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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

207 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 207
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 12
Gots: 39 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: Wasatch on 07-11-2010)
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Photo of kojevergas
2.45/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

1 pint 6 fluid ounce brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into an EKU 28 snifter in me gaff in Los Angeles, California. Expectations are below average; I had a beer from this brewery before and I wasn't too keen on it.

Served a bit warmer than refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a somewhat pathetic head of a quarter finger, white colour, hardly any cream, decent thickness, and awful retention (even for the high ABV). Colour is a somewhat dark grapefruit-amber. Nontransparent but not opaque. Some floating yeast particles are visible.

Sm: Oak dominates the aroma, with yeast and hints of cherries. Some peat but not quite smoke. A strange off-the-wall aroma that is intriguing but not quite appealing. A mild strength aroma.

T: Some cherry juice notes that are far too strong and tart for the balance. Misplaced oak tones. Awkward peat. Vague fruit esters. A hint of alcohol. No yeast. The peat is too strong. Clean malts are backgrounded. Poorly constructed and badly balanced. The cherry feels artificial and is badly handled. Almost a bit vinegary. No layering, complexity, or subtlety. It's as though the brewers are using all these advanced brewing processes without having mastered the basics. Where's the balance?

Mf: Smooth and wet. Weak and thin. Not carbonated enough. Badly handled. Doesn't suit the flavour profile well at all.

Dr: What is with all the hype for this brewery? This is the second beer from them I've had that I haven't liked at all. Pricey for its limited quality. A big disappointment. I won't be purchasing another Epic Brewing beer unless it's recommended by a friend, has fantastic reviews, or is the only good option. Hard to drink because it's not good. Not quaffable. I wouldn't recommend this to friends or even to fans of the style. A terrible waste of advanced brewing methods and time.

High D+

kojevergas, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of Phelps
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a wine glass at Boulder's.

Mostly clear deep copper. A very thin yet dense head of light sandy tan soon becomes a soft patch of bubbles right in the middle.

Peat and buttery, chocolatey oak in the nose. Sweet and tart figs and dates are also in here. It’s a nice mix of smoke and fruit, with lots of toffee and a touch of bourbon.

Apple, toffee and caramel make initial contributions to the flavor. Smoke comes after the swallow, blending perfectly. A little vinous oak and bourbon add their notes to the chorus of fruit and smoke.

Medium body, with light yet prickly carbonation. There isn’t much alcohol, which is impressive, though I do get a flash of heat at the swallow.

Epic’s beers are expensive, but they’re also usually very tasty. Smoked and Oaked, with its blend of Belgian fruits and smoke, is definitely worth a taste.

Phelps, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of Mudawg
2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

Mudawg, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of SLeffler27
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours murky chestnut brown with a brief, thin creamy beige head and no lacing.

A light essence of whiskey with oak and sweet alcohol.

Whiskey comes through clear with a light, smoked flavor. The middle has raisins and some molasses while the finish is subtle and long. Overall the balance between bitter and sweet is well done.

A full body and silky texture with warming alcohol and soft, fine carbonation.

An easy-drinking sipping beer. While not quite to style, it is tasty and enjoyable with a book.

SLeffler27, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Release #3; 10.5% ABV

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a very modest head that leaves just a few dots of lace

Smell: Caramel and peat, with a hint of smoke

Taste: Caramel and peat, up front, with the smoke building moderately by mid-palate; slightly sweet and smokey, after the swallow, with a hint toward Scotch whisky

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Overall: I enjoyed this beer, but I really think it is being mis-marketed; perhaps if they called it what is is (a smoked and oaked Scottish ale) it would score better

Thanks, Douglass88, for the opportunity

brentk56, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of GameChicken
4.45/5  rDev +15%
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.

GameChicken, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of gford217
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle.

Pours clear amber with a small bubbly beige head that recedes and leaves little lacing.

Aroma is ever-so-slightly smoked with lots of sweet Belgian yeast esters and caramelized sugar.

Taste is more of the same with the sweetness of the Belgian yeast and dark fruits melding with the lightly smoked malts.

Mouthfeel is light bodied for the style with soft carbonation.

This is a subtle beer all the way around. Light sweetness, light smokiness, easy drinking but nothing memorable.

gford217, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of Florida9
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark caramel brown in color. Clear. Forms a beige colored bubbly head that leaves no head.

S: Peat, butterscotch, light smoke, caramel malts and a bit of alcohol.

T: Starts with a mild sweetness then there is a mix of oak, smoke, peat, and caramel malts. Very mild Belgian funk that is overshadowed by the barrel and the smoke. A little vanilla on the finish.

M: Medium bodied, but with feel that is slick and oily. Lower carbonation. Mild bitterness.

O: A very interesting beer that has a lot going on with it. Lots of smoke and oak (which I guess should be fairly unsurprising given the name) that I'm still not sure work all that well together. Had this one at a tasting and enjoyed giving it a try, but I think a whole bottle would be a bit too much.

Florida9, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of szmnnl99
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

szmnnl99, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of wolfeman007
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

wolfeman007, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of page101
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

page101, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of DavoleBomb
4.18/5  rDev +8%
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.

DavoleBomb, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of Shmantha
5/5  rDev +29.2%

Shmantha, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of UpToMeBeer
4/5  rDev +3.4%

UpToMeBeer, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of HoposaurusRex
4.38/5  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.

HoposaurusRex, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of Beaver13
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Beaver13, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of challenja
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

challenja, Feb 25, 2012
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5/5  rDev +29.2%

dugly2ugly, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of billab914
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Bruery tulip. It poured a murky caramel color with a modest, frothy head barely covering the top of the beer.

The aroma shows a lot of the sweeter, caramel malts to it. I get just a little of the smoke along with some crisp, tart fruits.

The taste shows more of the sweeter, caramel malts to it up front. Midway it seems all about the Belgian yeast and crisp fruits, while the finish is where the smoke really shines. It's very cool how the flavors change so much and how different they are. The smoke in the finish is probably my favorite while up front it feels a little more overly sweet and unbalanced.

The mouthfeel is leaning towards the heavier side with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a decent beer, I liked the smoke to it but it also felt a little overly sweet and sugary at times. It was a neat range of flavors, but they didn't really come together all that well.

billab914, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of DCon
4.58/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

DCon, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 01/15/12 notes. Thanks to nmann08 for sharing this one.

a - Pours a medium amber color with two inches of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of fruity malts, light spice, smoked malts, peat. Less smoked than I was expecting, and decently fruity.

t - Tastes of smoked malts, smoked bacon, fruity malts, caramel, toasted and roasted malts. Much more smoke here than in the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

o - Overall a decent smoked beer. Nose isn't overpowering, and has some nice fruit, and then the taste hits you with a ton of smoke. Worth checking out if you liked smoked beers.

mdfb79, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of ChadC12
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

ChadC12, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to nmann08 for sharing this bottle last weekend. Served in a Cigar City snifter.

Pours a fairly-clear light brown-copper color with a good white head and a bit of lacing. The nose has a moderate amount of oak plus some semi-sweet malts. Smoke is moderate. The flavor is similar. Everything is really muddled and "in between," though nothing is really off. The smoked character isn't too heavy as to be overpowering, which is refreshing. Light-medium body. Interesting, but probably not something that I would come back to.

Thorpe429, Jan 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

nmann08, Jan 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

kiki3drt292, Jan 16, 2012
Smoked & Oaked Belgian-Style Ale from Epic Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 207 ratings.