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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

192 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 192
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.66%
Wants: 9
Gots: 34 | 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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pinnser

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

02-09-2014 22:53:28 | More by pinnser
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metter98

New York

3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 04:40:31 | More by metter98
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Zorro

California

3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 02:39:23 | More by Zorro
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brbrocc

New York

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

01-26-2014 23:43:04 | More by brbrocc
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larbush

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +16%

01-26-2014 23:26:25 | More by larbush
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appetiteforparis

Colorado

4/5  rDev +3.1%

01-25-2014 18:28:15 | More by appetiteforparis
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LoveStout

New York

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

01-19-2014 19:35:34 | More by LoveStout
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Ben7773

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

01-16-2014 06:29:52 | More by Ben7773
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Nmgreen

New York

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

01-15-2014 01:20:33 | More by Nmgreen
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pottergator

New York

4/5  rDev +3.1%

01-13-2014 02:44:36 | More by pottergator
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einman

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

01-12-2014 01:56:55 | More by einman
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RinZo

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.1%

01-01-2014 19:10:33 | More by RinZo
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bigaltemple

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

12-24-2013 05:03:04 | More by bigaltemple
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MYJELLOMISFIT

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

12-19-2013 17:41:55 | More by MYJELLOMISFIT
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fthegiants

California

4/5  rDev +3.1%

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

Tennessee

3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 02:53:10 | More by rangerred
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beergoot

Colorado

3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 01:33:43 | More by beergoot
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peteh2112

Colorado

4/5  rDev +3.1%

11-25-2013 03:37:14 | More by peteh2112
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BWH999

California

4/5  rDev +3.1%

11-15-2013 23:40:38 | More by BWH999
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HoistinBrews

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

11-10-2013 03:38:17 | More by HoistinBrews
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tswater

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

11-04-2013 20:18:10 | More by tswater
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dwagner003

California

4.19/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 01:41:35 | More by dwagner003
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Bwagner1122

California

4/5  rDev +3.1%

11-03-2013 01:35:08 | More by Bwagner1122
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lightfool

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

11-03-2013 01:16:27 | More by lightfool
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

10-25-2013 05:04:52 | More by Mebuzzard
Smoked & Oaked Belgian-Style Ale from Epic Brewing Company
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