A fortified barley wine in the spirit of Apera (Australian for “sherry”).
A very strong, dark and aggressively hopped barley wine brewed in 2019 with a portion of solera stock ale (aged barley wine with components from 2018, 2017 and 2011). Aged in 300L ex-whisky hogsheads with an alcohol tolerant yeast strain for 13 months, the beer fermented slowly, reaching 16.3% ABV. This beer was fortified with spirit distilled from 3 Ravens beer recovered from kegs no longer required due to COVID-19 (with a little help from our mates at Cedar Fox) to increase the ABV to 19.7%. A very small portion (0.12%) of the unfermented beer (pasteurised and preserved from the brewday in 2019) was then added and the beer packaged without carbonation to be enjoyed as you would sherry or port.
500ml bottle, 19.7% ABV