Heavy Seas Beer (Baltimore Maryland) recently announced that Blackbeard’s Breakfast Bourbon Barrel-aged Porter brewed with Coffee will see a limited release beginning in late May.
That’s right, craft beer fans . . . Blackbeard’s Breakfast has once again reemerged from the depths of Heavy Seas Beer’s Uncharted Waters Series, a lineup of barrel/wood-aged limited releases that exhibits elevated levels of brewing prowess. Thanks to the use of “unique” English malts, this Imperial Porter lays down a hearty foundation that boasts “strong notes of caramel and a slight nut character.” This beer is then brewed with Dark Sumatra coffee from Chesapeake Bay Roasting Company to create added layers of roast and complexity. The brewers at Heavy Seas then finish the beer off by giving it a long rest in bourbon barrels so that it can pick up notes of vanilla, oak and whiskey. Weighing in at a sizable 10% ABV, Blackbeard’s Breakfast promises to be an experience that “will please coffee and beer connoisseurs alike.”
“Blackbeard’s Breakfast is probably one of the most challenging beers we’ve ever brewed. Its starting gravity of 23.5 Plato is higher than anything we’ve ever attempted at Heavy Seas. We used eight different malts, including 7 from the U.K. – Amber, Black, Chocolate, two types of Crystal, and Vienna comprise almost 40% of the grain bill. This beer possesses layers of malt flavor. At 10% ABV, with earthy, herbaceous English hops, bourbon-barrel aging, and Chesapeake Bay Roasting Company’s Dark Sumatra coffee, this beer is complex, mysterious, and one heck of a delicious brew.”
– Christopher Leonard, Brewmaster at Heavy Seas Beer
Blackbeard’s Breakfast is slated for release in late May to early June. You can expect to find this limited release available in 22 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Maryland and throughout the rest of the Heavy Seas distribution area. In this day and age, “barrel-aged” pretty much means “high in demand” within the beer community. With that in mind, make a mental note now for the release of Blackbeard’s Breakfast so that you are able to get your bottle or pour at the end of the month. Prost!
Vital Information for Blackbeard’s Breakfast from Heavy Seas Beer
Release – Limited/Uncharted Waters Series, available late May to early June 2017
Style – American Imperial Porter
ABV – 10%
IBUs – 40
Malts – Pale, Marris Otter, Vienna, Amber, Light Crystal, Dark Crystal Chocolate & Black
Hops – Target & East Kent Goldings
Added Ingredients – Sumatra coffee from Chesapeake Bay Roasting Company
Treatment – Aged in Bourbon barrels
Availability – 22 oz. bottles & draft
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