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Imperial Stout - Epic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

68 Reviews
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87
very good

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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 Pencible
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured an opaque pitch black with moderate tan head.
S: It smelled like earthy roasted coffee and barley, with dry semi-sweet chocolate and a bit of copper hops.
T: It tasted like milk chocolate and roasted coffee, with some brown sugar and licorice and burnt barley, with a little alcohol. It had a bitter aftertaste that was a bit harsh.
M: It was thick and silky with moderate carbonation. Very nice body!
D: This was a solid imperial stout that looked great, but the smell and taste were barely above average. Great body, but rough finish with noticeable alcohol, so it wasn't the easiest to drink. Age may help mellow and improve this beer. Enjoyable fresh, but nothing special. (691 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.97/5  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. (1,292 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 jzeilinger
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In review, a 2013 bottle.

A - Pours dark, midnight black color with a thick mocha colored lacing ring and moderately viscous when the glass is swirled. Nice legs.

S - Mocha, light char, mocha cream, burnt chocolate.

T - Dark fruit, mocha, burnt chocolate, alcohol.

M - Heavy medium body, sticky on the lips, coats the mouth with ark fruit and burnt chocolate.

O - A solid Imperial Stout, have really enjoyed the Exponential Series from Epic. (447 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Very dark, almost black, low tan head, some cling lace.

S - Cocoa, sweet malt and coffee. Choc chip cookies come to mind too.

T - Taste emulates smell, just not as sweet.

M - Medium to heavy body, good carb, fair balance.

D - Big beer, but hides it well. Nice offering. (277 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 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 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 Metalmonk
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (1,434 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is what an Imperial Stout should be! Deep, dark and complex it's delicious yet smooth and 10%. Strong coffee overtones with chocolate syrup, molasses,sorghum, marshmallow, Graham Cracker, light anise, malt and even a bit of sherry. Love this! (247 characters)

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

I picked this one up with a groupon at 287 Discount Liquor in Fort Collins. Poured a nice black color with a lingering finger of medium brown foam. Aromas of charcoal, roasted malt and espresso. On the palate, this one is medium bodied, with flavors of earthy hops, roasted malt and chocolate. (293 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)

Photo of Sludgeman
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
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 (632 characters)

Photo of Moose90
4.44/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber
"RELEASE #10 – 11.1%ALC./VOL"

A – Pours a nice dark mahogany brown, quite thick as well. Head is thin, but light brown in color, leaves standard lacing throughout.

S – Bitter chocolates, malted milk, light roasted coffee. Strongly bitter, sweetness is undetected, though this is not a charred mess.

T – Deep, complex, and rich. Strong dark chocolate here, more bitter coffee, almost espresso. Sweetness is only detected on the palate, as it provides a nice coating and leads you to come back for more. Quite warming.

M – Thick, appropriately for the style. The alcohol is noticeable here, but only in the way that it warms you up on the way down. Wonderful.

O – Grabbed this on a whim, at what I would regard as a fair price. This is a great quality imperial. I haven't had any other released, but this one is stellar. (848 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 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 BucannonXC5
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ratings are correct below, but I changed some marks above to make the final rating as close as possible with Beer Advocate's "revamped" system. The 4.00 overall rating is accurate.

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Karl Strauss 26th anniversary snifter glass
From: Utah State Liquor Store #06 in Logan, Utah
Price: $8.35
Purchased: May 2, 2015
Consumed: May 19, 2015
Misc.: Release #23 - Brewed on Oct. 23, 2014; Packaged Nov. 6, 2014; Brewed in Denver; 10.9 pct. ABV

Poured a black color with two fingers of frothy tan head, which thinned out quickly. Good uneven layered lacing with some spottiness along the sides of the glass. Very good retention. (Sight - 4.13)

Smelled chocolate, roasty malts, toasty nuts, caramel, dark chocolate syrup, smoky cocoa spices, faint coffee malts and sweet toffee. (Smell - 3.88)

Tasted similar to the nose, but slightly better. Got chocolate syrup, rich roasty malts, dark cocoa, toasty nuts, caramel, toffee, rich coffee malts, smokiness and fudge. (Taste - 4.00)

Full body. Creamy-to-sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter, slightly warming finish. (Feel - 4.13)

This beer really grew on me. I may have underrated it a tad, but either way this was a tasty double imperial stout. (Overall - 4.00)

4.00 | 90 | A- (1,260 characters)

Photo of herman77
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark brown, nearly black with a bubbly mocha colored head. Okay retention and lacing.

S: Roasty malts, coffee, licorice. Some earthy pine hops. Faint wiffs of bitter chocolate, vanilla and cream. Very roasted bitter malts dominate overall.

T: Fairly good balance of roated malt and hops. Some earthy coffee as well as a hint of chocolate sweetness. Not much complexity. Pretty bitter overall though. Bitter, roasty and almost burnt malt and pine hops linger in the aftertaste.

M: Medium to heavier body. Moderate carbonation. Thought it would be a little thicker.

O: Not bad, definitely have had a lot better Imperial Stouts before. Drinkability is okay. Label says its 9.1% abv and it tastes pretty close to that (725 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
4.13/5  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. (978 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 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 leroybrown10
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a viscous, shiny black. Thick dark khaki head which leaves heavy, dark lacing behind when it dissipates.

Smells of dark chocolate, licorice and coffee. Some roasted malt and tobacco.

Dark bitter chocolate is the first taste. Dark roasted coffee, black licorice, smoke, tobacco and earthy/peaty malt.

Thick, full bodied mouth feel. Creamy feeling which lingers on the tongue. Medium carbonation. Some alcohol but not overpowering.

Excellent imperial stout. Rich flavors which blend together and complement each other. (533 characters)

Photo of mattcrill
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
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. (1,062 characters)

Photo of ohiobeer29
4.51/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

batch number 3.
9.1abv
great head
pours. dark
chocolate vanilla
can.barely taste the alcohol
great after taste of coffee as well
good mouth feel
if your a fan of stone brewing ris 2012 2013 your going to love this beer
price was 8.99 but well worth it.
size was bomber if your lucky enough to see one buy it and pm me with a thank you later (341 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)

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