Epitome - Carton Brewing Company

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Ratings: 140
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.53%
Wants: 21
Gots: 25 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Carton Brewing Company visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  10.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
We don't have many rules at Carton Brewing and those we have we made up for ourselves. In general though, we strive for drinkability through balance and harmonization of flavors. But even self-imposed rules are meant to be broken. With Epitome we decided to embrace the teenage metalhead in each of us and get discordant with a seriously hoppy, high gravity, black ale. The only notions accepted were to make it bigger, bolder, hotter & faster. A Beast. The ABV had to push past 10, the black had to be "none more," and the hops had to be American and piled on like a double bass drum kicking faster and harder. Drink Epitome because things worth doing are worth over doing.

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FX ... 6WbvjLR1Kg 

(Beer added by: Chas58 on 12-29-2012)
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4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.01/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.73/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RobDB
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HopBomb515
4.64/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black pour with a thick tan head that refuses to fade and leaves chunky lacing everywhere. Sweet caramel, lemon, grapefruit, light pine and coffee notes. Sweet caramel and soft coffee notes open up and give way mid palate to a burst of citrus hops that bring lemon and grapefruit flavors then finish with some light pine and light sweetness. Amazing beer. The mouthfeel is sublime. Enough carbonation to let you know it's alive, but supple and soft at the same time. Finish is dry and carries the hop bitterness and 100 IBUs beautifully. I must say, this beer is incredible.

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4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a black color with a 1/2" head that slowly falls to a thick surface covering.

Smell: loads of grapefruit, lemon, and a strong hop presence.

Taste: nice roasted malt base with tons of grapefruit, some lemon zest, dark fruits sweetness, some mild alcohol warming, and a strong bitterness.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp from start to finish, and there is a dry end with one. Long lasting aftertaste/

Overall: a wonderful flavored big beer that is bold and clearly hits the spot as a black DIPA. Super beer that should be seeked out by all.

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5/5  rDev +15.2%
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I'm blown away by how good this is.

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4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
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Epitome from Carton Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.