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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:
#6,996
Reviews:
70
Ratings:
249
pDev:
9.44%
Bros Score:
3.88
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
43
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 249 |  Reviews: 70
Photo of leroybrown10
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a viscous, shiny black. Thick dark khaki head which leaves heavy, dark lacing behind when it dissipates.

Smells of dark chocolate, licorice and coffee. Some roasted malt and tobacco.

Dark bitter chocolate is the first taste. Dark roasted coffee, black licorice, smoke, tobacco and earthy/peaty malt.

Thick, full bodied mouth feel. Creamy feeling which lingers on the tongue. Medium carbonation. Some alcohol but not overpowering.

Excellent imperial stout. Rich flavors which blend together and complement each other.

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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 barleywinefiend
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured jet black with a big ol' rocky brown head, great caronation, loads of bubbles and plenty of lacing remains moments and sips afterwards

S: Bit of smoke, chocolate, coffee and a little whiff of dark fruits.

T: Initial sordove char and light smoke on this is blended well with bitter chocolate and coffee beans. A little bit of waivering dark fruits is present but barely detected. This beer is simply char, coffee and cocoa all the way through. A little booze sting is noticed but its just right. The finish has a light to moderate bitterness and is somewhat creamy

M: Fuller bodied, well carbonated, loads of flavor. Like I mentioned, somewhat creamy. Hearty and warming

O: A very well done non BA Imperial Stout!

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Photo of mattcrill
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Pleasant fresh crushed grain aroma up front. I keep thinking fresh Maris Otter that jumps out of the glass. Moderately-low fruity esters in the background. Reminds me of plums and raisins. Moderate alcohol aromatics warm the nose.

Appearance: Black pour with shoe leather edges. Low tan head that is moderately lasting. Legs cling to the glass.

Flavor: Rich dark roasted grain flavors up front. Earthy hop bitterness balances out the malt base. More Maris Otter-type malt backbone. Balance is toward the earthy bitterness. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is coffe-like and long lasting.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body with medium carbonation. Slight astringency due to the dark grains. No alcohol heat which is kind of scary.

Overall impression: A big, malt forward RIS. I love the malt character (did I mention Maris Otter???). It seems more "Americanized" as I don't get the dark fruity esters that tend to be characteristic of more English RIS examples. I need to age one of these and try them. Nice beer from a brewery I haven't sampled before.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours like a bad-ass impy stout should: like oil, slick and tar-black, with a head of mocha froth that tries to fight through that 10% ABV as long as possible before chilling to a bubbly "puffed rice" layer and eventually a thin skim.

The nose on this one is mostly gooey and fudgy, sitting somewhere between milk chocolate and dark, bitter baking chocolate. Mild coffee notes, and an earthy/mineral vibe that gives it some edge, but never overdoes it. The alcohol is quiet in the nose, although might perk up with some warming...

Taste features strong notes of anise/black licorice, but never too out of whack. That's balanced by the considerable chocolate character, which is given further depth thanks to bitter coffee notes. For a 10% beer, the alcohol is felt and tasted just a touch, providing more subtle support than some other imperial stouts of similar strength. A dry finish leaves green, leafy hops lingering. Reminds me of Green Flash's Double Stout, in more ways than one, though not exactly a clone.

Feel is appropriately thick and gooey, though never overly chewy, partly thanks to the soft carbonation tingle that works its way over the tongue. Very, very nice.

This one deserves a name better than just "Imperial Stout." But hey, it's what's in the glass that counts, and so far, judging from this and Hopulent, Epic Brewing is doing some great stuff, and is a brewer I'll look forward to investigating further.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
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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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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