The Bottle Collection
A wide range styles to entice all drinkers. Bottle-conditioned for character and vegan friendly.
We use traditional methods, favouring patient maturation to filtration. Full body and flavour are retained because we take nothing out.
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Seasonals and Specials
Imperious 12% abv
Type: Imperial Russian Stout aged in oak whisky casks
Origin: Imperious is a Russian Stout; a style that was exported to Imperial Russia in the 18th and 19th centuries. The roots of Russian Stout lie in the porters and stouts brewed in London prior to the advent of Burton pale ale. Thrale’s brewery is probably the most famous producer which, from around 1780, shipped the beer to the Baltic states and Imperial Russia. Trade continued by successive breweries for some 130 years until the Tsarist government imposed increased import duties in 1912.
Tasting Notes: Temptation aged in oak whisky casks. A strong bourbon aroma with oily coffee, liquorice and dark chocolate flavours in the massive vanilla body. Matured for over nine months, creating a long rich and warming finish with a hint of brown sugar.
Recommendations: Enjoy with chocolate.
Smoking Blonde 6% abv
Type: Smoked Strong Golden Ale
Origin: At heart this is a strong mild, meaning it has a low hop content. In the 19th century milds were pale and strong with a direct historical line to original unhopped ale.
Tasting Notes: A malt body of pale Maris Otter kicked off with oak smoked wheat. Citra hops in the aroma mingle with the smoked malt to create peach in the aroma and flavour. A full velvety body develops into a soft marmalade bitterness helped along by a shot of coriander.
Recommendations: Characterful cheeses.
Hellfire 10% abv
Type: Chilli Imperial Stout
Origin: Our own innovation. Temptation with added Naga chilli and Mullato chilli.
Tasting Notes: The ultimate winter warmer. An aroma of coffee and alcohol followed by rich, full-bodied toffee and treacle flavours give way to peppery heat in the finish.
Recommendations: Drink solo. Do not mix with curry.
Diabolus 12% abv
Colour: Extremely dark ruby
Type: Oak Aged Russian Stout
Origin: Our own innovation. Temptation matured in an oak whisky hogshead.
Tasting Notes: Whisky, port, sherry and beer rolled into one experience. A big alcoholic raisin and whisky aroma is followed by a dry, clean and smooth winey sipping liquid gold. Previous incarnations have been sour. This batch is the first Diabolus to be matured in a whisky hogshead and, despite attempts with brett and a number of gueuze yeasts this little gem is not sour, rather it is dry, smooth and extremely easy to drink. After 14 months in the wood we decided to test. The smoothness and complexity were astounding. The abv was obviously high and despite our correct guess at 12% we sent some of to a lab to be verified after bottle-conditioning.
Recommendations: Drink as you would a fine red wine. Forget the food matching and just enjoy on its own, but not too cold.
This is a very limited edition with one hogshead producing 750 bottles. Needless to say, the cask is full again with the next Diabolus.
Benedictus 8.4% abv
Type: Strong Amber Ale
Origin: A modern version of the “Old Ale” of the 19th century.
Tasting Notes: Historically, beers of this strength were normally sweet, the yeast not being able to process all the sugars in the wort. We use an extremely active yeast which renders the finished beer dryer than would be expected. Even so, there are still enough unfermented malt sugars that fill out body and mouthfeel. In this batch we have used a number of yeast strains which give extra, subtle complexity. Aroma is infused with higher alcohols and a hint of Columbus hops. Very easy and deceptively strong.
Recommendations: This beer is too strong and complex for normal English style supping. Do as the Belgians do. Share it with a friend and savour it like a light wine.
Mango Wheat Beer 5.8% abv
Colour: Pale – Cloudy
Type: Fruit Hefeweizen
Origin: For centuries Bavarian aristocracy kept wheat beers to themselves but is now common thoughout Germany. At least 50% of the malt is wheat and its special flavour is derived from the yeast, which gives the beer its cloudy appearence. The addition of fruit is a modern non-German practice, which is prohibited by the Reinheitsgebot.
