Every year we brew a beer to celebrate the birth of our brewery. The Anniversary Ale series changes subtly each year but is always oak aged, always big and always a very limited release of around 1000 bottles.
Murray's 7th Anniversary Ale is among our biggest, most complex beers yet.
This year's release is a Belgian-inspired barley wine (15% abv) Ð but with a twist on last year. Cherry wood smoked malt has been added, which contributes a really interesting layer of smoky complexity to the beer.
Like previous year's Anniversary Ales, this year's beer has been treated to extensive oak barrel aging, and is packaged under cork in 750ml Champagne bottles. The blend of two different Belgian yeast strains makes for an incredibly complex ester profile. The high abv makes its presence felt with warmth right across the palate, but even at this early stage of the beer's life is not 'hot' or spirit like.
The American oak barrels contribute further complex layers of flavour and aroma to the beer. Initially full and rich on the palate, Murray's Anniversary Ale 7 finishes remarkably dry for a beer of this size.
Murray's Anniversary Ale 7 is designed to reward careful cellaring - with the beer expected to mature beautifully over up to 10 years.
Enjoy with celebrations.
Murray's AA7 is a beer designed to cellar.
It isn't like most other beers you'll come across. We've carefully brewed it, packaged it, and timed its release with the intention that the beer isn't designed for immediate consumption.
Good things take time. Great things take even longer.
Don't put your AA7 in the fridge straight away after purchase. Let it sit at room temp (not extreme temps).
It is a beer deliberately designed to present with low carbonationÊ - at 15% ABV we didn't want Champagne style gas Ð and it will take a little time to settle into itself in the bottle. It should have an almost red wine like mouthfeel.
In our opinion if cellared carefully it will be at its best in around 5 years from now and should keep going for at least 10. And that is speaking from our experience across all 7 years of AA releases.
So give it time, don't chill it until you are ready to drink it. That's the best advice we can give. The beer is worth the wait.
We hope you enjoy drinking it as much as we enjoyed brewing and ageing it before release.
Shawn Sherlock - Murray's Head Brewer