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Just over six months ago, we installed our futuristic canning line here at our Ellon HQ. Once all the Meccano-like pieces had been connected together we switched it on – and it has been running at a white-hot pace ever since. You guys sure like your beer in cans!

The demand for canned BrewDog craft beer has been nothing short of thunderous. Sure, we could sit back, rest on those laurels, watching the canning line whir away. Or, we could leave the laurels on whatever dusty shelf we last found them and do this instead.

A canned 12.7% ABV Russian Imperial Stout.

The biggest ale ever consigned to metal.

Yes, today we are announcing a hugely exciting new aluminium-clad marvel – a small-batch release set to push craft canning into the stratosphere. Black Eyed King Imp. In cans. The highest-ABV ale ever packaged in this manner, by anyone.

The batch of Black Eyed King Imp given this honour is a suitably epic one - brewed as the pre-Christmas snows swirled around our Ellon brewhouse last year, it has been racked in first fill bourbon whisky casks ever since, and then further aged on coffee beans and vanilla pods to create a Vietnamese coffee-inspired edition.

This final addition really highlights the oaky vanilla elements from the wood, and the balance of espresso and cacao adds layers of lustrous complexity to the finish, mingling with warming spicy brandy notes. Black Eye ‘Canned’ Imp is a beer to savour.

Black eyed king imp

The world-beating Black Eyed King Imp release is live in our online shop right now, click here to grab yourself a can – although to be honest, you probably felt the jolt when it rolled off the line.

For those of you who’d like to partake in our bars, the cans will go on sale at 6pm on Thursday 15th October.

The strongest ale ever consigned to cans. Get ready to unleash the Imp…

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Lloyd Kearney 14.10.2015 @ 5:48pm
Will it be available in Brussels bar ?
Lea 14.10.2015 @ 4:35pm
Hi. Will this also be available in keg at Brewdog bars?
Pete H 14.10.2015 @ 2:09pm
Why stop here ?
Why not can the next version of Paradox ?
Canned Tokyo ?!?

And, I know it's wrong to even think this, let alone do it - canned Sink The Bismark !!
BrewDog Rob 14.10.2015 @ 12:03pm
@Wayne, FragUK1982 & Chris

Hey guys - as putting a beer this strong in a can is new to us (and everyone else for that matter!), we're actually looking forward to discovering exactly how the beer will age. We would expect the lack of oxygen ingress to slow down the development of flavours usually associated with the first couple of years in a bottle - so dried fruit, honey, or sherry like characters may not pop up quite as quickly. On the other hand, it should allow the beer even more time to mellow out before any unwanted flavours are produced, so it may become even smoother and rounder without picking up additional ageing notes, making it stay truer to the intended character for longer.

Chris 14.10.2015 @ 11:19am
Just out of interest - is there any info on how canned beers fare when aged for a year or more (where the beer style suits it)? I guess the answer might be better because of minimal light damage / oxidation, but the idea of storing special cans away rather than bottles seems odd for some reason!

Will many other BrewDog releases be coming out in cans?
TheBBG 14.10.2015 @ 10:56am
All well and good, but can we get Five AM Red Ale in cans next, please?
Fraguk1982 14.10.2015 @ 10:37am
I was just about to ask the same question as Wayne.

How does the ageing process work with a canned beer?

Does it age just as well as bottled or is it slower / faster?

Does it even age at all if oxygen can't get to it?

How much wood would Chuck Norris chuck if Chuck Norris could chuck wood?

Questions, questions!
Wayne 14.10.2015 @ 9:34am
What's the shelf life for these? Wonder how long you can further age them yourself in a can?
Felix 14.10.2015 @ 9:14am
Now this is one high abv war thing I can get behind. Fantastic!
John Eapen - Tales Of Froth 14.10.2015 @ 8:58am
The more I read about what innovative things Brew Dog does, the more i'm in awe of everything Brew Dog. Please export your brews to India. We need these here!
Bryan K 14.10.2015 @ 8:44am
This sounds incredible.