Smoked Porter - Epic Brewing Company
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4.45/5 rDev +19.3%
As you'd expect, the porter pours a deep brown/black, with a cream colored head. Retention is very good, as is lacing.
There's a smoke aroma in the nose, also to be expected. There are also notes of toffee and coffee, with hints of chocolate and vanilla.
The taste starts with dark chocolate malts balanced nicely with the smoke flavor and some sweetness. There's a little hop bitterness in there, with some toffee as well. The smoke flavor is very well done, prevalent but not overwhelming.
This beer has a medium body, even though you might expect heavier. Coats well with good carbonation and with no overpowering tastes.
A solid beer, done really well. Plenty of enjoyable flavors interacting with none too overwhelming.
07-21-2013 15:12:32 | More by BlackDog
3.9/5 rDev +4.6%
22 ounce bottle into signature pint glass; release 11, bottled 2/19/2012. Pours slightly hazy deep reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense light tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, caramel, smoke, light char, light coffee, raisin, and roasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of roasted malt notes with moderate smoke; and decent strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, smoke, caramel, light coffee, and light fruitiness. Light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, smoke, caramel, toast, and light coffee on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance of roasted malt and smoke flavors with good complexity; and no cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice smoked porter style. Good complexity and balance of roasted flavors with smoke; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
05-06-2013 03:34:48 | More by superspak
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
3.85/5 rDev +3.2%
Poured a massive head that dissipated slowly and left some lacy foam until the end. Dark as night and beautiful in the glass.
Smell was more subtle than expected given the appearance, like smoke, some malt, some dark nutty notes as well.
Taste actually had more body on first sip than expected, smoky, chocolate, hints of licorice and maybe a malty/coffee tinge. A hint of bitterness more than I expected, and very welcome. Offset the darker toasty taste to give some interesting character to the beer.
Taste is a bit thin, though, not lingering and not overwhelmingly satisfying but very drinkable.
Enjoyed on a nice cool evening around a fire and it seemed a very good companion for the environs.
09-22-2012 02:35:51 | More by jamesDaExMoBeerGuy
4.43/5 rDev +18.8%
A - Pours a dark brown with a finger of frothy khaki colored head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some lacing
S - Aroma is a mix of smoke and roasted chocolate malts with some coffee and dark caramel malts with a bit of vanilla.
T - Starts off with a mix of roasted dark chocolate malts with a some vanilla. Through the middle, the smoke come through fairly strongly with some coffee and dark caramel malts. The finish is a mix of smoke with some chocolate malts, vanilla, coffee, and a bit of dark caramel malts.
M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a smoky and lightly sweet finish.
D - Very drinkable. Good smoky flavor with nice overall balance.
08-27-2012 04:33:03 | More by ngeunit1
4.1/5 rDev +9.9%
22oz brown bottle with a batch #.
LOOK: Tawny, brown, clear, healthy lacing
SMELL: Smoke, toffee, ash, coffee, carob powder, raisins
TASTE: Smoke, roasty bitterness, char, ash, burnt sugar, slightly creamy, toasted bread, faint caramel, dried plums, mild esters, semi-sweet smoked finish
Solid all around, nothing jumps out too aggressive which is completely fine. Balanced with a very well pronounce smoke character. It rivals many of the more well know Smoked Porters for sure.
07-15-2012 02:12:14 | More by Jason
4.43/5 rDev +18.8%
Served in the backroom at Epic Brewing company in Salt Lake City.
A: A nice luscious crimson brown ale with a yellow heat leaving out of the bottom of the glass to enter the giving of the sunlight.
S: Fireplace stoked smoked meats. Prosciutto ham. Mozzarella. Fresh baked bread. Multi-grain rye leavings. Syrupy fig. English roasted malt.
T:Roasted fireplace hickory smoke. Prosciutto ham. Dark espresso bitters with sweet almonds and figs.
M: Smooth overall mouthfeel. Light bodied. Extremely drinkable. A nice lingering palate and refreshing medium carbo pull.
O: A really outstanding porter that begs for repurchase. It could break my top 5.
07-12-2012 23:01:56 | More by challenja
Smoked Porter from Epic Brewing Company
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