Inspired by one of Black Label Society's most moving songs, "Darkest Days" is an imperial stout brewed with Zakk Wylde's very own Valhalla Java Odinforce Blend coffee. Fueled by death and spiced with cacao nibs, this beer packs quite the punch in both flavour and alcohol. Do you bleed black?View on Untappd
Last brewedApril 22nd, 2019
MaltsPilsner, Carafa II, CaraAroma, Chocolate, Roasted Barley
YeastDanstar Nottingham Ale
ExtrasCacao Nibs, Deathwish Coffee Valhalla Java
As a long time fan of Black Label Society I wanted to make a beer explicitly designed for the band, all the way from ingredients to artwork. Since most of the time I'm fueled by Deathwish Coffee anyway, I figured it would be interesting to go for a coffee stout brewed with Zakk Wylde's very own Valhalla Java Odinforce Blend, and so I crafted the recipe and brewed myself one strong, roasty, dark beer. Once fermented, I let it smooth out for about 1.5 months before adding the cold brewed coffee along with some cacao nibs for a smoother, rounder taste. After another week, the batch was bottled and moved to the cellar for an extra 3 months of final conditioning. Ready just in time for the launch of the band's "Grimmest Hits" album, this beer ended up being everything I hoped it would be: rich black pour with a dark tan head, medium bodied with roasted coffee flavours all over and just a hint of chocolate in the front. With some of the bottles left in the cellar for over a year, this stout just kept getting better and better.
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All of my beers are brewed in small quantities simply out of passion for the craft and as a tribute to the music that inspired them. I only share them with family and friends, and they are never for sale anywhere. If you would like to show your support though, maybe consider purchasing some merchandise from the shop.
Check out some of the other beers I brewed that might be similar to this one in one way or another, or alternatively just explore the full range regardless of their style.