Imperial Stout
Epic Brewing Company

Imperial StoutImperial Stout
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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #2,131
ABV:
9.1%
Score:
89
Ranked #12,442
Avg:
3.94 | pDev: 9.14%
Reviews:
73
Ratings:
255
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Epic Brewing Company
 
Utah, United States
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SCORE
89
Very Good
Imperial StoutImperial Stout
Notes: 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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SHODriver from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is from early 2014ish

A: Poured into a snifter to a black beer topped by a dense and slightly rocky finger and a half of light tan head which retains well and leaves decent lacing.
S: Smells of intense fudgy chocolate, roasted malts, and coffee
T: Taste is coffee and chocolate with some nice roasted malt character. There's a touch of charred wood and burnt sugar but it's mostly chocolate and coffee. On the swallow there's more chocolate and coffee with a little more roasted malt with a hint of charred wood at the very end.
M: This beer has a body which is on the upper side of medium and a creamy feel on the palate. Carbonation is adequate for the style while the beer has a drying finish.
O: Overall this is a pretty well done beer. It has good flavors and some nice complexity. It tastes like it has held up to the time pretty well too. Everything here is well balanced which also adds to the enjoyment. Worth a try.

Aug 21, 2020
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Big black pour constituting the majority of the color scheme, some dark brown making up the rest towards the edge of the glass, similar colored head on it 4/5". Aroma of massive roasted malt in both scorching aspect and overall heft of the amount of malt used to make this big boy.

Taste is just what the prototypical American imperial stout would be, a truckload of massively roasted black patent, chocolate malt, carafa and two row, a hint of smoke. Firm, but not overly bitter. Firm, but not a challenge to drink. Roastiness does a good job at diluting any alcohol sting. Mouthfeel good, perhaps a tad more carbonated than most, but it works plenty good. You don't like it, wait a few minutes. Got dat chewy mouth feel.

These pair really good with s'mores or cigars. The bomber format is meh, but the cost per ounce is still decent. 4 packs of this would be nice, really rivals Old Rasputin for what it is all in all, which is quite the compliment.

May 06, 2020
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iguanodon from Utah

3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

[Original rating 2012-10-17] Deep dark brown with almost no head. Aroma of caramel, roast malt, coffee, faint smoke. Taste is sweet caramel, roast malt, coffee, tobacco.

Oct 03, 2018
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swenny916 from Illinois

3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L- Dark, very dark.

S- I could smell chocolate off the top.

T- Chocolate over anything else. Not a huge stout fan, but this one really hits the spot.

F- Thick taste. Tiny spice at the start, but very light.

O- Very nice beer. Nothing crazy special, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Aug 28, 2017
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allforbetterbeer from Colorado

4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Release #21, opened on 04/12/2016 making this 20 months old. "store aged"

A hard pour looks like black motor oil and yields an awesome 3 finger dark brown head made up of ultra-compact bubbles.

Aroma of chocolate sauce, roasted nuts, a touch of spice like anise, and a whiff of light sherry.

Intense flavors of dark near-melted chocolate, nice and smooth roasted barley, dark berry fudge, and a hint of sherry. With the age I would expect this type of profile: Absent is any harshness, coffee bitterness or acrid flavors, and the sherry is almost surely due to age. I like imperial stouts fresh and lightly aged, and appreciate the differences.

Conclusion: Very nice. A simply massive stout which has aged very nicely. I bet it is pretty nice fresh as well. 15 years ago this would have been famous. Now it is just another fantastic heavy-hitting ultra-dark stout among many others. I will surely drink this again especially with the sub-$10 price point.

Apr 13, 2016
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KYGunner from Kentucky

4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
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!

Aug 17, 2015
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Benish from Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Color: charcoal black in color. Appeared thick and viscious while pouring. Minimal head that is brown when present for a short time.

Smell: mostily coffee. Maybe a little bit of coaco but it's dominantly coffee.

Taste: very sweet and viscous in the mouth. Coffee, chocolate, and some dried dark fruits. It also has a bit of spiciness to it, but it doesn't seem like its coming from the alcohol. Almost like Mexican chocolate minus the cinnamon.

Mouthfeel: full-bodied with a spiciness character at the finish that lingers around for a little bit.

Overall: a decent stout from Epic. Just a step down from the Big Bad Baptist. Not sure if its the same base beer but I enjoyed it.

Aug 08, 2015
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BucannonXC5 from California

3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 - 4.00)

Smelled chocolate, roasty malts, toasty nuts, caramel, dark chocolate syrup, smoky cocoa spices, faint coffee malts and sweet toffee. (Smell - 3.75)

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 - 4.00)

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)

3.94 | 88 | B+

May 20, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Brilliant ebony under a 1” tan collar that quickly dissipates to a film.
S: Roasted malt, coffee, dark malt, dark dried fruit.
T: Intense roasted malt flavors lead to dark dried fruits and finish with big coffee flavors.
F: a big creamy mouthfeel
O: A big bold stout for people who drink their coffee black

Apr 06, 2015
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leroybrown10 from Missouri

4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Jan 19, 2015
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Straight black, opaque, with just the slightest hint of red underpinning it all. Small head, medium tan, that fades quickly. Lacing is minimal.

