Smoked & Oaked Belgian-Style Ale - Epic Brewing Company
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Reviews by Zorro:
3.98/5 rDev +2.6%
Clear brown colored beer with a near nonexistent tan colored head.
Smells fruity and smoky with a slight whiskey scent. Scent of grape and Applejack with a little vanilla and caramel.
Starts out sweet and smoky. Slight sensation of salt and the flavor of scotch whiskey. Abundant chest warmth. Slight apple flavor. Very smoky frankly this could pass for a Rauchbier. Just one thing sums up the taste of this beer "Scotch Whiskey."
Mouthfeel is good.
Overall this beer is Smoke in a Bottle. If you like Scotch you will like this.
02-01-2014 02:39:23 | More by Zorro
More User Reviews:
3.85/5 rDev -0.8%
22oz bottle, release #8, 9.5% ABV. Pours a hazy copper with a small fizzy off white head that quickly goes to a thin collar.
The aroma is sweet bready malts, some fruit and some peaty liquid smoke.
The flavor is sweet caramel malts and dark fruits, some Belgian yeast, and a lot of peaty smoke. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.
Overall, there's a lot of smoke. I like how it interacts with the other flavors - makes for nice complexities.
02-27-2012 05:36:06 | More by Beaver13
4/5 rDev +3.1%
Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.
A smoked Belgian beer? What is not to love about that?
The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the meaty smoke, but there is also a little bit of toffee hidden in there. The flavor is toffee, caramel, heavy smoke, meat and BBQ. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
I really couldn't get any Belgian characteristics out of this beer, but the smoke is very well done.
11-24-2010 07:22:41 | More by Mora2000
3.76/5 rDev -3.1%
Release #27, SLC#1501, 11.9%alc./vol. 22oz of apparently 1,800 bottles produced. Served in an imperial pint glass this beer pours thick and sludgy, resisting any head formation, reddish brown in color, and not at all transparent. Heavy, sweet fruity aroma, reminiscent of apple juice. Or raisins. I'm not getting smoke in the nose, but I could be convinced this is barleywine. Flavor confirms it: this is barleywine, and a pretty good one at that. More dark fruit than dark Belgian ale. Prunes. And quite a bit of residual sugar. There is a little bit of a Belgian yeast note in the finish, but that's really all. I don't think this beer is properly called Belgian in any legitimate sense. "Imperial" might be a better descriptor. Anyway, it's quite enjoyable, though I'd been hoping for smokier.
04-09-2014 02:58:26 | More by hreb
4.33/5 rDev +11.6%
Appearance is nice, ruby amber body with gigantic 3-finger foamy, creamy ecru-white head (from a relatively mild pour) that retains like a champ and laces liberally.
Nose is interesting, faint citrus, with some smoky bacon and the faintest of hops.
Taste is nice, sweet and smoky, apple and some dark grape flavor, vinuous, even.
Mouthfeel is also nice, creamy and complementary to the taste.
Overall fantastic; different than a standard rauchbier but in a refreshingly original way.
04-23-2011 01:48:47 | More by zaphodchak
4.93/5 rDev +27.1%
Canal's in West Depford supplied the growler, Release 3.
The pour was a rich muddy copper-brown.
The nose was expressive, oak-filled and slightly smoky.
Mouthfeel was flavorful and deep. It reminded me of a cross between Kasteel Brune meeting Unibroue Raftman. Overall, this is worth driving 25 miles for the growler fill. Epic made a fine brew.
09-05-2011 02:13:41 | More by jimbomill
4.28/5 rDev +10.3%
A - Pours deep, opaque amber with a creamy off white head that quickly subsides.
S - Smokey, hint of cherries, orange peel.
T - Cherry smoke comes through in the forefront with caramel, toffee sweetness. Vanilla and woodsy notes make a substantial appearance. Very complex.
M - Fervent carbonation. Very agressive, nicely complements the sweetness.
O - Great beer. Very well balanced. Well worth the money.
10-02-2011 22:41:26 | More by RocPorterFanatic
3.83/5 rDev -1.3%
This is Smoked and Oaked #5 (to distinguish from the seven others they have in the series). Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a wide-mouthed wine glass. Pours a hazy amber color with virtually no head. In this glass there's a ring of foam around the edge that stays pretty much the whole way through the glass. This brew has a nice smell- it's fruity and malty with a touch of alcohol and yeast. The taste is a little bit of a letdown for something called smoked and oaked- I taste no smoke. I do taste a hint of bourbon from the barrel-aging along with a little of the fruit that I smelled and a heavy dose of alcohol sweetness. The mouthfeel is very nice however- it is a little syrupy but has more then enough carbonation to remedy that. While this is a pretty decent brew, it's not something I feel was worth the twelve dollars I paid for it.
01-09-2012 03:27:57 | More by Hopdaemon39
4.43/5 rDev +14.2%
a- like a dark amber color, less than half inch head with a slight amount of retention.
s- a really nice balance of smoke and wood...a bit musty, but in a very good way.
t- sweetness! carmel, roasted malts, red apples, deep ruby stone fruit!!! delicious!!!
m- has a deceivingly thick body... goes down extremely smooth. a nice bite of carbonation with the burn from the alcohol... this is a very complex beer!!!
o- overall, a very beautiful ale!!! would drink this again and recommend it to others. i am curious how it would age.
06-18-2012 09:08:02 | More by edproctor
Smoked & Oaked Belgian-Style Ale from Epic Brewing Company
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