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Black Ruby Imperial Stout

Ruby label

 

 

Black Ruby Imperial Stout (11.1%ABV) is a rich dark imperial stout infused with Dominican cacao nibs from the Wellington Chocolate Factory, roast coffee beans, and raspberries. Black Ruby is bursting with intense roasted coffee and bitter chocolate flavours, rich velvety mouthfeel and lingering raspberry notes.

AIBA

Australian International Beer Awards
(Gold Medal, 2017, Other Specialty Beer

Brewers Guild NZ 2012 Member 150

Brewers Guild of New Zealand Awards
(Bronze Medal, 2016, Flavoured & Aged)

Food Matches for Black Ruby include: sharp blue cheeses, brie, red meats with strong sauces, chili, hearty stews, chocolate, ice cream floats, pavlova, cheesecake.

Ruby tap

 

 

 

Black Ruby was a special edition made for the 2016 GABS festival.

Best Before VS Vintage
Some bottles of Black Ruby have a Vintage on the label, not a Best Before date. Beer which has an ABV (Alcohol By Volume) at or above 7.3% ABV can be packaged (like wine) with a Vintage and date of packaging. Like wine, beer packaged with a Vintage has no Best Before and does not expire, and like wine can be cellared, potentially for years. Beer which is cellared will likely change character, possibly losing some strong flavours and allowing other flavours to come to the fore. Even though high ABV beer can be packaged with a vintage, sometimes we package it with a best before (of perhaps 5 years or more) anyway because some export markets require it.

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