Danish brewers Mikkeller have been playing around with spirits for a while now and their ‘Black’ series brings together the best of both worlds.
Teaming with the Braunstein Distillery, they distilled the Mikkeller Black – their famous 17.5% imperial stout. The small batch runs have been filled into three different cast types (bourbon, oloroso sherry and rum).
The bourbon cask imparts vanilla notes, as you’d expect.
These have been sourced and imported by The Oak Barrel so we can drink this alongside the beers we’ve been enjoying for so long.
In their own words:
“The new-make spirit is a very fruity clean spirit, where the hoppiness and the crisp taste of dark malts are what meets your mouth, but it is still a rough spirit – therefore we decided to barrel age it!
The barrels used add vanilla and toffee notes common in bourbon. The gentle aging in the barrels allows the original character of the Black spirit to shine through. The barrels add flavor without overpowering the aromas and taste of the tough but balanced Black.”