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Truman's London Keeper

Truman’s London Keeper, 1880 Double Export Stout, 8% ABV (GYLE 0001)

“A silky, chocolatey, vinous essential for Christmas Day. Look out for it. Put it on your present wish list. In fact, mug, steal or blackmail to get it if you must.” Pete Brown.

Just 2,000 bottles of Truman’s London Keeper 1880 Double Export Stout were produced. Each 750ml bottle has been hand signed and finished in ivory wax.  It will improve and develop in bottle for up to a decade and provide a lasting reminder of the opening of our new brewery and the start of the next great chapter in Truman’s history.

The first Truman’s beer brewed in London for 24 years had to be something special. A beer that linked the old brewery to the new and showcased the quality of the ale that the Eyrie can produce. After hours spent looking through Truman’s Gyle books at the London Metropolitan Archive, Truman’s London Keeper – based on the recipe for a Double Export Stout from 1880 – was born.

The recipe from 1880 jumped out at us, the intriguing thing was that it was brewed with American hops. Despite their modern popularity, American hops were only used in the 19th century when the UK hop harvest failed. Willamette and Sterling were selected due to their similarity to older hop varieties and suitability for the style.

The beer pours a gorgeous midnight black, with aromas of toasted nuts and dark chocolate. It then delivers an explosion of crunchy, malty flavours with background notes of liquorice and black treacle. The malty sweetness is balanced with a delicious lick of hop bitterness. No tricks, no gimmicks – just a very special beer.

The labels were printed by Baddeley Brothers, east London’s finest and most historic printers, using the age-old letter press technique.  The bottles were then hand sealed with ivory wax. 


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