Tasting Notes: A 50% proportion of wheat malt makes a silky smooth body and large head. The special yeast provides most of the flavour in a conventional wheat beer with a spicy character of cloves and bananas. Added mango makes a delicious entry towards the finish leaving the palate clean and refreshed.
Recommendations: Spicy rather than sweet, but light and gentle drink on its own or try with prawn cocktail or dessert fruits.
Temptation Imperial 10% abv
Type: Russian Stout
Origin: Temptation is a Russian Stout; a style that was exported to Imperial Russia in the 18th and 19th centuries. The roots of Russian Stout lie in the porters and stouts brewed in London prior to the advent of Burton pale ale. Thrale’s brewery is probably the most famous producer which, from around 1780, shipped the beer to the Baltic states and Imperial Russia. Trade continued by successive breweries for some 130 years until the Tsarist government imposed increased import duties in 1912.
Crystal malt, amber malt, black malt and roast barley in generous quantities generate a deep black colour and flavours to match. Roast bitterness, coffee and liquorice notes combine in a velvety rich malt texture. A full and sweetish body is balanced by traditional Goldings hops.
Drink on its own so that its rich complexity is fully appreciated. The large 500ml bottle is ample to share.
Bede’s Chalice 9.0% avb
Colour: Pale Golden
Type: Belgian Tripel
Origin: Bede’s Chalice celebrates the Venerable Bede.
The origin of the term “Tripel” is unknown but would appear to denote alcoholic strength. First used in the 1930s in association with the Trappist brewery Westmalle, it now refers to a strong pale ale.
Tasting Notes: Full bodied Maris Otter malt with a small addition of wheat and Vienna malt are aromatised by a typical Belgian charge of coriander. The result is a smooth, sweetish, luscious and fruity experience. The peach and orange notes of the malt base are enhanced by the judicious use of a single American hop, centennial. A very satisfying beer with a Belgian character. Some say it is the best beer ever made!
Recommendations: This beer is too strong and complex for normal English style supping. Do as the Belgians do. Share it with a friend and savour it like a light wine. Alternatively treat like a dessert wine. Enhance the aroma by drinking from a large brandy glass.
Cloister 4.5% abv
Colour: Light Golden
Type: Modern Bitter/Pale Ale
Origin: This style has its roots in the pale ale revolution of the 19C. The term bitter though, did not emerge until the early 20C, possibly to distinguish it from the equally popular mild. This modern version has a much more complex hop blend than a traditional bitter, and (in this case) the specific style is derived from the distinctive hoppy and aromatic qualities of the Durham White beers.
Tasting Notes: A simple malt grist of maris otter pale malt and a small amount of crystal malt is bittered and aromatized by a complex addition of a unique blend of hops. English, Czech and American hops mingle throughout the boil to give a heady flowery aroma, and a tantalising peachy flavour, offset by a refreshing degree of bitterness. Despite its complexity this beer is clean and thirst quenching.
Recommendations: Drink with any food, any occasion. Simply enjoy!
St Cuthbert 6.5% abv
Colour: Light Golden
Type: India Pale Ale
Origin: This is our interpretation of the strong, highly hopped beer that was exported from Burton to India in the 19C. In the days before beers were filtered and sterilized, a live cask product had to be able to withstand the warm, mobile hold of a ship. A slow secondary fermentation, high alcoholic strength and a large quantity of preserving hops ensured that the cask reached its destination in peak condition. The strength and body of St Cuthbert are authentic but the hop rates are slightly less than the original to allow complex fruity notes to emerge.
Tasting Notes: As it matures in the bottle, St Cuthbert becomes drier, allowing bitterness and alcoholic strength to come to the fore. A heady floral aroma is immediately apparent on pouring. Peachy fruit notes and a moderate bitterness linger on the palate long after enjoying a draught.
