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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

210 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 210
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 12
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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Photo of homebrew311
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium brown with reddish hues, tan head, decent retention and a bit of lacing. The nose is exactly as described on the label: smokey and oaky. The smoke takes center stage and features a woody char like character. There is a hint of belgian candied goodness that sneaks in at the end. Interesting combo of flavors. The taste is predominantly smoke with waves of bubblegum and clove hanging beneath the surface. The body is medium and has medium carbonation. Overall, I must say this brew is kinda weird. Nothing tastes bad, but the flavors just don't all add up. Worth a try for someone wanting to try something unique.

homebrew311, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of LoveStout
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

LoveStout, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of ste5venla
4/5  rDev +3.6%

ste5venla, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

4DAloveofSTOUT, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of birchstick
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

birchstick, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of emmasdad
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to inflateablechair for sending this one out as an extra in our last trade. Shared this one with schmittymack tonight. Poured a hazy amber color with a big white head. Aromas of smoked fish, oak, caramel and yeast. Medium bodied with flavors of oak, yeast, sweet malt, wood and smoke

emmasdad, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of aztraz
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

aztraz, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strange and nice concoction: smoked, yeasty, and very sweet.

Presentation: 22 oz brown capped bottle . Paper label with a simple light cream and soft blue range, with name of the brew and series branding . Side narrative Offers a small note about the special and limited character of the brew (1800 numbered bottles, although the number is not apparent anywhere), and encourages to check their website for more details. Notes release #2, and 8.8% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Hazy deep amber pour, good frothy head, fair retention, surface memory, and some splashes of lacing.

S - Smokey nose, fruity Belgium yeast notes, some caramel... More smoke.

T - Taste expands the nose greatly with a nice forward smoked sense, that pretty much in an orderly succession gives way to a Belgium yeasty sense, followed by an intense sweetness. Nuances come on top of that, with notes of dark fruits, smoked dark fruits that is, hefty sugar, dash of wood... And back to the triad of smoke, yeast, and malty sweetness.

M - Medium body, feels a bit heftier given the assertive flavors, medium to low carbonation, sticky and with a warming sense in the finish.

D - Hmm, the sweetness in the final part may hinder a bit with its intensity the overall drinkability, but not by much. If one digs it, it is still very enjoyable.

Notes: Very close to climbing a notch in the evaluation. Maybe after a revisit... I can understand the complaints about lack of balance, style, etc. But there is something rather bizarre that I liked about this unusual brew. Thanks Randy for the special opportunity!

Daniellobo, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of mcallister
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 5
9.9% alcohol.

Nice rustic looking completely opaque deep amber colored, almost milky with a thick dense light tan head that quickly fades into a tiny topper.

Fantastic aromas waft from my tulip. Cherry wood is very evident and effervescent. Light vanilla, oak, toffee, aromas, with some meaty aromas as well. Bacon, lavendar, other floral notes, hints of clove, and more complex and wonderful.

Again, delicious. Very balanced, nothing overpowering. Smokey and again evident cherry wood blends perfectly with sweet vanilla oak, chocolate, toffee, and burnt caramel, belgian yeast flavors, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, cherry, pommegranate, blueberry, and more. Mouth could be a little more creamy but otherwise top notch. Great beer.

mcallister, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of Lovely85
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Lovely85, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of Todd
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Todd, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of VeganUndead
4/5  rDev +3.6%

VeganUndead, Apr 04, 2014
Photo of StoutHunter
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Epic's Smoked and Oaked Belgian Style Ale a couple months ago for $9.89 at The Lager Mill. I've been holding on to this one for a little while and since I like smoked beers and Oak aged beers I thought this would be pretty interesting to try, I don't think I have ever had a smoked beer that was aged in barrels, so lets see how it goes. Release #9 2011 Vintage. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label is pretty simple and plain looking, it's not that eye catching. It poured a nice looking caramel brown color that took on a slight ruby and burn orange hue when held to the light with two fingers worth of light tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left some nice rings of lacing behind. This is a pretty good looking beer, the color was very nice and the head and lacing were nice for the style.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness followed by a medium smoke aroma with some malts coming up next imparting some caramel and sweet malt aromas with a good amount of dark fruits and some brown bread in the background. Up next comes a medium amount of yeast that has an abbey ale yeast like aroma with some oak and vanilla aromas with a light bourbon like flavor that show up towards the end along with a slight boozy aroma. The aroma is nice, the smoke and oak aren't too overpowering, but there's a little too much sweetness for me..

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a high amount of sweetness that's a little too strong and imparts a brown sugar like flavor followed by a lighter smoke flavor that gives way to loads of malts that have a caramel and sweet malt like flavors with some brown bread in the background and some dark fruits showing up nicely. Up next comes some woody, oak and vanilla like flavors with a slight bit of alcohol showing up with some Belgian yeast in the background. On the finish I get a light amount of bitterness with a slight bourbon like flavor with a very sweet, caramel and woody aftertaste with just a slight bit of smoke. This beer tastes nice, but I thought the sweetness was just too overpowering.

