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Smoked & Oaked Belgian-Style Ale - Epic Brewing Company

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Smoked & Oaked Belgian-Style AleSmoked & Oaked Belgian-Style Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

252 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 252
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.18%
Wants: 14
Gots: 52 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  11.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Wasatch on 07-11-2010

Smoked cherry wood malt brings a smoky sweetness to the caramel malts and a bit of peat flavor with a Belgian-style yeast. The entire batch aging in the whiskey barrels nicely dries out the perceived sweetness of the caramel malt leaving an almost scotch like taste.

ABV varies by batch.
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Ratings: 252 | Reviews: 81
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Holy shit there's a lot gong on here. Bourbon. Oak. Vanilla? Belgian esters. Silky smooth mouthfeel. Complex.

LOOK: Dark and a little cloudy.

SMELL: Boozy -- strong bourbon on the nose. Hints of vanilla riding piggyback on the oak.

TASTE: In this order: bourbon, oak, Belgian esters, vanilla.

FEEL: Silky smooth and full.

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Release #30

A: poured into a snifter to a nice mahogany hue topped by a finger and a half of dense off white head that fades slowly and leaves decent lacing
S: smells fairly oaky with some smoke as well. slight belgian yeast fruity esters come through as well. dark fruits like plums come out after some time breathing
T: taste is smoked malts, dark fruits, vanilla and oak, some slight spice and malt sweetness. swallow is more smoked malts, some nice oaky flavors and some lingering caramel malt sweetness. a little alcohol is apparent on the back end as well. minimal hop bitterness throughout the drink.
M: Fairly full on the palate. the beer is smooth and slightly creamy with soft carbonation and a drying finish
O: This beer might have better ratings as an American Strong Ale. As a Belgian beer it should have a lot more character that is yeast driven while this seems to rely on the malts and oak. Overall I still find it to be very enjoyable. The flavors are good and the beer has some good complexity. It's also deceivingly drinkable.

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Dark amber in the small snifter with a coarse foam that doesn't last well. Sweet and tangy witha dose of brown sugar. Hot with alcohol.

Deep fruity flavors of raisin and fig with apple butter. More of a barley wine than a Belgian taste. Slight drying effect, though. More fruity than barrel flavored, but there's a hint of vanilla. Burnt sugar with cherry brandy.

Sugary finish. Alcohol and mincemeat pie aromas. From the bottle at Epic Annex in Sugar House.

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On tap (quick review):
Not a fan of smoked beers, but I loved the nose on this one. I really liked my first sips, but (somewhat unsurprisingly) I outgrew the taste quickly. Then, more surprisingly, the warming of the beer actually helped a tad. I actually think the Belgian base screws up what might be an otherwise interesting beer.

Quick notes: nose and taste of smoke and apple (strangely). Also get an impression of a whiskey in the nose, some whiffs.

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Smoked & Oaked Belgian-Style Ale from Epic Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 252 ratings.