and a bit thick with a warming and sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nicely balanced with a good balance of manliness other flavors and body.

ngeunit1, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of KFBR392
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

KFBR392, Apr 25, 2014
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4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

kagent777, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of Metalmonk
4.28/5  rDev +10%
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.

Metalmonk, Sep 26, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Pleasant fresh crushed grain aroma up front. I keep thinking fresh Maris Otter that jumps out of the glass. Moderately-low fruity esters in the background. Reminds me of plums and raisins. Moderate alcohol aromatics warm the nose.

Appearance: Black pour with shoe leather edges. Low tan head that is moderately lasting. Legs cling to the glass.

Flavor: Rich dark roasted grain flavors up front. Earthy hop bitterness balances out the malt base. More Maris Otter-type malt backbone. Balance is toward the earthy bitterness. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is coffe-like and long lasting.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body with medium carbonation. Slight astringency due to the dark grains. No alcohol heat which is kind of scary.

Overall impression: A big, malt forward RIS. I love the malt character (did I mention Maris Otter???). It seems more "Americanized" as I don't get the dark fruity esters that tend to be characteristic of more English RIS examples. I need to age one of these and try them. Nice beer from a brewery I haven't sampled before.

mattcrill, Oct 16, 2011
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4.26/5  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!

barleywinefiend, Jul 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

evilkorova, May 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

wolf_switzer, Tuesday at 06:48 AM
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Cramerican, Sep 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

KohlbeckM, Jun 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

6thstreetbrewpub, Nov 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

sendbeer, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of wordemupg
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
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

wordemupg, Jun 13, 2013
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Imperial Stout from Epic Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.