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Epic Brewing Company (NZ)
Brewed at Steam Brewing Company

Style: Stout
Auckland, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 65   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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This is the first international collaborative brew created in New Zealand, between Luke Nicholas (Epic Brewing Company) and Kelly Ryan (kiwi) (Thornbridge Brewing Company).


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jimthechap (1788) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 9, 2011
Vintaged 2010. I found so much to like about this beer. It could have been the time and place elements (it was smack in the middle of an Epic Brewery tasting and it mad for a pleasant distraction from lots of hoppy beers). Smells plummy and roasty with molasses, spice and Christmas cake While it smells more fruity than anything else, it has certain oakiness about it that is rather wonderful. Tannin? Upon tasting there is a moment of shock and surprise as the enormity of all the flavours hit you at once. Plums, molasses spicy and maturity. A perfect reflection of the aromas. When allowed to warm in the hand there’s treacle pudding, dark chocolate and burnt caramel. It becomes more herbal as you go on: rosemary and also a buttery Chardonnay-like flavour. The brewer used brown malt for its aging capacity, Bramley Cross and Target hops and medium tasted brand new American oak barrels. Immensely satisfying and joins the pantheon of my favourite beers. Simply outstanding.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
omhper (19956) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAR 7, 2011
Bottled. Near black, beige head. Powerful aroma of licorice and grapefruit. Dry and roasty, above medium bodied and firm mouthfeel. Citrus and black currant mixes with salty tobacco. Long tarry biterness. A hoppy, aromatic yet nicely drinkable stout.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 29, 2011
In bottle thanks to Colin : ) A black beer with a thick tan head. Awesome hoppy aroma of peach and passion fruit with a nice roasty malt and caramel backbone. Flavours of piney hops, dark chocolate, roasty malt and burnt toast. Nice coffee and pine finish. Moderate carbonation, mild CO2 prickle. Lovely.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Svesse (6296) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JAN 3, 2012
(Bottle) Black colour with frothy, beige head. Roasted, malty nose with notes of liquorice, strong black coffee, cocoa, ashes and dark rye bread. Roasted, malty taste with liquorice, black coffee, dark chocolate, a touch of tar and a generous roasty, piney bitterness in the finish. Medium body, slightly oily mouthfeel. Mainly dry, with just a hint of sweetness. Powerful, yet well balanced. Tasty and quite an excellent stout.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
visionthing (2980) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 16, 2011
Bottle. Very dark, almost black. Roasty aromas with coffee and dark chocolate. Hints of herbal hoppiness in the finish. Delicious!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stefannilssons (1491) - SWEDEN - FEB 16, 2012
När jag läsar min recension av ölen upptäcker jag att jag inte var helt nykter när jag genomförde den. Med det sagt tyckte jag om ölen, den var god och intressant med sköna inslag av sötma och syra i smaken. Men av recensionen att dömma verkar jag ha varit mer intresserad av att häva, än analysera, ölen. Slutsats: jag är mänsklig.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 15, 2010
Draught. Roasty dry and plenty of chocolate. The hops are more subtle than you expect from Luke, but it is balanced perfectly with the fruit coming through in the finish. Extremely moreish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bmeup (523) - Ormeau, AUSTRALIA - AUG 13, 2010
Stout looking with a small creamy head. Roasted malt, coffee and sweet aromas. Flavour of roasted coffee and malt with a hint of sweet dark fruit and gentle hop bitterness. Smooth body and dry bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SaintMatty (5530) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - FEB 25, 2011
500ml Bottle - Black with a foamy head. Roasted and hoppy aroma with hints of soap, chocolate and coffee. Smooth and nicely balanced taste with coffee, plain chocolate, soapy hops and a roasted and bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hirigalzkar (2357) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 26, 2011
Bottle. This stout is hard to put on the map. Its kind of a mix between an american porter and a english stout. Elegantly creamy and well balanced, still kind of hoppy with some coffe beans bitterness aswell. Slightly smoked. KInd of thin for its 6,8ABV, but that also adds to its drinability.


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