Recommendations: This is too strong for general supping. Relax with a bottle late evening.
Black Bishop 4.1% abv
Type: Traditional Stout
Origin: Developed from porter in Victorian London. Porter was the popular beer of the day. The word “stout” means strong. A stout porter was a strong porter. Through use the stout porter became stout, so now we had porters and stouts although they were often indistinguishable apart from strength. The style started as a brown beer but gained coffee, liquorish and roast flavours with the invention of high roasting techniques early in the 19th century.
Tasting Notes: Smooth full body supports a characterful roasted and coffee flavour. The big malt base gives the impression of a stronger beer.
Recommendations: A very satisfying beer on its own and of a strength that makes it good for general supping. Will complement roast and dark meats.
Magus 3.8% abv
Gluten Free from Gyle 2739. On sale now!
Colour: Pale Straw
Type: Modern Bitter/Pale Ale
Origin: This style has its roots in the pale ale revolution of the 19C. The term bitter though, did not emerge until the early 20C, possibly to distinguish it from the equally popular mild.
Tasting Notes: This is a scintillating pale ale! The malt base is simple with Maris Otter and Lager malts. The hops steal the show with German, American, Czech, Slovenian and English varieties providing lemon fresh citrus qualities.
Recommendations: Light fresh and easy, drink on its own or to counter heavy or spicy foods.
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Evensong 5% abv
Type: Premium Bitter
Origin: The term “bitter” is a largely 20C invention, coined possibly to distinguish pale ale from mild. An old ale was a strong keeping beer. We believe that Evensong is a cross between the two, having bitter qualities and the dark malty qualities of an old ale. The recipe is based upon an original beer made by Whitakers of Halifax in 1937.
Tasting Notes: A smooth well balanced traditional ruby bitter. Made with a complex malt grist of five different malts, combined with Goldings, Fuggles and Challenger hops. When young, the sweetness of malt sugars lends strong toffee notes, which give way to the gentle but full bitterness of the hops as the yeast consumes the sugars during maturation.
Recommendations: This full flavoured beer is very satisfying on its own but try it with dark meats and strong cheese.
White Stout 7.2% abv
Type: Pale Stout
Origin: Two hundred years ago, before the porter brewers commandeered “stout” to mean stout or strong porter, a stout beer was a strong beer. It did not have to be black. We have re-created the style using modern hops and a full malt body.
Tasting Notes: Maris Otter malt and Columbus hops combine to make a very drinkable strong ale. A fresh, full beginning gives way to a spicy, bittersweet finish. A pale body supports perfumy, spicy hop flavours and aromas. Intense bitterness is balanced by forest fruits and mango.
Recommendations: Drink on its own so that its rich complexity is fully appreciated. The large 500ml bottle is ample to share. For a full development of character keep for at least six months.
Bombay 106 7% abv
Type: India Pale Ale
Origin: Named after the 106th Bombay Light Infantry which was formed from the East India Trading Company’s 2nd Bombay in 1858, who later became the 2nd Batallion of the Durham Light Infantry in 1881. This type of beer was drunk in India at this time.
A true IPA with an authentic hopping rate and strength to match the original beer that was exported from Burton to India in the 19C. In the days before beers were filtered and sterilized, a live cask product had to be able to withstand the warm, mobile hold of a ship. The journey took some three months with continuous rocking and temperatures from approx. 11 degrees C to 30 degrees C. A slow secondary fermentation, high alcoholic strength and a large quantity of preserving hops ensured that the cask reached its destination in peak condition.
Tasting Notes: The palest maris otter malt provides a full bodied base for generous quantities of Goldings hops. Bitterness is pronounced, spicy and resinous and will smooth out over time. Dry hopping with extra Goldings before bottling ensures a full aroma and rich characterful bitterness.
Recommendations: A robust beer. Good on its own but try with highly flavoured food such as Indian cuisine.