Imperial Stout | Epic Brewing Company

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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:
246
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
17.95%
 
 
Wants:
14
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44
For Trade:
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Photo of garymuchow
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Release #2.
Chocolate roast and chocolate milk. Cocoa.
Very black. Dark head settles out in time.
Silky and smooth feel. Very well hidden alcohol, but it kicks in nicely.
Roast, but not too much, softer more like milk chocolate and some vanilla (not sure where that came from). Roast hangs heavy on the finish in an appealing way.
Has enough complexity to be interesting, but not as much as many others. Good solid drinker for style.

Thanks Spunky.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
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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Photo of Zorro
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Happy International Stout Day! I've been cellaring this for a few months, and thought today would be as good as any day to dust it off and see how Salt Lake does stout.

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into an oversized snifter. The label indicates this was from Release #3, and states that it clocks in at 9.1% ABV. Pours an inky black with a ring of tan foam clinging to the edge of the glass, and a small island of thin foam slowly swirling in the center.

Has an oaty, malty aroma, thick and biscuity, with notes of coffee, vanilla, cola and alcohol.

Vanilla malt, creamy oats, and black coffee combine with moderate alcohol and hints of chocolate. There's a fair amount of hoppiness to finish, though the hops are more felt tingling the gums and tongue than through bitterness.

Full bodied, this is a creamy, rich brew. Almost syrupy, this demands slow sipping. A mildly bitter finish ends it nicely.

Although listed as an American Double, this has more of a taste and feel like an oatmeal stout or a cream stout. The bitterness is subdued, and is felt more than tasted. While there are hints of booziness, you're not hit over the head with this 9.1% double stout. Overall, a tasty stout; not top notch, but certainly worth a try.

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Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this a very pleasant surprise. Picked up a bottle from Larry at Chevy Chase Liquors. Neither of us knew much about Epic/Utah.
My tastes tend to go over the top, and love a great double imperial stout. Have no problem enjoying a bomber with a friend or by myself.
I found Epic's Imperial Stout as expected to be a reasoanble step down from a DIS or DRIS, but very enjoyable. The taste was rich and fairly complex. It was noticeably dry but this was an asset not a detriment. I'm all about a full mouthfeel, and while not having all the malt backbone of a bigger stout...it was very satisfying. Not sure you want to think Imp Stout as an every day beer, but I wouldn't mind having this on a regular basis. I agree with previous comment that bringing this up to 55-60 degrees F was spot on...though I rarely drink a big stout cooler. I would recommend this beer without reservation.

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Photo of kirok1999
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a near pitch black with a nice brown head that leaves a bit of lace on the glass. Nice legs promise some density.
Smells of a nicely brewed cup of coffee with a good bit of sugar. Mild licorice, chocolate and a bit of dark fruit.
Taste is rich and dense with all the smells coming through nicely. Sweetness is spot on, the coffee and chocolate blend well but nothing overpowers.
Thick and sticky on the tongue with a low carbonation level and just a bit of alcohol coming through.
Really well done and at a very reasonable price.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of Joshpu
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
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 corby112
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Release #7

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a two finger beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic streaks of lace left behind.

Deeply roasted dark malt aroma with subtle hints of earthy hops, peppery spice and dark fruit. Some resinous, piny hops countering hints of dark chocolate, coffee bean, toast and oatmeal. There's also some licorice, dark fruit sweetness and some alcohol as it warms.

Medium bodied with some dry, earthy hop bitterness up front that lingers over the roasted and sweet malt notes into a dry finish. It's surprisingly hop forward with grassy, resinous pine flavor followed by roasted dark chocolate malt, espresso bean, burnt toast and oatmeal. The roast is countered by hintsvof anise, licorice, dark fruit and boozy swetness. Really well balanced and the high ABV is well masked making this beer easy to drink.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Release #3, 9.1% ABV, 1,800 bottles.

3.5 A: Black color. Two and a half fingers of frothy/creamy hybrid head. Retention is average and a decent sized ring of lacing is left behind.

4.0 S: Good amount of roastiness to this. Stemming from that roast are dark caramel, semisweet chocolate, and hints of coffee. Molasses is abundant. Malts are decisively grainy, but a lot of that aroma is lost from the roasted aromas. Moderately sweet overall.

4.0 T: The taste approximates the nose well. Hefty roast with plenty of dark caramel, molasses, and semisweet chocolate. Coffee again minimal. A lot more burnt than the nose suggest, but not distractingly so. There seems to be some hop bitterness in this that compounds with the bitterness from the roast. A good bit dryer than the nose, putting this at the middle of the spectrum.

4.0 M: Heavier medium to lighter heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Good creaminess to this with a roasty aftertaste that affects the smoothness a bit. Borderline 4.5

4.0 D: Solid brew all around, though it seems like there are a good number of bad bottles floating around. At $8 for the bomber, I'd say the risk is worth it. Anyway, this beer doesn't stand out from about a million other imperial stouts, but it is tasty nonetheless.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So far this is the best offering I've had from this brewery.

A- Pours a very dark brown color maybe black with a nice brown head. Head has pretty good retention and leaves some nice layered lacing.

S- Picking up quite a bit of roasted malts, dark fruits, charcoal, chocolate, and light coffee.

T- Quite a bit of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, a bit of darker fruits and quite a bit of charcoal and smoke. A touch of the bitter side.

M- Carbonation was pretty low and a touch on the lighter side of medium full in body...if that makes any sense.

O- I feel that this one is pretty solid and I enjoyed drinking this one for sure.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.94/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.94/5  rDev +1%

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.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.94/5  rDev +1%
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+

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Photo of GarthDanielson
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.

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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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Photo of Benish
3.9/5  rDev 0%
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.

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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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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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 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 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 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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