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Epic Thornbridge Oak Barrel Aged Stout

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Epic Brewing Company (NZ)
Brewed at Steam Brewing Company

Style: Stout
Auckland, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.49/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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Apair of Kiwis brewing rerenowned ales on opposite sides of the planet put their heads together to produce New Zealands first international collaborative brew.Luke from Epic(NZ)Kelly from Thornbridge(UK)created a silky decadent yet hoppy stout.This synergistic brew,is a drinkable testament to the power of collaboration.


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fletchfighters (1118) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 17, 2012
A-- Poured a mixture of black with hints of ruby. Settled black but also one or two touches of ruby at the bottom of the beer and at the bottom of the head. One and a half fingers of dark brown head that quickly fall to film on this. Much better retained head on swirling. Nice looking and creamy sort of head. S-- Warmed toasted coconut, vanilla and Oak. Oak is pretty obvious and on the fresh side but the other smells are also quite nice. The more air this gets the more the oak dominates. T-- Very Oak forward taste. Also get chocolate, coconut and coffee. M-- Best way to describe this is being in a dark cherry oak room. Oak just has that warming sensation and this captures it quite well. Oak in the front and then the stout flavors like coffee, chocolate and the barrel adds coconut and just hints of vanilla in the mid and back of the mouth. Get a bit of an Oak coffee acid finish to this. Think the barrel has smoothed out a bit and maybe made this a bit on the smoked side of things. Much more smooth and refined than the last NZ oaked beer I had. Get a lot more of the body of the beer than the barrel. Oak just adds to the beer, not adds harshness from it. Low carbonation and medium feel. Lighter style stout. O-- Very well done Oaked beer. Body is a bit thin but the Oak just enhances it. Still get the base beer and the flavors from the barrel. ABV is well hidden and really this is a good match for a cigar. Solid beer from the best brewery in the Southern Hemisphere.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7175) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 26, 2012
500mL bottle, 2010 Vintage. Poured medium brown with a short-lived yellowy-beige head. The aroma picked up slightly sour oak and coffee notes paired with vanilla, cocoa, and lightly-smoked black malts.. very roasty on the back of the nose.. well done. The flavor found burnt, lightly-smoked black malts, coffee, and baker’s chocolate at the core.. vanilla and tangy oak laced throughout.. finished with smoked black malts, vanilla, and grainy oak. Light-medium bodied with low carbonation on the palate.. good feel and balance.. very solid brew.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
omega (712) - NEW ZEALAND - MAR 29, 2012
A big generous stout, but I feel it has been dominated by the oak influence as it has lost its big chocolately goodness and been replaced by flavours that remind me of burnt rubber.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (13761) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 15, 2011
Bottle at Papsø’s - Thanks. Black - brown head. Smokey, oakey, oiley, high malty, chocolate, licorice, bitterness, dryness, wooden, dark chocolate, nice hoppy. Nice balance.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (35735) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 7, 2011

Bottle 500ml.

Clear dark black - red brown colour with a average to large, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, caramel, chocolate, wood, oak. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration, chocolate, oak, dark malt. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20111031]

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (21333) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 1, 2011
Bottle at Papsø. Clear dark brown coloured with a small beige head. Roasted aroma of caramel, dried fruits, oak and liquorice. Roasted flavour of caramel, hops and dark chocolate with notes of oak. Roasted finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pinball (10908) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 31, 2011
botle at papso tasting. clear dark amber. smooth light brown head. roasted malts, coffe , oak in the aroma. strong aroma. flavor is cofee, wood, hard roasted malts, charchoal.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (31650) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - OCT 31, 2011
50 cL bottle. Pours dark brown with a small amber glare. Small tan head. Aroma is roasted malty and dry breadish. Bitter, roasted and breadish flavoured. Bitter and dry roasted malty finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (29694) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 31, 2011
Bottled. A dark red-brown beer with a thin off-white head. The aroma has notes of roasted malt and wood. The flavor is sweet with notes of roasted malt, wood, and a bit of tar, leading to a dry, woody and burnt finish. Thanks Papsoe for sharing.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madsberg (10435) - Søborg, DENMARK - OCT 31, 2011
Bottled. Dark reddish brown coloured. light brown head. Aroma of roast, sweetness, some liqourice and coffee. Flavour of coffee, liqourice, light smoke, some herbs. Medium bodied. Roasted bitter end.


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