Tasting: October 18, 2011
Style: Stout (Oatmeal)
Another from Epicâ€™s Elevated series â€“ this time itâ€™s the eighth release of their 825 State Stout. Why the name 825 State? Thatâ€™s the address of the brewery in Salt Lake City.
As mentioned in yesterdayâ€™s blog entry, beers from Epicâ€™s â€œExponentialâ€ and â€œElevatedâ€ series will have their recipes tweaked from one release to the next. From their website, they speak of maneuvering this stout so certain flavors are accentuatedâ€¦oatmeal, roasted toffee and marshmallow. They donâ€™t really discuss much of a tweak between release seven and eight â€“ but they do note that in release seven, they lowered all hop additions. It seems that they took their Great American Beer Festival award winner and got a little carried away with the hops and the last two releases sound as if theyâ€™ve gone back to their roots.
Stout is changing day by day. Every release we see the ABV rise, we see more and more brewers aging in wood liquor barrels and more brewers using copious amounts of coffee and chocolate. Donâ€™t get me wrong â€“ as someone that enjoys stouts, I love the new generation of stout – but I certainly still enjoy a classic English oatmeal stout.
From itâ€™s (now) modest 5.75% ABV and lack of coffee or chocolate in the ingredients list â€“ we’ll expect an oatmeal stout. Doesn’t pour as dark or as opaque as expected. Very subtle nose — some roasted malt. Once again, a little fizzy on the first sip. I do get some of that roasted toffee. I can’t say I get any marshmallow. I can’t say it’s got any real bitterness to it. I’ll call it just okay at 80 points.