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Imperial Stout - Epic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

185 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 185
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 11
Gots: 26 | 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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tclapper

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

01-17-2012 00:26:30 | More by tclapper
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drummermattie02

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.6%

01-16-2012 23:14:48 | More by drummermattie02
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

01-15-2012 04:38:25 | More by nmann08
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kiki3drt292

California

4/5  rDev +2.6%

01-08-2012 06:50:49 | More by kiki3drt292
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TasteTester

Ohio

3/5  rDev -23.1%

01-08-2012 03:30:21 | More by TasteTester
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pokesbeerdude

Colorado

4/5  rDev +2.6%

01-07-2012 04:59:27 | More by pokesbeerdude
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jaidenjb

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

01-01-2012 04:42:48 | More by jaidenjb
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TheGordianKnot

Tennessee

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into DL snifter. Can't remember what release it said but I coulda sworn it had bottle #3 listed, maybe it said release and I was that oblivious...

A- Black pour, very black and viscous. Almost no head, but a few bubbles on ring sound the glass.

S- Very interesting complexities here that are not traditional in a lot of stouts I've had. Honey, ham, honey baked ham (obviously), slight smoke, turkey leg, and bits of cinnamon. Tiny roast also, but this lends itself towards a more smokey, meaty, sweet stout.

T/M- A great balance between sweet and bitter. Coffee roast with dark chocolate. Spices and bitterness on the finish. This is incredibly different than the nose! Not much smoke or meat in the flavor. Very hoppy stout, very enjoyable, very much pleasantly surprised! Body was medium and slick, not much carbonation, but it was there.

O- Haven't had much from Epic, but this makes me want more! Balanced, complex, unconventional... I like. ISO- Big Bad Baptist!

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 15:50:28 | More by TheGordianKnot
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argock

Virginia

3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 03:35:14 | More by argock
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mikereaser

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +28.2%

12-11-2011 22:25:08 | More by mikereaser
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mhaugo

California

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-06-2011 15:22:30 | More by mhaugo
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claytong

Vermont

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-05-2011 23:01:28 | More by claytong
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-05-2011 18:00:39 | More by kjkinsey
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OregonHopmonster

Oregon

4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-23-2011 16:51:46 | More by OregonHopmonster
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cfinch2

Virginia

4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-21-2011 06:08:21 | More by cfinch2
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nrbw23

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So far this is the best offering I've had from this brewery.

A- Pours a very dark brown color maybe black with a nice brown head. Head has pretty good retention and leaves some nice layered lacing.

S- Picking up quite a bit of roasted malts, dark fruits, charcoal, chocolate, and light coffee.

T- Quite a bit of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, a bit of darker fruits and quite a bit of charcoal and smoke. A touch of the bitter side.

M- Carbonation was pretty low and a touch on the lighter side of medium full in body...if that makes any sense.

O- I feel that this one is pretty solid and I enjoyed drinking this one for sure.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 08:36:19 | More by nrbw23
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MarkIntihar

Michigan

4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-16-2011 01:43:44 | More by MarkIntihar
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TheHoppiest

Ohio

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

Happy International Stout Day! I've been cellaring this for a few months, and thought today would be as good as any day to dust it off and see how Salt Lake does stout.

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into an oversized snifter. The label indicates this was from Release #3, and states that it clocks in at 9.1% ABV. Pours an inky black with a ring of tan foam clinging to the edge of the glass, and a small island of thin foam slowly swirling in the center.

Has an oaty, malty aroma, thick and biscuity, with notes of coffee, vanilla, cola and alcohol.

Vanilla malt, creamy oats, and black coffee combine with moderate alcohol and hints of chocolate. There's a fair amount of hoppiness to finish, though the hops are more felt tingling the gums and tongue than through bitterness.

Full bodied, this is a creamy, rich brew. Almost syrupy, this demands slow sipping. A mildly bitter finish ends it nicely.

Although listed as an American Double, this has more of a taste and feel like an oatmeal stout or a cream stout. The bitterness is subdued, and is felt more than tasted. While there are hints of booziness, you're not hit over the head with this 9.1% double stout. Overall, a tasty stout; not top notch, but certainly worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 00:34:48 | More by TheHoppiest
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Release #3, 9.1% ABV, 1,800 bottles.

3.5 A: Black color. Two and a half fingers of frothy/creamy hybrid head. Retention is average and a decent sized ring of lacing is left behind.

