To Ol BrewDog Hardcore Milk
Brewery: To Øl
Style: Black IPA
Format: 330ml Bottle
Back in January we went to BrewDog to put our Sort Mælk in barrels and to plan a collaborative attempt between Brewdog and To Øl to make the ultimate Black IPA. The question was: Is it possible both to get those round deep nutty woody flavors that would normally take barrel aging in a Black IPA and still have all the lovely flowerful and piney character of the hops that would require the beer to be as fresh as possible (as opposed to barrel aging).
The discussion of how to execute a beer like this was rolling back and forth in the Captains room at Brewdog. The discussion was briefly interrupted when one of the brewers brought in samples of the Sort Mælk and a few bottles of the Brewdog Hardcore IIPA that had just been bottled same week. You shouldn't deny the catalyzation of creative process that drinking a beer can bring, so we opened the bottles and continued the discussion. At one point Tobias accidentally poured a Hardcore IPA in his glass that still contained some left overs of Sort Mælk while talking. Without noticing it he drank what he thought was Hardcore IPA, but all of the sudden turned quite. His eyes sharpened. His pulse lowered. Was this it?
Quickly the rest took their glasses and started experimenting with distribution ratio. Bottles of the first batch of Sort Mælk were brought in to check how a barrel aged version would fit and people were stoked when they tasted the result. Everybody agreed that we should keep a few barrels of Sort Mælk for 9 months to extract all the barrel character possible and mix it with a totally fresh batch of Hardcore.
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