Smoked & Oaked Belgian-Style Ale - Epic Brewing Company
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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
4.81/5 rDev +24%
22 oz bottle poured into an Epic tulip.
11.5% ABV, Release #25 (Bottled Oct. 24, 2013)
A - A quiet pour results in a short but persistent ring of ivory foam the dots the tulip in lacing while below, a murky, rusty amber beer awaits.
S - One-of-a-kind from the start, Smoked & Oaked has a deeply complex aroma that starts with gooey, thick caramel sweetness that transitions to charred oak whiskey barrels with next to no alcohol heat. Wafts of cherry wood chunks just getting started over coals in the smoker perfectly compliments the Belgian yeast's dark fruit undertones and dark candi sugar which come full circle to the entry of caramel malt.
T - Delicate nuances of peated scotch makes it's way through a crowd of charred oak puffing light wafts of cherry wood smoke, rich maltiness chewing caramel cubes, and Belgian yeast snacking on a trail mix of dried fruits.
M - From the get-go Smoked & Oaked is smooth and full-bodied but, despite it's heavy malt sweetness, it's not syrupy. Dried out by alcohol and oak, this strong beer doesn't quite drink like it's alcohol level but after a few sips, it sure warms up the belly nicely!
O - Epic's Smoked & Oaked is an absolutely unique, stunning, eclectic, and superbly crafted beer but smoke haters, don't be fooled by the name; it's very delicate. Aged briefly in whiskey barrels and brewed with smoked malt, this beer traipses all over the place but it's a Belgian-style beer at it's core and everything comes together with finesse.
03-15-2014 23:21:37 | More by BeerFMAndy
4.68/5 rDev +20.6%
The pour is a dark straw almost amber with a short head that dissipates quickly leaving slight lacing. The smell is smoky with an apricot sweetness. The feel is slightly syrupy, smooth, and with light carbonation. The taste is sweet with some tart and citrus, and a light hop finish, some smokiness is in the aftertaste but not as much as expected.
Overall good drinkability for the alcohol level and a rather mellow flavor that doesn't overpower.
04-21-2011 00:28:40 | More by Ig0r
4.58/5 rDev +18%
Bought a 1 PT. 6 FLUID OUNCE bottle of this from The Bayou in Salt Lake City, UT for $20 & Shared w/ Huber from NBC. Poured from the Blue labeled bottle w/ "Exponential Series", a flower, & a hop leaf in the background into Tulip Glass. Has RELEASE #8 on the side of the bottle.
Aroma- The aroma could not have been better here... Started with strong smoked bacon and then a sweet, malty, complexed background. Tons going on here. Light booziness and has a dark, roasted profile too. Awesome!
Appearance- Pours a 1 finger head that dies VERY quick. Has a dark amber colored body but cloudy. Leaves small suds behind.
Flavor- Very smokey and then has light bacon taste. Malts are a huge factor in here and then has a bit of light booze. Medium Bitterness level.
Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Medium-High Carbonation, Smooth, and hits mouth with TONS of flavors afterwards including sweet malts, light caramel, and a bit of alcohol.
Overall Impression- I could get used to beers from this Series! Awesome Smoked brew. If you see this in a bottle shop, do not hesitate to buy. Very nicely done once again! Now to enjoy more brews from NorthWest Breweries.
01-27-2012 00:27:57 | More by DCon
4.53/5 rDev +16.8%
Bomber bought at Epic. Pours a deep ruby color with a initially large thick white head, later goes down to a small white head. A really complex and great aroma; large rich fruit especially strawberries, sour and woody bourbon barrels, Belgian yeast, smells like a aged beer somehow. The flavor is rich vanilla bourbon, sweet oak, fruit, like a bourbon inspired Quad. Not really a huge smoke aspect, but it really comes through as lightly smoked cherry wood- and mixes with the fruity esters to create a very sweet and fruity brew. Complex and hard to pin down somewhat. I guess oak and bourbon flavors along with a blast of a fruity Quad fits well, some smoke and earthy aspects as well.
01-04-2011 05:25:46 | More by Douglas88
4.5/5 rDev +16%
I got this bottle from the brewery as soon as they released batch number one. Batch one was brewed in late April of 2010. This bottle has aged since then. Poured into a pair of goblets.
Appearance: A rich mahogany with red edges. The beer had a long lasting one finger head that left a bit of lacing. The only detractor was the yeast that settled on the bottom of the goblet, but this was not unexpected.
Smell: This is where the barrel aging really adds a lot. These are aged in whiskey barrels, but the whiskey flavor are not dominant. The oak wood really stands out. The caramel from the malts is also noted. A hint of fruity Belgian yeastiness peaks out around the edges. Maybe it is the additional aging, but the smokiness seems to have been tamed a bit.
Taste: The nose is so strong and dominant that they taste will simply follow. Again, oaky woodiness, but not whiskey per se. I bit of smoke more in the form of peat in a Scotch rather than campfire smoke. Very complex and layered. This may have never had much booziness at 8.0 ABV, but it was perfectly in line with the rest of the flavors.
Mouthfeel: Solid carbonation, even after 16 months, along with a dense body. A long finis from such intense flavors.
Overall: An interesting beer. I liked it a lot, except that it is about 12 per bomber so I cannot afford to buy this one very often.
07-18-2011 04:51:26 | More by kagent777
4.5/5 rDev +16%
Tasting at Jackie O's
A-burnt orange with a great head. Wow
S-subtle smokeand a little bourbon
T-follows he nose. Great smokiness that mellows well with the bourbon
M-medium body and smooth...
O-what a beer. Great suprise that iw would love mkre of
10-08-2011 16:19:03 | More by brew3crew
4.45/5 rDev +14.7%
A - Poured into a New Belgium glass. The appearance was a nice mahogany tone with decent head and good lacing. You can see the barrel remnants loating amongst the body of the beer.
S - I immediately picked up a delicious smokey, peat smell...somewhat reminiscent to a single malt scotch, but not that extreme.
Taste - Probably biased, but this is one of my favorite beers of all time. So much going on....smoke, barrel aged goodness, smooth finish.
M - Nice stickiness, and mouth coating....little carb, and a smooth finish given all that is going on with this beer.
O - I wish that this could be a staple in the Epic rotation. Definitely a great cold weather beer, and if you are a fan of smoked foods, you should like it. I would sip this year round.
03-31-2012 00:46:17 | More by GameChicken
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
4.43/5 rDev +14.2%
A - Pours a cloudy copper-amber color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of smoke, oak, and vanilla with cherry, dark fruit, candi sugar, Belgian yeast, some dark caramel malts, and some booze.
T - Starts off with some dark caramel malts with some cherry and other dark fruits with some vanilla. Through the middle, the smoke and oak flavors come through with some Belgian yeast flavors and candi sugars. The finish is a mix of smoke, oak, vanilla, candi sugars, Belgian yeast, and a bit of booze.
M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a smoky, warming, and sweet finish.
D - Very drinkable. Nicely balanced with just the right amount of smoke and barrel flavors.
08-25-2012 06:16:19 | More by ngeunit1
Smoked & Oaked Belgian-Style Ale from Epic Brewing Company
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