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Imperial Stout - Epic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

203 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 203
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 13
Gots: 33 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +9%

sendbeer, Oct 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

650ml bomber #11 10.3% poured into tulip 12/6/13 cheers alpineclimber for splitting the bottle

A black liquid with a deep cola edge when tilted, large mocha head has good retention leaving some thick rings before falling to a thin film

S bakers chocolate, licorice, espresso, burnt toffee, some raisins, char and smoke, and just a hint of citric hops, smells pretty solid

T darker roast in the mouth with the espresso playing a bigger part leaving me wonder if they brew it with coffee but I'm too lazy to do some research, I suppose I'll just enjoy this dark roast instead

M leaning towards heavy, no booze going down, char and burnt espresso linger on the finish

O well rounded right down the middle, straightforward but very well executed, something I'd look for in the future

drinks very smooth for a big fresh stout, I'd like to taste an aged version but its already drinking well, a little hops in the background but mostly an intense dark malt that works well for me

wordemupg, Jun 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Jenebauer, Oct 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

jburd19, Jul 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Mphis, Jul 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Latarnik, May 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Azeotrope, Oct 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Souleman, Dec 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

livingtodie, Mar 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

maltlikker, Nov 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

elihull, Dec 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

wvsabbath, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of Bung
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.

Bung, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a very very impressive stout, just a step below the Baptist in terms of complexity, but every bit as well made, deep, and decadent. so black its almost red looking at it, intimidating at this viscosity, and sporting a cool half inch of coffee colored head. it smells spiced as well as the obligatory rich black roasted barley. I do get anise seed here, but I also get a touch of licorice and black pepper, its big and bold and robust. the flavor is not so spiced, although now I get an almost tarry tobacco flavor where the anise used to be. milk chocolate, tanned leather, and bitter oaky char. truly extraordinary. lots of body, not much fizz, as it should be for the style. I can hardly taste the booze too, which is a shock to me. this is about as good as imperial stouts get short of ridiculous additives and barrel treatments. the authentic article here folks.

StonedTrippin, Oct 21, 2013
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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
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4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Release #10, bottled 20 November 2012. My bottle says 11.1% ABV, not this piddly 9.1% that BA has listed. Tasted 29 June 2013.

Pours black and thick like motor oil. One finger of medium-brown head, quite dark. Good retention, excellent lacing. Top-notch.

Smell is big and chocolatey. Sweet and rich and very good, but a little one-dimensional.

Taste starts out big and sweet, molasses and milk chocolate, before it turns roasty with a touch of charcoal. Okay, so it's two-dimensional here, and the flavors are really good, but the thing keeping it from being top-shelf is the lack of depth and complexity.

Feel is just a tad thin. That's surprising, given what a bruiser the beer is in general. But it's a little oily, a little slick, and lacking in the chewiness and fluffiness.

A very good non-bal imperial stout. Rich, potent, and flavorful. The thing that separates it from beers like Darkness is the lack of variety, the lack of depth. But it's still pretty darn good.

zeledonia, Jun 30, 2013
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4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

WVbeergeek, Mar 15, 2012
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4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A bomber on a snowy day. 1 of only 1800 bottles. Poured into a chalice.

A good beer but a bit too hot in the finish. Barrel-aged qualities without the aging or the barrels. 4.25

A – Pours an opaque dark brown to black with reddish tints, a thin brown head that dissipates quickly, a little viscous, nice brown lacing. 4.25

S – Roasted malts, some alcohol/whiskey, a bit of tobacco, prunes (?). 4

T – Roasted malt, dark chocolate, slightly sweet, but also some minor metallic taste (-). 4

MF – Medium-heavy body, SMOOTH and creamy, semi-dry finish with alcohol heat and slickness at the very end. A great mouth feel! 4.5

Sludgeman, Mar 17, 2014
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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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4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. Release #16, SLC #1265.

A real nice mocha brown one finger and a half tall head. Even bubbled quite creamy and slowly settles nicely. Real nice dark color to the head and giving a thick collar. Body is classic opaque dark walnut black. A little tilt under the collar shows some clarity with a hint of red hue. Leopard and speckled lacing hit while drinking. Great looking stout.

Interesting solid nose. Nice soft roasted malts, hints a little at chocolate but more to coffee. Great fruit subdued component to this, almost grape sweetness. A faint whiff of smokehouse cedar and wood embers comes out just on the end. Like this faint smoke in there too. Lots going on here quite nice, very balanced, but the roast grains dominate.

Palate delivers real nicely. Nearly silky texture, soft and giving to great roast coffee and chocolate feel. Bittering palate slightly, comes off with a hint of tobacco warmth and char. A real nice piping finish and controlled heat of hop and roast. Nothing boozy about this beer whatsoever. Warm espresso, chocolatey feel, bitter controlled finish almost lime juice to match. Fruit sweetness is pretty much non existent though than what the nose indicates.

Overall this is a real constructed brew, and a great beer to quaff.

smakawhat, Feb 13, 2014
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4.05/5  rDev +3.8%

rkarimi, Jul 17, 2013
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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
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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.

PittBeerGirl, Dec 27, 2012
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4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black colored beer with a brown colored head.

Smells sweet and of chocolate and toasted grain. Scent of Kahlua and And some fruity scents on the the ethanol. Scent of chocolate liquor can't quite ID the fruit but it is close to pear. Faint coffee as it warms but this smells mostly of chocolate.

Starts out sweet with a bittersweet chocolate flavor. Warms the chest quite well. Little bit of a patent malt bite to it. Very much a chocolate beer, that really sums it up. Lots of charred malt flavor.

Mouthfeel is full.

Overall a big chocolate beer.

Zorro, Jan 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

t2grogan, Oct 05, 2014
Imperial Stout from Epic Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 203 ratings.