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Epitome - Carton Brewing Company

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Epitome
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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

58 Ratings
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.24%
Wants: 7
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: Limited (brewed once)

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.

(Beer added by: Chas58 on 12-29-2012)
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jjd315

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -40.8%

02-24-2014 13:37:35 | More by jjd315
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -23%

05-12-2013 17:06:44 | More by mikeburd1128
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev -8.5%

First had: on tap at Carton

I decided to finish off my session at Carton with Epitome, or as the next sitting next to me called it "EPP-ih-tohm." Dark brown-black pour, with a solid cap of off-white head that receded to a thick ringlet, lacing the glass nicely. Typical of the style, the nose was full of piney hops, with a good dose of dark chocolaty malts, but it was the hop profile that came through the most. Good balance in the taste of piney hops and dark roasty malts, with neither really fully taking charge; solid yet controlled bitter finish. Mouthfeel was chewy and bold, body was medium. I have to give extra points for the feel, because this did not at all seem like a 10+%ABV beer. I'd have thought maybe 8 at the most, but nope. Good brew overall.

12-02-2013 11:40:42 | More by Rifugium
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metter98

New York

3.98/5  rDev -5.7%

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.

04-26-2014 21:09:51 | More by metter98
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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.2%

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New York

4/5  rDev -5.2%

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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.2%

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huysmans

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.2%

03-28-2014 22:53:31 | More by huysmans
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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.2%

12-16-2013 14:40:16 | More by xnicknj
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Hawaii

4/5  rDev -5.2%

04-23-2014 20:34:51 | More by Nayr
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New York

4/5  rDev -5.2%

12-16-2013 03:53:47 | More by kjrod20
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fdig23

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.2%

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sleazo

New York

4/5  rDev -5.2%

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New York

4/5  rDev -5.2%

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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.2%

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brentk56

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

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

02-08-2014 23:01:47 | More by brentk56
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stomioka

New Jersey

4.24/5  rDev +0.5%

08-12-2014 20:48:05 | More by stomioka
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mdfb79

New York

4.24/5  rDev +0.5%

From 11/29/13 notes. 16 oz. pour in a pint glass at Top Hops in NYC at their Black Friday Goose Island event.

a - Pours a dark brown, almost black, color with two inches of light tan head and low to moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of dank pine hops, roasted malts, dark chocolate, citrus hops, oranges, toasted malts, and earthy notes. Nice nose; tons of pine hops up front which I love. Smells super fresh and hoppy.

t - Tastes of pine hops, roasted malts, citrus hops, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, toasted malts, and burnt malts. Not quite as hoppy as the nose but still a great mix of pine, citrus, and roasted notes.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. No bitterness at all and very easy to drink for the ABV. Great mouthfeel.

o - Overall I thought this was a great beer; one of Carton's better beers and one of the better BLack IPAs I've had. Tons of pine hops in the nose and the taste is a little more balanced between pine and citrus hops and roasted malts. Easy to drink which is scary, and no bitterness which I love, wroth checking out if you like the style. Would love to have it again.

12-03-2013 20:47:25 | More by mdfb79
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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jaywes754

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

12-30-2013 23:05:52 | More by jaywes754
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Epitome from Carton Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.