Pirate Life has teamed up with Limeburners Whisky to craft its second limited-edition Whisky Barrel Aged Stout.
The Stout is the result of a relationship built between the Pirate Life and Limeburners teams, which began in 2016 when Limeburners founder and master distiller, Cameron Syme, dropped past Pirate Life to offer an impromptu tasting with Pirate Life co-founders Michael Cameron, Jack Cameron and Jared (Red) Proudfoot.
After a few whiskies and ales, the crew decided to collaborate on a Whisky Aged Stout.
Their first stout collaboration – above – was released in February, 2019.
Based in Albany, on the edge of Princess Royal Harbour, Limeburners – which recently won World’s Best International Craft Spirit at the American Distilling Institute Awards – attributes much of its success to the provenance of its spirit.
Produced using premium Great Southern grain, the spirit is aged in ex-bourbon American oak barrels, which soak up a portion of the liquid gold into the wood grain over time. These whisky infused barrels are then used to age the Whisky Barrel Aged Stout for a rich, complex result.
The beer has a scent of fine malt whisky, vanilla, cacao nib, honeyed dates and Blackstrap molasses, while the palate reveals a surprising umami, preserved fig and gentle acidity.
Like a great whisky, it transforms as it slowly warms in your glass. Those with patience will discover that much like ageing whisky in a barrel, if kept in a cool, dark place this Stout will continue to evolve and surprise.
This year’s release is packaged in two 500ml sleek cans so that eager fans can crack into one upon purchase and save the second for cellaring, allowing the stout to further develop.