S - Most clearly the alcohol, big and full. Dark fruits and chocolate nibs. Hints of tobacco and wood ash.

T - Starts with the nose, but comes through with a second wave full of coffee and chocolate. Raisins and molasses. A close that is faintly acidic and lightly bitter.

M - Slick and full. Low carbonation. Mild drying in the close, but not enough to impact the experience. This is a sipper.

O - Much better than the typical stout, and outside the nose, this delivers big ABV without a harsh alcohol burn. Drink with care, because it delivers a wallop. Love how this one has two levels, first delivering dark fruits and blackened malts, then jumping to a level of silky chocolate and coffee. Impressive work.

Jan 18, 2015
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber (Release #17), the beer is jet black, with a dense, foamy, light tan colored head. Aromas of rich molasses, dark roasted coffee, some date and fig highlights, booze notes, and some chocolate. Wow...this smells rich. Flavors are heavily roasted and boozy forward, with a blast of bitter roasted coffee, a healthy dose of old world fruit richness, and bitter baker's chocolate at the end. Heavily roasted throughout, and the body has a surprisingly dry undertone in the body. The aftertaste is boozy, coffee, and chocolate, with some earthy notes, too. Smooth, dry finish. Big, heavy brew.

Sep 28, 2014
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clayrock81 from Florida

3.94/5  rDev 0%

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.

Aug 31, 2014
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KFBR392 from Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

2014 Release, 10.6% ABV

Appearance: Pours with a dark brown color yet sits black in the glass. Half a finger of bubbly dark brown head. Random sticky lacing left behind at each level.

Smell: Bitter dark chocolate and oats pop up on the front. Solid hop body with pleasant accents of black licorice, moss, oats, lactose, and sweet malt. Overall the aroma is definitely on the sweeter side, but is done very well.

Taste: Sweet malt, lactose, and black licorice hit the palate first. Balanced hop tones pick up in the body and gradually transition into some heavier roasted malt tones with accents of coffee grounds, toffee, dark chocolate, and caramel. The finish is a lingering mossy hop flavor, caramel, lactose, and taffy.

Mouthfeel: Awesome transitions from sweet to roasted, back to sweet. Robust full body. Carbonation is well done for even such a young stout.

Overall: This is some seriously great stuff. I cannot wait to try the big baptist which I picked up at the same time. Really impressed how well this drank fresh, have no hesitations to drink this brew ASAP. Reminds me a ton of Founder's RIS.

Apr 25, 2014
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev 0%
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.

Apr 24, 2014
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Sludgeman from District of Columbia

4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
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

Mar 17, 2014
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Feb 13, 2014
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Zorro from California

4.02/5  rDev +2%
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.

Jan 14, 2014
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NeedBeerHere from Minnesota

3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours out dark as a stout can be with a two finger brown head with decent retention. Seems to have decent lacing. Smell is dark fruits like raisins with some burnt malt and a decent amount of sweetness that I assume is coming from the malts. Taste is definitely some burnt malts and plenty of dark fruit with a slight sweet taste that seems to hang in the throat. The mouthfell is quite thick which is nice for the style which is one of the better attributes of the beer. This beer seems to be pretty one dimensional and not tons going on here. It's not a bad Imperial stout but it just doesn't have much going on. No chocolate to be found and I assume they use cheap ingredients like in most of their beers... Overall this is an OK stout with a little hops that come out in the end and hangs a little in the throat, It's not a bad beer but it's just not really that good either. I certainly would drink it again but it wouldn't be a first choice if I was suggesting a strong stout to someone, Not good and not bad. Just no better than average.

Dec 27, 2013
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Oct 21, 2013
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barleywinefiend from Washington

4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured jet black with a big ol' rocky brown head, great caronation, loads of bubbles and plenty of lacing remains moments and sips afterwards

S: Bit of smoke, chocolate, coffee and a little whiff of dark fruits.

T: Initial sordove char and light smoke on this is blended well with bitter chocolate and coffee beans. A little bit of waivering dark fruits is present but barely detected. This beer is simply char, coffee and cocoa all the way through. A little booze sting is noticed but its just right. The finish has a light to moderate bitterness and is somewhat creamy

M: Fuller bodied, well carbonated, loads of flavor. Like I mentioned, somewhat creamy. Hearty and warming

O: A very well done non BA Imperial Stout!

Jul 21, 2013
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.98/5  rDev +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.

Jul 05, 2013
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zeledonia from Washington

4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Jun 30, 2013
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ohiobeer29 from Ohio

4.51/5  rDev +14.5%
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

Jun 27, 2013
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wordemupg from Canada (AB)

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
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

Jun 13, 2013
Imperial Stout from Epic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 255 ratings