Epic Exponential Imperial Stout Hurricane Sandy and Comfort Beer

Tasting: October 29, 2012
Style: Imperial Stout

Epic Exponential Imperial Stout (c) 2012 popsonhops

Epic Exponential Stout

Hurricane Sandy’s winds have been roaring all afternoon and the damage is starting to mount. It’s just one of those helpless feeling days where we just need to ride out what Mother Nature dishes out and then deal with what remains on another day. It makes me recall cold snowy days when I was a kid. My mother would make her infamous leak soup. To us, it was treat. On a day like today, I understand my mother’s rationale. First, the soup could be made in advance and if anything were to happen, we’d have it available for a few days. We became conditioned expect the soup when the weather turned foul and it is easy to understand my own origins of comfort food.

Is there comfort beer? At least for me, I’d have to say yes. There’s nothing like hearty, rich grains and warming alcohol on a raw day. Stout always seems to fit the bill and this one is from Utah’s Epic Brewing. It’s an imperial stout (double strength) and part of their exponential series. I’ve mentioned this series in other posts but to reiterate, it’s a small batch of a particular style and made in lots of about 2,500 bomber-sized bottles. They tweak the recipe with each subsequent batch and this one is from batch # 7. Epic’s website gives you each version’s alterations. I think it’s a cool concept. ABV checks in at a solid 9.5%.

Epic Exponential Stout is a nice example of the style, with roasted grains, some subdued coffee and chocolate and surprisingly some citric hop tucked in the background of the finish. Other than the hop, this is one is pretty standard. I’ll put it at 87 points and get back to watching the trees sway.

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