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RATINGS: 290   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
This is a Belgian-style strong ale but with an American fusion twist dreamt up by Epic. Using authentic Belgian-style yeast, this is a malt-driven beer with Maris Otter malt as a base and a hint of Pilsner malt. For the first twist we use smoked cherry wood malt that works it’s magic, bringing a smoky sweetness to the caramel malts and a bit of peat flavor as well. This ale then really marries together when it hits the cask. The entire batch aging in the whiskey barrels nicely dries out the perceived sweetness of the caramel malt leaving an almost scotch like taste, with smoke, bourbon, hints of vanilla, wood, aged fruit from the Belgian yeast and some peat. A very, very special extremely flavorful strong ale made for sharing.

Release #1 - 8.0% ABV
Release #2 - 8.8% ABV
Release #3 - 10.5% ABV
Release #4,5 - 9.9% ABV
Release #6,7 - 10.5% ABV
Release #8 - 9.5% ABV
Release #9,10 - 9.0% ABV
Release #11 - 12.5% ABV
Release #12 - 10.7% ABV
Release #13,14 - 10.5% ABV
Release #15,16 - 10.4% ABV

piscator34's rating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
piscator34 (2331) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, - JAN 4, 2013
Bottled sample via and shared with oakbluff. Pale amber in colour with medium carbonation and floaties. Aromas of VERY sweet vanilla caramels, fruitwood smoke, a bit of apricot and toasted malt. Quite fruity and caramel sweet in the mouth aw well, backed by some vanilla. Medium bodied. Far too sweet for my taste, and I wish the smoke had carried though in the mouth as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rdixon77 (2309) - Georgia, USA - AUG 23, 2016
At brewery over summer. As described, nicely balanced oaky, vanilla, mildly smoky, brown sugar, some Belgian. Pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
konungen (431) - - JUL 30, 2016
En kraftig maltig öl där jästen har stort spelrum både i doft och smak. Rökigheten tar inte alls över som den gör i vissa fall och sötman är lagom. Kanske inte favoritstilen men ölen är inte dålig! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmgreenuk (7464) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - JUL 10, 2016
Tap at Craft Sukhumvit, Bangkok. Poured a murky dark brown colour with a thin broken off white head. The aroma is sweet toffee caramel malt, alcohol. The flavour is strong sweet with a rich smooth oily, sweet malt, rich fruit, liqourice alcohol, light pepper spice palate and a bubbly mouthfeel. Full bodied with soft carbonation. Big rich and gorgeous. Just a little too sweet for me though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (9946) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUN 5, 2016
A big malty and yeasty beer that shows a little barrel and a good dose of smoke. A really nice treat overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drpimento (3079) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 14, 2016
a very rich brew. has a mild aroma. But the flavor more than makes up for it. Great marriage between Belgian and smoke.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsnicholas (514) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - APR 12, 2016
Bottle (22oz). Release #36. Dark golden. Muddy. Not much of a head. Very malty. Sweet. Some smoke and a little barrel. Quite good. Somewhat like a Belgian scotch ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
weihenweizen (3085) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - APR 8, 2016
Refrigerated brown bomber release 29 poured. Hazy medium brown with small beige head. Aroma is nice, medium body, low carbonation, and little lacing. Taste is oak and some smoke.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
tennisjoel (1344) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2016
Murky brown pour with minimal head. Strong oaky aroma along with biscuit, nutmeg, brown sugar. Smokiness really makes itself present and in the flavor. Very unique beer. I’m also getting some anise/licorice. Alcohol is noticeable. This is good, not super drinkable however. Points for originality, subtract some points for the palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nickls (2357) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAR 3, 2016
Tap. Dark rusty copper brown. Lots of sweet dark fruit and prunes at first in the aroma. Malty. Decently smoky in the flavor, with some whisky notes on top of the sweet dark fruits. Medium to thicker viscous body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
SudsMcDuff (7976) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 2, 2016
5:11 PM 30 Jul 14 @ GIB, shared w/ dj marky, after work, thanks kevin (&stacey) . . copper amber ..medium head, lacing is great .. . medicine cabinet, wood drip, oak, spice tin, and alcohol .. grungy mouth, yet drinkable .. interesting beer, i enjoyed it but wouldn’t want it again ..
.. . . i was raised on the dairy, bitch!

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