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Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Epic's Fest Devious is a Marzen. It pours a beautiful ruby red with a thin, fleeting white foamy head. Clean aromas of fall including caramel, roasted nuts and a tiny bit of pine bark accentuate this easy to drink lager. Lagered for 21 days, flavors of caramel, malt and light hops combine with a slight warming from the alcohol to make for a wonderful beer for the cool nights of fall.

Added by Beernoisseur on 10-08-2010

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Photo of Howlader
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of qcghost
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biboergosum
4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle. Jesus H. Motherfucking Christ - how on earth is there not a generic entry for this offering, outside of the 'look at me' itinerant releases? #dontgiveashitaboutthereleasesnumbers.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium copper amber colour, with two skinny fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly tan head, which leaves some nice holey limestone cave lace around the glass as things quickly dissolve.

It smells of biscuity and grainy caramel malt, a touch of down with it toffee, some hard to really get it ashy smokiness, very subtle yeasty notes, and some sassy leafy, grassy, and piney green hop bitters. The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, a touch of biscuity toffee, the remains of a cigar aficionado's day, and more well-tamed leafy, weedy, and herbal noble hoppiness.

The carbonation is adequate for the task at hand, via its basically supportive frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and generally smooth, with a mild airy creaminess arising as time passes on. It finishes off-dry, the mix of semi-sweet caramel malt and sassy noble hops really hitting the spot right about now.

Overall, this is a veritable clone of the best of class Teutonic offerings for this specific style that I have yet to come across. Nice and malty, but pleasantly offset with a bit of spice and old-world hoppiness, not to mention the gently elevated booze quotient. Good, good stuff, ja?

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Photo of Vylo
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NilocRellim
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orange/amber colour. Smells like heavy malts, cereal, dark and sticky fruits, very sweet, very mch like a syrupy amber wort. Tastes like it smells, but much lighter initially, heavy sweet malts and the end; caramel, dark and sticky fruits, golden syrup aftertaste.

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Photo of gruss004
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of gandres
4.14/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle to wine glass
A: dark amber/brown, dull, minimal foam, hazy
A: Nose: fragrant-malty, scent of alcohol, Drink: malts
Taste: light bitterness, sweetness, very good balance-long lasting
MF: medium body, sticky, lively, long finish
OA: very good beer ok to repeat, look for
Drank: April 27, 2016

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dbrauneis
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear dark copper in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and moderate amber + golden yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall sudsy foamy beige head that reduces to two large patches of medium thick film (of medium to larger sized bubbles) surrounded by a thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of caramel + toasted bready malts with light to moderate aromas of earthy + floral hops.

T: Upfront there is a slightly stronger than moderate flavor of caramel, toasted, and bready malts with a light hint of light fruit (green apple) sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of earthy + floral hops which contribute a light to moderate amount of lingering bitterness in the finish.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Relatively smooth.

O: Enjoyable and a nice representation of the style. Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol. Pairs well with Bavarian foods.

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Benish
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a copper color with smell of cracker and malt. Taste is very biscuity with a malty backbone and a little bit of oak. Mouthfeel is good, medium bodied and a little slick. It's a good Oktoberfest but not the best version I've had.

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Photo of MFMB
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mactrail
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Actually this is Release #11, but every batch has the same ingredients with slight variations in ABV, so who cares. Lovely orangey amber color and a modest foam in the St. Bernardus globe. Adequately carbonated with some prickles on the palate.

This is a big step up for a Big Gulp sort of category. There is a big malty flavor, some intriguing spiciness, and a drier finish. This has some faint funkiness that is most welcome. Just a suggestion of hops, but somehow the big malt is well balanced. This may be a case where some shelf storage added to the complexity. From the 22 oz bottle purchased in San Diego.

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Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of user785335
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.37/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Buzz3d
4.16/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cd34
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Alpha309
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of RobertColianni
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of KornWallace
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Date: 11/15/14
Location: Union Plaza Liquors
Draught/Bottle: 750 ml brown bottle
Glassware: Snifter

Appearance: Amber in color, consistent throughout. No haze. Large white carbonation about half inch tall. bubbles that dissipates quickly. Minimal cling.
Aroma: Candi sugar and caramel malt sweetness star us off followed by earthen lager yeast. Touch of alcohol heat adds some spice and warmth.
Taste: Candi sugar sweetness starts us off and and dies just as quickly. Replaced by an earthy German lager yeast, caramel malts finish us up with one last bout of sweet that doesn't carry the same clout as the Candi sugar.
Mouthfeel: Medium body carried by the sweetness that coats the tongue and broken by the courser malts and yeast flavors. Medium low carbonation provides some lightness to the beer but is gone within a minute.

Notes: No bottling date.

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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Fest Devious from Epic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 112 ratings
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