Imperial Stout | Epic Brewing Company

very good
248 Ratings
Imperial StoutImperial Stout

Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States

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.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of marshmeli
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of ohiobeer29
4.51/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

batch number 3.
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

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Photo of RebornStussy
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of KohlbeckM
4.25/5  rDev +9%

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

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Photo of koopa
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Moose90
4.44/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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 bmoney
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of havoc1
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of srandycarter
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of RedneckBeerz
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of brbrocc
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of ESeab
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of PStriedl
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Rayek
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of BGsWo22
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of muskiesman
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of kagent777
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am pretty sure I picked this bottle up from the brewery on small business saturday, thanks American Express! This is from batch 10, clocks in at 11.1%, and was bottled on Nov 20, 2012. Three months old. Poured into my CCB snifter.

Appearance: Pours out nice and viscous, extremely black, with a nice deep tan head that rose to one finger before settling to a foam. Lacing all over the glass.

Smell: I get a sense of coffee and roast, with a bit of char. A touch of cocoa as well. Little sweetness, much stronger bitterness, maybe a bit of the Chinook.

Taste: This is what I look for in an RIS. Deep flavors, coffee and cocoa, with a very strong roasted backbone. Any residual sweetness is quickly covered up by bitter roast and some hops. A bit of fruit but that, too, is muted. Even at this young age, the alcohol is pretty well masked.

Mouthfeel: Thick, without being a wet blanket. Carbonation is spot on. Huge flavors easily cover taste buds.

Overall: I am glad this one is available here. Maybe a bit expensive at 8 a bomber, only Old Raspy beats it in value to cost ratio of the RISs that I have had. I would be curious to try a two and half year old bottle of this. I may sound like a homer, but this one is quite nice.

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Imperial Stout from Epic Brewing Company
3.9 out of 5 based on 248 ratings.
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