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Imperial Stout | Epic Brewing Company

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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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Ratings: 249 |  Reviews: 70
Photo of kagent777
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
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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Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of JamesMN
3.88/5  rDev -1%
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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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Joshpu
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a duvel glass.

A: Poured a black used motor oil with a half finger of brown head. Thin lacing.

S: Very roasty smelling. Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee. Definitely get the alcohol smell as it warms.

T: The taste is like the smell, except maybe more of a darker fruit presence and black licorice. I get a little bit of the alcohol on the end as it warms. Actually more bitter than one might expect.

M: Medium to full bodied. It feels like its got quite a bit of carbonation to it.

Overall it's a good beer. Nothing that really knocks my socks off, or is crazy out of the box, but is still a good imperial stout. Definitely recommend atleast trying.

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Photo of Paul68
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of woemad
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
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 elihull
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of NilocRellim
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
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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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Infamous7100
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pitch black with a great looking finger width tan head.
S: Chocolate aromas and coffee notes pour out of this. Slightly smoky.
T: starts with sweet chocolate and malty notes. Transitions into a slightly smoky and bitter middle. Coffee and chocolate a present throughout.
M: Thick, smooth and creamy. Mild carbonation and full bodied. Finishes with a nutty and slightly dry, bittet hang.
O: this brew is done really well. Great mouthfeel, nice taste and hides the booze well. A great sipper for tne winter months.

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