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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Reviews: 81
Hads: 272
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 23.83%
Wants: 17
Gots: 58 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of jimbomill
4.92/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.82/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of Ig0r
4.65/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of DCon
4.59/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of founddrama
4.55/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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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Photo of Douglas88
4.52/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of kagent777
4.52/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of brew3crew
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of GameChicken
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of edproctor
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of HoposaurusRex
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: Bottle poured into a tall tulip.

A: Pours a cloudy brownish amber with half inch light tan head.

S: Sweet bourbon and firewood aromas dominate with hints of apple and brown sugar.

T/M: Smoky kick right off the bat. At first I thought it was going to be a touch too smoky, but it quickly mellows out. Sweet, malty, and fruity. The smokiness is complemented excellently by the taste of ripe red apples. Hints of caramel and brown sugar also present. Warming, smooth mouthfeel with just enough carbonation and smokiness to cut some of the sweetness. Aftertaste vaguely akin to that of an Islay Scotch.

O: I have been very impressed with several of the offerings from Epic's Exponential Series, and this one definitely did not disappoint. Bold, smoky flavor. A beer that a bourbon or Scotch fan would definitely appreciate. Epic's Smoked & Oaked Belgian-Style Ale was a warming beer that invokes memories of autumn. I would definitely seek this one out again.

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Photo of challenja
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Black Squirrel in ADMO in DC.

A: Pours an opaque dark red, blood orange. Cloudy in character with a some light shinning at the bottom. The head is non existent.

S: Sweet honey suckle, juniper berries, tart cherries, white powder sugar, sticky sweet malts with a light open wine cork character.

T: The taste is obscene! Juniper berries and plums jump out quickly. The flavors smack the mouth with a long flavor profile that lingers on the palate like a sticky candied fruit stuck in Now and Later form. This has a high honey character that masks the high alcohol content. This taster like a Mead. The oak aging makes this malty mead brew taste very cask in feel and character.

M: Medium carbonation, a nice syrupy mouthfeel that feels nice on the tongue. Fun to play with :)

O: Holy mama jama! This is one serious brew, flavorful and to be enjoyed by serious beer geeks. Not to share with your miller lite buddies. It is very impressive and obscene in character and form.

M: Its got a sticky sweet cool mouth feel that sticks to the tongues with medium carbonation.

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Photo of Radome
4.31/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber.

L - Light brown in color and crystal clear. Light tan head is not very persistent but has lots of lacing. A pretty beer, looking more like a Belgian dark strong ale than a porter.

S - Complex, sweet aromas with light smoke, strong bourbon whiskey, vanilla, cherries Hops are not obvious, but strong alcohol is.

T - Flavors are led by smoke and whiskey. The smoke seems more like wood smoke than peat. Big, bready malt, molasses, raisins, light cherries, some Belgian yeast fruitiness. Fairly dry finish with lingering smoke and alcohol.

F - Medium to thick body. Light carbonation. Moderate hops bitterness keep it from being too sweet. Moderate alcohol burn.

O - This is a great beer. I think it is mislabeled as a porter, because the Belgian characteristics are much more to the forefront. A smoked Belgian dark strong beer aged in bourbon barrels!?! What's not to like?

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Photo of zaphodchak
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Pours a hazy brown with some red and a nice somewhat creamy off white head.

S. A touch of smokiness that comes through more as it warms. A touch of bourbon with some cherry.

T. Very similar to the nose. Smoke, cherry, and some bourbon.

M. medium body with decent carbonation.

D. The best utah beer I've had.

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Photo of RocPorterFanatic
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of mcallister
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 5
9.9% alcohol.

Nice rustic looking completely opaque deep amber colored, almost milky with a thick dense light tan head that quickly fades into a tiny topper.

Fantastic aromas waft from my tulip. Cherry wood is very evident and effervescent. Light vanilla, oak, toffee, aromas, with some meaty aromas as well. Bacon, lavendar, other floral notes, hints of clove, and more complex and wonderful.

Again, delicious. Very balanced, nothing overpowering. Smokey and again evident cherry wood blends perfectly with sweet vanilla oak, chocolate, toffee, and burnt caramel, belgian yeast flavors, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, cherry, pommegranate, blueberry, and more. Mouth could be a little more creamy but otherwise top notch. Great beer.

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Photo of dtivp
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber brown with a half finger dirty white head that fades quickly, very little lacing.

Aroma of smoke, vanilla, sweet caramel and. Booze.

Taste follows the nose with smoky oak, sweet caramel, vanilla and booze.

Mouth Feel is medium body, light carbonation, very slick, smooth with a very nice alcohol warming.

Overall a very nice enjoyable ale. Very nice to sip and relax.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Release #5 with an ABV of 9.9%.

