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Smoked & Oaked Belgian-Style Ale | Epic Brewing Company

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Smoked & Oaked Belgian-Style AleSmoked & Oaked Belgian-Style Ale
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3.87/5
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300 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#9,725
Reviews:
84
Ratings:
300
pDev:
12.66%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
68
Trade:
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Ratings: 300 |  Reviews: 84
Photo of outoffocus
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Eziel
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LoveStout
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

A smoked Belgian beer? What is not to love about that?

The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the meaty smoke, but there is also a little bit of toffee hidden in there. The flavor is toffee, caramel, heavy smoke, meat and BBQ. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

I really couldn't get any Belgian characteristics out of this beer, but the smoke is very well done.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.47/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Batch #9

A - Pours a hazy raisin chestnut brown color with a small amount of head retention and a fairly thin, cream colored lacing ring. Hazy when cold and clears as the beer warms.

S - Dark Belgian candy sugar, caramel toffee malt, figs, raisins, and bready thick aroma.

T - A mixture of of whisky/bourbon, sweet caramel and toffee bread-like malt, oak, vanilla, , some cherries, and prunes.

M - Thick, full bodied, slippery, and sticky with alcohol warming in the back of the the throat.

O - The first thing that comes to mind is "thick and boozy". The smoke character was completely gone but I'm reviewing Batch #9 and I believe the Batch # is now somewhere around 18 so it's to be expected. I'd like to try a newer batch because this is drinking more like a barleywine right now.

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Photo of fthegiants
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Latarnik
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Zorro
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear brown colored beer with a near nonexistent tan colored head.

Smells fruity and smoky with a slight whiskey scent. Scent of grape and Applejack with a little vanilla and caramel.

Starts out sweet and smoky. Slight sensation of salt and the flavor of scotch whiskey. Abundant chest warmth. Slight apple flavor. Very smoky frankly this could pass for a Rauchbier. Just one thing sums up the taste of this beer "Scotch Whiskey."

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this beer is Smoke in a Bottle. If you like Scotch you will like this.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
2.78/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Inflatablechair opened this one a while back.. Thanks Sammy.

Pours a hazed orange with a decent lite tan head.

Nose is a pretty standard Belgian strong ale... overly phenolic IMO... tons of clove and quite a bit of band-aid... the phenols go a good way to masking the smoke and the oak... in fact, I get no oak at all... the smoke is more of a bacon aroma.

Flavor is about the same.... sorta acrid bacon with a syrup sweet maltiness... again, the phenols seem stale and medicinal.. tastes like a medicine chest... the sweetness is accentuated by a brutal estery presence... thick apricot and overripe plum.... not digging this one at all.

body and carbonation are both about right... medium...

I need to revisit this one, but I hesitate given the $$$ price tag.

3.5/3/2.5/3.5/2.5

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of WDJersey
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beerthulhu
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Release #7.

A: Deep burgundy when backlighted exposes a dense turbidity of swirling particulate matter in the vessel. A whispy desert sand tinted head is weak on the hold but offers some lace.

S: The aroma was decent, oaky alcohol character dominates, some scotch but not much smokiness.

T: The flavor was strong oaky alcohol upfront, scotch laced fruitiness of apples, along with some sugar malt and dry grainy toasted grains. Sweet and boozy, warm alcohol at punch out. The smokiness lies low but offers gentle hints and compliments. Smoked toffee and munich sweetness along with some figs. Nice flavor though the booziness takes over at times.

M: Slippery and syrupy texture, sweet and boozy, low carbonation with a boozy warmth on the swallow.

O: Overall the smokiness is very subtle, the alcohol not so much with a boozy fruitiness that makes this a slow sipper but with an interesting complexity.

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Photo of corby112
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque dark mohogany/chestnut brown color with dark ruby edges.  Thin half finger off white head that immediately fades.  Minimal lace.  

Earthy oak aroma with smokey malt notes underneath.  Hints of charcoal, bacon, BBQ  and butane along with caramel sweetness and toasted oak.  The barrel aging tones down smoke but adds complexity to the nose.  

Medium bodied with a really nice balance of earthy, toasted oak, burnt wood and vanilla along with smoked malt notes.  Hints of charcoal, campfire, bacon and caramel sweetness.  Sweetness and oak balance out extreme smoked notes very well.  Good amount of alcohol heat in the finish.  Well balanced and pretty tasty.  

