Smoked & Oaked Belgian-Style Ale - Epic Brewing Company
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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
3.7/5 rDev -4.6%
A: The beer is very hazy amber orange in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation near the edges of the glass. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that died down, leaving delicate lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderately strong aromas of oak from the barrel aging are present in the nose along with some hints of smoke.
T: The taste is nearly an inverse of the smell—there are lots of flavors of iodine and Band-Aids from the smoke and notes of oak from the barrel aging and hints of whiskey. No flavors of dark fruits or Belgian Yeast are perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather drinkable as it hides its alcohol very well. It seems to takes more like a Rauchbier than a Belgian-Style Ale.
02-07-2014 04:40:31 | More by metter98
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
3.78/5 rDev -2.6%
Poured into a goblet out of a 22oz bomber.
Pours a murky medium brown with really no head to speak of. Just a few specks of lacing grace the sides of the glass along with a fairly solid ring around the top of the beer.
The aroma is mostly bourbon. Oak, of course, also figures in predominently. Some burnt caramel and a touch of peat along with a little dark fruit. Nice but could be a bit more balanced.
Huge shot of bourbon up front in the flavor. This really never fades and unfortunately tends to mask some of the other flavors I feel are underneath. There is definitely some dark fruit along with peat and caramel. Very full, sticky mouthfeel although the sweetness is kept in check.
Overall, a decent beer but very overpriced in my opinion. The whiskey is just too dominent and buries the other flavors. A touch more balance could really do wonders for this beer.
12-19-2013 02:53:10 | More by rangerred
3.74/5 rDev -3.6%
Murky orange colored body with a thin yet persistent head; lots of lively carbonation. Slight smoke aroma with a stronger presence of ripe fruit and heavy malts. Heavy sweet flavor; caramel and toffee; a bit of Belgian yeast funk and strong hop bitterness. Heavy body yet fairly dry finish despite the strong malt sweetness.
A pretty decent big beer. Respectably balanced with a strong malt sweetness over all but tempered with subdued phenol and hop bitterness characteristics. You may detect some boozy notes, but they're pretty well kept in check with the other taste components. A good, cold weather sipper.
12-07-2013 01:33:43 | More by beergoot
Smoked & Oaked Belgian-Style Ale from Epic Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.