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Imperial Stout | Epic Brewing Company

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87
very good
69 Reviews
Imperial StoutImperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.10%

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.

Added by bishopgary on 12-06-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
69
Ratings:
245
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
17.95%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
44
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 69 | Ratings: 245
Photo of brentk56
2.34/5  rDev -40%
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

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Photo of Rhettroactive
2.64/5  rDev -32.3%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
2.83/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown color, some carbonation, little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some chocolate/toffee/coffee notes. The taste is malty, sweet, hints of chocolate/coffee/toffee notes. Medium body, but on the thin side, ABV is not hidden very well. Drinkable, I've had way better Imperial Stouts, this one lacks alot, much improvement needed. What can I say another Epic brew.

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Photo of mdfb79
2.93/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter. Picked up at Rick's in Alexandria, VA. Release #8; bottle says they only released 1,800 bottles, but no bottle number on my bottle.

a - Pours a pitch black color with one and a half fingers of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Head leaves a little bit of lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of roasted malts, coffee, light bitter chocolate, and light cream. Pretty nice.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, bitter coffee, and some bitter hops. Not a lot going on here and a little too bitter for an imperial stout. Not awful, but not the best.

m - Full bodied stout and medium carbonation.

o - Overall a slightly below average stout. The smell was nice, but the taste was pretty bitter and one dimensional; it would be tough to drink a bomber of this one. Wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of argock
3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

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Photo of maximum12
3.27/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
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. 

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Photo of NeedBeerHere
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

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Photo of woemad
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of fountainofyouth
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of tlazaroff
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of bishopgary
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pretty dark, almost ivory black. Looks like a stout but nothing extraordinary. I poured pretty vigorously, but not much head. Just a bit of tan, loose foam that dissipated quickly. Perhaps this is from the higher ABV, but there are other imperial stouts out there that produce nice head from a bottle. Not bad could have been better.
S: Toffee, coffee and some chocolate. A bit of malt sweetness followed by alcohol. I was expecting a richer aroma like in their standard stout, may have been overwhelmed by the alcohol.
T: The taste was better than the above review may lead you to think. Nice flavors from the roasted malt, hops lend a slight bitterness.The alcohol cuts through in the swallow. There also seems to be a bit of toasted marshmallow, or other caramel sweetness in the finish.
M: Nice, not too thick, just enough though. Nice tingle Perhaps a bit more body would serve to balance the bite from the alcohol.
D: Decent representation of an imperial stout. Not sure I have met many imperial stouts I would want to drink a lot of. This is a good beer to share, or nice way to end an evening. Certainly not a bad brew, there are a few kinks that could be worked out though.

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Photo of herman77
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
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

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Photo of GilGarp
3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
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!!!

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Photo of KingofHops
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of mtstatebeer
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, release #4. Pours a opaque black color with a frothy brown head. Aroma is caramel and roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, soy, a bit of herbal hops, and a hint of alcohol. Flavor is caramel and roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, a touch of vanilla, molasses, tobacco, and a hint of herbal hops. Mouthfeel is full bodied, syrupy, warming and slightly bitter. Good beer, nice complexity.

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Photo of mactrail
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.86/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of Pencible
3.86/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Opaque black with a frothy light brown head. Looks like it will leave some nice lacing as well.

Aroma: Roasted dark malts with hints of dark chocolate and anise. Pretty much exactly what you'd expect from an Imperial Stout.

Taste: A lot of flavors up front but what sticks out to me the most is a smooth black liquorish. A lot of dark malts backing up that flavor along with some alcohol. Some moderate bitterness right away but that goes away by the middle. Interestingly there is no roasted malt bitterness except for a slight black coffee echo in the aftertaste. This is actually a nice change of pace since usually this style gets quite palate biting in the finish. Heat from the 9.1% ABV in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Full and thick in body, almost chewy. Smooth effervescence and decent drinkability for how big a beer it feels like.

Final Thoughts: A real nice example of the style. It's lack of bitter roasted flavor may be a surprise to some but it makes for a nice drinking experience. Would I drink it again? If they make a barrel aged version.

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