It’s been over two years since we last released 08|02 Stout – Imperial. In that time we’ve learned a lot about making bigger beers and the balance of textures and flavours required to execute them.
Last week we took a new version of the beer to The Duke’s Head in Highgate for Darker Days, an event celebrating rich beers for the colder months, where it paired beautifully with a Ghanian spicy beef and peanut stew. After its patient maturation and mellowing of its boisterous flavours, it was clear it was ready at last. Friday 18th at the BBNo Taproom sees the official launch of the new 08|02, on draught and in 750ml bottles only.
Keeping its number but with a refined and improved recipe, the new version of 08|02 uses six different grains – Maris Otter, Munich, Brown, Black & Chocolate malted barley; and rolled oats – to build a rich, luxurious and complex palate.
However, this is not just a stout with the volume turned up. 08|02 balances the typical roast and cocoa notes with warming, stewed fruit and raisin flavours and rounded, dry bitterness in its finish to keep its balance. It’s a beer for seeing in the end of the year, and can definitely be kept to see in the end of the year after that, too.
This very special beer will be available for a limited time in 20 litre KeyKeg and 750ml bottles only – from our taproom this Friday 18th at 6pm and then on general release from Monday. Come to our taproom to try it before release, and don’t miss out on this special beer before it’s gone!