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Herevana – Epic / Fierce – Epicly Fiercely Intolerant

Made a short pit-stop length stop at the Epic Tap room today. One of the beers I picked up was the Epic / Fierce Epicly Fiercely Intolerant Stout. Get in! I noticed they had a bottle of Epicurean Stout on the Shelf from 2015. I was tempted a little.

Epic Brewing Company (NZ) make the Epic / Fierce Epicly Fiercely Intolerant beer in Auckland, 🇳🇿, New Zealand as a Stout – Imperial in style of 12.0%A BV, the bottle being 4.7 standard drinks.

I know people who are intolerant of the wrong glass, so they’ll be apoplectic about my choice today.

Opens with a small hiss, bottle beer seems such a luxury these days. Aroma in the bottle is of a deep rich stout, chocolate to the fore.

It’s a big beer

The pour starts well but the promising head is just that, promising, and it quickly fades, leaving a glass that looks like it has flat black liquid in in. Aroma on the nose, from the glass, seems a lot less, and more muted.

Then the beer itself. This is thick and dense, delicious and decadent. Very lightly carbonation and the deep flavours are doing all the carry work. Exceptional.

The higher alcohol isn’t apparent in any significant tang or heat. This is a really nice beer, smooth is an understatement, it lends itself to the quaff rather then the sip and savour, and although the beer doesn’t seem to want to develop further this is a well rounded and presented.

The Pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 9 on the arbitrary number scale. Although this is really pleasing and pleasant it seems to lack a killer punch or delivery a full sock mouthfeel. That doesn’t mean that this isn’t good because it clearly and obviously is a cut above and rather excellent. It should have been slightly less tolerant. Perhaps

Music: The Sex Pistols Album “Spunk”. Hard to imagine now that this was music that changed it all.

Herevana beers are those I drink at home, I’m not at some beer festival, like, for instance, Beervana, but am just in my kitchen, usually, dining room table, sometimes, or outside, occasionally, where I can take an average picture and write in real time about the beer that I’ve invested in, both in a monetary and emotional way.

Philip himself.

Collaboration between Epic and Fierce Beer for Beervana 2019. Imperial Stout using Lactose 

Brewers Note

Stout – Imperial

The “Imperial Stout” or “Double Stout” is an intensely-flavored, big, very dark reddish-brown to black colored ale with a wide range of flavor balances and regional interpretations. Roasty-burnt malt with deep dark or dried fruit flavors, and a warming, bittersweet finish. American versions have more bitterness, roasted character, and finishing hops, while the English varieties, or “Russian Imperial Stout” (RIS), reflect a more complex specialty malt character and a more forward ester profile. Like a black barleywine with every dimension of flavor coming into play. More complex, with a broader range of possible flavors than lower-gravity stouts.

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