“We will drink your health both in stout and best wine” was stated in a letter from 1677 and is the earliest recorded use of the word “stout”. Compared to porter, Stout is better known and more widely available. At the time of 1677 it appears that stout was a bit of a jargon meaning simply “strong beer” and this reference can’t be discounted as in fact the first stouts were in fact just strong porters.
Novel additions were made in the history of adulteration from stout porter known as “butt beer” in the 1800s with the additions of milk sugar (lactose), oatmeal and even oysters. These extras, to name a few, were added to bolster the beer’s position as a nutritional or health supplement. The health perception of stout was so strong that it continued into the middle of the twentieth century when doctors prescribed a pint or 2 a day even in hospital.
There are many different categories of stout such as dry, sweet, oatmeal, foreign extra, tropical, American and Russian Imperial, etc. They also lend themselves wonderfully to the addition of many other types of wonderful adjuncts, such as treacle, molasses, liquorice, cloves, cassia, rosemary, black pepper, grains of paradise, coriander, cocoa, nutmeg, ginger and the list goes on and on. But our favourite is Coffee.
Using the cold toddy method we brew up some freshly ground coffee and add during the whirl-pooling prior to cast-out. This adds all the wonderful flavours of freshly ground espresso coffee. This combined with our fusion of a sweet and oatmeal stout delivers a roasted and oatmeal aroma with the sweet espresso coffee and chocolate notes. Medium-full bodied and creamy with the silkiness and richness from the oatmeal.
Grain Bill: Pale Malt, Pale Wheat, Medium Crystal, Chocolate, Roasted Barley, Flaked Maize and Oatmeal
Hop Bill: Horizon, Willamette and Cascade
Adjuncts: Espresso Coffee
Yeast: Safbrew S-33
OG: 1.070 FG: 1.030 IBU: 30 ABV: 5.6%
This is another spice beer release for the colder months and falls into the SHV (Spiced, Herb or Vegetable) beer category. It is reminiscent of the Christmas (in July) ginger bread, puddings and mulling spices. It will warm the body and soul.
Our grain bill has a unique GodsOwn made Crystal malt that has been produced in our pizza oven. This brings through its own unique rich flavour and colour to the malty base. We have called it the 3 Wise Spice because the spices used, we believe, pay homage with joy for any festive reason. If you like the Garden of Eden, we are sure you will like the 3 Wise Spice Ale. It finishes full, satisfying and warming with a good balance between the spices and hops and is suggested as a good accompaniment for evenings by the fire.
Grain Bill: Pale Malt, Dark & GodsOwn Crystal, Caramunich, Pils and CaraPils Malt
Hop Bill: East Kent Goldings, Hallertau Tradition and Santiam
Spice Bill: Ginger, Orange Peel and Cinnamon
Yeast: Safbrew T-58
OG: 1.069 FG: 1.016 IBU: 30 ABV: 6.9%