Eight Degrees Brewing - The Bold Imperial Stout from the Dukes of Burgundy barrel-aged seriesThe Golden Age of Burgundy was from 1364 to 1477, when the Dulchy was recognised as one of the major powers of medieval Europe. John the Fearless was known for defending the emerging Burgundian state but all his scheming couldn’t save him from an axe in his back. Under Philip the Good, there was pomp and ceremony aplenty – along with mistresses and illegitimate children – as he manipulated his strategic alliances into independence for the Dulchy. A lover of luxury, Charles the Bold had drained the coffers by the time he was killed at the siege of Nancy in 1477 thus ending what had been the wealthiest state in Europe.

We have brewed three beers to celebrate these colourful medieval dukes, aged in oak barrels from their French homeland.

Everyone loves a barrel-aged stout and The Bold, aged in a single-use pinot noir cask, is a very special beer. For our third imperial stout in recent years, we’ve tweaked the malt bill and toned down the bitterness slightly, allowing the tannin from the oak and the wine to take the place of the bittering hops. It’s a huge beer with a port-like quality that has become more marked after a few months in the barrels. Just like Duke Charles the Bold of Burgundy, this beer epitomises a love of luxury.

Short description: Imperial stout – pinot noir characteristics – sip and savour

Style: Imperial stout
Hops: Summit.
Malt: two-row Irish malt, crystal, dark crystal, wheat, chocolate, roasted barley.
ABV: 9.9%
IBUs: 70 IBUs

Tasting notes
Colour/appearance: pours deepest, darkest black with a light tan head.
Aroma: a heady aroma of vinous oak with lots of rich roasted malt.
ithis is a great big beast of a beer and there’s a lot going on. There are sweet malty dark chocolate and coffee flavours up front, followed by distinct pinot noir characteristics picked up during its time in the barrels. Lots of berries and oak with a backbone of tannic bitterness. A well balanced beer that wears its 9.9% ABV lightly. Slowly sip and savour, preferably next to the fire on a snowy night.
Aftertaste: full bodied and lingering. Chocolate and berry fruit on the palate.

Food pairings: this smooth and complex beauty deserves to be served in a tulip or snifter glass. Save it for the end of a meal and pair it with something sweet like Christmas pudding or a rich cranberry cheesecake. It will complement all the dried fruit flavours in the pudding and cut through that rich cheesecake to enhance every bite. Fantastic with a good vanilla ice cream, works well with tiramisu (or try it in a White Chocolate and Russian Imperial Stout Beeramisu) and absolutely mind blowing with Turkish Delight. Savoury? Go with a well-aged blue cheese and some of the richest, stinkest camembert and brie that you can get your hands on.

Launch Date: November 2016
Serving temperature: 8 degrees Celsius
Availability: 750ml bottles. Also available in gift packs of 2 x 750ml bottles with The Fearless Farmhouse Ale.
Check out BoldImperialStout for information on where this beer is available.

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