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RATINGS: 49   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 309   ABV: 10.3%
We dont 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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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
The_Osprey (7835) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2017
December 2016 - Can share at Leightons. 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)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (24303) - , Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2016
8th December 2016
Bottleshare at Leightons 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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
NJBarstool (34) - 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 dont usually go for black IPAs 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
teorn88 (7647) - Rimini, ITALY - DEC 15, 2016
50cl can shared at Leightons. 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drsandman (1389) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theydon_Bois (18957) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mR_fr0g (11637) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2016
Bottle at Leightons 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (20821) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gripweed57 (2159) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2016
16 ounce can. Pours a nearly opaque black color topped by a small but firm light tan head, reminiscent of espresso crema. The nose is fragrant and bursting with notes of pine resin and grapefruit. There is a hint of dark roasted malt as well, though it is fleeting. First sip brings stinging notes of bitter chocolate, strong espresso and lemon peel. The bitter hops are upfront and credulant and stay the duration of the tasting experience. This is a hop lovers epiphany. There is a slight roasty maltiness that remains in the background. Long after your last sip, you will taste the bitterness that the hops have gifted to you. They just wont go home. At 10.3% ABV, drink one of these and go home.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChadPolenz (1787) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2016
2015 BJCP Category: 21B Specialty IPA - Black IPA

AROMA: Huge grapefruit hop aroma. Almost a sweet, bubblegum or juicy aroma as well. Unfortunately, no malt, roast, or chocolate notes. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Opaque dark brown/black. Moderate tan foam retains and laces fairly well. 2/3

FLAVOR: Grapefruit and citrus flavors throughout. Some dank resiny notes at the apex. Hop-forward for sure, but bitterness seems lower than 100 IBUs. Malty presence, but no chocolate/coffee/roasty notes. 15/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium+ body; relatively low CO2 with a creamy texture. Alcohol is well masked and imparts only minimal flavor and warmth. Lingering resiny aftertaste. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: I enjoy the taste a lot but wish there was more black in this Black IPA. Drinkability is impressive. 8/10


DISCLAIMER: The author is not a certified BJCP judge; therefore, this score sheet is not necessarily indicative of proper BJCP judging techniques and protocol. The author is grading to 2015 BJCP Guidelines in order to prepare for examination.

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