concretebeer (17) - Washington, USA - JUN 4, 2010slowrunner77 (11917) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 2, 2014
Seems, I have been trying ’out there’ beers lately and none are turning out good. They do not offer the balance of traditional beer malt/hops taste with the new twist. Once again this is the case. Overpowered by cardamom, and coffee. Cardamom by itself in a lighter beer, or coffee in a darker beer. But, this match does not end well.
"ale brewed with coffee and cardamom. weird, just like the only other brew i’ve had from them. it’s like their trying to bea west coast version of Dogfish and it just ain’t workin...though some of their ales do better on RB than the two i’ve had. this is another odd combination of aromas and flavors that just don’t quite work. pours like a dark brown/lighter porter. aroma of...well...coffee and cardamom spice. mouthfeel a bit thin, but pretty smooth. flavor just doesn’t work for me. what may have been a decent porter, or even coffee porter, becomes a muddled mess, and the combo of flavors leaves a slightly unpleasant aftertaste. sawing and a miss." 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 3, 2013
Bottle:   Brownish pour, almost like a Dunkel and not quite like a Porter.   Thin beige head, spotty lacing.   Thats one zingy aroma, bike tire air, bakers chocolate, and spearmint.   Chewing gum while reparing
your tire while outside a chocolatier.   That aroma is something else!   Whoa, on the tongue its like chocolate, coffee, mint, that christmas plant that you only get to smell a few weeks out of the year, bike tire (stale air),
and holly bush.   Half this beer is in the woods, a quarter of it is in a bike shop, and the other half is in a place that makes chocolate.   I am put off by it, but at the same time I cant keep sipping it.   Lots of layers
in this one, some good and some not so good.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   If you are looking for your traditional slightly hoppy robust roasted malt sort of beer, this is not it.   If you are looking for a completely
different experience, yeah, this is the one you should try.   As I drink this the nose just lights up with holly and poinsettia.   Different fur sure. travita (4988) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2013
Bottle. The smell is spices, nutmeg mostly, ok, caramel, roast and malts. The look is clear, amber in color, and has an off white head. The taste the same as the smell but with a weird sweetness. skoisirius (1909) - Earth, Washington, USA - SEP 8, 2011
Bottle from FTB. Muddy brown pour with a tannish head. Cardamon and the sweeter end of coffee on the nose. Hints at chocolatey malts start the flavors, which melt into a tender coffee covered with spices (but lightly) body, that is quite creamy as far as mouthfeel. Soft finish that doesn’t linger too long. Interesting concept, and mostly pulled off, I could use it a bit heavier on the flavors personally, but yah, good stuff. AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 11, 2011
Murky brown color/ frothy tan head. Frango chocolate mint, salty, mineral, coffee aromas. light bodied. Nice earthy sweet chocolate mint, coffee, rock sugar, dirt earthy flavors-different.
Crit (3973) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 12, 2011
Cloudy brown,fast fading tan head.Nasty vinous dirty ashtray smell and palate. Some malt sweetness, a hint of earthiness. Bad idea, worse beer CheersMate (1343) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - DEC 29, 2010
12 oz. bottle from Beer Gravity in Olympia. A thin and wispy head sits on-top of a dark brown, opaque body. Subtle rancid coffee aroma with a bit of roast to back it up. A subtle yeast aroma is present. The aroma has a few dimensions, but that coffee aroma is a bit off. Cardamom definitely kicks in at the end. My friend, Bah, from the hospital brought me Turkish coffee one time, and I can definitely see where the brewer was going with this. It’s a nice twist on a porter, and this style of coffee isn’t going to be to everyone’s liking. There is a subtle chocolate flavor that lingers towards the end. If you can get past the initial rancid coffee flavor, then you’re good to go. I like what he did with this, but for some people, this may not be their cup o’ beer. michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2010
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of malt, Belgian chocolate, burnt and bitter coffee, roasting, smoke, slight cardamom, and a slight hodge podge of spices. Poured dark, muddy brown in color with a large, creamy, dense, loose, rocky, beige/brown head that diminished but lasted throughout. Opaque. Cloudy. Sparkling. Very good lacing. Flavor is light to medium sweet. Tastes of Belgian chocolate, cardamom, slight spices, light coffee, roasting, burnt malt or grain, slight Belgian yeast, slight caramel, light smoke, and a hint of toffee. Medium body. Slightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Belgian chocolate, slight Belgian yeast, malt, light coffee, roasting, burning, light smoke, and slight caramel finish is lightly dry. Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 23, 2010
Thanks to Eric and Brandon for the bottles! Poured clear, medium reddish-brown (at the deepest), with a creamy cap of khaki head.. not dark, but looked good. The aroma picked up sweeter coffee notes, eucalyptus, and cardamom, with accents of vanilla and spicy tea leaves.. really strange, but I enjoyed the departure from the norm. The flavor found a light coffee base, supporting brighter cardamom, floral bitterness, and oaky sourness.. the components didn’t mesh all that well together, but it certainly had interesting stuff.. the spices really stuck on the finish along with campfire smoke. Light-medium bodied, dry, and spicy on the palate.. sourness clashed some.. overall a decent brew. beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - NOV 17, 2010
The aroma is really off putting to me. The flavor is not bad though. It seems like Epic never is non-controversial. Strong coffee tastes with the odd spices come back again. A noble experiment that doesn’t quite work.