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Imperial Stout - Epic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

210 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 210
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 13
Gots: 37 | FT: 1
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 PittBeerGirl
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of jsurfs82
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of woemad
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Photo of elihull
4.25/5  rDev +9%

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.

Photo of SalukiAlum
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of nitter
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Mtooman
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of BigTrubble
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

Photo of dorkinajeep
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Mister_Joshy
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

Photo of sendbeer
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of japitalexican
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

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.

Photo of Travisnin
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

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.

Photo of ngeunit1
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.

Imperial Stout from Epic Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.