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Imperial Stout - Epic Brewing Company

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very good

193 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 193
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 9.77%
Wants: 11
Gots: 30 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Paul68, Jan 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

discdueler, Jan 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

oldedog, Jan 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

docmoran16, Jan 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

bbrown12, Jan 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

iKasey, Jan 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Mattyb79, Jan 02, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Brushkanna, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was pretty drunk at the Big Tap in in Youngstown and decided this brewing company was one of my favorites at the event. When I checked my coatpockets and purse the next day there were a lot of epic coasters, a few keychains, and an imformative epic borchure. Anywho- I picked up this bottle last week at Vintage.

A- Body is a very thick opaque dark brown, almost black hue. Pours with a one finger or so light brown head. This eventually fades to a creamy collar and leaves some lacing down the glass.

S- As one would expect for an imperial stout. Dark chocolate, roasted malt, a hint of anise.

T- Upfront is a lot of dark chocolate with a big roasted malt backbone. The finish is much smoother as the dark chocolate dominates. A hint of alcohol warmth and dark chocolate linger.

M- I really enjoy the mouthfeel of this one. Medium carmonation, dark, smooth, thick, and creamy. Enough said.

O- Overall this is a pretty basic, standard, but enjoyable stout. An awesome mouthfeel and classic taste. I think that this is a great American Imperial Stout- simple yet complex with a lot of big chocolate and roasted flavor. Smooth yet bitter.

PittBeerGirl, Dec 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

jsurfs82, Dec 23, 2012
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3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

woemad, Dec 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

elihull, Dec 05, 2012
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3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

NilocRellim, Dec 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

SalukiAlum, Nov 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

nitter, Nov 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Mtooman, Nov 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

BigTrubble, Nov 18, 2012
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4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Infamous7100, Nov 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

dorkinajeep, Nov 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Mister_Joshy, Nov 05, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

corby112, Nov 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

sendbeer, Oct 30, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

japitalexican, Oct 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

warnerry, Oct 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Hanzo, Oct 04, 2012
Imperial Stout from Epic Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.