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Imperial Stout | Epic Brewing Company

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3.92/5
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249 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States
epicbrewing.com

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
Ranking:
#7,162
Reviews:
70
Ratings:
249
pDev:
9.44%
Bros Score:
3.88
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
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Trade:
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Ratings: 249 |  Reviews: 70
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of jaydoc
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Release # 5.

8.9% ABV per the label.

Pours an opaque black with a 1 inch foamy dark khaki head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Thin broken rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and some subtle coffee bean aromas. Taste is of dark roasted malt, cocoa nibs, coffee beans, and alcohol. There is a nice roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good solid imperial stout with a better flavor than smell.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of spycow
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of brentk56
2.34/5  rDev -40.3%
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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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter, batch 3 bottled 2/14/2011. Pours pitch black color with a nice 1-2 finger dense mocha colored head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some good soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, toffee, apple, raisin, char, biscuit, earth, and light herbal spiciness. Pretty nice aromas with good balance and complexity; a bit too fruity from the yeast. Taste of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, caramel, toffee, biscuit, toast, earth, charred malt, nuttiness, and herbal spiciness. Good amount of spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, toffee, toast, biscuit, coffee, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice flavor balance and complexity; with a good balance of bitterness and malt flavors. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a fairly creamy and slick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice imperial stout. Nice roasted malt and hop flavor complexity with good balance. Very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mactrail
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
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 nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev -1%
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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2.93/5  rDev -25.3%
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 MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of 22Blue
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of imbibehour
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.92/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Imperial Stout from Epic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 249 ratings
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