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Truman’s London Keeper

Truman’s London Keeper
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Brewed by Truman’s
Style: Foreign Stout
Hackney Wick, England

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RATINGS: 28   MEAN: 3.51/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Truman’s is now offering a very special limited release of the first ever beer brewed at the Eyrie, Truman’s new home in Hackney Wick.

Just 2,000 bottles of Truman’s London Keeper 1880 Double Export Stout were produced. Each 75cl bottle has been hand signed and finished in ivory wax. It will improve and develop in bottle for up to a decade and provide a lasting reminder of the opening of our new brewery and the start of the next great chapter in Truman’s history.

The first Truman’s beer brewed in London for 24 years had to be something special. A beer that linked the old brewery to the new and showcased the quality of the ale that the Eyrie can produce. After hours spent looking through Truman’s Gyle books at the London Metropolitan Archive, Truman’s London Keeper – based on the recipe for a Double Export Stout from 1880 – was born. Head Brewer, Benedikt Ott, explains: “A recipe from 1880 just jumped at me. It was an 8% ABV double export stout – but the intriguing thing was that it was brewed with American hops.”

Despite their modern popularity, American hops were only used in the 19th century when the UK hop harvest failed. Although it was impossible to find out which hops were actually used at the time, Willamette and Sterling were selected due to their similarity to older hop varieties and suitability for the style.

The beer pours a gorgeous midnight black, with aromas of toasted nuts and dark chocolate. It then delivers an explosion of crunchy, malty flavours with background notes of liquorice and black treacle. The malty sweetness is balanced with a delicious lick of hop bitterness. No tricks, no gimmicks – just a very special beer.

The labels were printed by Baddeley Brothers, east London’s finest and most historic printers, using the age-old letter press technique. The bottles were then hand sealed with ivory wax. Each label has been individually signed by James Morgan, re-founder, and Ben Ott, Head Brewer.



3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
prawlie (1150) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2014
Half pint at Wandsworth Summer Beer Festival. Black with a bubbly head. Nice complex strong stout aroma, molasses and booze. Smooth light chocolate roast, very drinkable. A nice drop that I’d have again.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mR_fr0g (3142) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 24, 2014
Cask gravity at the Wandsworth summer beer fest. Aroma is green apple, dried fruit, wood, caramel sugars. Murky brown caramel coloured pour with a loose light tan head. Flavour is brown sugar, tangy fruit, raisin, wood, green apple. Palate is semi sweet.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Erzengel (2609) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - JUN 15, 2014
On cask The beer starts smooth, very smooth. Intense fruity-dark, smooth, sweetish, but not too much. Malt, chocolate, fresh. Hints of roast, hints of caramel. Very nice and smooth. Highly drinkable. Smooth and great! 13/12/13/13

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sic1314 (3295) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JUN 7, 2014
At FdB 2014. Poured deep dark brown with a tan head. Aroma of deep, dark fruit and caramel malt, chocolate and light liquorice. Medium to full body, flavour much as the aroma. OK, but not in the same league as the similar Kernel attempts.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (2299) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 7, 2014
Bottle at James’s. Pours dark brown, blackcurrant, chocolate, sweet, fruity, bit thin.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kermis (5078) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 2, 2014
Bottle sampled at Festival der Bierkulturen, Koln. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma of roast, chocolate, malt and licorice. Flavour is moderate sweet and over moderate bitter. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
bartlebier (1734) - Belchum im Breisgau, GERMANY - JUN 2, 2014
Cask pour@FdB Köln, SO 2014. Nearly flat, watery, semi-transparent deep chestnut brown. Very much a UK porter, with loads of roast, nut and liquorice notes on the brighter side, sadly also and some filter coffee, heightened by the flat pour, and cocoa powder sneaking in. 8% not optimally used up here I feel. A quick glance aside to the blackboard advertising this at €20/bottle offered a fun and free 3-second escapade into a parallel dimension, Inflatograd-upon-Thames.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ThirstyBird (1567) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - JUN 1, 2014
Pours a super dark brown with a nice tan head. The smell is brown sugar, molasses, roasted malt, dark fruit. The taste taste is as it smells ending dry and roasty.Medium body with fine carbonation.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
MichaelAwesome (4100) - Wanne-Eickel, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - JUN 1, 2014
Nice stout which is really thick and offers a big range of chocolate, syrup, coffee and some vinegar. Strong one with a bit too much alcohol in the end. Still not my favourite style to drink or rate.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerhunter111 (7437) - Hasborn, GERMANY - JUN 1, 2014
Dunkelbraunes Bier mit geringer beigen Schaumkrone. Geruch röstmalzig, Kaffee. Geschmack nach Kaffee, bitter, röstmalzig, Karamell.


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