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RATINGS: 272   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
peponi (778) - Krakow, POLAND - 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 (6900) - 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 (498) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thomat (2525) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 2, 2015
Bottle. Hazy orange with a tiny off white head. Smoley and fruity tones. Fruit, oak, vanilla and caramel. Full body with a very nice bitter sweet finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bule (1206) - California, USA - APR 29, 2015
Release 28. 11.0%. 22oz bottle pours a brown color without much head. Lots of sticky sweet malt. Some smoke and oak. But mostly just the sweetness overpowers. Perhaps I held onto this too long (about a year).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TizzleJizzle (731) - Garland, Texas, USA - APR 16, 2015
On tap at the Flying Saucer by the lake. Poured a hazy dark amber with a frothy cream top and nice lacing. Tasted of caramel malts, peat, boozy, woody, with a subtle smoke finish. Lively carbonation, medium body

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
smroush (124) - Michigan, USA - APR 7, 2015
Lots of aromas - smoke, bourbon, sweetness and oak. Hops seem to add perfume. Small off-white head. Dark Amber color with some light cloudiness. Palate is heavy on sweetness, medium body; average to a bit soft carbonation. Finish is long, sweet, smoky and bourbon. Overall I like the bourbon and honey-like sweetness and the light oak and bourbon. Still the base beer is not too remarkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
snoworsummer (3237) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 5, 2015
UPDATED: APR 21, 2015 From a bottle at the brewery. Pours hazy copper with a fizzy off white head. Tastes like smokey wood, rich roasted malt, light chocolate, and light ash. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like smokey wood, chocolate, rich roasted malt, and light ash.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MikeJslc (768) - USA - MAR 12, 2015
Deep copper, clear, thin white head. Aroma of sweet malts, over-ripe dark fruits, vanilla, light smoky notes, some lighter fruity notes of banana. Flavor: toasty malt with some caramel sweetness, more dark fruit, cherry wood smoky notes re evident, whisky barrel, leathery notes and some earthy spice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
thomashall (313) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - FEB 28, 2015
1 pint bottle. Pours dark brown with minimal head. Strong smoke and Dark fruit aroma. Taste follows with really nice finish. Really interesting brew....I’m digging it!

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