RATINGS: 300   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 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

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zoucrew102 (2356) - - FEB 21, 2018
Bomber, 2017 vintage. Sweet caramel aroma with notes of dark fruit, Belgian yeast, vanilla, oak, bourbon and a bit of peaty smoke. Pours cloudy dark caramel colored with a thin off white head that has good retention and lacing. Starts with sticky sweet caramel malt, dark fruit and spicy Belgian yeast flavors as well as a full body and sticky, boozy mouthfeel. Finishes smooth with vanilla, oak, bourbon and peaty smoke flavors as well as a bit warming booze at the very end. Really nice Belgian strong.

marcus (11061) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 18, 2017
Bottle from Berkeley Bowl West. Pours copper with a transient beige head and a caramel and vanilla aroma. There is a sweet caramel malt flavor with a lot of woody smoke in the finish.

bhensonb (16254) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 18, 2017
Bomber shared by Marcus. Pours darkly copper with a transient beige head. Aroma is a tad smoky, with some phenolics and a lilttle wood. All rather mild, but the sum is substantial. Med + body. Flavor is smoky, has some darkish fruit, some wood, and again I think a bit of phenolics. And there’s malt all underneath. Interesting.

MrTipple (7490) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2017
Smoked flavours, bacon, savoury, dark malts. Hazy gold, tiny, creamy, off-white head. Medium sweet. More sweet, dark malts, savoury flavours, honey, soft carbonation, full bodied. Very nice Smoked, rich and intense. Keg at taproom, Denver.

TBone (18857) - Pori, FINLAND - OCT 6, 2017
Bottle at SBWF. Deep red colour, small beige head. Aroma has caramel and bread. Medium-bodied. Toffee, fruits, fudge in the flavour. Vanilla and bourbon are there but cant trace smoke. Feels a bit old.

higgsbison (275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 21, 2017
Sorry, I had to upload these old ratings. They were for me, not for uploading. And also I need 75 characters, hence this sentence. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

TEJA (3434) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 26, 2017
Bottle sampled at Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Short light brown head. Clear dark red orange color. A smoke aroma that resembles dried beef jerky and a mild oak / vanilla aroma. Sweet taste with a touch of the oak barrel. A medium bitterness that almost balance the sweetness. The smoke is mild in the taste. Bottle size is a pint 6 oz that gets a little too much for one person. Medium drinkabillity but good as a night cap.

BytesAndBrews (66) - - JAN 29, 2017
Medium brown pour with a cream colored head. Oakey aroma. Slightly tart with a nice aged oak flavor, almost no smokiness.

nickd717 (5094) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 12, 2016
Bomber sample at the tapless taproom in SLC. Hazy chestnut brown color with minimal head. Aroma is great, oak, vanilla, leather, toffee, bourbon, overripe fruit, candy sugar. Flavor is sweet, hot, prunes, dates, oak, bourbon. Can feel the heat on the palate. Medium full body, lower carbonation. Solid offering.

hershiser2 (3966) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - SEP 12, 2016
Bomber, Market Street Wine Shop Uptown, $11.99 Release #33, 9.6 abv. Pours cloudy brown with no head. Well, not surprisingly, the aroma is smoked peat as well as oak. Also some overripe fruit. Taste is lightly sour fruit: banana, plum, lightly smoked peat, light oak, earth, alcohol.

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