This year’s ice-beer is a beast unto itself… Instead of blending an array of beers like previous batches, they brewed an imperial stout especially for the project. This gave them more control over the final outcome. An increase in the freeze distilling temperature (from -30°C to -11°C) led to a notable drop in ABV. That’s right, this one settles in at 16.4% – though they reckon it’s still best shared. After being extracted from its glacial mass, the concentrated liquid was returned to the cellar, where it rested on vanilla for just over a month. It pours rich brown. Expect aromas of brewed coffee and choc-dipped orange, with lifted herbal notes. To drink, it’s elaborate and fiery, showing blackstrap molasses, vanilla, and a tickle of phenolic spice.
Adelaide deserves to be famous for more than churches and an iced coffee fetish. Sunshine, great food, better wine and famous festivals; it was the obvious choice for Pirate Life. Adelaide might have funny tasting water, but that doesn’t stop them from making a darn good brew.
DID YOU KNOW?
Pirate Life choose cans over bottle because:
1. Cans no longer have that metallic taste, thanks to internal coating. Think of it as a mini keg
2. Cans are more portable and durable
3. They take far less energy to recycle than bottles
4. They chill faster!