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RATINGS: 279   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

AdamGott's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AdamGott (386) - Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA - MAR 11, 2013
slightly hazy copper pour with little head - lots of alcohol and fruity esters in the aroma with banana, hay, earthy, clove - immediately sweet with alcohol and bourbon in the palate

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbruner (3547) - Athens, Georgia, USA - DEC 20, 2015
Pours a clear golden brown from the bottle with fluffy off-white head that leaves moderate lace. Aroma of light smoke and Belgian esters over big oak notes. Taste is more toward the smoke, but still lighter, nicely done, with more of the barrel too. This was well done.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
colui72 (490) - HONG KONG - NOV 26, 2015
Epic is a name an a fact. Murky amber, floating corpses, thin head. Boring sour aroma, but taste goes woody as it’s barrel aged, smoke, candy sugar. Quite sweet and belgian yeast flavoured, smooth, quaffable, goody good stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hayduke (4293) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 6, 2015
Sampled at GABF. Not sure what Release this was. In the tasting glass was reddish brown. Beige head. Nose of light bourbon and wood. Medium plus body. Flavor is like Scotch Ale with big malts and and fruity finish .Interesting. Good too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrewMstr (167) - Pleasant View, Utah, USA - OCT 17, 2015
Bottle, aged for ~ 3 years. Very nice - first sip very smokey though it mellows as you go as opposed to some strong smoked scotch ales. Reddish brown color, thin head and lightly carbonated. Wood and malt front taste, then the smoke and a nice Belgian-yeast inspired finish. Great fall weather brew and would go great with a medium cigar!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Errl (2401) - Plano, Texas, USA - AUG 22, 2015
Tap..Pour is dark red with a white head..Nose is smoke, cola, musty, oak, sweet and sticky...Taste is nice sweetness, oak, cola, some smoke, cooked bacon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
degbert (1521) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 15, 2015
Bottle, Release #40. Pours a hazy brown-gold with a shallow, lacy, light cream head; quite creamy, mixed-grain, very solid. Nose is smoke, roast nuts, hard cheese, cream, burnt sugar, sage, and tawny port. Somewhat sweet up front with maple candy notes, then shading into smoked meat and pecans; definite oak notes, lots of vanilla and round tawny port elements. The smoke is dominant but not overwhelming, and the sweetness stays present, moving into dried fruit and apple on the back of the palate. ABV remains in check, so it’s not overly heavy. Finish is long and smoky-sweet. Really, really good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobertDale (4741) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - AUG 9, 2015
On tap at Epic in Denver. Comes reddish brown with a small beige head. Aroma of malt, fruit, and smoke. Taste is malt, dark fruit, caramel, smoke, and bourbon. Not a fan of smoked beers, but this was pretty good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
peponi (1051) - Mainz, GERMANY - JUL 22, 2015
Aroma: vanilla, peated, barrel notes, whisky, sweet. Appearance: slightly hazy amber color and almost no head. Taste: medium bitterness, intensivelly peated, woody notes, vanilla, some belgian peachy notes, semi-seet. Palate: full body and low carbonation, whisky finish. Overall: Big bomb! Amazing beer, full of flavours, complex. Something for whisky lovers, highly recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (7502) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JUL 10, 2015
(Bottle, release #18 10.3%) Reddish amber colour, slightly hazy, with frothy beige head. Malty, fruity nose with caramel, treacle toffee, burnt sugar, wood, dried fruit and delicate aromas of smoke. Malty, fruity taste with notes of caramel, raw sugar, dried fruit, wood, vanilla, a touch of ripe gooseberries, black-currant, marzipan, gentle hints of smoke and a warming finish with a balanced spicy bitterness. Full body, fairly sweet. Soft and velvety mouthfeel, despite the full body and fairly high alcohol level. Exceptionally well balanced. Very nice.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sask89 (500) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - MAY 12, 2015
On tap at Epic Brewing in Denver. Pours a hazy copper colour with a slightly creamy off white head. Aroma is heavy in caramel and toffee, kind of buttery with a distinct oak character. Taste is rich and sweet throughout, really nice. Creamy mouth feel, fuller body, and soft carbonation. Overall a really great beer.

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