To Ol Liquorice Confidence
Brewery: To Øl
Style: Imperial Stout
Format: 375ml Bottle
Brewing is a lot about tasting new food and trying interesting pairings. Because sometimes you taste something that's interesting and then you start examining how it could be translated to beer.
We were already quite fond of our beer Liquid Confidence. A rich, smooth imperial stout brewed with three different chilies, Ancho, Guajillo and chipotle. This beer is really all about how we create beer. We don't want to brew a chili stout, we want to brew a stout with chili. Get the picture? The four ingredients in a beer should always be the grand picture, where extra ingredients are so to say the photoshopping of the picture. Extra ingredients should add to the perception of the beer in question without dominating the beer.
So when we brainstormed about Liquid Confidence, we were happening to chew on some liquorice while tasting the beer. It quickly became evident that the combination of liquorice and chili worked really well together in a beer (and you suddenly realise why chili-liquorice already exists on the market). Instead of chewing liquorice and spitting into the beer, we started some test brews to find the right balance between chili and liquorice in a beer. It is truly amazing how many different kinds of liquorice you need to sample and we had to get through nine bags of candy in one day to find the right one. Working can be hard…
So we can now finally present you our beer Liquorice Confidence! Well balanced, warming and exotic due to the chili, hint of smoke from the chipotle. Dense mouthfeel and lingering sweetness together with a fragrant salty aftertaste from the liquorice. Matured directly on liquorice for months, this beer has developed beyond expectations and we were almost at the point where we didn't want to sell, just because we wanted to keep it to our selves…
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