This is a collaboration brew between Boatrocker & Goose Island, crafted back in May 2017 as part of Good Beer Week. Both of our breweries currently release iconic barrel aged imperial stouts, so for this collab we opted for something a little different — an extremely old and rare style with origins in 17th Century England. October Beer is a strong ale precursor to barley wine; traditionally brewed as a special beer on country estates, kept in barrels over winter estates and prized for its incredible depth of flavour.
For our interpretation, we brewed a single hop single malt base beer and aged it in Starward Whisky barrels for about 4 months. The beer is deep golden colour, with delicious malt, whisky and dried stone fruit notes on the aroma. The palate is full with rich caramel malts, a delicate touch of classic East Kent Goldings hop character and the barrels give lovely plum and wine tannic notes with hints of vanilla and marshmallow. It’s come out at a big, yet easily hidden 9.4%. Dangerously drinkable, but a satisfying complexity. Don’t drink chilled! If there’s a haze, it’s too cold … remember this is an English style ale, so cellar temp (~12˚C) is the way to go.
- October Beer
- 9.4% ABV
Bottle Release: October 2017
Download tasting notes here.