Epitome | Carton Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Carton Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States
cartonbrewing.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
We don't have many rules at Carton Brewing and those we have we made up for ourselves. In general though, we strive for drinkability through balance and harmonization of flavors. But even self-imposed rules are meant to be broken. With Epitome we decided to embrace the teenage metalhead in each of us and get discordant with a seriously hoppy, high gravity, black ale. The only notions accepted were to make it bigger, bolder, hotter & faster. A Beast. The ABV had to push past 10, the black had to be "none more," and the hops had to be American and piled on like a double bass drum kicking faster and harder. Drink Epitome because things worth doing are worth over doing.

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Added by Chas58 on 12-29-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#954
Reviews:
48
Ratings:
324
pDev:
8.18%
Bros Score:
4.4
 
 
Wants:
65
Gots:
58
Trade:
4
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Ratings: 324 |  Reviews: 48
Photo of Duncian
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of srw
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wiffler27
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

canned 11/16/17 and enjoyed on 1/15/18

deep oil black with a thick creamy head, looks just like a black ale is supposed to

smell is surprisingly "green". smells of sweet hops. close your eyes and this could be a west coast ipa by it's aroma

taste is full of sweet malt and bittering hops. like a well carbonated and well hopped stout. black ales are so fascinating to me. a "green" flavor due to its hoppiness and dark colored yet light tasting malt.

really good beer, probably the best black ale i've ever had. Carton makes great IPAs and have some funky yet tremendous experimental shit, i love them. yay NJ

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pitch black with rich tan head and sticky lacing.
N: Hoppy with a nice sweet note, floral in nature, some citrus.
T: Thrown off, you see stout but get hoppy smooth notes. Great hops, floral, little bite, minor malt. Is this an IPA? LOL
M: Medium
O: Impressed with the presentation, you see a stout and get a hoppy beer with some stout feel but drinks like an IPA. Impressed to say the least, really great effort on this beer. I think this is the only beer that drinks like an IPA and looks dead on for a stout, outstanding.

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Photo of JRed
3.69/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Black in body with khaki head that dissipates. Aroma of grape, grass, light medicinal. Tastes of grape, grass, pine, medicinal notes, molasses, big booze follows up, medicinal bitterness. Light bodied with light carbonation.

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Photo of Stofko1992
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Collinsl
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of eppie82
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From can. Very dark (opaque?) black with good bit of foam upon aggressive pour. Foam stuck around as you drank along. While cold, this smelled like a fruity IPA almost. But as it warmed, the chocolate and coffee malt profile really came out. The flavors were roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and even mild vanilla. These became more pronounced as it warmed a bit. Very creamy and smooth, with medium mouthfeel.

This was surprising in good way. Dangerously easy to drink for 10%+ abv. Would gladly get this again. Probably the best black ale I've had.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Knapp85
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BFCarr
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rammed96
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ScubaLeon
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ShaggaCurtisovich
4.79/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Wow! Close to a five. First, more breweries should churn out black ipas. Second, how did most miss the most important ingredient in this beer. To me vanilla stands out. Jet black nose lacing and a nice IPA taste with a smooth finish. This is the best black IPA I've had. Great job on this one.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft in a snifter glass

Black in color, off white colored head. Some lacing. Aroma is a nice mix of earthy hops and roasty flavor. Similar taste, nice mix of flavors. Moderately bitter, good balance of sweet and dry. A little cocoa. Medium bodied.

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Photo of gr0g
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Dmecca
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jsalz21
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Claude-Irishman
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Wow! Looks amazing with a never ending, very slow head. Similar to Guiness for head dissipation. In the crystal beer mug I used it had a 5 finger head. Actually smells dank and fruity. Was expecting roasty, coffee, chocolate. If it is there it gets overtaken by this black hop bomb. tastes silky and smooth. Something about Carton's yeast I find unique in a good way. Overall another winner for Carton. This beer was canned 11 days ago. 16$ a 4 pack , 16oz Tallboy cans.

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Photo of tzieser
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review:
Canned 11/16/17. 16oz can poured into a tulip glass, Epitome pours pitch black in color, completely opaque with a khaki colored head that takes a very long time to settle. Aroma is remarkably citrus-hop forward. Usually with these kinds of beers the aroma is a bit muddled due to the higher roasted malt base. This one is an exception. If I had to smell this blind-folded I'd think it was a regular west coast DIPA. Citrus and floral hop aroma. Taste is very similar to the aroma, actually. Lots of citrus hops including grapefruit, orange and a bit of mango even. I'm searching for the roasted malt and it barely pulls through at the end, which is okay by me because this style always seems to be more roast than hops. Slightly dry finish. Never would've guessed 10.3% ABV, the burn is barely noticeable. Overall it is an exceptioanlly excellent Black IPA errr, I mean Imperial Black Ale that drinks wonderfully. This one knocked Wookey Jack as my top Imperial Black Ale Thingy that I've ever had. Another great beer from Carton!

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Photo of hopsputin
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: silky matte black color. No head on this point

S: roasted malt, orange zest, milk chocolate, crackers, and a hint of brown sugar. There is also a hint of cola in the aroma. Doesn’t smell too heavy, for the ABV

T: chocolate, orange zest, grapefruit, roast malt, sweet sweet malts. Does NOT taste like it’s this high ABV

M: medium mouth, with a nice silky feel which os a bit sticky at the end

O: solid Black Ale. Nice balance of citrus hops and malts. This is dangerous. It’s high ABV, but drinks real easy

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of PDinunzi
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hopznbuds
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Epitome from Carton Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 324 ratings