concretebeer (17) - Washington, USA - JUN 4, 2010
1.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Seems, I have been trying ’out there’ beers lately and none are turning out good. They do not offer the balance of traditional beer malt/hops taste with the new twist. Once again this is the case. Overpowered by cardamom, and coffee. Cardamom by itself in a lighter beer, or coffee in a darker beer. But, this match does not end well.
5000 (5651) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 3, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle:   Brownish pour, almost like a Dunkel and not quite like a Porter.   Thin beige head, spotty lacing.   Thats one zingy aroma, bike tire air, bakers chocolate, and spearmint.   Chewing gum while reparing
your tire while outside a chocolatier.   That aroma is something else!   Whoa, on the tongue its like chocolate, coffee, mint, that christmas plant that you only get to smell a few weeks out of the year, bike tire (stale air),
and holly bush.   Half this beer is in the woods, a quarter of it is in a bike shop, and the other half is in a place that makes chocolate.   I am put off by it, but at the same time I cant keep sipping it.   Lots of layers
in this one, some good and some not so good.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   If you are looking for your traditional slightly hoppy robust roasted malt sort of beer, this is not it.   If you are looking for a completely
different experience, yeah, this is the one you should try.   As I drink this the nose just lights up with holly and poinsettia.   Different fur sure.
travita (3499) - Frisco, Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. The smell is spices, nutmeg mostly, ok, caramel, roast and malts. The look is clear, amber in color, and has an off white head. The taste the same as the smell but with a weird sweetness.
skoisirius (1350) - Earth, Washington, USA - SEP 8, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from FTB. Muddy brown pour with a tannish head. Cardamon and the sweeter end of coffee on the nose. Hints at chocolatey malts start the flavors, which melt into a tender coffee covered with spices (but lightly) body, that is quite creamy as far as mouthfeel. Soft finish that doesn’t linger too long. Interesting concept, and mostly pulled off, I could use it a bit heavier on the flavors personally, but yah, good stuff.
AmEricanbrew (5205) - Belcher, Louisiana, USA - FEB 11, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Murky brown color/ frothy tan head. Frango chocolate mint, salty, mineral, coffee aromas. light bodied. Nice earthy sweet chocolate mint, coffee, rock sugar, dirt earthy flavors-different.
Crit (3191) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 12, 2011
1.4 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Cloudy brown,fast fading tan head.Nasty vinous dirty ashtray smell and palate. Some malt sweetness, a hint of earthiness. Bad idea, worse beer
CheersMate (1296) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - DEC 29, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle from Beer Gravity in Olympia. A thin and wispy head sits on-top of a dark brown, opaque body. Subtle rancid coffee aroma with a bit of roast to back it up. A subtle yeast aroma is present. The aroma has a few dimensions, but that coffee aroma is a bit off. Cardamom definitely kicks in at the end. My friend, Bah, from the hospital brought me Turkish coffee one time, and I can definitely see where the brewer was going with this. It’s a nice twist on a porter, and this style of coffee isn’t going to be to everyone’s liking. There is a subtle chocolate flavor that lingers towards the end. If you can get past the initial rancid coffee flavor, then you’re good to go. I like what he did with this, but for some people, this may not be their cup o’ beer.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of malt, Belgian chocolate, burnt and bitter coffee, roasting, smoke, slight cardamom, and a slight hodge podge of spices. Poured dark, muddy brown in color with a large, creamy, dense, loose, rocky, beige/brown head that diminished but lasted throughout. Opaque. Cloudy. Sparkling. Very good lacing. Flavor is light to medium sweet. Tastes of Belgian chocolate, cardamom, slight spices, light coffee, roasting, burnt malt or grain, slight Belgian yeast, slight caramel, light smoke, and a hint of toffee. Medium body. Slightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Belgian chocolate, slight Belgian yeast, malt, light coffee, roasting, burning, light smoke, and slight caramel finish is lightly dry.
Ughsmash (6925) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 23, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to Eric and Brandon for the bottles! Poured clear, medium reddish-brown (at the deepest), with a creamy cap of khaki head.. not dark, but looked good. The aroma picked up sweeter coffee notes, eucalyptus, and cardamom, with accents of vanilla and spicy tea leaves.. really strange, but I enjoyed the departure from the norm. The flavor found a light coffee base, supporting brighter cardamom, floral bitterness, and oaky sourness.. the components didn’t mesh all that well together, but it certainly had interesting stuff.. the spices really stuck on the finish along with campfire smoke. Light-medium bodied, dry, and spicy on the palate.. sourness clashed some.. overall a decent brew.
beersearcher (2175) - Glendale, California, USA - NOV 17, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
The aroma is really off putting to me. The flavor is not bad though. It seems like Epic never is non-controversial. Strong coffee tastes with the odd spices come back again. A noble experiment that doesn’t quite work.
19Ei8hty (1124) - Washington, USA - NOV 8, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I like most all spice - I love cardamom - but this smelled like infected upfront. However, as it warmed, the middle-eastern spices did become more pronounced and quite ottoman with a nice fig and olive component. My aroma score rose from 2 to 4 over 20 minutes of warming. The body was dark wood brown with a thin, wispy ecru head. Spice coffee with some light cinnamon and nuttiness. This beer was very interesting in the sense that it did seem to capture most of the most enjoyable elements of eclectic Mideastern cuisine. That being said, i do not think most of these flavors fit well into a brew like this. One area where it could have improved the palatability of the unique spices would be to shore up the malt base which was really too thin to carry most of the flavors. Some more chocolate malt or general cereal malt would have made it much easier to appreciate the spices. Easily one of the most interesting beers Ive tried in some time and I think it did some great things but really could excel with a few tweaks.