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825 State Stout - Epic Brewing Company

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825 State Stout825 State Stout

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BA SCORE
82
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174 Ratings
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Ratings: 174
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 6
Gots: 15 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 06-10-2010

This stout can range from dry stouts to foreign stouts, creamy or bitter. Flavors Epic explores within this stout are roast chocolate, toffee, mocha, coffee, brunt marshmallow and roasted nuts or combinations there-of. All these flavors are derived from specialty malts or other grains and hops, no specialty natural or other flavorings are added in our Elevated Series.
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Ratings: 174 | Reviews: 56
Reviews by Brenden:
Photo of Brenden
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the tap, the brew in my glass is about as close to black as it gets. Topping it is a light brown head that begins and remains tall and strong, leaving thick lacing in stryations.
The nose boasts a big, sweet roastiness. Charred woods, caramel, and notes of dark fruits are the big players with just a kiss or herbal hops to balance.
The roastiness goes the unfortunate route of ashy and too charred in the flavor. It doesn't stray terribly, but enough to mar an otherwise good beer. It does slightly lose a bit of the sweetness in the nose as well.
This one does have a boldness to it but comes out a little too thin for a stout, though it is vigorously creamy.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep cola color with a frothy beige colored head atop,not overly roast in the nose with good balance of sweet caramel.fruit,and coffee roast.A little sharp in the mouth and a little thinner than what I would have liked.Flavors are roasted with light bitter chocolate,and a little caramel-like sweetness in an ubrupt finish.Eh its starts out pretty good but seems to lack any depth or body in the finish in my opinion.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark robust stout nearly opaque with a ruby bright highlight infused with caramel khaki cream head, fine enloving lace. Aroma has cocoa notes coffee tones with a creamy milk chocolate influence. Beautiful beer in a crystal clear pint glass, wonderful culture in a glass...flavor continues with creamy dark chocolate dark coffee espresso notes, which turns into a hoppy bitter tones. Mouthfeel is medium bodied evenly carbonated full on body with dark milk chocolate notes. Comes off supremely enjoyable with a drinkable everyday chocolate note...god bless.

Photo of GilGarp
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Release #6 according to the label. I wish that it also had a date.

Served cold into a snifter, 825 Stout is a very dark brown color with thick creamy white head. It settles slowly and leaves some lacing behind.

Aroma is sweet and roasty with that distinctive character that comes with an oatmeal stout. Hard to put my finger on but I enjoy it.

Flavor is smooth and robust. It has a great roasty coffee taste with smoke and char. Nicely balanced with sweetness like a milk stout but bitter like an American stout.

Mouthfeel has that great silky smooth character that comes with the oatmeal stout territory.

Overall a nicely done version of the style. Maybe not a stand out but nothing not to like. Can't wait to enjoy it with my breakfast-style dinner.

Photo of tdm168
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Hoyt for splitting this bomber with me.

A - pours a dark black; thick, foamy, brownish head; good retention

S - faint coffee, faint roasted malts, a bit of smoke

T - roasted malt, faint caramel, cocoa, a bit of burnt sugar, faint hop bite in the finish

M - smooth, med bodied, a bit thin at times, little carbonation

This is in more a dry stout style. It's a little thinner and lighter than I had anticipated. The flavor profile was good, but this is probably not a beer I would seek out.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

another gift from my latest trade with andrenaline
A - pitch black, tall mocha head retained very nicely, random lacing all over
S - roasty with hints of espresso with a surprising amount of graininess
T - roasty and cola flavours dominate up front, more mellow charcoal notes, some grain and light leafs
M - medium body with more carbonation than expected, somewhat chaulky, more of a porter feel
O - a decent enough stout bordering on the porter line, worth a try for sure

Photo of jtierney89
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber color with a brown center. Visible clarity with a light coffee head. Chocolate and charcoal on the nose. Bit of roasted malt. Not an incredibly pungent nose. Medium body with good carbonation. Slightly creamy with sweet chocolate up front rounded out by some charcoal astringency on the side of the mouth. Thins slightly on the swallow but finish clean and isn't overbearing. Not exactly my cup of tea but overall pretty decent effort.

The epic line of beers is proving to be friendly as an introduction to the craft beer bomber scene. Good flavors yet approachable at a good price.

Photo of Bung
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. Brown/black pour, thin layer of off white head. Pretty standard.

Aroma, Roast malt and coffee. Nice chocolates.

Taste, More toasted malt, caramel and chocolate. Finishes with some coffee but fades pretty quickly. Taste is more porter like.

For me the impact that oats should have on the body don't show up in this one. A little thinner, but pretty easy to drink. With the lightness would prefer the abv to be more toward 5% than 6%.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Release #8.

A: Midnight black with a 1 finger high frothy head that showed a moderate rate of resilence. Small quick paced carbonation streams can be seen along the glass edge. Lacing is average.

S: Smoked pine wood, very low aromatic appeal and strength, some chocolate, cocoa and roasted nuts. Meh.

