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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.79/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   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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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dogfishho (599) - 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


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
devman171 (1100) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2015
Can, pours black with tan head. Aroma is roast and light pine. Taste is roasted malt and smooth, not getting much bitterness, but ive had many beers

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GenDV138 (2017) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2015
16 oz can shared by Gilles at the Annapolis tasting. Dark brownish black with beige head. Aromas of roast, pine, floral notes, light chocolate. Tastes of roasty notes, chocolate, pine, floral hops. Medium body with a dry finish. Nicely hidden alcohol.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Berard (356) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 15, 2015
Can. Pours black with a thin creme colored head that lingers. Grassy hop aroma over light carbonation. This is a tasty black ipa with reasonable complexity. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HopDirt (21) - - DEC 26, 2014
Great black ipa! Kind of reminded me of my first, Lagunitas Nighttime! Nice and hoppy with some mild licorice coffee chocolate notes, mild but detectable and not overpowering, hops seem to balance out, towards the end get the flavors of higher quality coffee/chocolate, as opposed to those who use generic coffee and/ or standard coffee or cocoa nibs. Wow! 10.3 and deliciously drinkable! Keep it up Carton!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jflopsu (683) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 14, 2014
Pours a dark black with little brown head. Has an incredibly strong floral and citrus hop taste. Taste is powerful with a hop blast of citrus, grapefruit, and floral, also with malts. However, there is no coffee appearance here. A strong bitter hop aftertaste. Had a hard time rating this as the beer tastes amazing but as a black IPA, itís missing key characterists of coffee and/or chcolate. Overall, itís phenomenal though!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (9070) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2014
Can. Pours black off white head. Nose/taste of pine, resin, roast chocolate, coffee and earthy chocolate. Medium body.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiong (4079) - Espoo, FINLAND - DEC 2, 2014
Draught @ One Mile House, New York Pours pitch black with a smooth brown head. Aroma of fresh grassy hops, roasty malts, licorice and fruits. Taste is smooth, fruity and really hoppy with some roastiness, resin, licorice and citrus. Finish is smooth, hoppy and grassy with some licorice, resin and grass. Heavy, but tasty black IPA.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
John25 (734) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - NOV 29, 2014
Brewery sample and growler. Black with a thin tan head. Aroma is piney earthy hops with a dark chocolate malt background. The taste adds bitterness and sweet malts with bitter dark coffee on the finish. Insanely smooth with no evidence of the 10% abv, low carb. Wow, Excellent, a very dangerous beer given itís drinkability. --- Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcwattsrugger (11279) - 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pineypower (2587) - 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.


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