The jewel in Red Hill's crown has been adorned with some extra sparkles. For only the second time in their history, the brewers on the Mornington Peninsula poured some of their highly-rated and much sought after Imperial Stout into whisky barrels to create this "Double Barrel" version. A small amount was debuted at their Imperial Stout-flavoured Secret Stash weekend and now what little is left has departed the brewery in old school 500ml bottles and is cropping up on a handful of shelves. The rich blend of chocolate, mocha and dark fruits remain, but with the welcome added dimension of the time spent in oak. The effects of the barrel more noticeable on the jet black beer than last time the Double Barrel appeared, but in a way that integrates with the base ale rather than dominates. It's not just the flavour that has an added dimension either - the ABV has risen from 8.1 per cent to 10.2 per cent too.
NB It's not the only Red Hill seasonal out now either. This year's batch of their "toffee banana" German style Weizenbock has just been released too. More on the beer here.
- Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
Stockists TBC but expect it to find it where Red Hill seasonals are usually found.