Carton Epitome
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RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 3.7/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 309   ABV: 10.3%
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We donít have many rules at Carton Brewing and those we have made for ourselves. In general though, we strive for drinkability through balance and harmonization of flavors. But even self-imposed rules are meant to be broken. With Epitome we decided to embrace the teenage metalhead in each of us and get discordant with a seriously hoppy, high gravity, black ale. The only notions accepted were to make it bigger, bolder, hotter, & faster. A Beast. The ABV had to push past 10, the black had to be "none more," and the hops had to be American and piled on like a double bass drum kicking faster and harder. Drink Epitome because things worth doing are worth over doing.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dogfishho (598) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - JAN 19, 2013
Pours as dark and thick as an imperial stout. The aroma however is filled with big sprucey hops on top of a solid dark chocolate and roasted base. The flavor is dominated by a pretty one-noted plain pine hop bitterness but the chocolate from the malt balances it out well. Not bad. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcwattsrugger (11113) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 31, 2014
half growler shared by dmac and none for a half wit that stopped by and exited early-tight tan-black. A-resin, dk malt-roast. T-juicy rein/spice hop bite, dk malt-roast, some alcohol heat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pineypower (2523) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - JAN 29, 2014
Growler, generously given by Dmac after the birth of my son and the worthwhile saga that followed, huge thanks bro, needed this one. Pours out pretty much black with a moderate tan head. Aroma is toasted malt, some meaty smoky notes, light earth, citrus rind and some bitter acidic hops. Taste is complex, bakerís chocolate, lightly burnt toast, meaty smoke, grapefruit and citrus rind hop bitterness. Alcohol burn is in there, but for the ABV it is very mild; light lingering sweetness on the otherwise bitter and lightly boozy finish. Really nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maverick34 (2313) - New York, USA - JAN 14, 2014
Draft from mark BAr in greenpoint. Pours dark brown to black. Nice malts and piney hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
conway (1515) - - DEC 15, 2013
Draft. Black with 2 finger tan head. Piney citrusy aroma. Taste has a substantial chocolate malt base to cut the extreme bitterness. Moderate alcohol burn. Thick syrupy palate with sufficient carb. This is a big boy but it's quite tasty.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
keanex (1478) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - DEC 13, 2013
On tap at Joe Canals West Deptford.
Appearance: Deep opaque garnet body with a short and dense khaki colored head, good retention.
Aroma: Sort of a spoiled milk presence with roast and pine. A bit offensive.
Taste: Mild milk chocolate with the spoiled milk presence from the aroma. Pine is strong on the back end with a metallic presence on the finish. Chocolate undertones run throughout.
Palate: Full-bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: This drinks a bit like Victoryís Storm King, but thereís this presence that is absolutely off-putting to me. I will give this a try the next time it is released as something may have happened to this batch, but this one I am not happy with.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ed5388 (2148) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 6, 2013
32oz growler shared by dmac! Pours a dark brown/almost black color with a finger of foamy khaki colored head. Aroma of sweet citrus fruit, chocolate malts, and grapefruit pulp. Taste of grapefruit, chocolate malt, citrus rind, burnt toast, and a piny finish. Awesome beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmac (4091) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 6, 2013
Sample and then growler from the brewery. Poured a slightly thinner density of deep dark black that is flat with a smaller soap bubbly off white head. Aroma is probably the best part of this beer. Notes of burnt toast, char, roast, burnt citrusy yellow grapefruits, orange meat, touch of freeze dried coffee beans. Body is bigger than I remembered, full and bold with a good dose of heat and average carbonation with a lingering heat. Flavor of burnt toast, burnt yellow grapefuits, roast, some resiny pine needles, char. Solid stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeremytoni (3002) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - DEC 5, 2013
From the tap poured a dark brown color with a good amount of head. Toasted malty flavor with a lingering aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dagimp (726) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2013
On tap at The Beer Shoppe in Ardmore, PA. Pours nearly black with an inch of whiteish head. Typical black IPA aroma, lots of piney hops and dark malt. Mouthfeel was actually lighter than Iíd expect from a big ass beer and slightly stingy due to the alcohol. Way too much carbonation. Taste was pine, alcohol, cocoa, mint, light wood and some grass. Very solid double black IPA. Could have dialed down the alcohol by a percent or two and amped up the malt flavor; but very good. Iíve been impressed by Cartonís offerings so far.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PhillyCraft (3332) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2013 On tap at Barcade with Remy, Barry, and Al. Poured dark brown with small but sticky top. Not much lacing. Notes are bitter hops, chocolate roast, molasses, dark malt, ash and pine. Too toasty and sticky like 99% of the black IPAs out there. Stupid style....just make porters hoppy, donít ruin my dank juices.

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