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Imperial Stout - Epic Brewing Company

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87
very good

68 Reviews
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Reviews: 68
Hads: 232
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 13
Gots: 41 | 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:
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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Reviews: 68 | Hads: 232
Photo of Joshpu
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a duvel glass.

A: Poured a black used motor oil with a half finger of brown head. Thin lacing.

S: Very roasty smelling. Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee. Definitely get the alcohol smell as it warms.

T: The taste is like the smell, except maybe more of a darker fruit presence and black licorice. I get a little bit of the alcohol on the end as it warms. Actually more bitter than one might expect.

M: Medium to full bodied. It feels like its got quite a bit of carbonation to it.

Overall it's a good beer. Nothing that really knocks my socks off, or is crazy out of the box, but is still a good imperial stout. Definitely recommend atleast trying. (679 characters)

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. (1,145 characters)

Photo of woemad
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
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. (1,468 characters)

Photo of NilocRellim
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (411 characters)

Photo of Infamous7100
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (523 characters)

Photo of corby112
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. (873 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (449 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (633 characters)

Photo of GilGarp
3.66/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (846 characters)

Photo of fountainofyouth
3.58/5  rDev -8%
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. (696 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
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. (816 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
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.  (841 characters)

Photo of yamar68
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (638 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (1,178 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (629 characters)

Photo of KingofHops
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fantastic pour with a beautiful chocolate brown head and a deep black color. The aroma of from the pour is also incredible, rich tones of cocoa with settle hints of cream. The taste is enjoyable and certainly displays a chocolate element, and as an imperial stout could most certainly stand on its own. Certainly a smooth drink, but lacks some of the innate richness expected from an imperail stout. Overall enjoyable and one that I would recommend. (449 characters)

Photo of SLeffler27
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Imperial Stout redefines black. Velvet with a one inch, dark chestnut, creamy head that lasts the duration as it turns rocky and leaves a coating of lace.

Rich malted chocolate and coffee ice cream is counterbalanced after warmth brings out notes of pine.

Generally follows the nose, however a bit muddy and alcohol detracts. Malt bitterness overwhelms the palate and a long, dry finish occupies the tongue. Warmth brings ashen flavors.

A medium body with high, almost hot, alcohol. Modest carbonation and dry with a bit of chalkiness. Residual sugars are left on the lips.

This is decent with food though it could possibly work as a sipping beer while reading. (665 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (573 characters)

Photo of brentk56
2.34/5  rDev -39.8%
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 (661 characters)

Photo of tlazaroff
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very sad nose on this one.. I get almost nothing but a slight hint of coco. Very disappointing.

Visually, this beer looks great! Very dark indeed, so dark that even when held to the light, I can't see any getting through. The head is a frothy kind of mocha coffee mixed with creme color like you would find on the top of a starbucks coffee.

Well, due to the lackluster aroma, I didn't expect much, but this beer sure delivers on flavor! Big big roasted chocolate notes on the palate. So much so that it is all that I taste, and I like it! It has a slight hint of fruit, like raspberries and blackberries, coming through on the finish. Beautifully tasting beer.

Smooth texture, low carbonation, full body and a slightly dry finish give this beer another interesting note to pull it all together in the end. Overall, if this beer had an aroma (anything at all) to tease me of the upcoming experience, it would be on my short list of stouts. (941 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (808 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
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 (564 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (623 characters)

Photo of argock
3.23/5  rDev -17%
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. (861 characters)

Photo of nrbw23
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (638 characters)

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Imperial Stout from Epic Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.