Roe & Co distillers have partnered with the Guinness Open Gate Brewery to showcase the best of the Dublin 8 neighbourhood by creating a unique expression of Irish whiskey and two experimental beers. Testing and experimenting to see what would happen next in the world of flavour surrounding beer and whiskey, Roe & Co’s Master Blender, Caroline Martin, collaborated with the Head Brewer at Guinness Open Gate Brewery, Peter Simpson, created something truly unique.
The process which took place, started with the two beers, which Caroline chose, Citra IPA and Antwerpen Stout, which were aged in Roe & Co Irish whiskey casks to create two unique and brilliant whiskey finished beers.
Roe & Co blended Irish whiskey was then filled back into these same casks within 24 hours of the beer being disgorged, to rest and react with the wood to deliver two very magical beer cask finished whiskeys. One influenced by Guinness Citra IPA and one influenced by Guinness Antwerpen Stout.
“Guinness Antwerpen is a survivor of World War II. First imported to Belgium in 1944, to this day it remains a sought-after specialty beer.”
Guinness Antwerpen has a light and creamy texture. It’s produced with a lower hop rate to give it a malty taste that’s less bitter than other stouts. Hints of vanilla, butterscotch and dark fruity flavours deliver a sweet finish.
When the Belgian brewing industry was suffering from the impact of World War II, John Martin created Guinness Antwerpen. It was first imported to Belgium in 1944 and thankfully managed to survive the war. Since then it has become a sought-after specialty beer. The rich, smoky, malty taste is balanced with a sweet, fruity finish. And although light and creamy in texture, it’s still unmistakably part of the Guinness family.
Roe & Co Cask & Keg, Distillery exclusive whiskeys can be bought individually at €85 or as a giftset retailing at €95 for one bottle of the chosen whiskeys and four beers (Two of each finish). Available from 16th December, purchased through www.shop.roeandcowhiskey.com
Roe & Co Antwerpen Stout Cask Finish Information:
Region: Dublin, Ireland
Distiller: Roe & Co
Bonder: Roe & Co
Mashbill: Corn & Malted Barley
Cask: Bourbon Casks, Guinness Antwerpen Stout Cask
ABV: 55.9% – 111.8% Proof
Roe & Co Antwerpen Stout Cask Finish Whiskey Tasting Notes:
Roe & Co master blender has expertly finished their signature blended Irish Whiskey in Guinness Antwerpen stout casks, this whiskey now reveals notes of honeycomb, burnt molasses, coffee, cocoa and chocolate-covered liquorice.
Tempered sweetness with vanilla and fruit balanced by dark coffee and burnt sugar.
Delicious notes of honeycomb, burnt molasses, coffee, cocoa and chocolate-covered liquorice.
As chocolate a fade on your tongue and you will be salivating for more.
Where To Buy Roe & Co Antwerpen Stout Cask Finish
Producing Roe & Co Cask & Keg collaboration, with two unique variants of Irish Whiskey from Roe & Co – a Citra IPA cask finished Roe & Co. blended Irish whiskey (€85) and an Antwerpen Stout cask finished Roe & Co blended Irish whiskey (€85).
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