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Beer – #800 – Epic – 10 years 1000 Celebration Ale

Seems I have yet another beer that ‘can be cellared for 10 years’, which could happen but won’t, and this really is a one off batch and therefore diminishes daily.  Perhaps I should treat it as a treasure. This is a 10 year celebration ale, and it’s also a Barleywine. It’s also, for me, beer 800. There’s something not to be proud of 🙂

Using 5 different yeast, that have been instrumental in the making of award winning beers at the brewery.

For Epic Brewing Company (NZ) this is brewed at Steam Brewing Company this on in the style that is of  Barley Wine and that all happens in Auckland, New Zealand

The nearly standard 500 ml bottle of beer, hand wrapped and wax dipped (I’ve seen the video) which has beer that is 10.1% ABV, which makes it 3.89 standard drink unit, and something like 303 calories a serve size. It also carries 60 IBU things.

Man needs a new hobby

Man who needs a new hobby

Luke Nicholas started his brewing career at Steam Brewing Company in 1997. 1999 he won Supreme Champion Beer for Cock & Bull’s Monk’s Habit. 2006 he won Supreme Champion Beer for Epic Pale Ale.

This beer highlights the multi award winning relationship between Luke and Steam Brewing. Together this beer was created to celebrate 10 years of Epic and 1000 brews at Steam.

Surprisingly this beer isn’t massively hoppy. It is big and malty, in an English style Barley wine way.

This beer should age for at least 10 years. This is a one off limited batch to celebrate Steam Brewing’s 1000th Brew and Epic Brewing Companies 10th Birthday

So, what could possibly go wrong?

Well a short time later, longer than the transit of venus takes, but shorter than the period when Halley’s Comment makes a reappearance, I got it opened.  The prize is in the wrapper, a poster journey, a nice touch.

A loud explosions of aroma, Sherbet sweetness, but also raisins, and chocolaty.  When it settles it is to something greener.

Epic Celebration AleLooks lovely in the glass dark toffee apple toffee coloured with a white head that is nice to see, but would have liked to have seen it more.

Big mouthfeel rich sugary with a lovely light bitterness. Leaves a lovely lingering sweet bitterness too.

The alcohol tang isn’t noticeable, which is brilliant, sometimes you can get that sourness, not from this. not just yet.

It is very sweet, sugar laden, which for me to notice must be something, I like a sweeter beer, I’ve noticed, and I am enjoying that sugary mouthfeel.

Not sure I’m enjoying the overly sweetness though. I was and of expecting fireworks, explosions and dreaminess.

But if the beer is good enough to release then it is good enough to drink right, and nothing is going to convince me to buy beer and keep it for years before I try it, I’m neither rich or that desperate, beer is a commodity not a treasure.

Epic 1000I noticed again how brilliant the clarity and colour of this beer has in the glass. I’ve also noticed how much I’ve drunk, scared me a bit, that sweetness will win out every time, although I can imagine that there would be some that’d find it a bit cloying.

It’s nice, but it’s not quite polished, it’s a bit light when it should be in someway a deep fuller richer mouthfeel experience, I’m sure it’ll come with age, but this ends up as a ‘short’ drink.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 8 of its things from the thing. It’s not quite finished. I get where it’s going, and the plan, I think it’s brilliant work, using all the things in the past to create the beer that defines the moment.

The double dip review

  • Where did I get it? Liquorland in Forrest Hill, there might still be some to be had though, but it’d be rarer by the day.
  • Am I enjoying it? I am because I feel like I’m having a party, I’m not because I wanted it  to be somewhat better.
  • Would I have another? I might just if I see one, and I might just leave it in the cupboard for another day, in a while.
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? I would in a couple of years when this might have a better story, and some of that might be how I’ve managed to keep a beer for years and not drink it.

Music for this: ” Nothing ” with an album ” Tired of Tomorrow” on Spotify

Nothing is an American rock band that formed in 2011, they’re bit Shoegaze, Indie Rock, Nosie rock. Quite the thing really.


A Barley Wine is a strong, top-fermenting ale, with an alcohol contents of at least 9% and up to 13% (or more) by volume. Hops may be hardly noticeable at all or very noticeable. Sip them out of the special glass, that will concentrate the aroma. They are excellent with cigars or with dessert.


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