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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

202 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 202
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.95%
Wants: 10
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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rhhjr

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

05-15-2013 12:07:48 | More by rhhjr
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dtivp

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

09-08-2012 18:20:51 | More by dtivp
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mikeyv35

New York

4.2/5  rDev +8.5%

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.

09-25-2012 19:10:40 | More by mikeyv35
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +8.5%

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.  

07-03-2011 16:42:58 | More by corby112
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bcostner1

Tennessee

4.19/5  rDev +8.3%

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.

04-07-2013 23:30:56 | More by bcostner1
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dwagner003

California

4.19/5  rDev +8.3%

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.

11-03-2013 01:41:35 | More by dwagner003
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +8%

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
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mrandypandy

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

02-15-2011 01:49:44 | More by mrandypandy
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Rukasu

District of Columbia

4.08/5  rDev +5.4%

Release #13

A - Cloudy, dense rusty brown/deep caramel with yeast sediment

S - Big alcohol burn on the nose, brown sugar, scotch like whiskey notes

T - A bit sweeter than I thought it would be. Dried pit fruits, brown sugar, scotch peat, a lot of oak with a warming alcohol feel that lingers on the finish.

M - Light carbonation, the sweetness and high alcohol is a bit drying with a numbing on the tongue.

O - Not a bad beer, though not as good as I thought it would be. Less smokey and a bit sweeter than I anticipated. Though the oak and scotch underlying flavor does balance out the sweetness well.

09-28-2012 00:33:26 | More by Rukasu
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +5.4%

Beer #60 in my great Utah Brew Hunt.

Release #15 says it is 10.4% abv.

Wow. A beautiful Belgian ale. Very nice wood tones, and yes, there is a smokey kind of thing going on as well. There is a bit of an alcohol burn, but it seems to mesh fairly well into the overall scheme of things. Bottom line is this is a very nice beer. Put some age on it, and I have to wonder how it would turn out. Definitely suggested.

10-05-2012 02:28:57 | More by RblWthACoz
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Bung

Michigan

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%

22oz. Orangy amber pour, just a ring of white. Not much lacing really.

Aroma, a lot of cherry, much more than I would like. Small amount of caramel, peat, some nutmeg and brown like sugar. This does improve as it warms to more smoked woodiness.

Taste, caramel and smoked peat up front. Quickly changes to more typical plum, fig and cherry. A fair dose of vanilla. Finish is a little of that smokey cherry.

There is some heat there, but it does not show in the taste much at least. A good level of carbonation. A sipper as to be expected.
Good overall but a little pricey. The heat being the only detractor. Probably a good one to cellar.

10-12-2012 02:36:02 | More by Bung
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KingofHops

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%

Beautiful light brown pour with light carbonation. Smokey and yeasty bavarian aroma with a hint of sweatness. flavors are distinctly wheat, oak and rye, with a yeast and sweat taste on the backside. Overall good bear, complex and enjoyable, lacks the more traditional elements of a bavarian ale.

06-15-2012 02:11:04 | More by KingofHops
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%

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

03-31-2012 21:59:48 | More by brentk56
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.4%

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

A smoked Belgian beer? What is not to love about that?

The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the meaty smoke, but there is also a little bit of toffee hidden in there. The flavor is toffee, caramel, heavy smoke, meat and BBQ. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

I really couldn't get any Belgian characteristics out of this beer, but the smoke is very well done.

11-24-2010 07:22:41 | More by Mora2000
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ste5venla

California

4/5  rDev +3.4%

08-12-2013 01:45:47 | More by ste5venla
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AlexChillton

Arizona

4/5  rDev +3.4%

10-07-2012 22:40:36 | More by AlexChillton
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Psberrier

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +3.4%

07-25-2014 19:05:38 | More by Psberrier
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fthegiants

California

4/5  rDev +3.4%

12-19-2013 03:16:39 | More by fthegiants
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beerloverofbham

Washington

4/5  rDev +3.4%

07-31-2013 22:47:42 | More by beerloverofbham
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VeganUndead

Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.4%

04-04-2014 06:01:10 | More by VeganUndead
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LotsofLupulin

Colorado

4/5  rDev +3.4%

04-13-2014 19:10:23 | More by LotsofLupulin
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vandemonian

Maryland

4/5  rDev +3.4%

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

O: 4

11-30-2011 21:28:27 | More by vandemonian
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4/5  rDev +3.4%

Poured into a 3 Monts tulip. Pours a ruddy orange amber with a fine one finger off-white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with great oak, vanilla and a hint of smoke. Flavor follows with sweet caramel malt, peaty smoke and vanilla from the oak, quite nice. Medium bodied with some creaminess. An interesting oaked ale that is not too unlike a scotch and ale mixture. Little Belgian yeast or character, but if they are suppressed, it is by a nicely balanced oaky, lightly smoky malt. I enjoyed this.

07-15-2013 03:16:04 | More by LiquidAmber
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jdhugeloser

California

4/5  rDev +3.4%

02-09-2013 18:34:12 | More by jdhugeloser
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im4beer

Utah

4/5  rDev +3.4%

05-31-2012 03:53:14 | More by im4beer
Smoked & Oaked Belgian-Style Ale from Epic Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 202 ratings.