Epitome | Carton Brewing Company

BA SCORE
94
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302 Ratings
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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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXRy7uocSG8&list=UUnN44_ILc3y0x6WbvjLR1Kg

Added by Chas58 on 12-29-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
302
Reviews:
39
Avg:
4.32
pDev:
8.1%
 
 
Wants:
65
Gots:
56
For Trade:
4
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Photo of bear755
2.23/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

Can not believe the high rating.

Carton is OK but this stuff is just too full of malt and alc. content.

Not smooth at all.

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2.5/5  rDev -42.1%

Photo of drummermattie02
3/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
3.36/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Might have a skunked can but this is horrible. I've had 12 month old Alpine and Heady that were miles better than this crap.

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Photo of kwm5067
3.45/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of daron7
3.5/5  rDev -19%

Photo of PHBoiler
3.52/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I didn't get it. Minimal roast. Very bitter hop profile. Not balanced. Tad thin. Very boozy.

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Photo of njcraftguy
3.62/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Ambulance brew pub after striking out on getting some cans. Pours dark with a thick - foamy head. Nice brew - smooth and tasty. Slightly heavy but that's expected. I would get it again but not sure I'd go crazy trying. Good brew overall but nothing special here.
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3.73/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of Dave_Treat
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of chrishiker1409
3.77/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CTJman
3.77/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Baldrich27
3.79/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sammy
3.82/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kell50
3.84/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sjones5045
3.85/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Rifugium
3.87/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Carton

I decided to finish off my session at Carton with Epitome, or as the guy sitting next to me called it "EPP-ih-tohm." Dark brown-black pour, with a solid cap of off-white head that receded to a thick ringlet, lacing the glass nicely. Typical of the style, the nose was full of piney hops, with a good dose of dark chocolaty malts, but it was the hop profile that came through the most. Good balance in the taste of piney hops and dark roasty malts, with neither really fully taking charge; solid yet controlled bitter finish. Mouthfeel was chewy and bold, body was medium. I have to give extra points for the feel, because this did not at all seem like a 10+%ABV beer. I'd have thought maybe 8 at the most, but nope. Good brew overall.

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Photo of Hugonaut13
3.87/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Devman171
3.88/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.88/5  rDev -10.2%

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Epitome from Carton Brewing Company
4.32 out of 5 based on 302 ratings.
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