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825 State Stout - Epic Brewing Company

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58 Reviews
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Reviews: 58
Hads: 186
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 24.18%
Wants: 6
Gots: 17 | 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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Reviews: 58 | Hads: 186
Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of Brenden
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of denver10
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of Omnium
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of garuda
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of projectflam86
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
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!

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Photo of thegodfather1076
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.

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Photo of tdm168
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of bishopgary
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of beer2day
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1495th Review on BA
Nitro-Tap to pint

@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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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.


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Photo of Douglas88
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of Chaney
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of andrenaline
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.

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Photo of alexgash
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
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!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
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.

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Photo of blackie
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

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Photo of Pencible
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.

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Photo of Beernoisseur
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.01/5  rDev +10.2%
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

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825 State Stout from Epic Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.