Dark Beers

Red Admiral NZ Whisky Barrel Aged Dopplebock


Red Admiral New Zealand Barrel-Aged Dopplebock was aged for 12 months in whisky casks that previously held very special NZ single malt whisky for more than 8 years. The casks have a great story to tell and amazing flavours to contribute to the beer. The casks (French and American Oak) originally held red wines from Mills Reef in NZ and then created the special Double-Wood/Oamaruvian releases from the NZ Whisky Co.

This dark amber beer has a subdued whisky and hop aroma with hints of oak, vanilla and almond macaroon on the nose with flavours in the mouth of toasted marshmallow, burnt sugar, bready malt and dry sherry followed by a soft alcohol warmth, mild bitterness with lingering hints of vanilla and almond from the oak.

There were a very limited number of NZ Whiskey Co. barrels, and we can coax the whiskey character out of a barrel and into a beer only once. After that, the barrel may offer oak flavour, but the whiskey character is essentially lost. Each bottle is hand numbered. Count yourself fortunate if you are lucky enough to get your hands on some of these bottles. It is a unique experience which can’t be repeated and the beer will age gracefully for years. We expect the sweet spot to be around 3-5 years. Do not serve cold! Treat it like a port or red wine and serve it in an elegant glass.

Want great value and variety? Choose 3 different barrel-aged beers!

Dark and Roasty
Dark Amber
11.1% ABV
50 IBU

Food matching

Cheese: blue, aged gouda, sharp aged cheddar

Mains: risotto, mu-shu pork, beef Wellington, venison, lamb

Dessert: fresh figs, fruit cake, steamed pudding

Brewer's Notes

This dark amber lager was brewed expressly to be aged in the NZ Whisky Collection's Double-Wood barrels. It's a beauty of a beer that will keep for many years in a cool, dark location.