RATINGS: 295   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (11175) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2013
Bottle... Cloudy copper pour with a small, fat-bubbled, lightly-tanned head. The bouquet offers components of smoke, candied dark fruits, raisins, dates and dried plums. I’m pulling some smoke, but not as much as I would like. Full-bodied and silky with tingly carbonation. Sweet, spicy and vinous, there is very little smoke to be found in the flavor. Notes of vanilla, oak, crusted port and bourbon are the highpoints here. Tannic, spicy, dry finish that provides very little in the way of smoke. I was hoping for much more, but that doesn’t affect the quality of the brew. Well-constructed, but not really my thing. Bottle courtesy of biggsbowler!


4.3
higgsbison (256) - 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

3.5
TEJA (3141) - 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.

3.5
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.

3.5
nickd717 (4781) - 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.

3.4
hershiser2 (3533) - 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.

4.1
GarrettB (1622) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 7, 2016
August 27th, 2014 - Epic Brewing’s 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.

3.8
rdixon77 (2917) - Georgia, USA - AUG 23, 2016
At brewery over summer. As described, nicely balanced oaky, vanilla, mildly smoky, brown sugar, some Belgian. Pleasant.

3.3
konungen (631) - - 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

3.9
jmgreenuk (9746) - 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.

3.9
slowrunner77 (12471) - 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.


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