Stochasticity Project Your Father Smelt of Elderberries

Stochasticity Project Your Father Smelt of Elderberries

Medieval-style ale brewed with elderberries

Imagine if you will emerging from the furthest depths of the dark, misty forest of time holding a chalice (perhaps one of catholically divine caliber) filled with an ale style dating back to medieval England. We find ourselves carried by the gait of hooves (which oddly sound like someone is clacking together two empty coconut halves) and happen upon a castle siege. Insults are being hurled from the walls above from…Frenchmen? Time to run away (after one last whack at the mighty stone castle walls with a broadsword) to discuss strategy just beyond the reach of catapulted bovines. Beer brewed with elderberries is freely shared. What strategies come from this? Trojan rabbit! A brilliant ruse they’re sure to…catapult. Word to the wise, Sir Bedivere: Don’t strategize whilst drinking elderberry beer or the constables may show up at the end of your flick.

September 8, 2015
Ancient Ale
10.3%
50
22oz Bottles & Draft
Target & East Kent Golding

TASTING & PAIRING NOTES

Mitch Steele
Brewmaster
Appearance
Pours red with purple hues and a thin off-white head.
Aroma
There is a lot going on, with bready yeast character followed by smoked malt and hints of fruit and berries.
Taste
Maltiness and light peat smoke upfront, berry fruit character in the middle, and some alcohol warmth and strong bitterness on the finish.
Palate
Full bodied, bitter and slightly tart.
Overall
A really unique and interesting beer, it has the malty and warming qualities of English barley wines and old ales. There is the twist of adding elderberries, a fruit that was used in medieval brewing. Peat-smoked malt was used to replicate the smoky character that such historical beers were believed to have, since malt at the time was dried over peat or wood fires. The end result is a complex array of flavors, and this beer should age wonderfully when stored at cellar temperatures (55°F or lower).
"Dr." Bill Sysak
Craft Beer Ambassador
Winged
Grouse tenders, Buffalo-style peacock, black bird pie
Finned
Creamed eel, Loch Ness monster almandine, moat plankton ceviche
Game
Wild hare, spit-fire Trojan rabbit, stag chili
Delicacies
Eye of newt, haggis, roasted dragon loin, liver of the infidel
Desserts
Red velvet spotted dick, deep-fried sugarplums, Fiscalini Bandage Wrapped Cheddar