3.5 A: Ruddy brown color. Two fingers of short lived frothy beige head. No lacing.

4.5 S: I went searching for some smoke and I found it. Moderate smokiness offers what I wanted without impinging on the other aromas. Oak, too, is plentiful and perhaps more so than the smoke. Whiskey is right behind offering peat, leather, and apple fruitiness. Caramel adds a sweet maltiness to this that rounds off the main flavors. The Belgian character is minimal, but that's only because the other flavors are so strong. If you dig deep enough you will find clove and pepper spiciness that complement the main flavors.

4.0 T: Soft and welcomed boozy whiskey bite up front. Oak and vanilla after that. Smoke isn't as strong in the taste, but does complement well. Whiskey adds a hefty dose of apple, leather, peat, and melon. The Belgian character is much more pronounced. Light fruits, pepper and clove spice, and some plum to round things off.

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. My only complaint is that the carbonation isn't a bit spritzier.

4.5 T: Epic is killing it right now for me. They make some duds, but I haven't had any in a while. Based on the trends in the reviews, it seems like they are improving with every new batch.

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Photo of bcostner1
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Burnt orange with reddish hues. Khaki head that sticks around for a while.

S: Smoke, booze, vanilla, mild yeast.

T: Sweet caramel, vanilla, mild bourbon, candi sugar, molasses, a little oak, bacon and smoke on the back end. Nice combo.

M: Sticky, viscous, full, and satisfying. Booze mildly detectable but not abrasively so.

Overall, this is another solid offering from Epic. I would definitely have it again.

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Photo of dwagner003
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle #20 of 1,800. Pours a murky brown.. Not terribly attractive, but normal for the style, I suppose. Very small head with some floating sediment.

Smell is very whiskey-forward. Honestly, one of the more profound aromas of any barrel-aged beers I've drank. I was impressed, but I was worried that it would have a bit more kick than I wanted.

The unpleasant kick, however, didn't come. It was well balanced and strangely light. The whiskey flavor is definitely there, but it does not overpower. There is a lot going on, with good amount of oak and a sweet finish. I don't taste the "smoked", but I am very impressed, nonetheless.

I had low expectations for this beer. I feel like Epic is sort of average, but this beer was excellent.

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Photo of mikeyv35
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date: 03/14/12
Type: 22oz. Bomber
Vintage: 2011
Glass: General Lafayette Pint Glass

Poured a brown mahogany in color w/ a small white cap head that left minimal lacing. Aromas of caramel, toffee, citrus, oak, and a touch of peat. The flavor was of caramel/toffee sweetness up front, leading into oak and slight peat, and finished like a Belgian Tripel (banana and orange peel). Medium bodied and lush w/ lower levels of carbonation. Pretty easy to drink as the 9% ABV was well hidden.

Overall, I was overly impressed by this beer that I was not expecting much from! Great array of flavors and all balanced well. However, just not quite worth the price of admission at $16.99 a bomber I believe.

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Photo of corby112
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque dark mohogany/chestnut brown color with dark ruby edges.  Thin half finger off white head that immediately fades.  Minimal lace.  

Earthy oak aroma with smokey malt notes underneath.  Hints of charcoal, bacon, BBQ  and butane along with caramel sweetness and toasted oak.  The barrel aging tones down smoke but adds complexity to the nose.  

Medium bodied with a really nice balance of earthy, toasted oak, burnt wood and vanilla along with smoked malt notes.  Hints of charcoal, campfire, bacon and caramel sweetness.  Sweetness and oak balance out extreme smoked notes very well.  Good amount of alcohol heat in the finish.  Well balanced and pretty tasty.  

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Photo of mrandypandy
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased directly at Epic Brewing Co, Salt Lake City, UT. Release #2, 8.8% ALC./VOL.

A - Pours a hazy brown/orange, slightly off-white head, HIGH carbonation.

S - Thick malty sweetness (caramel) with fruity notes as well. Figs perhaps? If I strain I can get some faint smoke in the aroma.

T - Different. Malty and sweet, with strong fruit overtones. Smoke in the finish, but not much. Reminds me of a strong ale, fermented with saison/Belgian yeast and lightly smoked.

M - Medium to full body, highly carbonated, slightly syrupy and sweet.

D - Medium. There is a lot going on, and the heavy body and sweetness start to weigh it down after a while, but the restrained smoke makes it enticing for more. Alcohol makes a slight appearance as th beer warms.

Overall - One of the better efforts I've had from Epic. Lots of flavors and the fruity/malty/smoky pairing actually works well together. I enjoyed this more on the cooler side, for what it's worth.

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Smoked & Oaked Belgian-Style Ale from Epic Brewing Company
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