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RATINGS: 172   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 231   ABV: 7.7%
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This beer is very popular! Extremely complex and strong at 7.1% ABV. This beer is well balanced between the caramel-malt driven profile and the dry, supporting hops. Look for hints of dark bread and a slight fig or raisin taste all backed by a strong resin, but not overwhelming hop presence.

Release #1,5 - 8.0% ABV
Release #2,7,10 - 7.8% ABV
Release #3 - 7.4% ABV
Release #4 - 7.1% ABV
Release #6 - 7.9% ABV
Release #8 - 8.1% ABV
Release #9,12 - 8.0% ABV
Release #11 - 7.3% ABV
Release #13 - 7.7% ABV


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Bottle (Release #4): Pours a ruby red mahogany color with a nice puffy head. The nose is sappy with a resinous pine hop note and sweet caramelly malts. Plenty of complex maltiness; melanoidins, light chocolate and some crystal. The hops blend nicely though with citrus and pine and deep earthy mouthfeel hops. The flavor is chewy and balanced, moderate alcohol yet still a straight across experience. Decadent and smooth, like a malty barleywine’s younger brother.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (7941) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2010
Bomber at the 5th Annual Epic Beer Tasting in Richmond, VA, November 28, 2010. Pours a hazy red color with a medium frothy tan head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of earthy hops and caramel. The taste is caramel, toffee, berries and bitter hops. Medium bodied.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pantanap (3340) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2010
22oz bottle. gotta be from my utah connection dougedoug. thanks man.... pours a deeper shade of crimson red, dark but nearly transparent, with a fluffy and withstanding soapy off-white head... pine and citrus rind resin bites first in the aroma followed up with an underlying caramel sweetness that eventually succumbs to the previously mentioned hop profile. i would have thought this would be more than 40ibus but apparently not. after a little bit of breathing, the malt tend to balance and set an equilibrium... flavors lean more towards the sweeter caramel malt side, surprisingly, as i thought the hops would shine more (could be due to it not being at its freshest). hops leave a semi-lingering bitter impression on the finish but without being abrasive in any way. some crystal malt sweetness lends itself to the finish as well. medium to thick bodied with adequate carbonation. not all that bad but not all that great either.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nearbeer (3428) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 2, 2010
22 oz. Release #3, 7.4 % abv. Opaque brown-amber with a lasting creamy quarter-inch head. Nose is spicy caramel, resin and orange-grapefruit. Flavor is dirty grapefruit, orange and lemon, with some tea leaf, woody hop, toasted nut, cocoa, and citrus/melon. Near-medium body is watery, smoothly carbonated, drinkable, and well-dried by the hops.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wavers1 (872) - Notown, California, USA - SEP 22, 2010
another nice one from epic, nice hops and sweet malts, tastes like candy. very drinkable and smooth, no flaws, abv well hidden. has some pumpkin spices to it i keep picking up faintly. nice.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 26, 2010
Thanks to footbalm for this 22oz bottle, nyuk, nyuk, nyuk This pours a murkey dark reddish brown with a generous dirty white head. The flavor is malty with caramel sweetness with a touch of hops on the back end. I liked it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (6521) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 21, 2010
Courtesy of douglas88. Pours copper – amber with full tan head. The aroma is musty sweet sticky dried malts, crystal malts, mild levels of molasses and some pine hops. The taste is peppered with bitter pine hops along with sweet malts, molasses, some caramel notes and crystal like malts.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markwise (4310) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2010
Thanks to IBrew2or3 for the share. Pours dark red-amber with a khaki head. Nose is malt, caramel, grapefruit, slight pine, and floral hops. Flavor is a ton of caramel, pine, and grapefruit. Light to medium bodied with lingering malt, hops, and an easygoing, not abrasive finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JUN 10, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2010 22 oz bottle purchased from the brewery - pours a hazy deep amber color with medium sized light tan head that dissipates fairly quickly but leaves a bit of lacing. Aroma has a fair amount of toasted caramel, bit of roasty notes, touch of cherries, raisins, and oak, as well as a touch of citrusy hops. Flavor is more bitter than I would have expected from the aroma. Has roasted caramel, vanilla, touch of dark chocolate, with a fair hop presence. Finish is pretty bitter, but with a firm malt backbone. This is pretty good overall. It is a bit more bitter than I think I would ideally want this style to be. Although the hops play a significant role, the choice of hops just really doesn’t seem to fit the style as well as it could. Nevertheless this is still a solid beer that I would be glad to drink anytime. The bitterness does wean a bit as it warms.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chimay67 (41) - hunt sta, New York, USA - JUN 6, 2010
This was the first Epic we tasted on the SLC leg of our trip, 22oz bomber from the brewery. Really well done brew, well balanced with nice hopping. An excellent summer thirst quencher. Pours with a generous tan head that slowly dissipates. Nicely malty in body, ruby red, fruity and hoppy in the finish. All round nice brew from a spankin new SLC brewery. Good luck guys, keep the selections coming.


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