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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 3.8/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 309   ABV: 10.3%
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 (669) - 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 18/20
skmikeg (1472) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAY 3, 2015
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2015 Pours black with a one finger tan head with a one finger tan head. Aroma is of pine, citrus, dank hops, tropical fruits, coffee, and some light chocolate. Taste is about the same as the aroma with light roasted malt notes and some molasses notes. Has a medium body with a semi creamy mouthfeel and a moderately bitter, medium-long finish. Overall, a tasty, pretty complex black IPA that I would definiteltly seek out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (10350) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 22, 2015
Pours a super dark brown with a light head. Pretty hoppy up front then the flavor melds into a bit of roast and cocoa. Some earthy notes creep in on the finish before the bitterness sinks in again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CanIHave4Beers (3679) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAR 20, 2015
Can, shared by a chill bro, in a location remote of my dining room.
Pours a very dark brown with a good head and nice lacing on the glass.

The aroma is piney with some resiny hops, but itís bright and fruity too. Itís got a little bit of toasty malt to it.

The flavor is plenty hoppy but only mildly bitter. Itís piney and fruity with a little bit of chocolaty malt. Itís unbelievable that this is a 10% abv beer, the alcohol is shockingly well subdued.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (4963) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 6, 2015
Big can in a tulip. Pours black with a beige head. Aroma of piney and resinous hops, some dark and pale malts, light dough, and notes of smokiness. Flavor the same with a nice blend. Average texture. A solid beer but not the best.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Homer321 (2982) - Melboring, Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2015
Can thanks to Dmac. Nose is roasty and hoppy, with a bit of wet dog sort of aroma. Digging deep into the aroma I start to get real piney, and a touch of grapefruit. Black with a small tan head. Taste is a fight for chocolate and hops to take over, with both being fairly balanced. Followed by a distinct and sharp bitterness. Finishes dry with a bit of alcohol warming. As I sip a few more times, I start to get a clashing of hops and roast with a lightly sharp and tart finish. I get this a lot with dark grains and hops. Overall, a bit big and on the pleasant side at first. Alcohol does start to warm up about mid glass. Not a horrible BlackIPA, but not one to make me drink more than a glass.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dlovell2 (1373) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 13, 2015
Poured from 16 oz can. Pours black with foamy off white head. Citrus, pineapple, and roasted malt aroma. Big citrus flavor with tropical fruit, slight roast character in the finish with bitter grapefruit. Iím used to the roasted flavors in the front but in this brew is it in the finish. Thanks Maxbier for sharing this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maxbier (714) - Maryland, USA - JAN 31, 2015
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2015 Dark brown with tan head. Aroma is hopy; pine, citrus, some tropical. Flavor is black licorice, double IPA malty flavor and feel, lots of hop flavors; citrus, mango, grapefruit, but predominantly pine. This is a delicious beverage! Roast, not loads, just enough through the finish. Consider me a Carton fan, I may have to move my family to New Jersey.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
devman171 (1222) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GenDV138 (4121) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Berard (501) - 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

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