Getting a Woody – Epic Brewing Smoked and Oaked
Epic Brewing Smoked and Oaked
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
This woody just got smoked, today we look at Epic Brewing’s Smoked and Oaked whiskey barrel aged Belgian Strong Ale. Epic Brewing Company hails from Utah’s capital, Salt Lake City and was started in 2008. Since then they have been on a non-stop growth path, that has allowed them to expand to a 2nd location in the Denver area which will open later this fall. Smoked and Oaked brings a almost scotch like flavor by combining cherry wood smoked malt, belgian yeast, and aging of the beer in whiskey
barrels.This version is release # 18 which is 100% aged in whiskey barrels. Some of the previous releases have been aged between whiskey and bourbon barrels and then blended.This beer is a great way to unwind after a long days work.
Smoked and Oaked pours a deep mahogany with a small off white head. In the sun the beer glistens and displays small bubbles rising to the top. Coming from the glass are notes of caramel and whiskey but, dominating the aroma is a sweet smokiness that lingers and entices the drinker. The initial sip takes the drinker through a ride of smooth smokiness lending to vanilla and caramel. A slight hint of the Belgian yeast shines through creating an almost scotch like experience between the smoked malts and the esters. The beer finishes with a slight warming of the palate and stays full bodied throughout the sip. Overall, Epic Brewing has created a very easy drinking 10.3% abv beer that will be begged to be taken on your next epic adventure.
Smoke em if you gottem drink your glasses to the bottom but, if you wish Smoked and Oaked can be set down for years to come.
WillyD Approved. Smoked and Oaked is well worth seeking out. Epic Brewing has done a great job at melding the smokiness of the malt with the light fruitiness of the yeast and mellowing out the whole package in whiskey barrels.