Did you know that Kentish Town’s mega Wilkin Street Mews brewery have just unveiled a limited-edition beer that’s cask-aged for 12 months? Yes, a whole year.
Wittily – or perhaps rather prosiacally – called Beer 2017, it’s an imperial pilsner with a whopping ABV of 10.2%. That’s just a few degrees less than prosecco – and we know what happens when you down that too quickly.
Why the potency? Well, once brewed, it’s matured in barrels that previously imparted their oakiness into white Burgundy and brandy.
We cracked one open in the office – more fool us – and if you’re used to the lemony pleasures of Gentleman’s Wit, or the easygoing 4% Pale Ale, this will quite literally blow your pants off. It’s all dark, caramelized flavours with a bit of a floral edge. Not bad – but just don’t let the words ‘Special Brew’ penetrate your mind.
And – now here’s the warning bit – lest we forget, it’s nearly two and a half times as strong as Hells. So maybe not one for a boozy seasonal sesh, mind.