RATINGS: 297   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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
alassio (99) - USA - MAY 16, 2014
This tastes like cherry plum brandy, but on a rich, woodsy, frothy frame. It’s amazing how fruity it turns out, with woodiness, caramel, and sweet roasty-toastiness showing rare sides to themselves. There is a twist of bitters to keep it honest. The texture is a delight - - smooth, fine, zesty, supple carbonation. I know I’m going bonkers with the adjectives here, but it’s deserved. Yes, there is a booziness to it. A triumphal, swaggering booziness.

MrTipple (6570) - 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 (18389) - 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 (271) - 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 (3294) - 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 (4901) - 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 (3700) - 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.

GarrettB (1665) - 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.

rdixon77 (3066) - Georgia, USA - AUG 23, 2016
At brewery over summer. As described, nicely balanced oaky, vanilla, mildly smoky, brown sugar, some Belgian. Pleasant.

konungen (657) - - 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

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