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Imperial Stout - Epic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

207 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 207
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 13
Gots: 35 | 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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Photo of elihull
4.25/5  rDev +9%

elihull, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of NilocRellim
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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
Photo of SalukiAlum
4/5  rDev +2.6%

SalukiAlum, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of nitter
4/5  rDev +2.6%

nitter, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of Mtooman
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Mtooman, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of BigTrubble
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

BigTrubble, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of Infamous7100
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
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
Photo of dorkinajeep
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

dorkinajeep, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of Mister_Joshy
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Mister_Joshy, Nov 05, 2012
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.

corby112, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of sendbeer
4.25/5  rDev +9%

sendbeer, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of japitalexican
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

japitalexican, Oct 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

warnerry, Oct 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Hanzo, Oct 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Cramerican, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of mfield14
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

mfield14, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of garymuchow
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Release #2.
Chocolate roast and chocolate milk. Cocoa.
Very black. Dark head settles out in time.
Silky and smooth feel. Very well hidden alcohol, but it kicks in nicely.
Roast, but not too much, softer more like milk chocolate and some vanilla (not sure where that came from). Roast hangs heavy on the finish in an appealing way.
Has enough complexity to be interesting, but not as much as many others. Good solid drinker for style.

Thanks Spunky.

garymuchow, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of Jason
3.9/5  rDev 0%
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.

Jason, Sep 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Travisnin, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of GilGarp
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

GilGarp, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of fountainofyouth
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm holding bottle #5 of 1,800 from this limited release. It's in a 22 oz. bottle, naturally, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: It is extremely dark and impenetrable, barely kicking up a head as it pours. The half-finger head is medium brown.

Smell: It's got a pretty strong scent, even for the style. The website advertises "all chocolate and toasted malt," but I'm getting mostly flowery hops. Perhaps it's the Cascade.

Taste: A pretty complex mix at first. Some good dark malt, balanced by spicy and flowery hops. Alcohol is subdued. Nothing special. I docked points because the hops kind of just take over as you keep drinking.

Mouthfeel: Pretty smooth and thick. Average carbonation.

fountainofyouth, Sep 02, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +11%
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 ThickNStout
3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. 

ThickNStout, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of yamar68
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber to brandy snifter. Batch 4.

Pours a near pitch black with a slight edge of coffee clarity. A finger of sticky mocha head sinks down to a collar after a few minutes. Precise lacing.

The nose is big brownie fudge, chocolate syrup, abstract roasted malts, brown sugar, molasses, a bit of light fruit if you really look for it. Yum.

The taste is subtly smoky, coffee bean, burnt chocolate cake, a touch of heat is hidden far and away, super smooth and far from harsh.

This is just dandy. I wasn't expecting much after ready the reviews but I was very pleasantly surprised. Give this one a go if you have the means.

yamar68, Aug 11, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev 0%
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.

superspak, Aug 10, 2012
Imperial Stout from Epic Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 207 ratings.