Dead of Winter

Brues Alehouse Brewing Co
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Our Impression:We love a great imperial stout, and we prefer those with a semi-sweet malt body without too much roasted harshness.  Not too long ago we evolved away from Storyteller, our old imperial stout, in search of something fresher and more memorable.  Storyteller was always aged in bourbon barrels, and although the aging process brought a nice oaky, bourbon character to the beer, we always noticed a loss in life compared to our favorite commercial examples.  This is mostly due to oxidation in the barrel and seasonal warm temperatures in our barrel ageing room.  We decided to brew a fresh version, with more smoked malt and more hops, and we landed on Dead of Winter.  We also have a barrel aged version, which spends about a month in the barrel, as opposed to the 3-6 months of Storyteller, maintaining more of the fresh character that we love!

Style: Imperial Stout, BJCP 20C

Grain- Pale Ale, Munich II, Beech Smoked, Caramunich III, CaraAmber, Chocolate, Roasted Barley, Carafa I Special

Hops - Flex, Simcoe, Mosaic, Chinook

Yeast-  German Lager Strain + Chico

Adjuncts- Roasted Barley

Water- Reverse Osmosis Base with Medium additions of CaSO4, CaCl2

Original Gravity: 21 Degrees Plato

ABV: 9%

Estimated IBU - 80 IBU

Color: 30 SRM

Aroma: A winter campfire in the pines.  Deep smokey ham combined with pungent pine, layered over roasted coffee.

Appearance: Pours black with a deep tan head.
Flavor: Dead of Winter is intense and complex in flavor.  The smoked malt lends an almost savory bacon-like impression, with strong notes of pine and a sturdy roasted character.  Alcohol is present and warming, but not harsh.
Mouthfeel:Full-bodied and velvety, with medium carbonation.