On November 3, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery (Milton, Delaware) will officially release Oak-Aged Siracusa Nera Russian Imperial Stout in bottles for the first time.
Created as an experimental beer that has both American and Italian inspiration, Oak-Aged Siracusa Nera is an “innovative beer-wine hybrid [that] marries a dry-roasted Imperial Stout with a jammy wine.” The brewers at Dogfish Head pull this off by “beginning with roasty malts that give notes of coffee and dark chocolate in the aroma.” Syrah grape must is then added to impart “multifaceted flavors of plums and cherries.” Finally, the beer is aged on American oak to round everything off with “hints of light toasty vanilla.” This all results in a 10% ABV Oak-Aged Siracusa Nera that is absolutely laden with bold and beautiful complexities.
“This delicious stout captures the Dogfish spirit of beer-wine interaction and innovation which we’ve been experimenting with for over two decades with fusions like Midas Touch, Sixty One and Rasion D’tre,” says Sam Calagione, founder and CEO of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery. “A Russian Imperial Stout is a style we’ve been excited about recreating with a beer-wine hybrid twist. We’re super happy with the way Siracusa drinks like a roasty, punchy, pitted-fruit wine but with a toasted oak finish. And props to our brewer coworker Amanda for leading on this recipe innovation.”
Oak-Aged Siracusa Nera officially releases on November 3 and will have limited availability in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft. You can find this on shelves and taps at select craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Delaware and throughout the rest of Dogfish Head’s distribution footprint. Prost!
A side note for the hopheads out there – 120 Minute Imperial IPA will also see a limited release this month. Look for it to be on shelves and taps alongside Oak-Aged Siracusa Nera beginning on November 10, 2017.
Vital Information for Oak-Aged Siracusa Nera from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Release – Limited; November 3, 2017
Style – Russian Imperial Stout
ABV – 10%
IBUs – 60
Added Ingredients – Syrah grape must
Recommended Glassware – Snifter
Suggested Food Pairings – “For the foodies out there, Siracusa Nera pairs well with full-flavored, rich dishes like seared duck breast and roast venison, and on the sweeter side, it tastes yummy with a dark chocolate mousse or a plum tart.”
Fun Fact – “This . . . stout was originally brewed as a collaboration beer with Eataly, the largest Italian marketplace in the world. In fact, the name Siracusa Nera pays homage to the historic origins of the Syrah grape, tracing its ancient roots to the small Sicilian city of Siracusa in Italy.”
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.dogfish.com/brewery/fishfinder/