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825 State Stout - Epic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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123 Ratings
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Ratings: 123
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.79%


Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 06-10-2010)
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 03:45:55 | More by UCLABrewN84
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jtierney89

New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 01:30:21 | More by jtierney89
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +23.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 00:14:48 | More by WVbeergeek
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ScorpyX

Colorado

3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 02:09:26 | More by ScorpyX
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'd have to say that this is a 'standard' American stout. While it's the not best one I've had, I would give this one to someone who's asking about an AStout.

Looks great. Dark with light tan head. Good lacing.
Aroma is sharp and rich, while a bit "quick", as in the aromas don't linger around.

Solid flavors of leather, dark chocolate, baked caramel. Some coffee and burnt toast. A sharp mid section, ends realtively smooth and slick.

Solid stout

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 05:31:47 | More by Mebuzzard
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kagent777

Utah

4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle which was a gift during the work Christmas lunch. Poured into my beer goblet. Served about 15 out of the fridge. Release 10, at 5.4 ABV, one of the lowest that Epic brews.

Appearance: A clear dark brown (when held up to the lamp) with a one finger creamy tan head. The lacing was very nice.

Smell: A nice coffee note comes from the glass along with dry bakers chocolate and roasted grains. I also pick up some soapy notes from the hops and a mild tartness from the yeast.

Taste: The tastes are not overwhelmingly intense on this beer. Sometimes I need to keep in mind that this is not a barrel aged imperial stout at 10 ABV. This is an excellent example of how to do a stout. All of the smells noted carry over into the taste. At first is a mild coffee with it's accompanying bitterness. Followed by the semisweet the chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth creamy mouthfeel on a lighter medium bodied beer. The carbonation is on the lower side.

Overall: For us jaded beer drinkers here, this may be a stout with training wheels. This may also be a prime example of a stout to introduce to someone which has not had a lot of stouts before. This could be used as a gateway into the realm of darker beers. A solid beer, recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 05:19:46 | More by kagent777
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projectflam86

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 01:37:15 | More by projectflam86
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GilGarp

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev +11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 02:26:45 | More by GilGarp
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Bung

North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
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%.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 03:06:51 | More by Bung
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crewfan16

Minnesota

3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 01:22:27 | More by crewfan16
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stimulus

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Release #8: 5.7% abv. I believe this is a milk stout.
Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark brown with ruby edges and a 1/2 finger beige head.
S: Milk sugar and chocolate followed by mild roasted coffee.
T: Very sweet upfront, but balanced by roasted malts on the finish.
M: Medium bodied, very good carbonation, and a fairly smooth finish.
O: Very good milk stout, and I hope they keep this style for the beer, as the website indicates that the style of stout changes with each release.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 18:20:45 | More by stimulus
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oberon

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 12:19:53 | More by oberon
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FightingEntropy

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours inky black with a light tan head. Singular roast smell wafts up immediately, and along with bready, earth notes. Nice. Roast is clear in the first sip as well--enough the I thought it to be an Irish stout. BA lists it as an oatmeal stout, which the smoothness of the brew lends itself to it but it seems to be misnamed a bit, maybe. Slight dark fruits underneath the coffee taste. Clean and dry off the back.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 00:18:50 | More by FightingEntropy
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Beernoisseur

Utah

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Release #2.

This was a nice little treat of a beer. Off the pour, it produced a nice little finger-and-a-half creamy head. It's a few shades lighter than what I expected to see in a stout, but other than that, no flaws here. flavor-wise, it's a tasty brew. Toasted malt dominates. I would consider this a sweet stout, though not overpoweringly so. I'd have another, no problem.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 16:57:56 | More by Beernoisseur
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Douglas88

Utah

3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 05:13:39 | More by Douglas88
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kbutler1

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 00:13:41 | More by kbutler1
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emmasdad

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bomber a nice dark brown, nearly black, color, with a good amount of medium brown foam on top. Aromas of roasted malt, dark chocolate, caramel and freshly ground coffee beans. On the palate, medium bodied, roasty, with dark chocolate covered espresso beans, caramel and vanilla.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 22:58:05 | More by emmasdad
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pokesbeerdude

Colorado

3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz courtesy of Wasatch. Release #3. 5.5% ABV. Into my 90 Shilling Imperial Pint

A: Dark brown with quite a few red highlights when held to the light. Light brown head, not quite half an inch thick that recedes to a film with a few spots of lacing.

S: Some roasted malts, a bit of chocolate, a fair amount of dark malts really show their presence. Not the most robust smelling stout, but it is nice and inoffensive.

T: Follows the nose almost exactly, some notes of chocolate and roasted malts. Unfortunately the roasted note verges away from roast and turns into a bit of char, not terrible, but slightly distracting. Has just a bit of a clean piney hop note at the end to tie things together. Just about the right amount of sweetness.

M: Medium bodied, but a little bit on the thinner side, velvety carbonation, finishes slightly sweet. Pretty good here.

D: Easy enough to drink stout. This is getting more and more available out where I live in Utah and it will be nice to have on hand. Should be a pretty nice beer to have on hand in the winter months. Not bad, but not quite up to par with my go to oatmeal stouts.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 02:23:03 | More by pokesbeerdude
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bishopgary

Utah

3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A:Nice molasses brown color while pouring, black once in glass. Fairly thick tan head with good retention.

S: Nice roasted malt and chocolate aromas. Definitely something sweet like brown sugar or toffee as well. There is the slightest hint of smokiness, or something earthy.

T: Fairly smooth, but fairly complex at the same time. Roasted malt comes through, not sure if every release is the same as ones before. I do not really notice any unpleasant char flavor as others have mentioned. Sweetness is nicely balanced by roasted malt.

M: Pretty light in body for a stout. Not necessarily a bad thing. Does seem to have more carbonation than other stouts as well.

D: Good, the lighter body makes this brew pretty easy drinking when you are in the mood for something on the dark side.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 23:26:15 | More by bishopgary
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alexgash

Connecticut

3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle. Release #4, 5.3% abv.

Nice dark maple syrup brown. Two fingers of sturdy, thick, light brown head. Very nice lacing. Nose of milk chocolate, dark chocolate, roasted coffee, and chocolate milk.

Bitter-ish roasted malts up front. Some coffee. Milk chocolate sweetness seeps in. Turns more to dark chocolate near the finish. Moderate roasted bitterness stays throughout. Hints of vanilla and licorice toward the end. Medium-bodied, with a slightly lively feel. Pretty nice oatmeal stout here!

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 01:32:34 | More by alexgash
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blackie

Virginia

4/5  rDev +9.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2010 03:39:27 | More by blackie
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womencantsail

California

3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 16:36:01 | More by womencantsail
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Wasatch

Utah

2/5  rDev -45.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2010 18:47:46 | More by Wasatch
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2010 07:53:21 | More by JohnGalt1
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denver10

Colorado

3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with a mocha head. Aroma starts of roasty and chocolatey, a bit nutty too, then gradually introduces a little coffee and a kiss of hops to allow a touch of bitterness to the table. Flavor followed suit. Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Overall, a nice solid American Stout. Aint gonna blow you away, but a nice tap offering that would be worthy of future purchases.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2013 16:39:18 | More by denver10
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