Fuller’s imperial stout brings hint of Turkish Delight

IMPERIAL STOUTA new limited-edition imperial stout has been released by London brewer Fuller’s that recreates a classic beer style that dates back to the 18th century.

It has been given a unique twist by infusing the beer with dried rose buds during the maturation process to give the stout a hint of Turkish Delight.

The recipe was created by the brewery team at the Chiswick brewery, headed by master brewer John Keeling, in partnership with leading beer expert Melissa Cole.

With an ABV of 10.7%, it is based on classic imperial stouts which traditionally were rich in malt and deeply roasted to withstand tough conditions while shipping to imperial Russia. Fuller’s has added Centennial hops to impart a distinctive floral character.

The result is a strong, dark stout with roasted dark chocolate notes and a slight fruity acidity with fairly high bitterness. It has a shelf life of 10 years.

Melissa said: “The inspiration for this opulent beer was to make an adult Turkish Delight. The size of the Fuller’s brewery was quite daunting for me, so working with the team there was both fun and humbling.

“We’ve created what I think is an immensely elegant, rounded and smooth imperial stout that will not only drink well now but I think is worth buying a few extra bottles to tuck away as it will age extremely well too.”

Wade Crouch, head of marketing at Fuller’s, said: “We were delighted to work with Melissa to create our Imperial Stout as she had some great ideas that have helped to make this stout truly unique.

“It is the latest innovation to come from our extremely talented and passionate brewing team and is a reflection of our commitment to giving our customers plenty of choice and some really interesting beers of superior quality.”

Production of Fuller’s Imperial Stout will be limited, with a small allocation being made available in the UK. At Fuller’s Brewery Shop, it will be sold at £8.50 per 500ml bottle.

It will also raise the profile of the London brewer internationally with exports to key markets with a high demand for strong stout beers including Chile, Estonia and Japan.

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