Every year we brew a beer to celebrate the birth of our brewery. The Anniversary Ale series changes subtly each year but is always oak aged, always big and always a very limited release of around 1000 bottles. Murray’s 7th Anniversary Ale is among the brewer’s biggest, most complex beers yet. This year’s release is a Belgian-inspired barley wine (15% ABV) – but with a twist on last year. Cherry wood smoked malt has been added, which contributes a really interesting layer of smoky complexity to the beer. Like previous year’s Anniversary Ales, this year’s beer has been treated to extensive oak barrel aging, and is packaged under cork in 750ml Champagne bottles. The blend of two different Belgian yeast strains makes for an incredibly complex ester profile. The high ABV makes its presence felt with warmth right across the palate, but even at this early stage of the beer’s life is not ’hot’ or spirit like.
The American oak barrels contribute further complex layers of flavour and aroma to the beer. Initially full and rich on the palate, Murray’s Anniversary Ale 7 finishes remarkably dry for a beer of this size.
Murray’s Anniversary Ale 7 is designed to drink well at release but will reward careful cellaring - with the beer expected to mature beautifully over up to 10 years.
Enjoy with celebrations!
Brewer: Murrays Craft Brewing Co.
Style: Barley Wine
Alcohol Content: 15%