BREWED MARCH 9TH, 2011
Our take on this age-old style is full-bodied and heavily hopped.We tinker with the recipe every year, and this version was big, smooth, and malty, with a fairly dry and bitter edge; perfect for cellaring.
IN THE MASH
2 Row Pale & Maris Otter Crystal Malt
IN THE BOIL
Warrior & Columbus Hops
IN THE WHIRLPOOL
Columbus & Ahtanum Hops
UNFILTERED AND AGED
in 60% American Oak Red Wine Barrels / 40% French Oak Red Wine Barrels
The beer gained a fruity tartness from the red wine barrels, contrasting yet blending beautifully with its big malty sweetness and accentuating the dry finish. The lengthy aging time contributed candied fruit/fruitcake flavors and a profound smoothness, diminishing the mild alcohol heatof the original brew.