Heavy Seas Beer (Baltimore, Maryland) has officially announced that its long-standing Blackbeard’s Breakfast, a Bourbon Barrel-aged Porter brewed with Coffee, will return in February alongside a new draft-only variant, Salted Caramel Blackbeard’s Breakfast.
Arriving as the first Uncharted Waters Series release of 2019, Blackbeard’s Breakfast is a Robust Porter that has been brewed with Dark Sumatra coffee sourced from Chesapeake Bay Roasting Company and aged in Bourbon barrels. The beer’s English malts provide “strong notes of caramel and a slight nut character” that pair beautifully with the “bourbon notes and the sumptuous Sumatran Coffee.” Extremely “flavorful and complex”, Blackbeard’s Breakfast (10% ABV) is guaranteed to “please coffee and beer connoisseurs alike.”
To add a bit of a twist to the Uncharted Waters Series this year, the folks at Heavy Seas have decided to treat their fans to a companion series of draft-only variants that will launch with the appearance of Salted Caramel Blackbeard’s Breakfast. Just as its name would lead you to believe, this variant infuses the original Blackbeard’s Breakfast with sea salt and house-made caramel.
“We decided for 2019 that we wanted to produce some draft-only ‘twists’ on some of our Uncharted Waters beers,” says Heavy Seas Brewmaster, Christopher Leonard. “The first one is a Salted Caramel version of Blackbeard’s Breakfast, our Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Coffee Porter. We add cold brewed coffee after barrel aging when we produce this beer. So, we put some of the barrel-aged, non-coffee Blackbeard’s Breakfast into a tank with house-made caramel and imported sea salt. The non-coffee, variant of Blackbeard’s Breakfast has a more pronounced vanilla flavor and aroma, along with a rich toffee, caramel flavor that is balanced nicely with the hint of salt. There are still some coffee-like roasted notes, but they provide a much subtler layer to the flavor profile.”
Both versions of Blackbeard’s Breakfast release in February and will hang around as long as supplies last. The original Blackbeard’s Breakfast will be available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Maryland and throughout the rest of Heavy Seas’ distribution territory. The draft only Salted Caramel Blackbeard’s Breakfast will see limited distribution to the following states: Maryland, Washington, DC, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Delaware, New Jersey, North Carolina, Rhode Island and Ohio. Prost!
Vital Information for Blackbeard’s Breakfast from Heavy Seas Beer
Release – Limited/Uncharted Waters Series, February 2019
Style – Imperial Porter
ABV – 10%
IBUs – 40
Malts – UK Pale, UK Amber, Vienna, Light Crystal, Dark Crystal, Chocolate Malt & Black Malt
Hops – Target & UK Goldings
Added Ingredients – Dark Sumatra coffee from Chesapeake Bay Roasting Company
Treatment – Aged in Bourbon barrels
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
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