4.0 S: Good amount of roastiness to this. Stemming from that roast are dark caramel, semisweet chocolate, and hints of coffee. Molasses is abundant. Malts are decisively grainy, but a lot of that aroma is lost from the roasted aromas. Moderately sweet overall.

4.0 T: The taste approximates the nose well. Hefty roast with plenty of dark caramel, molasses, and semisweet chocolate. Coffee again minimal. A lot more burnt than the nose suggest, but not distractingly so. There seems to be some hop bitterness in this that compounds with the bitterness from the roast. A good bit dryer than the nose, putting this at the middle of the spectrum.

4.0 M: Heavier medium to lighter heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Good creaminess to this with a roasty aftertaste that affects the smoothness a bit. Borderline 4.5

4.0 D: Solid brew all around, though it seems like there are a good number of bad bottles floating around. At $8 for the bomber, I'd say the risk is worth it. Anyway, this beer doesn't stand out from about a million other imperial stouts, but it is tasty nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 03:45:46 | More by DavoleBomb
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

2.7/5  rDev -30.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 23:25:22 | More by Rhettroactive
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mattcrill

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Pleasant fresh crushed grain aroma up front. I keep thinking fresh Maris Otter that jumps out of the glass. Moderately-low fruity esters in the background. Reminds me of plums and raisins. Moderate alcohol aromatics warm the nose.

Appearance: Black pour with shoe leather edges. Low tan head that is moderately lasting. Legs cling to the glass.

Flavor: Rich dark roasted grain flavors up front. Earthy hop bitterness balances out the malt base. More Maris Otter-type malt backbone. Balance is toward the earthy bitterness. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is coffe-like and long lasting.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body with medium carbonation. Slight astringency due to the dark grains. No alcohol heat which is kind of scary.

Overall impression: A big, malt forward RIS. I love the malt character (did I mention Maris Otter???). It seems more "Americanized" as I don't get the dark fruity esters that tend to be characteristic of more English RIS examples. I need to age one of these and try them. Nice beer from a brewery I haven't sampled before.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 20:34:08 | More by mattcrill
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mgbickel

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Release #2...22oz bottle poured into a CC snifter.

A massive 3 fingers of dark mocha foam formed on top of the oil black body. The head stuck around forever...slightly receding, leaving behind trails of lace.

The nose has lots of meaty aromas up front...anise, molasses, coffee and cocoa.

The nose is a decent indicator where the taste leads...chocolate starts things out, the sweetness quickly fades to a roasted coffee flavor that turns to an almost bitter, semi-hoppy finish. The coffee flavor peaks once again in the aftertaste.

Medium to heavy bodied, thicker as it warms...moderate carbonation.

Overall this is a very solid beer. Lots of flavor and complexity is packed into this non-barrel aged offering. Mucho recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 02:32:13 | More by mgbickel
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Bung

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 02:08:06 | More by Bung
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
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 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.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2011 03:20:46 | More by maximum12
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours like a bad-ass impy stout should: like oil, slick and tar-black, with a head of mocha froth that tries to fight through that 10% ABV as long as possible before chilling to a bubbly "puffed rice" layer and eventually a thin skim.

The nose on this one is mostly gooey and fudgy, sitting somewhere between milk chocolate and dark, bitter baking chocolate. Mild coffee notes, and an earthy/mineral vibe that gives it some edge, but never overdoes it. The alcohol is quiet in the nose, although might perk up with some warming...

Taste features strong notes of anise/black licorice, but never too out of whack. That's balanced by the considerable chocolate character, which is given further depth thanks to bitter coffee notes. For a 10% beer, the alcohol is felt and tasted just a touch, providing more subtle support than some other imperial stouts of similar strength. A dry finish leaves green, leafy hops lingering. Reminds me of Green Flash's Double Stout, in more ways than one, though not exactly a clone.

Feel is appropriately thick and gooey, though never overly chewy, partly thanks to the soft carbonation tingle that works its way over the tongue. Very, very nice.

This one deserves a name better than just "Imperial Stout." But hey, it's what's in the glass that counts, and so far, judging from this and Hopulent, Epic Brewing is doing some great stuff, and is a brewer I'll look forward to investigating further.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 22:45:23 | More by Metalmonk
Imperial Stout from Epic Brewing Company
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