I used to think that Beer was Beer and Mrs Peckish was Peckish and never the twain would meet. Until this dapper Epic Beer charmer came along.
The occasion was Mama Peckish’s birthday, and Peckish Sr and I were swapping beer finds. I come over with my chilly bin/Eski/cooler (does that cover all the terms?) of the week’s finds, and Peckish Sr does show and sip with his. No one knew what would hit them when he produced this big bertha beauty. Mrs P generally has no time for beer, but I struggled to keep her mitts off this drink.
Seriously, if you like coffee and figs and you’re lucky enough to find this brew, have a serious think about picking this up. This is one of those rare opportunities where a review of a Kiwi product is useful if you’re not in the land of the long white cloud. The 2012 vintage of this stout hasn’t been commercially available in NZ (my batch came courtesy of a Peckish Sr run on their stocks at an Auckland food festival) due to bottling issues, so most of the units are available overseas.
The coffee presence here is powerful. A whiff will make you believe there is still freshly ground bean particles still swirling in the bottle and ready to settle in your nasal passages for a chat and a good time. You’ll find the coffee flavour similarly happy to linger on the palate as well. Long after the liquid has disappeared down your throat, the coffee flavour will sit there. Pensive, goblet in hand, stem between the middle and ringer finger, pondering implications and entertaining suppositions until you’re ready for the next sip. This is also an occasion where the bitterness that is usually a drawback in a beer for some people works in its favour, as it enhances the coffee experience.
If you prefer your coffee with cream, I can highly recommend this with vanilla ice cream, which is how I enjoyed this particular bottle. Serve as stated after a good dinner with deserving friends.