Gilgamesh old ale has been aged in rum barrels while resting on its yeast in storage, which contributes to a full-bodied and malty character. Complex fruit esters reminiscent of figs and dates add to the richness and sweetness of this dark, strong wine-like ale.
Beau’s LCBO Barrel Aged Beer Feature for spring 2014 is inspired by the art and mythology of ancient Mesopotamia. Gilgamesh, a legendary king of Mesopotamia, is the central character in The Epic of Gilgamesh, one of the earliest surviving works of literature. Deliberately long-aged, the brew team took inspiration for Gilgamesh from several different versions of the robust, malty Old Ale style.
Sweet rich malt and dried fruit aromas are abundant and are reflected in the flavour. Date and fig-like notes merge with some baking-spice notes of cinnamon and nutmeg, and just a touch of earthiness. Wood-aged characters including vanillin are subtle but present, as is a dark rum undertone. Gilgamesh displays well-integrated alcohol warmth. 600 ml, 8.9% alc./vol.