Imperious 11.6% abv
It’s ready for Christmas!! Imperious is our strongest and probably most special beer. The origins of this dark blockbuster go right back to the 18th century. Sir John would like to tell us about it.
Thank you Steve. Imperious is an Imperial Russian Stout aged in oak whisky casks. The original beer 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 via sailing ship and contained in hogsheads. Trade continued by successive breweries for some 130 years until the Tsarist government imposed increased import duties in 1912.
Our casks are essentially the same as as those that transported the beer to the Russian Imperial court. A hogshead is a 54 gallon cask. They came direct to us from a whisky distiller and it is likely they were used for sherry or wine before that. Whisky flavours and vanilla oak notes transform the beer over months of maturation. The original coffee, liquorice and brown sugar flavours are enhanced and smoothed.
Thank you for the explanation Sir John. I would add that this exceptional beer will benefit from further maturation of at least 5 years.
Culpeper’s Elixir 4.2% abv
Our latest cask beer. After the success of Elderblow we made a new flavour for beer. Steve has a large bay tree in his garden, which, after four hours picking yielded enough bay leaves for a brew.
Named after the English 17th century herbalist. Culpeper claimed many benefits from taking Bay; it “resisteth witchcraft very potently, as also all the evils old Saturn can do the body of man”.
Culpeper’s Elixir, has a strong scent of bay and a rich smooth flavour from a very small addition of liquorice root and molasses. Although this beer contains hops, it harks back to the Old English pre-hop era of ale, when herbs and spices were used to flavour our alcoholic drinks.
We believe that the use of bay is completely innovative, having never before encountered it in beer!
Magus Bottled is Gluten Free
Our bottles are Vegan friendly, and now from gyle (brew) 2739 bottled Magus is GLUTEN FREE!
Our best selling beer (former beer of the North East) retains its fresh quaffing qualities while we have altered the brewing process to make it available to coeliacs and anyone who wishes not to consume glutens.