Off Color Brewing Scourge Imperial Stout...$14.99 / 750ml
Scourge is a fermentation study to explore and better understand how our isolated native yeasts harvested from Michigan blueberry skins respond to different styles and wort makeups. Expect a brash frontal assault of dark cocoa powder, freshly roasted coffee, and baked roadside pies tempered by the alluring, summer flowers and blueberry nektar from our native yeasts. French Kiln Coffee malt and classic British chocolate malt couple with the fermentation derived blueberry juice aromas reminiscent of natural processed Ethiopian coffees to create a ‘Blueberry Mocha’ amalgam. Mid palate notes of peach, Tellicherry black pepper, and velvety Gardenias succumb to a full bodied and fudgey but dry, roasty finish. This dichotomy is balanced by the warming alcohols indicative of its Russian Imperial Stout/Belgian Strong Dark ale hybrid parentage before fading into the inky, war strewn blackness of an Abbey felled during the Summer of the Late Rose.
What’s the inspiration for the name and awesome label art: A nod to Cluny the Scourge, a seafaring bilge rat warlord of mysterious provenance and the only villain to overthrow and hold Redwall Abbey in Brian Jacques’ series of woodland creature themed young adult books.