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Epic Stout

For more than 20 years, SpaceCoast Associates for the Advancement of Zymurgy (SAAZ) has been Brevard County’s (FL) AHA homebrew club dedicated to the search for better beer. The club hosts a competition every year so cleverly named Commander SAAZ Interplanetary Homebrew Blastoff, which couldn’t be more appropriate for an out-of-this-world imperial stout.

This “black as a moonless night” beer rolls in at about 12% ABV which makes perfect sense after you’ve mashed in all 63 lbs of grain for this 10 gallon batch. The Epic Stout was the commemorative beer for the competition in their 19th annual Commander SAAZ competition that took place in 2014. The beer claims to be brewed in “Chuck Norris style” due to the absurd amount of grain that goes into this bad boy resulting in “huge, thick, roasty, chocolatey awesomeness.”

The goal was that “when you open one of these beers, the beer is so dark that it actually absorbs light and makes it darker around you.” This recipe was featured in the “Winners Circle” article by Amahl Turczyn Scheppach in the 2014 January/February issue of Zymurgy.

Epic Stout | Russian Imperial Stout


  • For 10 gallons (38 L)
    • 36.0 lb (16.32 kg) pale two-row malt
    • 4.0 lb (1.81 kg) roasted barley
    • 2.0 lb (0.9 kg) Carafa II malt
    • 2.0 lb (0.9 kg) 120°L crystal malt
    • 2.0 lb (0.9 kg) chocolate malt
    • 2.0 lb (0.9 kg) flaked oats
    • 2.0 lb (0.9 kg) Special B malt
    • 2.0 lb (0.9 kg) Victory malt
    • 2.0 lb (0.9 kg) roast wheat
    • 1.0 lb (0.45 kg) flaked barley
    • 1.0 lb (0.45 kg) black patent malt
    • 1.0 lb (0.45 kg) 60°L crystal malt
    • 1.0 lb (0.45 kg) pale chocolate malt
    • 1.0 lb (0.45 kg) rye malt
    • 1.0 lb (0.45 kg) white wheat malt
    • 3.0 lb (1.46 kg) light dry malt extract
    • 6.0 oz (170 g) Magnum 2012, 13.70% a.a. (60 min.)
    • An ale yeast with the ability to get up to 12% ABV


    • Original Gravity: 1.119
    • Final Gravity: 1.029
    • ABV: 12.1%
    • IBU: 87.7
    • SRM: 107.7 (BLACK as a moonless night)
    • Boil Time: 60 minutes


    60 minute mash rest at 159°F (71°C) and 60 minutes boil. Chill the wort post-boil, pitch the yeast, ferment, carbonate, enjoy.