We are celebrating the dark malts with this trilogy of experimental beers designed to warm the winter evenings. Our Back to Black Limited edition series is a journey of discovery, taking us on a trip through ancient civilizations, Greek mythology and Imperial Russian courts.
For your enjoyment we have brewed a smooth, silky chocolate stout spiced with chilies, vanilla and a touch of cinnamon; a heavy hitting Russian Imperial stout to warm those winter evenings; and a punchy black IPA carefully balancing the interplay of dark malts with tropical fruit hop flavours and a spicy bite.
Don’t be afraid of the dark…
Zeus Black IPA
This beer is designed to challenge your preconceptions: it looks like a rich dark porter but tastes like a punchy IPA. This Black IPA uses Zeus hops from the Yakima valley and Ella hops from Australia. Think pine resins, citrus and tropical fruit aroma with a spicy bite. Close your eyes, take a sip and let your taste buds take over.
With food: This is hop central – pine resins, citrus and tropical fruit aroma with a hint of spice: try it to cut the flavour of an oily fish like salmon or to contrast the sweetness in shellfish. Try it with oysters – the bitterness will work brilliantly with them.
The Aztecs were famous for chocolate, chillies, vanilla and human sacrifice*. Ireland: famous for stout. We decided to combine the two.
We introduced smoky chipotle chillies, from Lily at MyMexicanShop.ie, cocoa nibs, vanilla pods and a touch of cinnamon to a traditional Irish stout. A healthy amount of oatmeal provides for a smooth silky finish and a touch of cinnamon perfects the brew. The result is a rich warming dark ale to savour. Salud!
*NB no humans were sacrificed in the making of this beer.
With food: There’s a gorgeous slow burn from the chillies that would work brilliantly with ice cream. Go with milk chocolate pairings with this beer, or try with rich spicy food like a Mexican mole or a slow cooked chilli.
Russian Imperial Stout
This unorthodox Russian stout is like an iron fist in a velvet glove. The dark crystal, chocolate malt and roasted barley are balanced with intense hop bitterness, creating a burnt caramel and espresso aroma with rounded rum and raisin notes. Enjoy, sipped slowly, as an after dinner digestif.
With food: Perfect match for dark chocolate deserts and the espresso flavours complement a Tiramisu to perfection. Try pouring it over a vanilla ice cream, like an affogato, or an ice cream float. Pair with a creamy blue cheese for a great contrast.