T: Chocolate, sweet and milky, lightly dry with some sweet creamer laced roasty coffee. Oats, herbal tea, pine, with a silky buttered caramel coffee finish.

M: Milky with a mid-range carbonation factor. Some astingent bitterness follows.

O: An elevated series stout that is more at home as a pub session style. 5.7%abv is very easy to handle, a polished flavor, light and silky drink makes for an easy experience.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, Release #15, Brewed on 1/19/2012, Packaged 2/2/2012, 5.6% ABV. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. It smells like roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, dark fruit and some molasses. It tastes like roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, caramel malt and molasses. It's a little more sweet than bitter tasting. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and creamy, and is also well carbonated. I think it's a good stout overall. At just $4.99 a bottle, I'd buy it again. It's certainly worth a try at that price, although I'd like to try a fresher bottle next time.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another 22 provided by Inflatablechair... Release #1.. Thanks Sam and Sam's Boss!

Pours with a lite tan head.. not quite black as a nice deep garnet clarity shows when held to a bulb.... great retention and lacing.

Aroma begins with lite coffee char and some dry roasty maltiness.. pretty mild but very by the book.

Flavor has more of a malty sweetness to tie things together.. dark grains.. lingering roastiness on the finish... a bit of nuttiness shows with warmth.. pleasant and well done.. not a "beat you over the head" stout .. instead just well integrated. Medium body with a sorta slick mouthfeel.. nice lite yet everpresent carbonation.

Pretty good... I would certainly buy this from time to time...

Thanks again Sam.

4/3.5/4/4/4

Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber from release #3, 5.5% abv, was told at the brewery store that this recipe is roughly the same as the first two

a: deep brown in color, appearing black for the most part, sporting an average khaki head

s: great roasted malt profile, rich with chocolate and some lightly sweet toffee aromas, but restrained and balanced, glimpses of smoke, an earthy hop aroma

m: carbonation light-moderate, with the body hovering around medium, just a little oat-y creaminess

t: roasty chocolate malts form the bulk of the flavor, some malty sweetness underneath but quickly cleaning up, earthy hop flavor in a roasted finish, just the right degree of roast - somewhere between light and char, very tasty

d: drinks great, a really nice stout

Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a finger high off white head that faded away and left a collar of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: light aromas of nutty malts are present in the nose, which also has some hints of roasted malts.
T: The taste has flavors of roasted coffee beans and bittersweet chocolate with some hints of burnt malts.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It feels a little dry.
O: This beer has an interesting mix of flavors without being a fuller bodied or heavy stout. It is quite drinkable.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Release #17, 5.6% ABV.

4.0 A: Black color. Two fingers of creamy tan head. Retention is about average and a thick ring of lacing is left.

4.5 S: Supple roastiness, lactose, vanilla, and coffee. Grainy malts. Plenty going on here and it all works well together. Seems to be a well made milk stout.

4.0 T: Tastes great too, but has less power than the nose. Again it has roastiness, lactose, vanilla, chocolate, and coffee. Grainy malts. Very tasty beer.

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Good creaminess for how light it is. Well done.

4.5 D: Great stout. Shows that you don't need a huge ABV to pack a stout full of flavor.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - A second pour gives me at least a 1/2 inch of deep mocha head that doesn't seem to cling on very long giving me a mild lace ring after a while/
S - Wow the carbonation really shrouds the metallic notes of this beer! I say this because my first pour smelled like straight up wet copper but second heavy pour gives me less metal and slight chocolate and roast.
T - Not bad the metallic note is quite minimal with some roasty ash leading and maybe some chocolate malt. Way too light flavors to really make an impact.
M - Medium and quite filling but not very much flavor.

Overall checking other reviews I am mad at Vintage Estate at not rotating their stock! Mine is listed as Batch 15 and current is 20! ABV is 5.5% and current is a staggering 6.3%! Man someone really needs to discount their old stuff because they seem to hold onto stuff forever!

Photo of Zorro
3.19/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Clear brown colored ale with very slight head formation.

Smells of chocolate and coffee with vanilla and almond scent. Wheat toast with a little bit of burnt toast scent. Slight raw grain aroma.

Starts out dry and heavily roasted. Taste is mostly coffee reminds me of Italian Espresso soda. Essentially a coffee flavored beer.

Mouthfeel is average.

Overall it is OK, but I was expecting more.

Photo of JamesMN
2.83/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Poured nice midnight black with about a three going on four finger tan head.

Aroma: Dark grains, not quite roasty but getting there. Not much here but wasn't expecting too much given the low abv.

Taste: Man is this thing ever over-carbonated. That makes it difficult to taste anything until the aftertaste. There's a lot of malt bitterness at the end. Chocolate and black coffee along with a burnt toast taste (not good).

Mouthfeel: As noted before, this is way over-carbonated. Past the point of being annoying and straight up taste-ruining. Definitely very light in body but below average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: I'm surprised at how below average this was. A combination of over-carbonating and poor aftertaste resulted in a sub-par beer. Some of my favorite beers are lower abv American Stouts and this just doesn't cut it. Epic makes some good beers though, try their Hopulent IPA.

