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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 JohnGalt1
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought this one at Brewforia on the way home from work tonight. Shared the first 3rd of the bottle with inflatablechair, and we pretty much decided it was a lost cause... that said, a couple hours later, it is at room temperature and a whole hell of a lot better.

Poured into my Old Rasputin tasting glass, 1 finger of deeep dark brown head .. retention is pretty lax ... so is the lacing.

Nose is very "black"... tons of dark malt and not much else except a pretty pervasive licorice note.

Flavor shows mainly very roasty malt... verging on deep char... a bit of minor dark fruits are blown out of the water by the ashy flavors. When cooler, this seemed waaaay too dry, but a bit of warmth made what little background sweetness there is bloom a bit.

Body may be a tad light.... the carbonation seems about right.

I am not going to fawn over this one, but it does show potential, but definitely needs to be dialed in right now.

4/3.5/4/3.5/3.5

Edit: LET THIS ONE WARM UP!!!

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Rhettroactive
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.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into an Elysian snifter. Pours pitch black with a finger of brown head with good retention and nice lacing. Aroma of toasted malt, chocolate and vanilla, a hint of alcohol. Flavor dominated by toasty, slightly charred malt, chocolate and coffee. Finishes with lingering charred coffee and hops. Medium bodied. A nicely made imperial stout on the char end of the flavor spectrum. Could use a bit more body and intensity of the initial flavors, but tastes great and the high ABV is more than covered. Not for the charred malt intolerant. ABV 10.1, somewhat higher than the listing here. This appears to vary from batch to batch.

Photo of drummermattie02
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of wordemupg
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

Photo of Haybeerman
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of ZEB89
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Photo of BGsWo22
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of clayrock81
3.94/5  rDev +1%

Poured a black body with two finger tan head that dies quick.
Aroma is mostly roasted malts and chocolate although there are some coffee notes and possible caramel and toffee malts as well (and I swear I get a hint of dark fruit).
Medium bodied and balanced, the beer shifts between two primary flavors of roasted malts and this chocolaty, syrupy sweetness (not quite Hershey territory).
Finishes easy and rather smooth/sweet than dry, not a heavy imperial stout but a mighty tasty/sweet one that hit my sweet tooth.

Photo of outoffocus
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of maximum12
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.

Photo of mhaugo
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of muskiesman
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Pencible
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of tommy5
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

Photo of DavoleBomb
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.

Photo of argock
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.

Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

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