Smoked Porter - Epic Brewing Company
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2.9/5 rDev -22.3%
Release #11. 6.3% ABV according to my botle. "One of only 1800 bottles released." 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard silver branded pressure cap and basic label served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Acquired at the Total Wine in Redondo Beach. Expectations are above average given the brewery; I loved Big Bad Baptist but their other offerings have been disappointing so far. I do like a good smoked porter - Alaskan's in particular. Exponential series.
Served cold, straight from the fridge, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: Pours a two finger khaki colour head of nice cream and thickness, and pretty good (4+ minute) retention for the above average ABV. Body colour is a nontransparent dark brown-black; opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Light thin lacing as the head recedes.
Sm: Light smoke/rauchbier character. Raisin on the back end. Dark malts. Maybe caramel. Burnt bread. A bit of fruit; more of that raisin with some faint grape. The smoke is surprisingly timid, actually - not quite dominating. Maybe there's more balance here than I expected. I'm look forward to finding out. No yeast or alcohol is detectable. An average strength aroma.
T: Light timid smoky character over a simple - darisay bland - dark malt foundation. Bits of chocolate and caramel malt, but not enough to really evoke their respective flavours. A bit creamy up front. Raisin enters in the second act, adding a much needed second dimension to the beer. Balance is okay - unremarkable considering how little is going on here. Simple, bland, boring, and timid for a smoked porter - though it's not bad. I'm underwelmed, but I like it in a general sense. The smoke is horribly deep.
Mf: Smooth and wet. Adequate body. Overcarbonated. Okay presence on the plalate. Suits the flavour profile in a general sense, but there's nothing unique or special about the execution.
Dr: A passable Smoked Porter that will quickly be forgotten. I see no need to trifle with this again. Pretty pedestrian stuff, and badly priced at that. I'll continue to go with Alaskan for all my smoked porter needs. Epic can do better. Hides its ABV decently. Very average for the style.
I will say that I'd guess they held back on the smoky character to try to lend it more mainstream appeal, but it just resulted in a bland porter.
04-10-2013 03:05:59 | More by kojevergas
3/5 rDev -19.6%
Pours a dark brown color, some carbonation, small fizzy off-white head, with minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with a slight chocolate/coffee note, not much of a smoked presence at all. The taste is malty, kinda sweet, some smokyness, chocolate/coffee notes. Medium body. Drinkable, another Epic brew.
01-04-2011 00:50:23 | More by Wasatch
3.03/5 rDev -18.8%
release #14 from the brewery
a: bomber into a reuben’s snifter, deep brown in color with a thin head
s: some thinned roasted malts, a touch of bitter cocoa, and a very mild smoke aroma
m: carbonation around moderate, prickly, with a light-medium body
t: same as the aroma - roasted malts thinned a bit, bitter cocoa, metallic grassy hops, and a subtle touch of smoke
o: a little boring for both a porter and a smoke beer, but nothing off at least
09-03-2013 23:03:14 | More by blackie
3.13/5 rDev -16.1%
Big thanks to ygtbsm94 for sharing this at last night's tasting. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.
Pours a very dark brown with a short off-white head and a bit of lacing. The nose brings some heavy smoke and a bit of peat atop a bottle of roast and light chocolate. The flavor is quite smokey as well, and that really takes over the rest of the beer. The body is a bit thin with lots of smoke. Just not enough balance in this one.
02-12-2012 17:45:22 | More by Thorpe429
3.38/5 rDev -9.4%
A: Rustic brick coloring upon the exit from the bottle is standard black in the vessel accompanied by a bubbly, frothy khaki colored head that was slight in both size and retention.
S: Soft smoky charred scents. Was hoping for a bit more ummph here, but in the end average strength and perhaps sub-average complexity.
T: Nice charred sense. Wet minerality, a bitter chocolate roast, smoky wood, licorice with a finish of smoked dark fruit skins.
M: Lively and tingly carbonation factor with a decent depth body wise. Lingering smoky charred reminders.
O: Overall a decent level of dark roast with some smoky appeal. The flavor makes up for the lack luster visual and aromatic sense. Worthy first try. Hold on the repeats.
03-19-2012 22:15:57 | More by beerthulhu
3.46/5 rDev -7.2%
Dark brown colored beer with a medium sized light brown colored head.
Smells of bitter chocolate and patent malt with some smoke grain and a slight sour scent. Smoky and slightly milky.
Starts out Smoky and burnt with a strong patent malt presence and fairly dry, like smoked Guinness. Very mild sweetness and some chocolate it isn't quite bone dry. Bitterness is a little assertive.
Mouthfeel is good.
Overall a decent porter and quite User Friendly.
02-15-2014 01:59:38 | More by Zorro
3.5/5 rDev -6.2%
Pours a dark brown color with a light khaki head of about a finger or so. Left nice lacing, but not at all porter dark. Pleasantly smoky and roasted aroma with equal chocolaty bits. Pretty much spot on with the aroma: nice smoky notes, roast, slight char and chocolate. Nice creaminess, medium bodied.
In the end, nothing spectacular, but it's a solid, above average smoked porter.
12-24-2011 05:04:11 | More by EgadBananas
3.58/5 rDev -4%
Pours a dark chestnut brown color with mahogany edges and a 1.5 finger light beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.
Smoked malt aroma with hints of charcoal, BBQ, bacon and ash along with sweeter malt notes underneath. Subtle toasted caramel malt with some dark chocolate and oatmeal. Decently smokey but not over the top.
On the fuller end of medium bodied with a good balance of smokey and sweet malts along with a slight spicy hop presence. Smokey up front with hints of charred wood, BBQ, bacon and charcoal quickly countered by sweeter toasted malt notes. Some bitter dark chocolate and oatmeal that lingers into a bitter dry finish. Nicely balanced but this balance makes the beer tame and not as smokey as I prefer. Good but not the smoke bomb that I had hoped for. A nice intro to the style.
11-16-2011 06:16:42 | More by corby112
Smoked Porter from Epic Brewing Company
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