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Epitome - Carton Brewing Company

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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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Had a sample of this beer, and decided to purchase a growler immediately.

A: Dark chocolate color with maybe 1/2 to a finger of head

S: some hops, and I think I actually smell some hints of chocolate

T: Get some alcohol, coffee, and chocolate

M: Lightly carbonated, velvety, and smooth

O: If, and I mean if, you can get this beer, worth the trip.

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Poured from a growler from Joe Canal's Iselin into my Firestone Walker Nonic Pint Glass

Appearance: pours an inky black with a progressively growing active brownish head. Very much the consistency and appearance of an imperial stout. The head remains and leaves clingy lacing and a persistent head throughout.

Smell: this is the first place where your senses play tricks. I immediately smell the aroma of Carton 077XX Imperial IPA but this is jet black, not the golden orange of the 077XX. The hop aromas come through very strong and you clearly think you have a strong DIPA. It has a slight citrusy scent with a piney back

Taste: This is the best part, where the strong hop forward, and the heavy maltiness combine into a really great balanced beer. This has characteristics of a hoppy stout;but more, a heavy porter; but more, and if you close your eyes, you could imagine a DIPA, like 077XX, but with a malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel: A very nice tight carbonation with minimal resiny residue, the malt that makes this inky black in color helps to balance the hop forwardness.

Overall: for anyone that can find this, try it. This is a magnificent Imperial Black Ale with a maltiness that screams stout. I can not even guess that this would be a 10% beer, the alcohol is well disguised and makes this so drinkable, caution it is a 10% beer. I am not sure if this is just a Carton experiment, but this is World Class. For those of us in New Jersey lucky enough to taste this brewery expanding and experimenting like this, boy are we lucky.

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