Bog | Epic Ales

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Epic Ales
Washington, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by OldPenguinHunter on 12-04-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 4
Photo of brandonwnw
2.01/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This was a gift from a coworker. Had no idea what to expect, but consider yourself warned; Bog lives up to it's name. Smell and flavor is a combo of wild mushrooms and feet. It's definitely different than anything I've ever had or hope to taste again. I have an open mind about beer, but will avoid this at all costs.

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Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dkw0063
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of ccrida
4.17/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch 2. Bought this 4-6 months ago IIRC, and have kept in kegerator since. Appearance is black with a dark tan head, big and fluffy, rocky foam, big chunks cling to the side of my large Duvel tulip.

Smell is pithy, lime seltzer notes are saison like . Huh? Sweet dark malt sugars as well, and a little phenolic smoke. A little caramel as it warms.

Taste is odd. There's a little sourness too it for sure, sweet dark malts, faint smoke. It taste like a Baltic porter that got infected with lactobacillus. Not bad, just odd. The tartness is on the modest side. I'm not getting much of the mushrooms, that's probably my bad for aging it for a while (even if cold), but as I really look for them, they're there. More so as it warms. So really, even though it's sour, smokey, and mushroomy (unami), it's actually really pretty restrained and balanced. The same could be said for the malt in fact, there some sweetness, some acridness, but nothing really dominates.

Mouthfeel is slippery, medium bodied, perhaps a hint syrupy.

Drinkability is pretty good. Undeniably odd ball,they did an impressive job of integrating all these crazy flavors while keeping it relatively drinkable. Really if I didn't know anything about it I'd guess it was just an extra acidic (from the malts) strong porter.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Birdlegs
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of ErieBeerMan
1.25/5  rDev -64.2%

Photo of ajzy
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of fsck
2/5  rDev -42.7%

Photo of KiMiRaiK
4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of harrymel
4.39/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well, This is batch 2, 7%ABV
This is not a wild ale either.

From the bottle: "This smoky earthy ale is made with water, smoked and un-smoked malts, flaked oats, shiitake mushrooms, hops and yeast"

Probably a smoked stout if anything...then again, their beers are often innoculated in one way or another.

Pours near black with a solid tan surface sheet. Smells of smoke malts, but not overdone, leather, seriously lots of shiitake character, didn't expect it to be there, some touches of graham and soil. I like the nose here, really complex and unexpected. Flavor is robust with roasted and toasted malts, some leather, more mushrooms, some raisin, some tartness on the end. Overall a good flavor also. Full bodied with silky feel and a moderate carb. Lightly dry finish. This is a nice, complex and cool beer. Totally dig it. This brewery is generally killer in my opinion.

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Photo of strongaf
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Telestic
4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of OldPenguinHunter
4.59/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought at Bottleworks in WA. Hand trucked all the way home to share with friends Long Beach, Ca...

The bottle is dipped in red wax with a twine pull-string opener. The beer is brewed with shitake mushrooms and peat smoked malt.

Pours a deep brown, with a very fizzy head, dissipating quickly. The aroma is that of earth, smoke and a wild yeasty character. The beer is ultimately complex, it is not sweet, but has a very dry, champagne-like dryness to it. The smoke in the malt is very nicely balanced and makes for a very interesting drink. It's not too sour, or too smokey.

Bottle, hand labeled batch #1

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Bog from Epic Ales
Beer rating: 3.49 out of 5 with 15 ratings