Lumberjack Breakfast Stout
It's a lumberjack and it's (more than) ok
Back in May 2012, we invited MasterChef winner Tim Anderson, and runner-up Tom Whitaker, up to the Dystopian Puppet Hobby Centre to spend the day brewing with us. The beer we created then spent the subsequent 21 months ageing in oak barrels. It is something very special.
Lumberjack Breakfast Stout is a huge, intense, barrel-aged beast. The beer took its inspiration from what an actual proper Lumberjack may have for breakfast: coffee, oatmeal, maple syrup, blueberries, bacon and potentially bourbon. All of these inspirations found their way into the beer as we used oats, speciality and smoked malts, copious amounts of blueberries, maple syrup, spicy Willamette hops, and yes, bacon. It is a breakfast stout after all...
Lumberjack Breakfast Stout weighs in at a substantial 15.2% ABV and has been aged for over a year and a half in a mixture of rum, bourbon and whisky barrels.
Complex and varied aromas intertwine with each other; treacle, toffee apple, liquorice and brandy all feature, with rich chocolate torte and cafe latte running through the background.
Big flavours of chocolate, toffee and honeycomb dominate, with smoke, nut, liqueur chocolate, light coffee, aniseed, and molasses layered on top. A berry tartness runs through the whole thing. The blueberries and maple syrup combine in such a way that none dominate, but balance and lend tartness, sweetness and smokiness in perfect harmony.
The body has some viscosity but doesn't cloy; good attenuation and the blueberry tartness lift the beer from the palate, giving a light, almost chocolate milkshake feel.
Lumberjack Breakfast Stout is a very special beer. It is exclusively available in keg in all our BrewDog bars at the moment. It was a very small batch so head to a BrewDog bar to ensure you don’t miss out.
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