Tasting: November 20, 2011
My Mount Rushmore of craft beer has only two breweries enshrinedâ€¦Stone Brewing and Founders Brewing. In no particular order – Iâ€™ll put these two in the role of Thomas Jefferson and George Washington. There are plenty of other brewers that might get consideration to be my â€œTeddy Rooseveltâ€ on the mount â€“ like Lagunitas, Troegs or Bells — but Iâ€™m missing that solid number three â€“ my Abraham Lincoln. Iâ€™m starting to think that I may have found the one. If youâ€™ve read this blog for the last few months, you know how smitten I am with Epic Brewing of Utah and how much Iâ€™ve gushed on and on about their beer.
Hereâ€™s my Epic scorecard so far:
That’s an average score of 89 points — not bad.
This one is a porter and it checks in at a modest 5.4% ABV. It’s from their “classic” series — which is a year round offering. A porter is an old English style ale said to be of “three threads” which is a combination of three types of ales: Old Ale, New Ale and Mild Ale. It is also said that this type of beer was popular with those in the transportation business — or “porters”. Stout is related to porter as Stout’s original name is Stout Porter. So, think of porter as a “lighter” version of stout. It has similar “roasted malt” characteristics. This one pours a light cola brown. It has very subtle aroma of roasted malts. The first flavors that hit my taste buds are of a very watered down expresso. It is a decent example of the style — as it’s easy to forget that it’s not meant to be as robust as a stout. But, still flavor is key and this one is still a little underwhelming and a bit diluted. I have to call them as I see them — and part of that includes my opinion of the style as well. It’s like judging a pale ale — when I love Imperial IPA so much. It certainly doesn’t do much to diminish my opinion of Epic — I’ll put it at 82 points and the average score for these eight beers. Abe is still a solid 88.