Raspberries, Imperial Stouts, Islay Whisky and Abstrakt AB:01
At BrewDog we like to rock some pretty idiosyncratic beers. In June last year we decided it would be wicked to age an Imperial Stout in Islay whisky casks with bucket loads (literally) of fresh raspberries in each cask. The idea of combining the fruity tartness of Scottish raspberries with the demonic smoke and raw power of an Islay whisky and blending it all together with a big, bold stout fascinated us.
We took 4 Smokehead casks and stuffed 25 kilos (yes 25 kilos!) into each. It was sunny, we were listening to The Sounds to on our improvised brewery sound system and we filled the casks outside. Our hands were stained bright red for days. It was fun and we ate a lot of raspberries just to ensure they were of a high enough quality!
Rake Raspberry Imperial Stout (AB:01)
The beer first made its appearance at The Rake in London to commemorate a weekend's worth of tastings we did there. They had one cask of the beer the venue inspired the name. Another single cask made its way to Italy for a special event at Mantova. Only a handful of people have tasted this beer so far.
A couple of weeks ago we bottled 50 bottles of this beer. It is now finished re-fermenting in the bottle and is ready to rock. We are going to sell these 50 bottles our website. The label is also that of a prototype and has even been handwritten by a BrewDog.
You can now buys yours here for £3 per bottle:
You will have to be quick, there are just 50 in total!
We would love to know what you think of it!