Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
Collaboration with Moersleutel Craft Brewery
Stout - Imperial / Double
We didn't go into this brew knowing it was going to be flavoured with coffee and vanilla. We let the beer tell us that is what it needed. We started off with an important step, putting together a good foundation to work from. Mild Ale malt takes up the bulk of the grist, providing a deep, rich and complex base to further layer with the addition of Munich, Dark Crystal, Medium Crystal, Brown, Black, Chocolate malts. This base beer was great and we could have stopped there, but after tasting, we decided to take it further and age it in Heaven Hill Bourbon, Scotch and Appleton Rum barrels.
Sampling each barrel throughout its ageing, one by one, once each of the barrels character had made its mark on the beer, we moved them back into steel. Once they were all blended back together, we tasted again, analysing the beers characteristics and forming a flavour profile and eventually identifying that we wanted to bring in more coffee and vanilla flavour. We worked with Darkwoods coffee on a special sensory tasting session using our barrel aged imperial stout and their art Show Less