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Axnjxn
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of n2185
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dave_Treat
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of Dactrius
2.47/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Photo of kmanjohnson
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of BDeibs
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of StoutHunter
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Epic's Smoked and Oaked Belgian Style Ale a couple months ago for $9.89 at The Lager Mill. I've been holding on to this one for a little while and since I like smoked beers and Oak aged beers I thought this would be pretty interesting to try, I don't think I have ever had a smoked beer that was aged in barrels, so lets see how it goes. Release #9 2011 Vintage. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label is pretty simple and plain looking, it's not that eye catching. It poured a nice looking caramel brown color that took on a slight ruby and burn orange hue when held to the light with two fingers worth of light tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left some nice rings of lacing behind. This is a pretty good looking beer, the color was very nice and the head and lacing were nice for the style.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness followed by a medium smoke aroma with some malts coming up next imparting some caramel and sweet malt aromas with a good amount of dark fruits and some brown bread in the background. Up next comes a medium amount of yeast that has an abbey ale yeast like aroma with some oak and vanilla aromas with a light bourbon like flavor that show up towards the end along with a slight boozy aroma. The aroma is nice, the smoke and oak aren't too overpowering, but there's a little too much sweetness for me..

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a high amount of sweetness that's a little too strong and imparts a brown sugar like flavor followed by a lighter smoke flavor that gives way to loads of malts that have a caramel and sweet malt like flavors with some brown bread in the background and some dark fruits showing up nicely. Up next comes some woody, oak and vanilla like flavors with a slight bit of alcohol showing up with some Belgian yeast in the background. On the finish I get a light amount of bitterness with a slight bourbon like flavor with a very sweet, caramel and woody aftertaste with just a slight bit of smoke. This beer tastes nice, but I thought the sweetness was just too overpowering.

M- Fairly smooth, slightly warming alcohol, cloying, sticky, rich, full bodied, with a slightly lower amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was ok, I liked the richness, but I thought the it was too cloying and sticky.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and a nice example of the style, I can see the Belgian Strong Dark Ale base coming through in this beer and it wasn't buried under the smoke and oak flavors which made it well balanced for the most part but the sweetness threw that off a little. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, it was fairly smooth, the alcohol was hidden well and the flavor did a decent job at holding my attention, but the sweetness was to sticky and cloying, half a bottle is enough for me, I think the sweetness would become too much if tried to drink the whole bottle by myself. What I liked the most about this beer was how balanced the oak and smoked aspects were, neither one was too overpowering. What I liked the least about this beer was the sweetness, it was too overpowering and that really hurt the drinkability. I don't think I would buy this beer again, I like most of the flavors, but it's just too sweet for me and it was a little pricey, if I didn't get 20% off I don't think I would have bought it, but I might order a glass of a newer batch to see what it's like fresh and I would recommend this to people who like sweet beers, barley wines, and barrel aged beers. All in all this was an interesting beer, I liked the combination of the smoked malts and bourbon barrels, the combination makes for a flavor that reminds me a little of scotch. This wasn't the best beer I have had from Epic, but it was far from the worst and I appreciated it for the most part but the sweetness was just not for me. I'm still not that experienced with Epic, but they do make some interesting beers, nice work guys.

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Photo of Bung
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. Orangy amber pour, just a ring of white. Not much lacing really.

Aroma, a lot of cherry, much more than I would like. Small amount of caramel, peat, some nutmeg and brown like sugar. This does improve as it warms to more smoked woodiness.

Taste, caramel and smoked peat up front. Quickly changes to more typical plum, fig and cherry. A fair dose of vanilla. Finish is a little of that smokey cherry.

There is some heat there, but it does not show in the taste much at least. A good level of carbonation. A sipper as to be expected.
Good overall but a little pricey. The heat being the only detractor. Probably a good one to cellar.

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Photo of BarrelAgedG
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a funky redish brown with a thin off-white head that settles into an beigh ring around the edges of the glass. There is some lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is cherries, vanilla, caramel and smoke. Hmm, interesting. The vanilla oak is pronounced, but there is a boozy note to this beer as well.

T: Sweet and malty up front. It's malty with a touch of vanilla. The caramel notes are big in the middle. The finish is boozy and a bit spicy. It's really interesting.

M: Medium bodied beer. Sweet to start and it follows cloyingly. Spicy and boozy in the finish. The flavors linger on the palate for a bit, but slide off in a decent amount of time.

O: This is a solid beer, but it's not amazing. The vanilla oak flavors are spot on, but I feel like this beer just misses out a bit. I like the idea of this brew, but something just doesn;t seem right.

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Smoked & Oaked Belgian-Style Ale from Epic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 300 ratings
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