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
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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 UCLABrewN84
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Release # 5.

8.9% ABV per the label.

Pours an opaque black with a 1 inch foamy dark khaki head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Thin broken rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and some subtle coffee bean aromas. Taste is of dark roasted malt, cocoa nibs, coffee beans, and alcohol. There is a nice roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good solid imperial stout with a better flavor than smell.

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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 brentk56
2.34/5  rDev -40%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Batch #1

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

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Photo of mactrail
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Attractive thick beige head on the dark, dark brew. A touch of Milk Bone in the smell? Long nose of coffee and burnt toffee.

Big and thick in the mouth. Silky and rich, with a nice rustic quality. A little bit of acidity, and well balanced against all the malt. Some sweetness lurks, but the hops also make a dramatic appearance. Full of every shade of roasted malt. One oddity, and I credit TheGordianKnot for calling it a "honey baked ham" flavor, which at first sip is right on.

Thoroughly pleasant big beer and very rewarding sipping. From the 22 oz bottle courtesy of our friends at Utah state liquor store in Sugar House.

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

22 ounce bottle into snifter, batch 3 bottled 2/14/2011. Pours pitch black color with a nice 1-2 finger dense mocha colored head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some good soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, toffee, apple, raisin, char, biscuit, earth, and light herbal spiciness. Pretty nice aromas with good balance and complexity; a bit too fruity from the yeast. Taste of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, caramel, toffee, biscuit, toast, earth, charred malt, nuttiness, and herbal spiciness. Good amount of spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, toffee, toast, biscuit, coffee, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice flavor balance and complexity; with a good balance of bitterness and malt flavors. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a fairly creamy and slick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice imperial stout. Nice roasted malt and hop flavor complexity with good balance. Very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mdfb79
2.93/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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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 Mebuzzard
4.33/5  rDev +11%
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

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

I found this a very pleasant surprise. Picked up a bottle from Larry at Chevy Chase Liquors. Neither of us knew much about Epic/Utah.
My tastes tend to go over the top, and love a great double imperial stout. Have no problem enjoying a bomber with a friend or by myself.
I found Epic's Imperial Stout as expected to be a reasoanble step down from a DIS or DRIS, but very enjoyable. The taste was rich and fairly complex. It was noticeably dry but this was an asset not a detriment. I'm all about a full mouthfeel, and while not having all the malt backbone of a bigger was very satisfying. Not sure you want to think Imp Stout as an every day beer, but I wouldn't mind having this on a regular basis. I agree with previous comment that bringing this up to 55-60 degrees F was spot on...though I rarely drink a big stout cooler. I would recommend this beer without reservation.

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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 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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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 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 Wasatch
2.83/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
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.



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Photo of Rhettroactive
2.64/5  rDev -32.3%
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.

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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 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 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 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 twiggamortis420
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of maximum12
3.27/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, here is the first dark-rimmed beer from Epic to touch glasses around 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.

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Photo of Bung
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Imperial Stout from Epic Brewing Company
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