Luciferin Golden Imperial Stout

They didn’t say it couldn’t be done, because no one even had the audacity to dare and contemplate the possibility.  However, when it comes to daring audacious contemplation, few do it better --- or more -- than Scotland’s Brewdog and Southern California’s Stone Brewing.  The two breweries are both known for unique approaches to the brewing industry, Stone for the last fourteen years, and Brewdog for the last two.  Yet, despite the twelve years difference between the founding of the companies, and the thousands-of-miles-plus-an-ocean that that separate them, the two companies have formed a unique friendship based on creative brewing innovation.

But this latest collaborative brew turns up the amplitude on the audacity meter.   To 11.8 (percent abv) to be exact.

Think about everything you know about beer. Then cast all of those preconceived notions out of your head and close your eyes. Breathe in.  Deeply.  Rich, full aromas of dark fruit, coffee, roastiness and dark chocolate.  Open your eyes, and you are certain that your nose was just fooled.  But it wasn’t.  And the flavour is there to back it up.  Big-time.

“At both of our breweries we’ve been having some fun with style-bending brews,” said Stone CEO Greg Koch.  “In the past year we’ve gotten together with our friends at Brewdog two times…once to create a double black pilsner, and another time to brew a black double Belgian IPA…so collaborating to create Luciferin was a natural choice.”

Today, the two breweries unleash the world’s first Golden Imperial Oatmeal Stout on the unsuspecting public. This wolf in sheep’s clothing is anything but as innocent and quaint as it appears in your glass.  Its clear golden colour belies the darkness in its soul.

“Perhaps we’re crazy to have thought we could do this. So What? ,” said Brewdog Head of Stuff James Watt.  “Taste the Brewdog / Stone Luciferin Golden Imperial Oatmeal Stout and we are pretty sure you will agree that the fine line between genius and sheer insanity have just became a little more blurred.”

However, it’s clear that there was indeed a method to this particular madness.

The beer was brewed with intense amounts of extra pale malt for body.  Additionally sack loads of oatmeal were utilized to provide the rich and supple mouth-feel. Loads of cocoa nibs were thrown into the brew kettle to give the beer demonic bitter chocolate flavours, which intertwine menacingly with liquorice which was added during the boiling of the golden wort. English Noble hops provide an herbal, earthy and spicy backbone, which perfectly compliment the rich, dark flavours.  A late addition of Galena hops giving the beer a satisfying twist of a poached pear and plum finish.

To add the classic imperial stout roastiness and fullness one would expect, the beer was aged after fermentation for six months in specially-selected Lagavulin casks stuffed with two pounds each of dark roasted Jamaican Blue Ridge whole coffee beans. The fact that the beans remained whole meant colour pick up was negligible, but the six months allowed for significant pick up of rich coffee and roasted flavours.


“This was a true collaborative effort,” said Koch.  “James (Watt, Brewdog’s ‘Head of Stuff’) selected the perfect Scotch whisky casks when we visited Scotland this past summer, and had them shipped immediately over to Escondido to allow for the six months of aging.”

“Truth be told, I’m revelling in this beautiful beer,” said Watt.  “I feel like we’ve been able to bring this intense classic beer style into the light.”

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[email protected] 28.03.2015 @ 2:37pm
April fools my a**. Did you see the color. I Will be brewing one of these soon. Just try to get color from a whole bean you won't get much. I was inspired by the Vegas golden stout episode. I love what you guys at brew dog are doing for beer . I would love to brew a beer with you guys . If you're ever in the Poconos pa look me up .
Benia Zouras 01.05.2010 @ 12:25am
ME WANTY!!! When and where can I get this (in Chicagoland)???
Kirk Lang 11.04.2010 @ 12:12pm
It's obvious ya'll are not well
Thomas 08.04.2010 @ 5:05pm
To test my skills I will pour this with a blind fold on.
BeerBirraBier 06.04.2010 @ 2:13pm
I love the way people speak with such authority when, chances are, they know no more than anyone else does."It truly is a wonderful concept, shame it is a April Fools."Really? Says who ... did James or someone from Brewdog tell you this information?"Its a neat concept, but in order to get enough roasted flavor from the coffee it would need to impart color, even when making cold extraction coffee you impart color."Oh really? You beat Brewdog to the idea of brewing a golden stout did you? Perhaps your expertise and experience in brewing the style could've been of some help to them.Sounds bitchy, so apologies for that. How about putting forward an opinion for discussion, not shouting it out as a fact?
Kevin Burges 03.04.2010 @ 12:41am
April fool or no, it sounds lovely! Minus the liquorice.
Andy 02.04.2010 @ 5:45pm
Cruel, very very cruel James
Tom Pickreing 01.04.2010 @ 4:00pm
It truly is a wonderful concept, shame it is a April Fools
Colin Sabia 01.04.2010 @ 2:58pm
So will this be available only in the USA or will a few bottles make it to this side of the pond?
Mark Meyers 01.04.2010 @ 1:35pm
Its a neat concept, but in order to get enough roasted flavor from the coffee it would need to impart color, even when making cold extraction coffee you impart color.
Chris Mair 01.04.2010 @ 12:02pm
Those are the types of embossed glasses you should start selling.... Not the ones you are wearing, the ones you are drinking out of
James, BrewDog 01.04.2010 @ 11:40am
That is what everyone said about Juxtaposition Black Imperial Pilsner too :)
Jock 01.04.2010 @ 11:40am
Im not falling for that April Fool