Old Parochial

Smoke, Stone Fruit, Caramel
Nostalgia and Celebration in a bottle. Raise a glass to the art of barrel aging with this rich, complex imperial scotch ale aged in Craigellachie barrels. Smoke, stone fruit, and caramel blend together on the palate with a warming hum of whisky.


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A fond welcome back to a very special beer.

A few months ago when we were talking about what beers we wanted to make again.Three years ago, we brewed a beer called Old Parochial; an imperial strength scotch ale barrel aged for six months in both ex bourbon and sherry casks. This became the obvious choice for a special send off to what's been a huge year for our brewery.

Originally when we brewed this in 2012, we blended the beer to create balance and complexity, however this time around we tried it straight out the barrel and it tasted exactly where we wanted it to be. It was smooth, had a nice whisky warmth, and the scotch ale completely held its own against the bourbon barrel. What you'll get on trying it, are smoke, stone fruit, rich caramel and toffee, and a nice, mellow warmth. You can really pick up on the whisky notes, but it doesn’t overpower or dominate. A touch of molasses rounds off the taste, and the full body of the beer gives it a smooth, rich consistency.

We've decided to bottle ferment the beer, so the flavours will age and develop over time, we can't wait to see how! Click here to read more on our blog. Label designed by Zuzana Gibb of Kerdova Prints.

A traditional style with a Tempest twist, a rare breed indeed.



Brew Sheet

  • ABV: 10%
  • Yeast: Two very closely guarded strains!
  • Hops: Waimea 
  • Malt: Munich, Oak Smoked Barley, Golden Promise 
  • Aged in Craigellachie ex Bourbon barrels


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