Style Guidelines: We discussed the possibility of producing a brew with a historical background. We even searched for a George Washington's recipe for his estate brew. We ended up with a recipe that includes black treacle, and intensely flavored molasses. The combination of ingredients results in a fuitiness that makes for a fine after dinner drink.
Rotation Schedule: About once a year, usually around the New Year
Food Pairings: Most foods don't stand up to this strong ale, and you'll probably lose the maltiness in the beer if you try. Try a really strong cheese or a piece of super-dark chocolate, or serve it alone or with a cigar, fireside of course.
Color: Deep Amber
Grain: British pale and 60 & 120 lovibond crystal malt and roasted barley
Bittering Hops: American Columbus
Finishing Hops: American Columbus
Original Gravity: 1.080
Estimated IBUs: 24
Alcohol By Volume: 7.6%
First Tapped: June 1996
About the Ale: Did you know?
Auld Curiosity Ale won the silver medal in 2001 at the national Real Ale Festival for American style Barleywine, Old Ale and Strong Ale category.
It went on to win gold medal as best American Style Ale in America that year.
Not that we're bragging or anything, but when you order one, remember that you're sampling some of the best beer this side of the pond.
A curiosity of this brew is that it contains black treacle. Treacle is a by product of sugar refining. During the refining process, raw sugar cane is first crushed then boiled in stages until it has thickened sufficiently to facilitate the growing of sugar crystals which will eventually become refined sugar.
Black treacle is made from the syrup obtained from later boilings and is about 55% sucrose. Treacle was originally the name of a medicinal mixture which was most likely used as an antidote against poisons, in particular venomous bites. The name is derived from Old French triacle, in turn from Latin theriaca meaning "antidote to poison". This medicine originally had honey as its base, but at some point the honey was replaced with treacle.
Black treacle has a slightly burnt caramel flavour that is a bit stronger than that of medium molasses. As the name would suggest, it is black, for all intents and purposes. It is most often used in confectionery such as toffee and baked goods such as breads, cakes and biscuits, where it lends color and flavor, but can also be used in savory recipes such as glazes, sauces and stews or casseroles. It can be used as a substitute in most recipes calling for dark molasses.
Apparently, it's also used to make award-winning beer. Are you curious?