DDH Epitome | Carton Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Carton Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
As a general rule, we at Carton Brewing strive for drinkability through balance and harmonization of flavors. But even self-imposed rules are meant to be broken. Double Dry Hyped Epitome embraces the teenage metalhead in each of us and gets discordant with a seriously hoppy, high gravity, black ale. The only notions accepted were to make it bigger, bolder, hotter & faster. A beast. It had to push past 10, literally. The black had to be “none more,” and hops American and piled on like a double bass drum kicking faster and harder. Drink Double Dry Hyped Epitome because we wrote DDH* on a beer.

*On this version of this beer, we multiplied dry hop weight and occurrence by a factor of two of the beer we’ve previously made

Added by Britt on 10-26-2018

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 3
Photo of JBowenGeorgia
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown/almost black with a finger of thick tan head. Left sheets of lacing.
Smells of citrus and pine primarily, also getting sweet roasty malts and a bit of coffee.
Taste is initially of roasty malt, chocolate, light coffee then a big dose of pithy citrus and resinous pine. Awesome transition!
Medium to full body, great carb level. The 10.3% ABV is nowhere to be seen.
Overall a wonderful beer!

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Photo of TheGent
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MacMalt
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Epitome is my favorite Carton beer and one of my overall favorites. I reviewed it in 2015. I just realized that this year's DDH version is considered a separate beer on BA so it deserves its own review. Canned on 11/20/2018. Poured into a Carton pint glass. It pours a rich, dark walnut color with cola hues at the bottom of the glass, and over a finger of long-lasting, creamy khaki-colored head and thick lacing. The nose features dark roasted malt, pine needles, earthy char, and floral hops. It is an almost perfect balance of malt and hops. The taste opens with fairly sweet, nutty malt with hints of bakers chocolate, burnt coffee grounds, and charcoal, followed by a blast of bitter, resinous hops and pine needles. It seems to me that this version is sweeter than the original but it nonetheless finishes decidedly bitter with 100 IBU. The feel is rich and creamy with moderate carbonation, and the 10.3% ABV is deceptive given how easy it is to drink. Overall, the DDH version of Epitome is as-good, and maybe better, than the original. This beer is released on Black Friday every year and it's one of my most anticipated releases every year.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with two fingers of khaki-camel foam. Head retention is good with curtains of lacing left behind. Aroma is pine, dank, resin, and citrus hops with dense roasty, nutty, bready malts behind. Nice blend of sticky hops with dark malts. Flavor profile is better balanced, with a more firm persona - hitting notes of pine, dank, resin and citrus hops with roasty, toasty, nutty and bready malts. Pine and evergreen hops really stick on the back. Mouth feel is smooth, with a light velvety texture. It has a medium-thick consistency. Overall, splendid black IPA, blending sticky, sweet hop notes with dark, earthy malts. Well balanced and extremely drinkable, completely hiding the alcohol, which is north of 10%.

Served in a 15.5oz tulip from a 16oz can.

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Photo of KingforaDay
3.77/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Vylo
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jglenn73
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A Black Ale that doesn’t taste like a porter. Nice and hoppy.

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Photo of AD17
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jsalz21
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

DDH Epitome from Carton Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 10 ratings