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825 State Stout - Epic Brewing Company

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Reviews: 58
Hads: 186
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 24.18%
Wants: 6
Gots: 17 | 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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Photo of corby112
1.06/5  rDev -70.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Release #8.

Bottle opens with a loud hiss. Pours a dark chestnut brown color with a massive, frothy light beige head that fills up half of the glass. Large chunks of soapy lacing left behind. Looks like it's infected.

Metallic cardboard aroma with sybtle underlying roasted malt. Definitely smells infected.

Yep, a cometely infected, terrible mess. Overly carbonation wth strong mettalic chemicals and cardboard. Undrinkable disaster.

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Photo of Wasatch
2/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22oz. Bomber
Elevated Series
Release #1
$4.29 ea.

Pours a dark brown/black color, some carbonation, one-finger creamy light tan color head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with hints of chocolate/toffe/caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, a touch of chocolate/toffee/caramel, slightly roasted. Medium body. Would not buy this brew again.

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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.

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Photo of HoppyHomo
2.88/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A - pitch black, very little foam. I didnt get too much lacing on this
S - Definitely has an espresso smell but nothing too over powering.
T - You can really taste the espresso. A little watery.
M -Not a stout in the traditional sense; tastes more like a porter.

O - I don't know. Honestly it was just sub-par. Not sub-par in the awful sense; more on the upper-side of below average. I wouldnt recommend it nor would i try it again. But i wouldn't turn it down if it was offered to me. That's really the best review i can give.

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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.

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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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Photo of dtivp
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a deep dark brown with a two finger tan head that faded slowly into a thin collar with light lacing.

Aroma was weak with faint hints of dark malt, and coffee.

Taste of dark coffee, malt, Hints of vanilla and a slight nuttiness.

Mouth Feel was medium body , but a little thin feel, moderate carbonation, dry ,slightly bitter.

Overall an average stout, I prefer a little heavier drier stout.

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Photo of Jasonrm72
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Release #6
This is my first taste of 825 so I cannot compare it to the other releases.
I'm a fan of Epic's Imperial Stout and of course BBB, but this one I found lacking.
Good color, but real light on the nose, a touch of roast, malt and hops, no head.
I like my stouts to have some viscosity, I find the mouthfeel on this one to be thin and a bit watery. The flavor is a 50/50 mix of hop and malt.
Not what I look for in a stout, it may be closer to an American style porter.
I'll have to keep my eyes open for other releases to see how they compare.

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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.

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Photo of Hex92
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


This is my second beer from Epic. The first was the big bad baptist. That was an 'epic' beer. This is not. It looks pretty in the glass, but pretty much falls flat everywhere else.

This is the kind of beer you could serve to someone who is new to drinking dark beers. It doesn't smell like much, the flavor is very muted and dry with a hint of chocolate. And that's it. Mouth feel is thin.

Its not a bad beer, but its not something I would pick up again. Too many other beers out there to drink this one twice.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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%.

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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.

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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

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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.

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Photo of crewfan16
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 22 oz bomber into a stella glass. Not familiar with this brewery, so I thought I would educate myself.

a- pours a murky brown/black with very little if any light getting through. nice khaki colored head rises about an inch and fades with some decent lacing

s- milk chocolate, coffee and a distinct roasted malt characteristic

t- milky chocolate sweetness that turns to a bit of toffee and coffee and finishes with rich roasted coffee and a bit of bittersweet chocolate. very nice, but subtle flavors for the style

m- very silky, milky texture. i enjoy that the carbonation is low, as it seems to be too often that these get too fizzy on the palate and dont allow the creaminess. very drinkable and smooth, although the flavors dont last a terribly long time

overall, I think this is a very nice, slightly above average oatmeal stout. I would like to try some other styles from this brewery in the future, and the bombers were very affordable, so I probably will, although this one wasnt a standout enough to be a standard purchase.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Release #2. Poured into a pint glass a dark brown color with a fluffy full tan head that slowly recedes. Light roast coffee notes in the nose along with some chocolate. Medium/light mouthfeel with a very creamy feel. The flavor is nice and light with nothing really overpowering it. Light coffee, some caramel, and dark chocolate blended very nicely. Minimal bitterness. Very simplistic but good.

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Photo of delta490
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown, almost black, with a thin creamy tan head that leaves small sticky lacing. The aroma is deep roasted chocolate malts with just a hint of coffee and cocoa. The taste is a little washed out, mostly just the dark malts. The body is also a little thin and a touch watery.

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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.

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Photo of beergoot
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Coal black body with a lasting one-finger thick, creamy, light tan head. Charred grain and coffee ground aroma; nuttiness. Taste is a lighter version of the aroma with some mild hop bitterness playing against a mild malt sweetness. Medium-heavy body, smooth and silky; semi-dry finish.

A decent enough stout that won't wow you yet won't disappoint either.

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Photo of ScorpyX
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very very dark brown with a thin, tan head.

S: Sweet smell with some roasted, bitter coffee notes as well. Quite pleasant.

T: A nice blend of the qualities from the smell with a balance of the sweet and bitter. Bitter comes out a little more in the swallow. A little watery, though.

M: Medium bodied, pretty smooth. Not too bad. Not as thin as I initially thought.

I thought it was initially kind of thin, but by the finish, it turns out to be a rather solid stout. Well done.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Release # 14.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy 1 inch khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots and streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, toasted oats, and some nice roasty coffee bean aromas. Taste is of dark roasted malt, roasted coffee beans, and some slight oatmeal flavors. There is a very mild roasty bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a crisp level of carbonation with a bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good stout but I am enjoying the aromas more than the flavors.

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825 State Stout from Epic Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.