Signature Brew, in Leyton, East London, has announced the launch of Anthology, a highly limited edition imperial stout, designed and created by head Brewer Riina Lääts. She joined the team 12 months ago, having worked at Estonia’s Sori Brewing.

After working on developing and tightening Signature Brew’s core range with founders Tom Bott and Sam McGregor, Anthology has been Riina’s opportunity to express her brewing prowess on a more personal level.

Anthology weighs in at 10% ABV, with the recipe showcasing six malts, healthy amounts of Chinook hops and the addition of cacao nibs, giving profoundly bittersweet chocolate notes. The beer features intense flavours of dark chocolate, hints of licorice, and vinous notes of dark stone fruit, which lead to a lingering bitter finish.

The beer will be available exclusively in 440ml cans and 20l keykegs. Signature Brew’s regular designer, Simon McCoy, is responsible for the striking artwork that adorns the label.

Annual release

Riina said: “As the nights have started drawing in and we begin to head to the cosiest pubs possible, it seemed a deep, velvety imperial stout was the only option. The style also lends itself to being regularly reworked for each annual edition, and the scope for twisted spin-offs is endless. All of the guys here are already pitching their ideas for next year’s version, so watch this space…”

As Riina said, Anthology will become an annual release, launched each year in the late autumn. Future releases will include barrel-aged versions, as some of this year’s batch has been put aside for maturation in oak.

Tom Bott said: “2017 has been a good year for new beers coming out of our Leyton home and Anthology is the pinnacle of our brewing expression. Everyone in the team has excitedly observed the beer’s development and we now can’t wait to share it with the world. This is a beer that should be shared with friends while listening to a classic record, or, better still, aged for future enjoyment.”

The launch of Anthology will be celebrated on Sunday (December 3) at The King’s Arms, Bethnal Green. Launch parties will also take place on December 6 at The Beer Emporium, Bristol, and on December 14 at Dead Crafty, Liverpool. Anthology will be available at select independent retailers and venues around the UK from next week.

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