>Roosters Whiskey-Cask Matured Stout

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I’ve been drooling since I heard the news a few weeks back that perennial TGS demi-god Sean Franklin and his crack team at Roosters were brewing up some one-offs this year. Whiskey-Cask Matured Stout (5.7abv) is first on the list, and it doesn’t disappoint.
From a brewery that is revered for its use of the aroma hop through pale ales, it’s a welcome diversion from type. Firstly, the beer has a powerful aroma – peat, smoke and woody notes hit the nose in an alchohol-heavy haze that really punches the message home. This is a mature beer, and like it says on the pump-clip, the whiskey notes are right up front, not hiding in the background.
On the sip, that powerful aroma fades away, leaving a surprisingly smooth, roasted body with a bitter note at the end that’s more espresso than bitter chocolate, with no real trace on the tongue of its not-to-be-messed-with abv. That smokiness lingers throughout. A longer-lasting head would have been nice, but that’s just a petty remark at the end of an entirely enjoyable beer. You couldn’t drink a lot of it, but that’s beside the point – this is a wonderful beer, and an intruiging one at that – only a few hours later, I’m craving another hit.
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Blog: https://goodfoodgoodbeer.wordpress.com/ I'm Leigh Linley; born and bred in Leeds, and writing about it since 2005. TGS exists solely to highlight the great beers that are out there; brewed with passion by Craft Brewers around the World. I also edit the 'Tavern Tales' section of Culture Vulture, which looks at Pubs and Pub Life rather than the beer in the glass.

Posted on 02/07/2010, in beer in leeds, beer in yorkshire, Beer Review, Rooster's Brewery, Roosters Whiskey-Cask Matured Stout. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. >Must hunt this down – was that at Cross Keys?I'll have to have a word with Sean about his spelling though – surely it's been in a whisky cask, not a whiskey cask?

  2. >Sounds interesting, although I'm not always convinced by whisky flavours in beer. I wonder why more British breweries aren't just making rauchbiers, given that Schlenkerla is becoming weirdly ubiquitous?

  3. >Zak – I know what you mean about the spelling! seems to be one that a lot get slightly wrong! It was sampled in Foley's on Friday – but the Cross Keys is usually a sure bet for Roosters wares. Bailey – it was just that – interesting. Agree re: smoked beers – does seem to be a largely untapped style in the UK?

  4. >And meanwhile, those Bambergers are cleaning up! The usual dialogue when I introduce a friend to rauchbier:"Eurgh — it tastes like Frazzles! It tastes like bacon! Eurgh!""My round. What do you want?""I'll have another of those bacon beers, please."

  5. >'Bacon Beer'….maybe if they just called it that, it would sell more…!

  6. >This sounds absolutley delicious. I love dark beers with smokey flavours. I need to head up to Knaresborough for a session at Blind Jacks!We had beer from Thornbridge – St Petersburgh Stout at the last Ilkley Beer Festival. This had a lovely smokey, peaty sort of flavour, very reminiscent of whisky. Although at 7.7% ABV it had to be drunk with caution.

  7. >ALright Rob, good to hear from you. I've not tried the St Petersburgh, but when it comes to Thornbridge, I'd try anything of thiers.

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