RATINGS: 294   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

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
piscator34 (2493) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, - JAN 4, 2013
Bottled sample via and shared with oakbluff. Pale amber in colour with medium carbonation and floaties. Aromas of VERY sweet vanilla caramels, fruitwood smoke, a bit of apricot and toasted malt. Quite fruity and caramel sweet in the mouth aw well, backed by some vanilla. Medium bodied. Far too sweet for my taste, and I wish the smoke had carried though in the mouth as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nickd717 (4602) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hershiser2 (2859) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GarrettB (1573) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 7, 2016
August 27th, 2014 - Epic Brewings Smoked & Oaked begins our line-up of heavy hitters and sluggers. Cloudy, muddy, and impenetrable, it looks intimidating, bulky, and stoic. But the smell is surprisingly mild, even hard to catch. And the flavor is gentle up front too, as if the beast comes tamed. It starts slow, and works up to an amazing flavor combining elements of smoke and scotch, cigar and pipe tobacco, and some spices. TO summarize from my notes: "ERMAHGERD", one of the best flavors ever, cutting itself off in the aftertaste with a final kick of bourbon. This is so good, in fact, that we return for more at the end of our tasters, gluttonous and selfish, like the parents from Spirited Away as they turn to pigs, noshing on a magical feast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rdixon77 (2674) - Georgia, USA - AUG 23, 2016
At brewery over summer. As described, nicely balanced oaky, vanilla, mildly smoky, brown sugar, some Belgian. Pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
konungen (573) - - JUL 30, 2016
En kraftig maltig öl där jästen har stort spelrum både i doft och smak. Rökigheten tar inte alls över som den gör i vissa fall och sötman är lagom. Kanske inte favoritstilen men ölen är inte dålig! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmgreenuk (9136) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - JUL 10, 2016
Tap at Craft Sukhumvit, Bangkok. Poured a murky dark brown colour with a thin broken off white head. The aroma is sweet toffee caramel malt, alcohol. The flavour is strong sweet with a rich smooth oily, sweet malt, rich fruit, liqourice alcohol, light pepper spice palate and a bubbly mouthfeel. Full bodied with soft carbonation. Big rich and gorgeous. Just a little too sweet for me though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (11673) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUN 5, 2016
A big malty and yeasty beer that shows a little barrel and a good dose of smoke. A really nice treat overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drpimento (3530) - 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 (592) - 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.

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