A new collaboration between Bottle Logic Brewing and Moksa Brewing Co. in Rocklin, Calif. was aged in barrels that first held another Bottle Logic stout.
The joint effort by the two breweries is However Improbable 2018, a 12.8 percent ABV imperial stout was brewed in autumn 2017 and was recirculated on coconut pieces after fermentation for three days before it was put into freshly emptied barrels that previously contained Darkstar November imperial stout.
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The first #StasisProject of 2019 is one of our most ambitious projects yet! #HoweverImprobable is a small-batch collaboration with our friends at @moksabrewing. This 12.8% stout was brewed back in the Autumn of 2017 where, after fermentation, the whole brew was recirculated on coconut pieces for three days before it was racked into freshly spent #DarkstarNovember barrels. We left things to round out for a few months before racking the aged liquid out of the DSN barrels and then re-racking into fresh, first-use bourbon barrels with a full pound of fruity, floral Tahitian vanilla beans in each barrel. Late last week we pulled the beer out of its second barrel slumber, then started recirculating the brew through a hopback chock-full of fresh coconut. Five days later, we dumped the fresh coconut swapped in a full load of toasted coconut, …you know, for science. We ran the beer through for another four days and now hold in our hands the culmination of a series of double-barreling and triple-adjuncting experiments gone magnificently right. However Improbable will be sold online via Eventbrite at 12:00pm on Sunday, January 6th. Bottle pick up will run from 1/12 to 1/27. Keep an eye out on our media channels and the Events and Releases tab at bottlelogic.com for the sale site!
After aging for “a few months” in those barrels, the beer was then put into fresh, first-use bourbon barrels with a pound of Tahitian vanilla beans for an unspecified amount of time before being recirculated through a hopback “chock-full of fresh coconut” for five days. Finally, the breweries replaced the original coconut in the hopback with toasted coconut and ran the stout through that adjunct for an additional four days before bottling.
The new imperial stout is the latest addition to the Anaheim, Calif.-based brewery’s Stasis Project Series, which “celebrates the barrel as a fifth ingredient” and includes other notables such as Resplendent Angel 2018 (13.75 percent ABV), Darkstar November 2018 (14 percent ABV) and The Lost Colony 2018 (12.5 percent ABV.)
According to a post on Bottle Logic’s Instagram page, However Improbable 2018 will put on sale via Eventbrite on Jan. 6 with bottle pickups starting Jan. 12 and no proxies will be allowed.