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. 

Artwork by Libby Walker.


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A fond welcome back to a very special beer.

Almost five 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. In 2015, we brought it back to celebrate our first year in our brewery, and now in 2017 we've decided to release it again. 

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 condition the beer, so the flavours will age and develop over time, we can't wait to see how! Label artwork provided by the wonderful Libby Walker. 

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


one of the best Tempest beers I've hadReview by Lew
One of the best Tempest beers I've had. Doesn't feel like you're drinking an 11% beer until you decide to stand up. (Posted on 04/06/2017)

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