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Epitome - Carton Brewing Company

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Epitome
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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

58 Ratings
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.24%
Wants: 8
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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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3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a finger high beige colored head that died down but consistently consistently left a short head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of chocolate and roasted mats are present in the nose along with notes of pine resin hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, but is more complex and has additional flavors of chocolate and a moderate amount of bitterness. Notes of citrusy hops are also perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is extremely drinkable for a 10% beer as it hides its alcohol very well and has a good balance between the malts and hops. It also doesn't seem as bitter as a Black IPA should be, but this makes it balanced and adds to the drinkability.

metter98, Apr 26, 2014
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Appearance: Arrives with a fudge brown colored liquid capped by an inch or so of foam; a fairly nice amount of lacing lined the glass as the beer was consumed

Smell: Piney with some roast and chocolate tones

Taste: Dark chocolate and roasted malt tones form the backbone with piney hops building into the middle; just a hint of citrus but both the hops and malt flavors are well-balanced

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A very impressive ABA; so many of them are unbalanced but this one showcased both the malt and hops very nicely

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Epitome from Carton Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.