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

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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.53/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


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3.4
markoijelena (3147) - Belgrade / Amsterdam, SERBIA - MAY 21, 2017
Bottle 0.7l at Alexei and Melanie Pizza Sourdough party. Aroma roasted malt, sourish black fruits. Taste roasted malt, sourish noce black fruits, kind of dryish, sweet little bot goes good with ice cream. Nice

3.8
jeevan (246) - SCOTLAND - FEB 16, 2016
Bottle from the Cellar ( one of James’s contributions) Ist beer to be tasted from the Lifetime collection. Pours dark with a nice off white head. Sweet dark malty aromas. Dark and creamy sweetness. Slight spice. Some Coffee. Some chocolate. Little bit booze. Kind of one dimensional but in a good way, if that makes sense. Bit more character/depth than you would normally get from an 8% abv. Porter, or as stated, double export stout. Really nice

3.5
Idiosynkrasie (7952) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - MAY 23, 2015
750 ml bottle and cask at FdB 2014. Almost opaque, darkest brown colour with small, creamy, diminishing beige head. Chocolately, dark malty aroma, some roast, coffee notes. chocolate cookie. Taste is slightly sweet, chocolately dark malty, decently roasty, a hoppy lemon touch lends some airiness; a warming touch of alcohol in the finish. Soft, silk & smooth palate.

3.4
Scopey (15662) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2014
Cask gravity at Pig’s Ear 2014. It pours near opaque darkest brown with a small beige head. The nose is rich, sweet molasses, earth, cocoa, salted liquorice, dried berry and syrup. The taste is bitter-sweet, earthy, liquorice, treacle, salted caramel, tar, burnt wood, chewy malt and booze. Fullish body and lowish carbonation. Rich, decadent stuff. Punchy, but not overly drinkable from this dispense method.

3.7
prawlie (1675) - 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
mR_fr0g (13475) - 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
Erzengel (9462) - 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
sic1314 (4967) - 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
Stuu666 (14805) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 7, 2014
Bottle at James’s. Pours dark brown, blackcurrant, chocolate, sweet, fruity, bit thin.

3.4
kermis (14553) - The Hague / Amsterdam, 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.


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