Limited release: Mills & Hills - Prosecco Grappa Barrel Aged

By Iain Smith

Launching as part of the celebration of the fifteenth anniversary of Fyne Ales’ founding, Mills & Hills - Prosecco Grappa Barrel Aged is an exclusive, new version of our award-winning imperial stout.

In early 2015, we collaborated with Dutch brewing heroes Browerij De Molen to create a rich imperial stout flavoured with new world hops. While the majority of the brew went into 330ml bottles, a portion was reserved for transferring into a special barrel, with a long history.

Originating from France in the 1970s where it was used in the production of cognac, the Limousin oak barrel was subsequently taken in by a grappa producer in Italy. The cask was filled with a single-grape prosecco grappa in 1992 and left to age for nearly twenty years before being bottled for a limited-edition Gran Riserva release in 2011.

A few years later, the barrel made its way to the highlands of Scotland to be given a new purpose –aging our Mills & Hills. Having only been used for a single-fill of grappa, the wood retained a huge amount of character of the Italian spirit, which infused the beer with a rich, honey sweetness and complex, deep chocolate character over the space of twelve months.

Recently transferred into to five hundred bottles, Mills & Hills - Prosecco Grappa Barrel Aged is available from the Fyne Ales online store and brewery tap now, and from good bottle shops from Monday 13 February.