3x 750 ml
Today XO is a blend of barrels aged for three years or more. The worts for this blend were made in December 2017 and March 2018, using traditional turbid mash methods. The grists contained barley, oats, rye and wheat in varying proportions. An extra large quantity of aged hops were added to the boil to preserve the beer over the extended ageing in barrel. The worts were left in our coolship overnight to be inoculated with wild yeast and bacteria, before fermenting in small and large neutral oak barrels. The average beer age at bottling was 41 months. The resulting beer was conditioned in bottle for a further six months prior to release.
The beer is dry (yet relatively full bodied), with balancing bitterness and acidity. The nose is delicate with herbal, citrus and woody notes.