Left Hand Brewing has teamed up with Foundry Distilling to create Sinister Malt Whiskey. The new spirit is the latest release from Foundry’s Brewer-Distiller Alliance.
Distilled from the mash bill inspired by Left Hand’s Milk Stout Nitro, Sinister Malt Whiskey is the first release between the Colorado brewery and the Iowa distillery. To create the mash bill, Left Hand started a batch of its iconic stout, creating a sweet liquid infusion of roasted malts. Before the addition of lactose or the process of fermentation that would turn it into a stout, this wash was transported to be fermented and distilled. Once in Iowa, the whiskey is aged for two years in 30-gallon charred oak barrels.
Sinister Malt Whiskey offers aromas of honey, apricot, and caramel with flavors of chocolate, fig, and crème brûlée. The finish is short and sweet.
“Our Milk Stout Nitro is renowned for a super smooth mouthfeel that delights the palate with notes of milk chocolate, roasted coffee, brown sugar, and vanilla cream,” said Jeff Joslin Director of Brewing Operations at Left Hand. “Taking that same grain bill and transforming the recipe for a world-class beer into a world-class whiskey was a satisfying experience. Notes of chocolate and vanilla still prevail, and the wood aging added a delicate yet complex array of dried fruits and caramelization with just a hint of spice.”
Bottled at 42.5% ABV, Sinister Malt Whiskey will be available in Colorado, Iowa and select markets. The new release is set to be followed by whiskey variations of Left Hand Brewing’s Galactic Cowboy Imperial Stout, Sawtooth Amber Ale, and Fade to Black Foreign Export Stout.
For more information on the Alliance, head over to the official website.