Night Spirit Imperial Stout is a luscious black ale that has been aged more for than 10 months in whisky casks that held a very special NZ single malt whisky.
The resulting beer is deep, dark, and intense in flavour with notes of oak, roasted barley, black malts, vanilla, and whisky. Some editions may have a hint of peat smoke.
Night Spirit will cellar gracefully for many years, but is fabulous right now. Do not serve cold! Treat the beer like you would a port or red wine and serve in an elegant glass. Only 4350 bottles were produced for the 2018 edition (2018 BGNZ gold medal) and only 3762 bottles were produced for the 2019 edition (2020 New World gold medal) and each bottle is hand-numbered. The 2017 release is sold out. The giant green moth on the label is the New Zealand Puriri Moth, otherwise known as the ‘Night Spirit’.
Want to try more than one variety? Choose 3 different barrel-aged beers!
Cheese: blue, aged gouda, sharp aged cheddar
Mains: red meats: roast beef, steak, burgers, chili
Dessert: chocolate, cheesecake, pavlova, vanilla or chocolate ice cream
Kereru obtained 140 unique oak barrels from the NZ Whisky Collection, a company founded around the stock of the former Wilson's Distillery in NZ. The stock was lost for many years and was then found and the whisky had aged to perfection. Some of the casks were 60 year-old American oak ex-bourbon barrels which contributed vanilla, oak and hints of maple to the whisky. Some of casks were French and American oak ex-red wine barrels from Mills Reef which contributed red wine and port notes to the whisky.
The casks arrived in small lots as they were decanted of whisky, and were wet and sloshing with a bit of magical spirits still inside. Each cask can impart its whisky character into a beer only once. After that the cask can be used again, but will only offer oak barrel character. This makes all our whisky barrel-aged beers unique and never to be repeated. Each bottle is hand numbered.