Worlds End Round 2: The Art of Barrel Aged Ales
Once a month on a Tuesday evening we team up with the crew at the Worlds End Brewpub to present a flight of new and exciting beers from every corner of the globe. Our tastings are about learning and tasting something new, think of it as a casual pint at the pub with some mates. Every month we source something that is both unique and unavailable in Tasmania. This month we will be showcasing a crazy line-up of 9 Barrel Aged Ales from around.
‘Join Hoposphere at the Worlds End Brewpub on Tuesday the 19th of September for a line up of some rare, exciting and limited release Barrel Aged Ales. We have sourced some specialty brews for this class, raided the cellar and put together one crazy line up. This time we are walking through an almost unheard of 9 ales. Including some limited release stock from the likes of Brewdog, Stone Brewing, Deschutes, 8Wired, Boatrocker and Hawkers Beer.’
‘Once again we have limited tickets available, so make sure to call into cellarbrations at the abbey to secure a seat. Light finger foods provided on the night, also feel free to byo dinner and grab a beer beforehand at the bar if you’re just out of work. See you there!’
- Boatrocker Brewing Mitte: Barrel Aged Berliner Weisse [3.5%]
Boatrocker Brewing Company
2016 Mitte: Berliner Weisse
Traditionally brewed Berliner Weisse style sour beer aged in French Oak Barriques with Brettanomyces Bruxellensis.
Big, complex ester profile with delicate notes of Brettanomyces and Chardonnay.
Current Availability: 500ml bottles.
- Stone Brewing Enjoy After 07.04.16: Brett IPA [7.0%]
This IPA is spiked at bottling with Brettanomyces, a wild yeast that, over time, brings about charmingly unpredictable complexities of spice, funk, acidity and more. The operative words in our beer-cellaring thesis are “over time.” For those of you who are impatient or like to experiment, the earliest we recommend sampling this beer is 07.04.15. The beer won’t be fully carbonated until that date. Ideally, you’ll want to cellar the beer up to—or beyond—the Enjoy After date to help it reach its full evolutionary potential. At that point, some facets of the Brett characteristics will have mellowed, while others will have become more profound; it all matures into a fascinating and delicious culmination. Individual results will vary…and that’s both the beauty and the intent behind this beer.
- Brewdog Black Jacques: Red Wine Barrel Aged Imperial Black Saison [11.1%]
‘Pick a card. Play the game.
This once simple Belgian farmhand has been twisted beyond recognition by time, fate and lengthy imprisonment in French oak.
Today he flits like rumour from barren highland to moonlit vineyard, hunting down clues to a long-forgotten past. A burnt barrel, a tattered tricolore, a shattered wine glass – the secrets of his nefarious past are there, yet they elude his restless eye.
A one of a kind card counting freak with a mind as brilliantly fragile as a Faberge egg. Unloved, unwelcome and all the richer for it.
Who said the simple life was best?’
‘This imperial black saison is one of the weirdest beers we’ve ever encountered. Aged in red wine barrels for no less than 268 days, it whispers kola, mint humbug, chocolate, coffee, oak and spice. There’s banana, espresso, brandy and a clean herbal warmth there too, against a red wine robustness. It’s smooth and light yet dark and strange all at once. The ageing has added a whole new life to this saison, which in itself was uncharacteristic of its namesake thanks to dark malts. A bizarre, beautiful, beguiling beer!’
- Deschutes The Stoic 2015: Barrel Aged Belgian-Styled Quad [10.9%]
‘Four nuanced fermentations. Aged, sequestered, in select rye whiskey & wine casks. Ergo a stoically brewed quad, with the spellbinding complexity of its medieval ancestors. (Released April 2015)
After twelve years of brewing our special Reserve Series beers, we know they get better over time. It’s why these brews receive a “best after” date on the label. They are the perfect beers for craft beer lovers to stow away!
The Stoic 2015 is a great example of how these dynamic beers change in the bottle. Previously subtle aromas and flavors capture your attention, while other assertive notes recede to the background, much like a song where the musicians take turns in the spotlight.
Our brewers tasted The Stoic in December of 2016. They reported The Stoic sang a beautiful medley of pears, spiced apple, fruit, wine, “good wood”, very light tartness, some alcohol, and aged flavors of leather and pineapple. We can’t wait to see what happens in another twelve months. Yummm….’
- Deschutes 2015 Jubel: Ale Aged in Pinot and Oregon Oak Barrels [10.4%]
‘Malts: Pale, Special B, Crystal, Roasted Barley, Flaked Barley
Hops: Millennium, Nugget, Cascade, Willamette, US Tettnang, East Kent Goldings
(50%) 12 Months in Pinot Noir and new Oregon Oak
Affectionately referred to as “Super Jubel”, Jubel 2015 is an imperial take on our festive winter ale. Notes of toasted caramel, raisins, dates and figs are complemented by spicy and herbal hop aromas.
Originally planned as a once-a-decade-ale; we just couldn’t wait another five years. (Released February 2015)’
- Stone Farking Wheaton W00tstout 5.0 2017: Imperial Stout [13.0%]
‘This barrel-aged palate-saver has been a favorite among our fans—and us—since its inception in 2013. Pecans, wheat, flaked rye and bourbon-soaked barrels provide this whopping, complex superhero version of an imperial stout with a profound complexity that makes it ideal for cellaring—if you can wait that long. Now, we can’t say this beer bestows jedi powers, exactly, but your taste buds may just be fooled into believing as much. A special thanks to Amanda Conner, who illustrated this year’s label to support The Hero Initiative.’
- Hawkers 2017 Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout [11.6%]
‘A big beer aged in barrels from Willett Distillery, Bardstown, Kentucky. It is unmistakably bourbon on the nose with oak, vanilla, light coconut highlights. A big, dark, beautiful beer.
Aroma: Oak, Vanilla, Coconut
Serving Temperature: 14°C
Serving Glasses: Snifter’
- Hawkers 2017 Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout with Coffee [11.2%]
‘Roasted Nicaraguan Las Delicias coffee beans from our friends at Coffee Supreme, provide the backdrop for this wonderful beer. Beans roasted at two different temperatures before blending into the beer make for a wonderfully complex nose and flavour.
Aroma: Coffee, Oak
Hops/Other: Fuggles, Coffee
Serving Temperature: 14°C
Serving Glasses: Snifter’
- 8Wired Brewing 2016 Lord of the Atlas: Barrel Aged Barley Wine [12.0%]
‘Mission – To produce mindblowing beers that will wow craftbeer lovers, excite fellow beer geeks and educate the mis-guided who still believe that
“BEER IS JUST BEER”
A true globetrotter, a mighty Lord of the Atlas.’
When: Tuesday the 19th of September, 18:30
Where: The World’s End Brewpub, 1/236 Sandy Bay Road
Tickets: $50 dollars in store or contact Hoposphere on Facebook
The people have once again voted, and boy was it close! Taking out the number one position by a single 2nd choice vote was Brewdog’s Black Jacques Red Wine Barrel Aged Imperial Black Saison. A rich dark ale with plenty of funk, licorice and spearmint, cocoa, oak and a generous amount of red wine on the nose. Sitting at a whopping 11.1% ABV and spending no less than 268 days imprisoned in French Oak red wine barrels. It was a close call between Black Jacques and the Hawkers 2017 Coffee Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, which only missed out on taking 1st place by a single vote. Thanks for the turn out everyone, hope you’re all ready for the Haze Craze! Here is the full list of results:
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