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825 State Stout - Epic Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

130 Ratings
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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.56%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

09-26-2012 02:44:05 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
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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metter98

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 02:17:01 | More by metter98
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womencantsail

California

3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
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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oberon

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
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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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer #57 in my great Utah Brew Hunt.

This is a nice well flavored stout. Good spicy tones with a thorough flavor profile that really works nicely. It's a mellow kind of boldness. I like it; a lot. Nice chocolate tones in there as well.

I find it funny that I like the beers more that have lower scores on here and dislike the beers that have higher scores. Guess that's the way it goes.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 01:35:43 | More by RblWthACoz
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Colorado

3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a really solid stout from epic here, straightforward and delicious. red glow under a very dark rich brown body and a creamy head that the nitro dispense is undoubtedly responsible for. dark but not insanely black roast on the malt, notes of bitter coffee come through. balanced bittering hops accentuate this. I also get just a hint of unsweetened bakers chocolate as I swallow, a really pleasant finish, lighter than it looks, complex, expertly put together. not quite as much body as I like in these though, and not even the nitro can cover that slightly thin feel, but the texture itself is silky and clean, a real easy drinking stout as they go. the abv is just right for cold weather, and this is a beer I will absolutely return to as winter moves in. another true to style beer from epic that really nails it.

Serving type: nitro-tap

10-20-2013 16:12:45 | More by StonedTrippin
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mactrail

Washington

3.13/5  rDev -14%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 04:36:37 | More by mactrail
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Halcyondays

California

4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours black with a medium off-white head, leaving excellent concentric lace.

S: Milk and dark chocolate, toffee, charcoal.

T: Great roasty malt flavour and dark chocolate. It does have some sweetness which gives it a milk stout taste at times even though it isn't. Really good flavour.

M: Medium-bodied, though a lighter feel than I would have liked with the big flavour. Creamy, soft carbonation.

O: A very good American Stout, not as roasty or direct as Obsidian, the bellwether in this style, but still a fantastic American Stout.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2012 03:47:21 | More by Halcyondays
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corby112

Pennsylvania

1.05/5  rDev -71.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 08:19:33 | More by corby112
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Zorro

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 02:36:34 | More by Zorro
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Wasatch

Utah

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Michigan

3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 04:28:59 | More by superspak
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 22:12:08 | More by beerthulhu
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 02:17:24 | More by tdm168
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
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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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
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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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 18:57:56 | More by OWSLEY069
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

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!

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 05:48:28 | More by DrDemento456
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 22:53:43 | More by bluejacket74
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Haybeerman

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +3%

02-10-2014 00:51:37 | More by Haybeerman
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blackie

Virginia

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

Serving type: bottle

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

Ohio

3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2012 16:18:15 | More by Brenden
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FosterJM

California

3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

09-05-2012 16:43:28 | More by FosterJM
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825 State Stout from Epic Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.