Photo of sulldaddy
3.32/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. Picked up the bottle on vacation in Cape May, NJ.
THe beer pours a rich cola brown color, not quite as dark of a brew as I anticipated, almost brown ale in color. There are some deep ruby tints when held up to a light.
Aroma is roasted malt and some baker's chocolate. I also get a little sweet toffee mixed in but no real hop presence.
First sip reveals an average body and very fine carbonation that gently rolls across my palate. Texture is a little thin but not really watery, not silky smooth like I had hoped.
Flavor is mild but I get roasted malt and dark chocolate, with some sweet toffee again, as the nose indicated. The beer finishes with some dry roasted notes that lingers long after each sip.
This beer is okay, but not what I expected as a stout. More of a roasty brown ale. Not a bad beer by any stretch, but calling it a stout may be misleading to the buyer.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours jet black with a light tan head. In the aroma, a light roast and a mellowness to it. In the taste, a light roast and mellow notes of coffee and burnt marshmallows. A small bite and a lighter to medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry and roasty sweetness in the aftertaste. small roast, mellow flavor, kind of an average stout.

Photo of womencantsail
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The pour is a dark, dark brown color with a finger's worth of khaki colored head.

S: Nice licorice and roasted malt notes come through as well as a pleasant coffee aroma. There is a definite char aroma as well, though it's not out of control.

T: The flavor is extremely heavy on the roast, featuring more of the charred character that was present in the nose. Slightly ashy and acidic, but somewhat mitigated by some dark chocolates.

M: Perhaps a bit thin in terms of body, which is strange for an oatmeal stout. Carbonation is a bit on the high side.

D: A decent stout, though the presence of the char and ash is something I did not terribly enjoy.

Photo of Douglas88
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle thanks to Craig. Pours a dark brown color with a medium beige head. The aroma is sweet malts, coffee, roasted notes. The flavor is great; smooth, toasted nuts, milky coffee, lots of oats and grains. Smooth and very quaffable.A nice brew.

Photo of FosterJM
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1495th Review on BA
Nitro-Tap to pint
16oz

@Eureka!Burger, Claremont, CA

App- When it came to the table you could call it a football. Almost the same color as a worn wilson ball with a 2 finger oreo creme looking head on it. Slow to recede and left amazing cling lines.

Smell- A lot got lost on this one by I fear being too cold. Even when warm it took a long time to get any real aromatics. A bit grainular and nutty. Didnt pick up on much chocolate but got more of a old whip creme aroma.

Taste- Its a nice little stout. A bit grainular but still creamy and has a nice cookie like flavor. A little roasty, a little nutty and keeps a bit of bitter tinge to it. The tap line was a bit too cold but thats okay. Was still nice as it warmed and paired nicely with my lamb burger.

Mouth- Its a smoother medium body with a bit of a creamy medium carbonation. A bit dry and roasty on the finish with a bit of residual creamy and cookie flavoring.

Drink- A nice stout on nitro but doesnt stand up to Left Hand Milk on Nitro. It needed a bit more balance and less grainular texture behind it.

Photo of projectflam86
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber.

A- Pours a deep brown color with a medium sized white foam head that leaves decent lacing.

S- Some faint roasted malt with a touch of smoke. Not a very strong nose.

T- Faint chocolate sweetness initially with some charred wood and smoke in the finish. Overall quiet sweet with well hidden alcohol.

M- Medium/full bodied with lower carbonation. Creamier than I was expecting.

O- Fairly solid brew with a good flavor. Not as "in your face" as other American Stouts but still quite good.

Photo of superspak
3.12/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into signature pint glass; release #17, bottled 3/16/2012. Pours crystal clear very dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a lot of streaming carbonation. Very highly carbonated, definitely infected. Aromas of cherry, raisin, pear, caramel, roasted malt, toast, light chocolate, and yeast earthiness. Poor aromas with hardly any roasted presence; over the top fruitiness from the infection. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, light char, pear, caramel, toast, toffee, light nuttiness. and roasted earthiness. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, light char, toast, caramel, toffee, light nuttiness, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Despite the infection; there is some nice balance of roasted and dark malt flavors; with no cloying flavors after the finish. Very high carbonation and medium bodied; with a creamy, crisp, and moderately prickly mouthfeel that isn’t too bad. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a solid stout even though it was infected. Some good balance of roasted and dark malt flavors; and quite smooth to drink. I will have to score a different batch sometime and give it another shot.

Photo of mactrail
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ruby mahogany color in the tall glass. Decent head and some pleasant roasted malt aroma.

Light body, but a touch of malt. dark roast malt flavors with some burnt sugar. A little tart with a scorched cereal taste. Watery but refreshing. Some bitterness in the aftertaste but very little evidence of hop flavors. Plenty of carbonation, though it's rather coarse and less creamy than lots of stouts. Overall, a decent gulp of dark suds but less interesting than average.

If this was another 4.0% supermarket beer, it would be a good
Review. From the Sugar House state liquor store.

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825 State Stout from Epic Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.