Back in April for our Monthly special be brewed the luxurious Heavenly Porter, a 5.4% robust, dark ale matured with Kentucky Bourbon from the Heaven Hill Distillery, the largest family owned distillery in the US.
At the time, we sealed away some of the beer in an oak Heaven Hill barrel that had been used to age the same Bourbon we brewed the beer with. The barrel then sat in our cold store room for six months, the charred, bourbon soaked oak adding a real depth of flavour and a rich yet mellow character. Notes of vanilla come through from the oak, and the warming whiskey flavours dominate the finish.
We have bottled the beer in 750ml swing top bottles, which look really striking and are great for sharing this full flavoured ale, or just enjoying it to yourself! They are available from the brewery shop, and will be delivered to Mmm & Glug, Fenwick and Coppers 8 til 8 in Newcastle, Bodahome in Whitley Bay, the Bier Huis in Ossett and The Curious Hop in Otley next week, and to Cornelius in Edinburgh the following week.
The bottles make a great present, and as they are bottle conditioned the flavours will develop over time, so get one for now and one to age and enjoy at a later date!