M- Fairly smooth, slightly warming alcohol, cloying, sticky, rich, full bodied, with a slightly lower amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was ok, I liked the richness, but I thought the it was too cloying and sticky.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and a nice example of the style, I can see the Belgian Strong Dark Ale base coming through in this beer and it wasn't buried under the smoke and oak flavors which made it well balanced for the most part but the sweetness threw that off a little. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, it was fairly smooth, the alcohol was hidden well and the flavor did a decent job at holding my attention, but the sweetness was to sticky and cloying, half a bottle is enough for me, I think the sweetness would become too much if tried to drink the whole bottle by myself. What I liked the most about this beer was how balanced the oak and smoked aspects were, neither one was too overpowering. What I liked the least about this beer was the sweetness, it was too overpowering and that really hurt the drinkability. I don't think I would buy this beer again, I like most of the flavors, but it's just too sweet for me and it was a little pricey, if I didn't get 20% off I don't think I would have bought it, but I might order a glass of a newer batch to see what it's like fresh and I would recommend this to people who like sweet beers, barley wines, and barrel aged beers. All in all this was an interesting beer, I liked the combination of the smoked malts and bourbon barrels, the combination makes for a flavor that reminds me a little of scotch. This wasn't the best beer I have had from Epic, but it was far from the worst and I appreciated it for the most part but the sweetness was just not for me. I'm still not that experienced with Epic, but they do make some interesting beers, nice work guys.

StoutHunter, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of Beaver13
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Beaver13, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of atone315
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

atone315, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of JayQue
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not bad! More smokey than Belgian, but is goes down nicely. Poured into my Chimay goblet. An orangy brown color with a smallish off white head. About average head retention and minimal lacing.

Aroma a bit weak for a Belgian. A little dark fruit and some smokiness. None of the yeast, spices, candi sugar etc that you would expect in a strong Belgian.

Taste is pretty good. THe smokiness is just right and there is some malt, dark fruit and a little sweetness to round things out.

Mouthfeel is rich, there is a distinct alcohol "burn" but not enough to ruin the drinking experience. A year's aging is probably in order.

Not a top-tier Belgian Strong Dark Ale, but not a bad beer either.

JayQue, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of jzeilinger
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Batch #9

A - Pours a hazy raisin chestnut brown color with a small amount of head retention and a fairly thin, cream colored lacing ring. Hazy when cold and clears as the beer warms.

S - Dark Belgian candy sugar, caramel toffee malt, figs, raisins, and bready thick aroma.

T - A mixture of of whisky/bourbon, sweet caramel and toffee bread-like malt, oak, vanilla, , some cherries, and prunes.

M - Thick, full bodied, slippery, and sticky with alcohol warming in the back of the the throat.

O - The first thing that comes to mind is "thick and boozy". The smoke character was completely gone but I'm reviewing Batch #9 and I believe the Batch # is now somewhere around 18 so it's to be expected. I'd like to try a newer batch because this is drinking more like a barleywine right now.

jzeilinger, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a funky redish brown with a thin off-white head that settles into an beigh ring around the edges of the glass. There is some lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is cherries, vanilla, caramel and smoke. Hmm, interesting. The vanilla oak is pronounced, but there is a boozy note to this beer as well.

T: Sweet and malty up front. It's malty with a touch of vanilla. The caramel notes are big in the middle. The finish is boozy and a bit spicy. It's really interesting.

M: Medium bodied beer. Sweet to start and it follows cloyingly. Spicy and boozy in the finish. The flavors linger on the palate for a bit, but slide off in a decent amount of time.

O: This is a solid beer, but it's not amazing. The vanilla oak flavors are spot on, but I feel like this beer just misses out a bit. I like the idea of this brew, but something just doesn;t seem right.

trxxpaxxs, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of Phelps
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a wine glass at Boulder's.

Mostly clear deep copper. A very thin yet dense head of light sandy tan soon becomes a soft patch of bubbles right in the middle.

Peat and buttery, chocolatey oak in the nose. Sweet and tart figs and dates are also in here. It’s a nice mix of smoke and fruit, with lots of toffee and a touch of bourbon.

Apple, toffee and caramel make initial contributions to the flavor. Smoke comes after the swallow, blending perfectly. A little vinous oak and bourbon add their notes to the chorus of fruit and smoke.

Medium body, with light yet prickly carbonation. There isn’t much alcohol, which is impressive, though I do get a flash of heat at the swallow.

Epic’s beers are expensive, but they’re also usually very tasty. Smoked and Oaked, with its blend of Belgian fruits and smoke, is definitely worth a taste.

Phelps, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of JohnnieNepal
4/5  rDev +3.6%

JohnnieNepal, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of avisong
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

avisong, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of JimmyFlatRock
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

JimmyFlatRock, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of beergoot
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

beergoot, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of jacewg
4/5  rDev +3.6%

jacewg, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of Dave_Treat
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Dave_Treat, Mar 19, 2014
Smoked & Oaked Belgian-Style Ale from Epic Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.