Smoked & Oaked Belgian-Style Ale - Epic Brewing Company
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4.18/5 rDev +7.7%
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.
03-16-2012 02:05:45 | More by DavoleBomb
4.38/5 rDev +12.9%
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.
03-02-2012 06:07:42 | More by HoposaurusRex
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
4.38/5 rDev +12.9%
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.
02-25-2012 20:26:16 | More by challenja
3.5/5 rDev -9.8%
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.
01-29-2012 03:33:13 | More by billab914
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
3.58/5 rDev -7.7%
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.
01-23-2012 21:33:30 | More by mdfb79
3.5/5 rDev -9.8%
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.
01-19-2012 00:56:33 | More by Thorpe429
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
2.75/5 rDev -29.1%
Inflatablechair opened this one a while back.. Thanks Sammy.
Pours a hazed orange with a decent lite tan head.
Nose is a pretty standard Belgian strong ale... overly phenolic IMO... tons of clove and quite a bit of band-aid... the phenols go a good way to masking the smoke and the oak... in fact, I get no oak at all... the smoke is more of a bacon aroma.
Flavor is about the same.... sorta acrid bacon with a syrup sweet maltiness... again, the phenols seem stale and medicinal.. tastes like a medicine chest... the sweetness is accentuated by a brutal estery presence... thick apricot and overripe plum.... not digging this one at all.
body and carbonation are both about right... medium...
I need to revisit this one, but I hesitate given the $$$ price tag.
12-28-2011 07:20:24 | More by JohnGalt1
3.38/5 rDev -12.9%
An interesting beer for sure.
Pours a cloudy, almost 'chunky' looking way--looks a bit similar to an apple cider (non alcoholic kind).
Aroma is prett nice - both the oak and smoke come through. Caramelly sweet too. Vanilla.
Taste is what kind of throws me - again, both the oak (taste of whisky barrel) and smokiness are there. I like both of those favors in my beers, but combined, my jury is still out: like they are competing for my affection. How does one choose a favorite child? alcohol is quite present too, which seems to go well with the aforementioned whisky oak.
A lot going on in this brew. Worth a try, for sure. Curious to see where YOUR jury nets out!
12-02-2011 02:14:26 | More by chadlebald
4/5 rDev +3.1%
I had Smoked & Oaked batch #3, which was 10.5% rather than 8%. It was a tasty Belgian dark ale with strong flavours from the whiskey barrel it was aged in.
A: Brown amber colour and a 3 mm head that lasts ok. 4
S: Smells like butter and smoke. 4
T: Malty with clean, buttery flavour. Noticeable whiskey aftertaste. Yum. 4
M: Thick and foamy. 4
11-30-2011 21:28:27 | More by vandemonian
Smoked & Oaked Belgian-Style Ale from Epic Brewing Company
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