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RATINGS: 286   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 its 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

alassio's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
alassio (86) - USA - MAY 16, 2014
This tastes like cherry plum brandy, but on a rich, woodsy, frothy frame. Its amazing how fruity it turns out, with woodiness, caramel, and sweet roasty-toastiness showing rare sides to themselves. There is a twist of bitters to keep it honest. The texture is a delight - - smooth, fine, zesty, supple carbonation. I know Im going bonkers with the adjectives here, but its deserved. Yes, there is a booziness to it. A triumphal, swaggering booziness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drpimento (2884) - 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 (502) - 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 (2892) - 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 (1314) - 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. Im 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 (2283) - 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 (7732) - .....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 wouldnt want it again ..
.. . . i was raised on the dairy, bitch!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gription79 (2783) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - FEB 15, 2016
Poured from a 22 ounce bomber, this is release 4. Big estery Belgian yeast aroma, malty, berries, hot alcohol notes. The flavor follows the aroma, there is a bit of malty sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbruner (3780) - Marietta, 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 (563) - 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 its 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 (4459) - 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.

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