Epic, you'll recall...
At first release, Epic is overly sweet. I once asked Craig when he thought the beer achieved maturity and he guessed five years. The '08 was just about in its prime then. If you follow the link above, you'll find my notes on a flight of beers from the release of the last one, in 2009. I called the '08 the "sweetest of all the vintages." No more. The bottle we sampled had become smoky and chocolatey. There's no point in discussing it in too much depth--you won't be able to get a bottle, anyway. It was an exceptional treat to end the year, but bittersweet. Wherever you are, Craig, I hope all is well.
is a truly hand-made beer. The long process begins when [owner] Craig [Nicholls] smokes a small proportion of Munich malt (small by percentage, but 55 pounds in total) over cherry wood that has been soaked in Glenlivet, cognac, and cherries. The final beer finishes out somewhere around 14%.
|Craig (r) and I from 2009. More pics here.|