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825 State Stout - Epic Brewing Company

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57 Reviews
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Reviews: 57
Hads: 183
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.88%
Wants: 6
Gots: 16 | 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 Pencible
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a translucent black garnet with thick tan head.
S: It smelled like sweet cocoa powder with dry roasted coffee and a bit of cream and pumpernickel.
T: It tasted like sweet milk chocolate, with some sugary coffee and a little pumpernickel. It had a clean and mostly sweet aftertaste.
M: It was fairly thick with a little carbonation. Nice full body.
D: This was a very nice stout with tasty smell and flavor. The body was good, and the finish was really mellow, so it was quite easy to drink. Nothing ground breaking, but fully enjoyable. (551 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
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. (581 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
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. (675 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (335 characters)

Photo of beer2day
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Basic black with light tan head, 1.5 fingers worth. Head disappears after the second sip. Very light lace.

Nose is light coffee, mocha, and anise. Nothing overpowering, just a good basic stout aroma.

Nice coffee notes, bits of licorice, roast malt, and chocolate. Better than the nose suggests and quite flavorful for a sub 6%er. Dry finish with decent bitters.

Feel is dry with a medium to heavy body. Again, nice for something so low in abv.

Started out a bit disappointing to the eye and nose, but finished strong. I'd get it again. (539 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (503 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (723 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (575 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
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. (602 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +24%
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. (556 characters)

Photo of ScorpyX
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (486 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.01/5  rDev +10.5%
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 (453 characters)

Photo of kagent777
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
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. (1,242 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (666 characters)

Photo of projectflam86
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (502 characters)

Photo of GilGarp
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
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. (756 characters)

Photo of Bung
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
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%. (442 characters)

Photo of crewfan16
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (1,050 characters)

Photo of stimulus
4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
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. (513 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (426 characters)

Photo of FightingEntropy
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (414 characters)

Photo of Beernoisseur
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (379 characters)

Photo of Douglas88
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (253 characters)

Photo of kbutler1
3.56/5  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. (404 characters)

Photo of emmasdad
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (294 characters)

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825 State Stout from Epic Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.