Imperial Stout - Epic Brewing Company
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2.3/5 rDev -41%
Appearance: Pours almost pitch black with a billowing tan head that fritters away rather quickly, though it does leave some strands behind
Smell: Phenolic, unfortunately, with undertones of sugary dates and ash
Taste: Very roasty, up front, with a dark fruit flavor developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, the phenols detected in the aroma begin to dominate and are joined by an ashy flavor in the finish
Mouthfeel: Medium body but way overcarbonated
Overall: Very disappointed in how this beer has held up; a 10% ABV Imperial Stout should last well more than the 16 months this has been in the cellar
Thanks, Douglass88, for the opportunity
04-01-2012 02:30:21 | More by brentk56
District of Columbia
2.7/5 rDev -30.8%
From 22oz bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 9/28/11
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.
10-17-2011 23:25:22 | More by Rhettroactive
2.85/5 rDev -26.9%
Pours a dark brown color, some carbonation, little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some chocolate/toffee/coffee notes. The taste is malty, sweet, hints of chocolate/coffee/toffee notes. Medium body, but on the thin side, ABV is not hidden very well. Drinkable, I've had way better Imperial Stouts, this one lacks alot, much improvement needed. What can I say another Epic brew.
01-07-2011 02:06:56 | More by Wasatch
2.88/5 rDev -26.2%
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter. Picked up at Rick's in Alexandria, VA. Release #8; bottle says they only released 1,800 bottles, but no bottle number on my bottle.
a - Pours a pitch black color with one and a half fingers of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Head leaves a little bit of lacing on the glass.
s - Smells of roasted malts, coffee, light bitter chocolate, and light cream. Pretty nice.
t - Tastes of roasted malts, bitter coffee, and some bitter hops. Not a lot going on here and a little too bitter for an imperial stout. Not awful, but not the best.
m - Full bodied stout and medium carbonation.
o - Overall a slightly below average stout. The smell was nice, but the taste was pretty bitter and one dimensional; it would be tough to drink a bomber of this one. Wouldn't buy it again.
05-13-2011 00:36:35 | More by mdfb79
3.2/5 rDev -17.9%
Poured from a 22oz brown bomber into a Duvel tulip. Release #4 on side of label. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $7.99.
A: Stellar black with 1/2-1 finger of beige head with good retention and spotty lace.
S: Dark cola-like aroma with some fruity notes and a reasonably citrus and pine resin hoppy nose.
T: The flavor is not as mellow as the nose with some very problematic ashy notes that go way past tobacco. The alcohol is mainly supplemental with some fruity, berry-like qualities. The maltiness is round but the ashy qualities drwon out the malt and hops qualities.
M: The feel is medium with low-medium carbonation for the style.
O: Not one of the better imperial stouts I have had in a while. Expensive too, like all of Epic's offerings. Put this up against Expedition Stout, Ten Fidy, or Stone IRS and it is not even close.
12-23-2011 03:35:14 | More by argock
3.23/5 rDev -17.2%
Well, here is the first dark-rimmed beer from Epic to touch glasses around here...so many brewers can do dark, or hoppy, but not both. Hope Epic isn't one of them. 22 oz. bomber, batch #3, brewed in late January 2011 per the website @ 9.1% alcohol.
Pour is dark close-your-eyes-black. Surprisingly heady. Iced coffee stinks up the place, with light cream & chocolate. Lovely.
Epic's Imperial Stout is a bit of a let-down from the excellent smell. Coffee is downgraded into roasted malts, & there's a definite milk quality fouling up the works that doesn't quite work. Chocolate is now a cold fire on the horizon, mingled with sweet malts. Chalky hops round out the parade on the finish, but they're choppy & receive a cool reception. Touch thin for a big stout.
Overall this is a bare cut about average for a big stout. Not a bad effort, but nothing I'd seek out again. Give me more Epic hops.
09-28-2011 03:20:46 | More by maximum12
3.3/5 rDev -15.4%
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.
08-22-2012 05:30:14 | More by ThickNStout
3.39/5 rDev -13.1%
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.
12-27-2013 07:48:47 | More by NeedBeerHere
3.48/5 rDev -10.8%
22oz bomber purchased at Enoteca in Post Falls, Idaho for $8.99. This beer, part of Epic’s “Exponential Series,” is my first from Utah. While there’s no obvious best by date, the label is stamped “Release # 5,” along with the information that the beer is 8.9 % abv.
Poured a super dark brown that might as well have been black, as no light seemed able to pass through it. Good-sized mocha colored head that took it’s time dropping, leaving lots of lace on the sides of a Boundary Bay pint glass.
The nose was initially made up of a coffeeish bitterness. As it warmed, sweeter elements similar to brown sugar came into play. Deep in the background there also seemed to be a boozy alcohol scent.
Nowhere near as bitter as I was expecting, flavor wise. More than anything else, this tastes like a boozy brown ale. Things start off with a nearly equally matched dry hop zap and blast of brown sugar. Then, things…don’t really change at all except for a warming alcohol presence. No complexity at all to this Impy Stout, just strong hop and malt blasts at the beginning followed by booze.
Fairly full-bodied, as I expected given the style. Relatively creamy mouthfeel.
A fairly one-dimensional Imperial Stout. Certainly it’s drinkable, but I’ve had so many better examples of the style, of which quite a few were cheaper than this. I’m glad to know they can make boozy beers in Utah, but that’s the extent of what I take away from this beer.
12-09-2012 20:49:55 | More by woemad
Imperial Stout from Epic Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 188 ratings.