Imperial Stout: Drink Like Royalty!
That’s the amazing number of pounds of malted barley that went into the making of our special release Imperial Stout, introduced to a capacity crowd at both of our tap rooms this past Wednesday (and if you missed the manchego stuffed meatballs that Rustic prepared specifically to pair with the Imperial Stout, well…where were you???) Fear not though; we will be doing more special release/food pairings in the near future- keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter for details. But back to the Imperial Stout and those 3580 pounds of magic: we threw the kitchen sink of grains into this one, with everything from 2-row barley to flaked and red wheat. But the malt stars that put the “stout” in this Imperial Stout are our British supplier Thomas Fawcett’s chocolate and roasted malts. Of course, an enormous amount of hops are needed to keep a beer this decadent from becoming a sweet mess, so enough Magnum hops were added to bring the Imperial Stout up to 80 IBUs. That’s right, just Magnum. If it’s good enough for Tom Selleck, it’s good enough for us. And all those ingredients together make for a delicious, chocolately delight. But we agree with Willy Wonka when he says, “Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker!” Actually, we’re not quite sure what he means by that, but we do enjoy a snifter of the good stuff, and know that a healthy dose of bourbon makes our Imperial Stout that much more special. Three different Woodford Reserve barrels, holding different vintages of barrel-aged Imperial Stout, were selected by our brewstress Anna to be added to the base stout to create the final product: A silky 11% ABV beer with notes of anise, molasses, bourbon, vanilla, and espresso. The limited number of bottles (only 1000!) are labeled with the mural “Campo Expandido VIII” by Raymundo Sesma. Locals and visitors can visit this mural at 7th and Silver.