ADVENTURES IN BARREL AGEING AT THE BEER KITCHEN

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ADVENTURES IN BARREL AGEING AT THE BEER KITCHEN

Get yourself along to The Beer Kitchen to sample our new ex(be)erience– our very first in-house oak aged brew matured on the premises at Lothian Road.

As a general rule we’re massive fans of oak aged beers and there are some incredible brews available nowadays ( including our own beauties of course!) and our brewing team have got it down to a fine art. The growing popularity of the process being used by brewers isn’t surprising given the depths of flavour and aroma oak ageing lends to a beer. When barrel ageing, the beer is transformed by the elements in the wood, such as vinillins (vanilla notes), oak lactones (floral aromas and flavours) and simple sugars (caramel). These flavours develop organically over time with the beer changing on an almost daily basis, so the idea of doing it ourselves and bringing the alchemy of this process to great and the good of Lothian Road was a no brainer.

Ladies and gentlemen we give you the West End Ale .

First things first, we matured our cask with bourbon – for six whole months. Then we managed to sweet talk the brewing team into giving us some special Innis & Gunn Original only half way through the normal brewing process. It comes straight from the maturation vessel, this means that the beer hasn’t gone through the final processes before packaging which include filtering, liquoring down, carbonating and pasteurisation. It was added to the cask yesterday and over the past 24 hours it has mellowed out and started to take on some of the characteristics of the oak. But this is where YOU come in. We want to know what you think as the beer develops and changes over the next five days. Drop in for a sampling and tell us what flavours you can pick out. If you’re really keen, make sure you swing by each day to see how it changes. And who knows.. if it’s a winner it might just be the start of a brew we bring to our fans around the world ( or on second thoughts we might just keep it for ourselves in Edinburgh…)

Here’s some notes to get you started…

Day 1:

Aroma: Sweet malt, digestive biscuits, butterscotch toffees, rich bourbon

Taste: Caramel sweetness, hop bitterness rounding on the palate

Aftertaste: Clean with some sweetness.

Day 2:

The vanilla is coming through and our taster got a hint of apple! More smokey finish than yesterday with a lingering taste.

Day 3:

Lot’s of caramel and vanilla, very malty, but the Bourbon flavour is really coming through.

Day 4:

Initial apple notes coming through followed by smooth, light vanilla and a lingering mouthful of caramel.

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