2018 Bourbon Barrel Aged Barley Wine “Wan-Wu”
” A symphony must be like the world, it must contain everything” – Gustav Mahler.
At Head Brewers, we believe every beer should be like a symphony that reflects the imagination and the reality. “Wan-Wu” (meaning “Everything”) is an English barleywine aged in Kentucky’s Heaven Hill bourbon barrels and has rich flavors of vanilla, caramel, and coconut. This beer is our take on Mahler’s No.3 Symphony showcasing the balance between each component in beer-making.
2018 Brandy Barrel Aged Imperial Stout “Ni-Lu”
“Ni-Lu” (meaning “Guest-house”) is our annual special release of Imperial Stout aged in brandy barrels from Guild Wineries and Distilleries in California. This beer was inspired by Richard Strauss’ tone poem “Also sprach Zarathustra,” and is full of fruity, vanilla, chocolate, and dried fruit flavors. Welcome to our guest house, Freunde.
2019 Imperial Baltic Porter “Bai-Dai”
“Bai-Dai” (means one hundred of generations) is our special collaboration project with the iconic Põhjala brewery from Estonia. It is a traditional Imperial Baltic Porter brewed with chocolate from Taiwan’s very own FuWan Chocolate and coffee beans from the award-winning Simple Kaffa cafe. The beer is then aged on French and American oak to create the complex layers of dark-roasted malt, cocoa, and coffee flavors. Unlike your mother in-law, this beer will definitely improve when properly aged. You can try to age it over one hundred generations, but we think one to two years will be enough.
2019 Mid Spring Plum Sour Ale “Guo-Ke”
“Guo-Ke” (means passerby) is a sour beer brewed with plums soaked within our plum ale “Mid Spring” and aged on French and American oak. This beauty then goes through a lengthy secondary fermentation with our very own wild yeast to create the clean, dry and fruity tartness. This beer is ready to be enjoyed right away, but is definitely worth to be aged.
2020 Imperial Oatmeal Stout – Bourbon Barrel Aged “Fu-Sheng”
“Fu-Sheng” (meaning “life”) is our annual special release of Imperial Oatmeal Stout aged in Kentucky’s Heaven Hill bourbon barrels. As its name suggests, this beer will take you deep into the memory lane paved with flaked oats, cereal, vanilla, dark chocolate, and coconut flavors. This beer is so smooth, silky, and flavorful. Hey, life is too short to waste on boring beer.
2020 Taiwan Smoked Plum Sour Ale – Bourbon Barrel Aged “Ruomeng”
“Ruomeng” (meaning “like a dream”) is the companion of our another limited release Fu-Sheng (meaning “life”). “Life is like a dream,” said the famous Chinese poet. “I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind,” responded King Solomon.
Ruomeng is a wild sour ale brewed with smoked plums and fermented with our very own wild yeast. The beer is then aged in Kentucky’s Heaven Hill bourbon barrels, giving this beer another layer of vanilla and toasty dried fruit flavors. At 10.5%, this surreal beauty surely will take you to a sweet and colorful dream.