825 State Stout - Epic Brewing Company

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Reviews: 57
Hads: 183
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.88%
Wants: 6
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
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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 FosterJM
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (1,090 characters)

Photo of alexgash
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
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! (506 characters)

Photo of andrenaline
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A -Pours pitch black, finger of mocha head with some retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Some cocoa and burnt chocolate malts, hints of espresso, milk chocolate and vanilla on the finish.

T - A tasty stout, solid flavour profile, leans more on the bitter side than the sweet, chocolate and vanilla comes through with a leafy bitterness that lingers.

M - Medium bodied, a tad prickly and a tad dry on the finish.

O - Overall a tasty stout with a solid flavour profile that balances the bitterness with the sweet nicely. Glad I picked up a bottle and certainly could take down a few of these in a sitting. (613 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 sulldaddy
3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
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. (928 characters)

Photo of Chaney
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a DC Brau tulip.

A: Dark, dark, dark and then some. The head was about a 1/4 finger or so and was of a mocha color.

S: Fairly faint roasty coffee notes, but still good.

T: Nice roasty flavor on the forefront, but not much on the aftertaste. Still, this was above serviceable.

M: Creamy enough and nicely done on the mouthfeel front. Ridiculous lacing, but still slippery upon close inspection.

O: Pretty good, especially considering the $5-6 price tag. (467 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)

Photo of beergoot
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (356 characters)

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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 (474 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 garuda
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Black body, tan head that has that nice nitro foam that has some retention and moderate lacing.

S/T - Smooth coffee roast, milk chocolate sweetness, very low bitterness.

M - Light to medium body, velvety smooth, light nitro carbonation, finishes clean with little lingering flavors.

O - Overall a nice stout that's easy drinking. Simple flavors that work well. (367 characters)

Photo of Omnium
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bomber > Mason pint

Batch #15

A - Pours a nice coffee black brown color, one finger of sudsy tan head, little lacing.
S - Reminiscent of some chocolate covered coffee beans, toasted grains, hazelnut, toffee, but its a very hard to find aroma.
T - Good semi-complex flavor here, nice coffee and chocolate flavors among a nice roasted malt base, and there's some good mild darker earthy hop tones to it as well, which is welcomed.
M - Very creamy smooth, its for sure the best part of this beer.
O - Not bad, could use a little more kick in the aroma, but its a nice basic stout with some good traits and a little complexity. (628 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 denver10
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (377 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 pokesbeerdude
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
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. (1,129 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 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 dtivp
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
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. (400 characters)

Photo of JamesMN
2.83/5  rDev -22%
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. (908 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 Jasonrm72
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
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. (552 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 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 thegodfather1076
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: 825 sports a well put together label with a bit of interesting graphical work that states “Elevated Series” as well as Release #20.

Appearance: I chose to pour 825 from its 22oz Bomber into a 16oz English pint. This pours out a dark brown if not black color with a 3 finger light tan head of medium density. Head retention was 4min before fading to a thick bubbly foam coating and ring providing excellent lacing.

Smell/Aroma: A sweet smokey scent smelling of milk chocolate and faint coffee aromas with slight hints of roasted malts and a nuttiness. This had an interesting nose but I expected something bolder.

Flavor/Taste: Flavor is much bolder than nose. 825 is heavy on roasted coffee and nuttiness on the front end with a huge milk chocolate aftertaste and a slightly smokey backbone. Very surprising with how uneventful the aroma was.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Medium bodied though maybe a bit on the thin side. Very smooth with a below average amount of carbonation. Very drinkable because of the medium bodied nature.

Overall/Comments: Aroma fell a bit on the bland side and was a bit on thinner than I like my stouts but 825 packs a huge flavor profile and an easy drinking nature. I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. A good offering. I picked this up while in Salt Lake City, Utah. Classified as an American Stout at 5.5% ABV. Consumed 12-21-12. (1,387 characters)

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