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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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beerpadawan

California

3.75/5  rDev +3%

01-23-2013 18:43:29 | More by beerpadawan
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bluckbeyes

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +3%

01-22-2013 04:39:55 | More by bluckbeyes
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FLBeerGuy

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +3%

01-19-2013 04:50:56 | More by FLBeerGuy
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thegodfather1076

Ohio

3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 10:36:52 | More by thegodfather1076
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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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GOGRANDE

Colorado

4/5  rDev +9.9%

12-26-2012 21:30:58 | More by GOGRANDE
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TerrapinWakenBake

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

12-10-2012 22:22:50 | More by TerrapinWakenBake
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BigTrubble

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

11-19-2012 00:10:32 | More by BigTrubble
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TeamD

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

11-12-2012 22:29:37 | More by TeamD
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Hex92

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Meh.

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 03:26:54 | More by Hex92
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BradMacMullin

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9.9%

11-11-2012 19:19:21 | More by BradMacMullin
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RWLawman

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +3%

10-12-2012 02:03:27 | More by RWLawman
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 02:47:20 | More by andrenaline
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

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

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 00:38:02 | More by joemcgrath27
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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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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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vande

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

09-29-2012 00:34:42 | More by vande
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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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sulldaddy

Connecticut

3.33/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 04:27:46 | More by sulldaddy
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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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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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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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JamesMN

Minnesota

2.78/5  rDev -23.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 02:57:47 | More by JamesMN
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swetsastonic

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

08-04-2012 03:08:16 | More by swetsastonic
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Pencible

Virginia

4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 18:44:57 | More by Pencible
825 State Stout from Epic Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.