825 State Stout | Epic Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States
epicbrewing.com

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This stout can range from dry stouts to foreign stouts, creamy or bitter. Flavors Epic explores within this stout are roast chocolate, toffee, mocha, coffee, brunt marshmallow and roasted nuts or combinations there-of. All these flavors are derived from specialty malts or other grains and hops, no specialty natural or other flavorings are added in our Elevated Series.

Added by JohnGalt1 on 06-10-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
201
Reviews:
61
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
13.7%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
26
For Trade:
1
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3.12/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into signature pint glass; release #17, bottled 3/16/2012. Pours crystal clear very dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a lot of streaming carbonation. Very highly carbonated, definitely infected. Aromas of cherry, raisin, pear, caramel, roasted malt, toast, light chocolate, and yeast earthiness. Poor aromas with hardly any roasted presence; over the top fruitiness from the infection. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, light char, pear, caramel, toast, toffee, light nuttiness. and roasted earthiness. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, light char, toast, caramel, toffee, light nuttiness, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Despite the infection; there is some nice balance of roasted and dark malt flavors; with no cloying flavors after the finish. Very high carbonation and medium bodied; with a creamy, crisp, and moderately prickly mouthfeel that isn’t too bad. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a solid stout even though it was infected. Some good balance of roasted and dark malt flavors; and quite smooth to drink. I will have to score a different batch sometime and give it another shot.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Jasonrm72
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Release #6
This is my first taste of 825 so I cannot compare it to the other releases.
I'm a fan of Epic's Imperial Stout and of course BBB, but this one I found lacking.
Good color, but real light on the nose, a touch of roast, malt and hops, no head.
I like my stouts to have some viscosity, I find the mouthfeel on this one to be thin and a bit watery. The flavor is a 50/50 mix of hop and malt.
Not what I look for in a stout, it may be closer to an American style porter.
I'll have to keep my eyes open for other releases to see how they compare.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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2.88/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A - pitch black, very little foam. I didnt get too much lacing on this
S - Definitely has an espresso smell but nothing too over powering.
T - You can really taste the espresso. A little watery.
M -Not a stout in the traditional sense; tastes more like a porter.

O - I don't know. Honestly it was just sub-par. Not sub-par in the awful sense; more on the upper-side of below average. I wouldnt recommend it nor would i try it again. But i wouldn't turn it down if it was offered to me. That's really the best review i can give.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - A second pour gives me at least a 1/2 inch of deep mocha head that doesn't seem to cling on very long giving me a mild lace ring after a while/
S - Wow the carbonation really shrouds the metallic notes of this beer! I say this because my first pour smelled like straight up wet copper but second heavy pour gives me less metal and slight chocolate and roast.
T - Not bad the metallic note is quite minimal with some roasty ash leading and maybe some chocolate malt. Way too light flavors to really make an impact.
M - Medium and quite filling but not very much flavor.

Overall checking other reviews I am mad at Vintage Estate at not rotating their stock! Mine is listed as Batch 15 and current is 20! ABV is 5.5% and current is a staggering 6.3%! Man someone really needs to discount their old stuff because they seem to hold onto stuff forever!

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3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Black body, tan head that has that nice nitro foam that has some retention and moderate lacing.

S/T - Smooth coffee roast, milk chocolate sweetness, very low bitterness.

M - Light to medium body, velvety smooth, light nitro carbonation, finishes clean with little lingering flavors.

O - Overall a nice stout that's easy drinking. Simple flavors that work well.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of dtivp
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a deep dark brown with a two finger tan head that faded slowly into a thin collar with light lacing.

Aroma was weak with faint hints of dark malt, and coffee.

Taste of dark coffee, malt, Hints of vanilla and a slight nuttiness.

Mouth Feel was medium body , but a little thin feel, moderate carbonation, dry ,slightly bitter.

Overall an average stout, I prefer a little heavier drier stout.

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: 825 sports a well put together label with a bit of interesting graphical work that states “Elevated Series” as well as Release #20.

Appearance: I chose to pour 825 from its 22oz Bomber into a 16oz English pint. This pours out a dark brown if not black color with a 3 finger light tan head of medium density. Head retention was 4min before fading to a thick bubbly foam coating and ring providing excellent lacing.

Smell/Aroma: A sweet smokey scent smelling of milk chocolate and faint coffee aromas with slight hints of roasted malts and a nuttiness. This had an interesting nose but I expected something bolder.

Flavor/Taste: Flavor is much bolder than nose. 825 is heavy on roasted coffee and nuttiness on the front end with a huge milk chocolate aftertaste and a slightly smokey backbone. Very surprising with how uneventful the aroma was.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Medium bodied though maybe a bit on the thin side. Very smooth with a below average amount of carbonation. Very drinkable because of the medium bodied nature.

Overall/Comments: Aroma fell a bit on the bland side and was a bit on thinner than I like my stouts but 825 packs a huge flavor profile and an easy drinking nature. I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. A good offering. I picked this up while in Salt Lake City, Utah. Classified as an American Stout at 5.5% ABV. Consumed 12-21-12.

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825 State Stout from Epic Brewing Company
3.65 out of 5 based on 201 ratings.
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