4 Pines Brewing Company
4 Pines - The Black Box of Dark Ales 4 Pack
Note: Strictly limted to 1 pack per customer. Please do not order more than this as we will only send you this amount.
Brewery: 4 Pines Brewing Company
Style: 1 x Russian Imperial Stout, 1 x Black IPA, 1 x Coffee Porter, and 1 x Schwarzbier
Format: 4x500ml Bottles
In our darkest hours, prepare to be enlightened as our brewers hold up a light to the murky history of dark ales. We introduce you to the breweries of these dark ales. From desolate monasteries of Middle Ages Germany, to the breweries of fog bound 1880's London. We take you on the tales of Stout and Porter like the Great Porter Flood of 1814, the tax war that resulted in the strongest beer ever to set sail from Blightly to Russin and the secessionist movement of the Pacific North West.
Russian Imperial Stout 8.5% ABV
In 18th Century London few suspected that strong porter would be the toast of Russian Royalty. Perhaps it was due to the greater amount of alcohol used to fortify the brew for its journey north. Though once the Empress of all Russia tasted this Alcoholic Alchemy, no longer called a porter due to its stronger, more 'stout' nature, She championed the black libation and the rest is a rather blurred history.
This big, intensely-flavoured dark ale has roast malt characteristics with deep, dark dried fruit flavours, and a warming, bittersweet finish. Like Russia, it can''t be conquered, only enjoyed briefly before beating a retreat.
Black IPA 6.3% ABV
The pacific northwest of America is also known as 'the people''s republic of Cascadia'. The residents have long desired to secede from the union and they''ll damn be well taking their beer with them; Cascadian Dark Ale, which was originally brewed in Portland Oregon. Or was it? Vermont has also staked a claim and with a ban on the name 'Cascadian', you have Pistols at Dawn. Better call it Black IPA then.
Born from a brewing civil war, its dry, hop-forward balance is complemented by stone fruit, tropical and citrusy characteristics. Dark in colour but without strongly roasted or burnt flavours this is probably the first secession ale
Coffee Porter 4.5% ABV
Porter was born in London circa 1720s. But the rest of the story is murkier than a Pea-souper. Did porter really start its life as 'Thrale's Intire' or was it a concoction called 'Three Threads'? Or was it named after a Dutch drink called 'Poorter' or thirsty London market Porters? There is probably a pint of truth in each. But why let the truth get in the way of a ripping yarn?
Cor blimey! A collaboration with Single Origin Roasters has produced a porter that's dark brown in colour, rich and robust in flavour and has a distinct roasted coffee aroma with fruity, chocolate notes. Luvly jubbly!
Schwarzbier 4.3% ABV
For a dark beer in the 16th century you had to climb to a monastery in the Bavarian Mountains. The Monks must have dreaded the winter winds blowing up their cassocks so thoughts no doubt turned to a comforting beer in this case; Schwarzbier. Augustinian Monks perfected the 'Black Beer' that would soon become world famous if any place can lay claim to being the dark beer 'ground zero' it is here.
This classic dark German lager balances roasted yet smooth malt flavours with moderate hop bitterness. The lack of a harsh or heavy aftertaste helps make this beer extremely drinkable. Well, it is German