Epitaph Russian Imperial Stout
Heathen Brewing

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Heathen Brewing
Washington, United States
Russian Imperial Stout
3.81 | pDev: 18.11%
Mar 02, 2019
Nov 13, 2014
Very Good
Epitaph Russian Imperial StoutEpitaph Russian Imperial Stout
Notes: Buried in this bottle are the remains of what started as one of those "small side projects". Strong notes of black licorice, toffee, and subtle notes of roasted coffee collide into limitless realms of intricate flavors. Brewed in honor of the heathen in all of us, we’re proud to bring this annual Russian imperial stout to your snifter. Drink it fresh or age it well, you decide. This brew will certainly develop with time. Revel in the pilgrimage.
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Rated: 3.79 by BirdsandHops from Oregon

Mar 02, 2019
Rated: 3.65 by estajoe from Massachusetts

Apr 25, 2018
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Reviewed by stakem from Pennsylvania

3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Bomber bottle into a snifter appears black in color with a khaki head that fades leaving stringy lace.

Nose is black licorice with booze and an earthen sorta chocolate character.

It tastes of black licorice, raison, chocolate, earth and a hint of medicinal aspect across the finish.

This is medium in body with modest carbonation. A decent sipper.
Feb 16, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Jan 01, 2018
Rated: 3.94 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin

Nov 20, 2017
Rated: 3.59 by corywalston from North Dakota

Jul 29, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by Birdlegs from Washington

Jun 10, 2017
Rated: 4.5 by Sir_Goatman from Oregon

Jan 12, 2017
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Reviewed by Sleeb from Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
A-Wonderful dark chocolate black
S-Bit of rich licorice
T-Light coffee with licorice
M-Smooth, creamy and even finish
O- A very nice stout, with a great finish
Aug 05, 2016
Rated: 4 by DeadeyeOTDO from Arizona

Jun 01, 2016
Rated: 3.89 by 22Blue from Kansas

Mar 02, 2016
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Reviewed by rarigney from Washington

4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Very dark brown, almost black, with a nice pillowy tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma and taste of dark roasted malt. Additional flavor of chocolate and coffee. A very nice stout.
Feb 28, 2016
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Reviewed by snaotheus from Washington

3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
22oz 2014 bottle served in a pair of large snifters. There was a date code on the shoulder, which ends in 14, but the rest of it is smudged illegibly.

Pours black with a large head that fades pretty fast to a smallish head and a raised ring around the glass. Head is tan in color, very fine carbonation. Poured completely, so I'm sure I got some sediment, based on the thick layer of sludge stuck to the bottom of the bottle. Smell is rich, chocolate and coffee, yeasty, licorice.

Taste is coffee and licorice, and not a lot else. Not bad, but not very exciting.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin and dry. Overall, not bad, but didn't live up to the smell.
Feb 13, 2016
Rated: 3.44 by drone from Oregon

Feb 01, 2016
Rated: 4.13 by AJBlankey from Oregon

Apr 29, 2015
Rated: 3.55 by stratusjeans from Washington

Mar 07, 2015
Rated: 3.98 by muchloveforhops3 from Montana

Jan 24, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by twelveinches from Washington

Jan 02, 2015
Rated: 3.74 by rab53 from Washington

Dec 13, 2014
Rated: 4 by wils1705 from Washington

Dec 08, 2014
Rated: 1 by N8rhino from California

Dec 08, 2014
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Reviewed by mactrail from Washington

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Handsome dark brown with a reddish cast. Moderate foam in the tall goblet and virtually no lacing. However it foams quite nicely in the mouth with every sip. Lovely dark smokey aroma. Vast expanse of roasted and blackened grain flavors.

Both charred and winey flavors. Deep cofee taste with a smudge of bitter chocolate. Rather hoppy aftertaste along with the sourish burnt notes. Less sweet than many RIS brews, and a little on the austere side. However the malt is full and rich, just not so sweet. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle.
Dec 02, 2014
Rated: 5 by FederalOC from Washington

Nov 26, 2014
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Reviewed by LiquidAmber from Washington

3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours pitch black, opaque in the glass with a half finger brown head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of sweet dark toasted malt, chocolate, light coffee and licorice, a hint of vanilla. Flavor is dark toasted malt, charred coffee, light chocolate and vanilla, licorice; drier than the aroma. Finishes with a char and smoke, dark malt, coffee and light hop bitterness. Medium bodied. A nice smoky stout; malt body is a bit thinner than I expected for the flavor intensity, but plenty of good toasty flavors here. With a bit more dark malt flavor this would be killer. Good stout that makes me look forward to the bourbon barrel one that is queued up.
Nov 19, 2014
Epitaph Russian Imperial Stout from Heathen Brewing
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 24 ratings