Winter 2015: Limited edition – Signal Belgian Stout

Winter 2015: Limited edition - Signal Belgian StoutSignal de Botrange is the highest mountain in Belgium, souring a massive 694m into the sky. It is almost as high as our neighbouring giant the Knockmealdown, but not quite.

Belgium and Ireland are known for punching above their weight when it comes to beer, so it is fitting that they should come together for this Irish Export Stout brewed with a Belgian ale yeast. Inky black with a beautiful tan head, Signal has deep toffee and dark chocolate flavours. What lifts it from the marvelous to the sublime are the peppery notes from the yeast. Think spicy chocolate stout – and raise your glass to the mountains.

Short description: Belgian stout – cacao and coffee flavours – try with Yule logs. Or selection boxes.

Style: Belgian Stout
Hops: Admiral.
Malt: Two-row Irish Malted Barley, Malted Oats, Special B, Crystal, Chocolate Malt, Carafa.
ABV: 6.0%
IBUs: 34 IBUs

Tasting notes
Colour/appearance: inky black with a fine tan head.
Aroma: spicy yeast, cocoa powder and bitter dark malts.
Flavour: smooth and complex, with dark, delicious chocolate and coffee notes and a hint of caramel and peppery spice as it warms up in the glass.
Aftertaste: a nice dry aftertaste, with a flourish of cacao to finish.

Food pairings: This is what you want as an after dinner drink. Put it with a Yule Log and you’ll be in Christmas heaven. If you’re a Christmas pudding fan, complement it with the spicy flavours in this beer. Other favourite pairings are dark chocolate truffles – but this will also cut the sweetness from that selection box that you snaffled from the kids. Good to keep in mind.

Launch Date: December 2015.
Serving temperature: 8 degrees Celsius
Availability: Bottles and draught (30L and 50L kegs)

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