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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

228 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 228
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.44%
Wants: 12
Gots: 42 | 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 corby112
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.  

corby112, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of superspak
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, batch 9, bottled 11/7/2011. Pours hazy reddish brown color with a small 1 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention that reduces to a thin ring of lace. Some minimal spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big bourbon, caramel, banana, clove, toffee, molasses, apple, raisin, oak, and yeast spices. Some pretty nice aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of big caramel, toffee, raisin, apple, molasses, pepper, clove, banana, oak, vanilla, butterscotch, light bourbon, and light yeast spices. Lingering notes of caramel, toffee, bourbon, oak, molasses, dark fruit, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Some nice balance of malty flavors, with no cloying sweetness. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming present after the finish. Quite drinkable but is still definitely a sipper. Overall this is a nice and very enjoyable Belgian style ale. I really did not notice much smokiness at all; however, it had a nice and quite complex malt flavor profile from the bourbon barrel aging. Very enjoyable to sip on.

superspak, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of mothman
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a copper amber color. A layer of beige head with a little bit of lace left.

Aroma: Smoke and some roasted malts. Liquid bacon. A hint of whiskey and some oak. Light spice.

Taste: Much like the nose, but more bacon flavors. The whiskey adds a nice layer. Fairly oaky. Campfire smoke. Where are the Belgian flavors?

Mouthfeel: Smoked and dry. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with more smoked flavors.

Overall, this was a decent beer, but I would have never guessed this to be a Belgian. It reminds me more of a German rauchbier. Decent stuff.

mothman, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -22.5%

ejimhof, May 06, 2013
Photo of Zorro
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Zorro, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +3.4%

afsdan, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Mebuzzard, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

DrBier, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of Wasatch
2/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22oz. Bomber
Exponential Series
1800 Bottles Produced
Release #1
$11.89 ea.

Poured into a chalice a amber color, some carbonation, fizzy white head, which leaves pretty quickly, with some sticky lacing. The nose is, malty, with some yeast, caramel. The taste is malty, yeast note. Medium body. Barely Drinkable.

Wasatch, Jul 11, 2010
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 Latarnik
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Latarnik, May 24, 2014
Photo of beerthulhu
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Release #7.

A: Deep burgundy when backlighted exposes a dense turbidity of swirling particulate matter in the vessel. A whispy desert sand tinted head is weak on the hold but offers some lace.

S: The aroma was decent, oaky alcohol character dominates, some scotch but not much smokiness.

T: The flavor was strong oaky alcohol upfront, scotch laced fruitiness of apples, along with some sugar malt and dry grainy toasted grains. Sweet and boozy, warm alcohol at punch out. The smokiness lies low but offers gentle hints and compliments. Smoked toffee and munich sweetness along with some figs. Nice flavor though the booziness takes over at times.

M: Slippery and syrupy texture, sweet and boozy, low carbonation with a boozy warmth on the swallow.

O: Overall the smokiness is very subtle, the alcohol not so much with a boozy fruitiness that makes this a slow sipper but with an interesting complexity.

beerthulhu, May 06, 2012
Photo of JohnGalt1
2.75/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

3.5/3/2.5/3.5/2.5

JohnGalt1, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

LiquidAmber, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Release #11 (April 10, 2012). Poured in to Founders tulip.

A - Murky medium brown with one finger of dirty cream coloured head that quickly receded to a thin layer. Spotty lacing.

S - Caramel, smoke, bourbon, raisins and toffee. Good integration of flavours with no one flavour dominating.

T - Caramel, bourbon and oak up front with no one flavour overpowering the others. Lighter toffee and raisin notes are present in the background. The smoke shows up subtly in the finish with some spice. Fairly sweet overall with a lot of barleywine characteristics.

M - Medium body. Light carbonation.

TheSevenDuffs, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of xnicknj
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

xnicknj, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.81/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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.

BeerFMAndy, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of Haybeerman
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Haybeerman, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of Gobzilla
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Gobzilla, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of LoveStout
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

LoveStout, Jan 19, 2014
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 outoffocus
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

outoffocus, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of DmanGTR
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

DmanGTR, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

BeerForMuscle, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of Pencible
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a cloudy dark copper with almost no head.
S: It smelled like banana nut bread and smoked malt, with a little caramel and ham.
T: It tasted like ham and banana nut bread, with some smokey barley and metallic hops. It had a bittersweet and smokey aftertaste that was a bit harsh.
M: It was somewhat thick with moderate carbonation. Nice body.
D: This was a pretty nice beer. The scent and taste were good, like half dubbel and half rauchbier. The body was good too, and the alcohol was well hidden, so it was pretty easy to drink. Not sure if it will improve with age. It's nice fresh, but enjoyable mostly just as a one time novelty.

Pencible, Jul 19, 2011
Smoked & Oaked Belgian-Style Ale from Epic Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.