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Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery Epsilon

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RATINGS: 6   MEAN: 3.68/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   IBU: 21   EST. CALORIES: 288   ABV: 9.6%
Epsilon is a peated Scotch ale aged in Balcones Brimstone whiskey barrels. A big malt backbone holds up smokey, oaky, and caramelly flavors in this offering from our Infinite Series subset of the Irrational Series. Brimstone is an aggressive Texas scrub oak smoked whiskey from Balcones Distillery in Waco, Texas. The barrels add a distinct smoke and bourbon character that matches well with the big malt and peat flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lownote (521) - Austin, Alabama, USA - JAN 23, 2016
Great malty aroma. Pours clear with a tiny tiny head. Taste is very sweet. Very scotch. A tiny bit cloying. Still pretty drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (9376) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2012
Draft at the brewpub. Pours a deeper clear amber than the Vulcan or Double Dee. Very peaty in nose and flavor. Wood, caramel, burnt sugar and dark fruit all become apparent, with a sweeter toffee or vanilla note opening at room temperature. Medium-bodied, with a smooth, peaty mouthfeel and modest carbonation. Struck me as too simple for a barrel Scotch ale at first but got better with each sip.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 20/20
GODiSSOUTHERN (390) - Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2011
Pours a very light brown with some thin lacing at the edges. Strong whiskey aroma. Light carbonation. Tastes of light caramel, coconut, and bourbon. A little peaty too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (6054) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2011
(draught) rich amber/copper with soapy tan bubbles. Nose of caramel Nd turbinado sugar with touch of vanilla and whiskey. Taste is super rich, caramel, vanilla, whiskey, brown sugar, cream soda. Delicious palate linger. Really excellent beer!!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kidmartinek (4664) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2011
Ooh wow! Rich caramel flavor was the first thing I noticed about this beer. Its dark caramel in color and pours with a small head. A little charcoal wood and smokiness come out later. It drinks slow and well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 31, 2011
Draught. Peat smoke and caramel in the nose, smokiness is subdued enough to keep from being overbearing. Clear ruby red with a thin brown head. Full-bodied with a nice balance between sweetness, smoke, and booze. it implies scotch, and implies it well with out seeming forced. A great slow sipper.

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