Dry Dock Brewing Releases Signature Series Imperial Stout
Aurora, CO – This week Dry Dock Brewing Co. released the Signature Series Whiskey Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout in 22 oz. bombers. The 2014 Signature Series release of the Imperial Stout is the first of this year’s Signature Series, a collection of small-batch, barrel-aged imperial and double beers. It is the first time this whiskey barrel-aged Imperial Stout has been available outside of the taproom.
The Signature Series Imperial Stout was first brewed by Dry Dock Brewing’s Director of Operations Doug Hyndman for the annual brewers’ Ho Ho Ho Slapdown brewing contest in 2012. It took second place in the contest, but everyone loved it so much that it gained a spot in Dry Dock’s seasonal tap lineup.
The Imperial Stout, along with the rest of the Signature Series beers, will be available on tap and in bottles in Dry Dock’s tasting room. Less than 200 cases of bombers will be distributed throughout the state of Colorado.
Next to be released in the Signature Series are the Double Brown Ale and Hazelnut Double Brown, followed by the Double Vanilla Porter and Double Coffee Porter, and finally the Bligh’s Barleywine Ale. All of these Signature Series beers were aged in whiskey barrels.
Dry Dock was the first brewery in Aurora that began as a small, speakeasy-style bar next door to its sister business, The Brew Hut homebrew supply shop, at 15120 E. Hampden Avenue. To-date, it’s one of Colorado’s top producing breweries, made possible by its production facility, North Dock, where Amber Ale, Hop Abomination IPA, Hefeweizen, and Apricot Blonde are canned. Dry Dock will soon fill its 4th millionth can.
Dry Dock Signature Series Beers
9.2% ABV 50 IBU
A robust imperial stout with pronounced roasted bitterness that is balanced by chocolate undertones and a dark fruit backbone. This velvety textured beer ages in whiskey barrels for 11 months, adding vanilla and coconut nuances to its flavor and aroma.
Double Brown Ale
8% ABV 30 IBU
This winter warmer is a double-strength English brown ale with a nutty, caramel backbone and pronounced, earthy bitterness. Dry Dock Double Brown is aged in whiskey barrels, adding depth to its
toasted flavor with a hint of chocolate and notes of walnut and plum.
Double Hazelnut Brown Ale
8% ABV 30 IBU
This full-bodied Double Brown Ale is aged in whiskey barrels with added hazelnut, which creates its earthy, nutty complexity and caramel, toffee-forward aroma.
Double Vanilla Porter
9.3% 20 IBU
Dry Dock’s classic Vanilla Porter recipe, amplified. This beer has a dark chocolate essence with hints of dark fruit and subtle smoke. Big-bodied and creamy, Double Vanilla Porter is a strong ale that takes on whiskey and oak aromas from the barrels it ages in, and finishes surprisingly dry for a beer of its brawn.
Double Coffee Porter
9.3% 20 IBU
Cold brew coffee was added to Dry Dock’s naked porter, which was aged in whiskey barrels to create this complex beer. Double Coffee Porter smells of roasted coffee and oak staves, with hints of dark chocolate and nuttiness to taste. This beer’s creamy body comes from the addition of flaked barley.
Bligh’s Barleywine Ale
9.4% ABV 30 IBU
Malty and complex, this big beer has a strong caramel backbone supporting oak and whiskey flavors with hints of dark fruits. The nose wafts of coconut, toffee, and a smooth hint of alcohol. The flavor and aroma merge, becoming one after just one single sip. There is a touch of bitterness, and it will age nicely.