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Epitome - Carton Brewing Company

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183 Ratings
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Ratings: 183
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.3%
Wants: 33
Gots: 22 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: Chas58 on 12-29-2012

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.

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Photo of bear755
2.23/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

Can not believe the high rating.

Carton is OK but this stuff is just too full of malt and alc. content.

Not smooth at all.

Photo of jjd315
2.5/5  rDev -41.9%

Photo of drummermattie02
3/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of mikeburd1128
3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
3.36/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Might have a skunked can but this is horrible. I've had 12 month old Alpine and Heady that were miles better than this crap.

Photo of kwm5067
3.45/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of daron7
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of PHBoiler
3.52/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I didn't get it. Minimal roast. Very bitter hop profile. Not balanced. Tad thin. Very boozy.

Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of muskiesman
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of CTJman
3.77/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kell50
3.84/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sjones5045
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Rifugium
3.87/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Carton

I decided to finish off my session at Carton with Epitome, or as the guy 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.

Photo of Devman171
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of IPAchris
3.92/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NJB145
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LehighAce06
3.96/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rjp217
3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Photo of ctbrewer227
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of hilgart1
3.99/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev -7%

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Epitome from Carton Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 183 ratings.