October 13, 2009


Given the recent decline in temperatures, these seasonal brews couldn't have come at a more appropriate time. It is with much pride and excitement that we announce the return of Ursa Major - our Russian Imperial Stout (which happens to be my favorite McCoy's brew), as well as our nitrogenated Oatmeal Stout. That gives us a total of 3 stouts on tap right now - Ursa Major, Oatmeal Stout & our year-round offering, Thompson's Dry Stout.

Ursa Major Russian Imperial Stout

An Imperial Stout, or Russian Imperial Stout, is a strong dark beer that was originally brewed by Thrale's brewery in London for export to the court of Catherine II of Russia; known then as "Thrale's Entire Porter". Ursa Major is a rich, intense brew with big, complex flavors and a warming finish due to the high alcohol content. At 10.5% ABV, the "Big Bear" name is certainly appropriate. This beer has been recieved so well we're going to be bottling a small amount of it this year in our 30 oz. flip-top bombers. More info on that soon - check out the label art:

Brewer's specs:

Pale 2-row Malt
Crystal Malt
Roasted Malt
Chocolate Malt
Black Malt

Brown Sugar
Belgian Candied Sugar
20 lbs. East Kent Goldings hops from England
Fermented with McCoy's House Ale Yeast

OG 26 Plato
85 IBU
10.5% ABV

Oatmeal Stout:

Oatmeal Stouts are generally medium to full bodied stouts that have a remarkable smoothness to them from the addition of oats to the mash. The oats not only add a lot of smoothness to the mouthfeel, but also give a touch of sweetness that is unlike any other type of stout. Ours is very smooth and delicious with assertive dark malt flavors. This batch was nitrogenated to make it incredibly creamy!

Brewer's specs:

Pale Malt
Carapils Malt
Munich Malt
Roasted Malt
Black Malt
Honey Malt


Bravo & Willamette hops from the Pacific Northwest

Fermented with McCoy's House Ale Yeast

OG 15.5 Plato
45 IBU
6.1% ABV

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