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RATINGS: 51   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 309   ABV: 10.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
We don’t have many rules at Carton Brewing and those we have made for ourselves. In general though, we strive for drinkability through balance and harmonization of flavors. But even self-imposed rules are meant to be broken. With Epitome we decided to embrace the teenage metalhead in each of us and get discordant with a seriously hoppy, high gravity, black ale. The only notions accepted were to make it bigger, bolder, hotter, & faster. A Beast. The ABV had to push past 10, the black had to be "none more," and the hops had to be American and piled on like a double bass drum kicking faster and harder. Drink Epitome because things worth doing are worth over doing.

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3.6
MrTipple (5289) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 16, 2017
Citrus fruits, bitter orange orange, floral hops, dark. Hazy, dark brown, medium, creamy, beige head. More bittersweet orange, pine, roasted malts, dark fruits, soft carbonation, medium bodied. Nice CDA. Bottle shared at Beavertown brewery - thanks to madmitch76.

3.6
Scopey (14977) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 8, 2017
Can care of Leighton. It pours cloudy dark brown with a medium beige head. The aroma is fresh, piney, roasted malt, zesty citrus, candied peel, sugar and cookie dough. The taste is dry, bitter, rich roasted malt, toasty, coffee, earthgy, charred wood, orange peel, charred and pepper with a drying finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Rich and flavoursome. Decent.

3.5
The_Osprey (8203) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2017
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2017

December 2016 - Can share at Leighton’s. Many thanks to LKS for this one! As Carton Epitome Imperial Black IPA, 10.3%. Opaque black, foamy brown head leaves dotted lacing. Aroma is cola, piney, floral, some soil and a little farty. Body is light with tingly carbonation, a little foamy. Taste has quite a lot of liquorice stick, some burnt ashy notes, pine, very dry and spicy. Not too much booze showing up considering the ABV. The burnt notes are the best aspect. (3.5)

July 2017 - Can share at Beavertown. Dark brown with an orange hue, foamy light brown head leaves full lacing. Aroma is cardboard and cola. Body is smooth with soft carbonation. Taste is cardboard, grassy, pine and a spicy finish. (3.5)

3.3
madmitch76 (24980) - , Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2016
8th December 2016
Bottleshare at Leighton’s Gaff. Thanks to Leighton for the can. Almost opaque dark brown beer, tidy tan head. Palate is airy, soft and has modest fine carbonation. Dry dark malts and rich with roasty bitterness. Trace of dry malt cream. Dry spicy bitter fruits. Smooth dry finish. Long bitter linger,. Robust and quite dry!

4.9
NJBarstool (35) - Rockaway, New Jersey, USA - DEC 21, 2016
Had this on tap. This may very well be my favorite New Jersey produced beer. It really blew me away. I don’t usually go for black IPA’s but this one is so robust. It has a lot going on in that glass. Just packed with flavor and the 10.3% is pretty well hidden

3.6
teorn88 (7682) - Rimini, ITALY - DEC 15, 2016
50cl can shared at Leighton’s. many thanks to the man himself. It pours a clean brown color with a small beige head. Aroma is lightly grainy and piney. Taste is also grainy and bitter with good pine cones, melon, persimmon. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, tasty

3.7
drsandman (1478) - New York, USA - DEC 8, 2016
Can thanks to Leighton. Pours a very deep brown, medium frothy tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, pine, earth, berries. Flavor is pine, cacao, sweet malt, hop resin, blackberry, orange juice, sticky resin and sweet booze. Medium bodied with healthy carb.

3.8
Theydon_Bois (19718) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2016
Can split at Bespin (farewell ?), thanks to Leighton, 08/12/16. Light black with a decent beige cap. Nose is charr, liqourice, spice, light roast, cocoa, bitter red berry, hoppy pangs. Taste comprises pine needle, cocoa powder, biscuit, spice, tropical fruit rinds, baking powder, leafy hops. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close with an earthy hop dusting. Solid CDA.

3.6
mR_fr0g (12567) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2016
Bottle at Leighton’s place. 8/12/2016. Many thanks to Leighton for this one. A dark mahogany brown coloured pour with a lasting mid tan head. Aroma is dank pine, dirty pine needle, hint of earthy roast. Flavour is composed of semi sweet malts, liquorice, black malts, dirty pine needle, sticky hop. Assertive bitterness. Palate is thick and chewy, sticky hop, moderate carbonation. Lingering liquorice. Dirty roast.

3.7
Leighton (21489) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2016
Can shared in London - many thanks to Skrip. Pours deep brown with a frothy, tan head. Nice toasty brown bread in the nose, a bit of cocoa, some dark fruit, berries. Medium sweet flavour with a little oily pine, subtle ashy roast, bittersweet cocoa, ripening orange. Medium bodied with fine, massaging cabonation. Good balance in the finish, light resin, baking cocoa, some warming alcohol, orange rind, impressions of citrus juice. Really solid.


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