Ireland’s most iconic stout, Guinness, has crafted a limited-edition brew, Guinness The 1798 Double Extra Stout.
Paying tribute to the original old vat house built in 1798, the new release is a specially packaged, corked and caged 750ml bottle, made for sharing.
Brewed with Irish stout malt, crystal malt, and the same roasted barley and yeast used in Guinness Draught, Guinness The 1798 Double Extra Stout is a distinctly Guinness stout from its chocolate, vanilla and liquorice flavours, to its dark colour. The stout is late-hopped with Goldings hops for extra complexity and to help balance the sweetness, while a gentle wood aroma and flavour is the result of 217-year old oak wood chips coming from the historic old vat house.
Michael Donnelly, one of the brewers who created this recipe, says Guinness The 1798 is an intensely rich, smooth double stout with a uniquely subtle smoky character.
“What makes this beer so special is that we were able to physically incorporate a piece of Guinness history into the process of the beer by using the original oak wood from storage vats in the old vat house,” he said.
“Guinness brewers in the 1800s used these vats to mature ‘Foreign Export Stout’ before shipping overseas, which gives the beer a unique combination of flavours, including oak, raisin, burnt caramel and dark coffee.”
Only 2,400 of the limited-edition bottles will be available in Australia, exclusively from Dan Murphy’s stores across the country and online. RRP $49.90.