Rogue Ales & Spirits has announced the release of 2016 Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout, its first-ever beer aged in barrels made at Rogue’s cooperage.
Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout is brewed with ingredients grown at Rogue Farms and ocean-aged in whiskey-soaked handmade barrels.
Black with ruby hues, Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout delivers an array of aromas and flavors. Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout will be available in extremely limited quantities on draft at all Rogue Meeting Halls and select retailers, as well as in 1-liter swing-top bottles wrapped in wood grain labels (SRP: $25) starting July 15.
“Talk about a labor of love,” says Rogue President Brett Joyce in a press release. “It’s not very efficient or economical as a brewery to also distill and cooper, but we couldn’t resist the challenge to see what we could do to bring together our beers, spirits and barrels.”
Rogue acquired vintage French WW II era coopering equipment before knowing where to put it and who was going to make the barrels, the company says. Longtime employee Nate Lindquist volunteered to be Rogue’s first cooper and spent a year as an apprentice learning the art form of barrel making. Using Oregon White Oak, Lindquist assembles, raises, toasts, chars, hoops, heads, hoops again, cauterizes, sands and brands each barrel, one at a time by hand. At full capacity, he makes one barrel a day.
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