Smoked & Oaked Belgian-Style Ale | Epic Brewing Company

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295 Ratings
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Smoked & Oaked Belgian-Style AleSmoked & Oaked Belgian-Style Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Smoked cherry wood malt brings a smoky sweetness to the caramel malts and a bit of peat flavor with a Belgian-style yeast. The entire batch aging in the whiskey barrels nicely dries out the perceived sweetness of the caramel malt leaving an almost scotch like taste.

ABV varies by batch.

Added by Wasatch on 07-11-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
295
Reviews:
83
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
12.69%
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
68
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 295 |  Reviews: 83
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3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pagriley
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of maz
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beinerso
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of perk966
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of 22Blue
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JMUduke
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Buannaich
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Matty-McBier
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of bostonryan
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beerdanza
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WDJersey
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Eziel
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BrownAleMale
3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Poupae
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Radome
4.31/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber.

L - Light brown in color and crystal clear. Light tan head is not very persistent but has lots of lacing. A pretty beer, looking more like a Belgian dark strong ale than a porter.

S - Complex, sweet aromas with light smoke, strong bourbon whiskey, vanilla, cherries Hops are not obvious, but strong alcohol is.

T - Flavors are led by smoke and whiskey. The smoke seems more like wood smoke than peat. Big, bready malt, molasses, raisins, light cherries, some Belgian yeast fruitiness. Fairly dry finish with lingering smoke and alcohol.

F - Medium to thick body. Light carbonation. Moderate hops bitterness keep it from being too sweet. Moderate alcohol burn.

O - This is a great beer. I think it is mislabeled as a porter, because the Belgian characteristics are much more to the forefront. A smoked Belgian dark strong beer aged in bourbon barrels!?! What's not to like?

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3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of RAFH
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bought a 22 ounce bomber from Lambrecht's in Stevensville, Michigan for $11.59. This was a good Belgian, but not for the price. March 2015.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of founddrama
4.55/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Holy shit there's a lot gong on here. Bourbon. Oak. Vanilla? Belgian esters. Silky smooth mouthfeel. Complex.

LOOK: Dark and a little cloudy.

SMELL: Boozy -- strong bourbon on the nose. Hints of vanilla riding piggyback on the oak.

TASTE: In this order: bourbon, oak, Belgian esters, vanilla.

FEEL: Silky smooth and full.

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3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.32/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Smoked & Oaked Belgian-Style Ale from Epic Brewing Company
3.86 out of 5 based on 295 ratings.
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