McMenamins Releases Bottles of Blackest Heart Barrel-Aged Cherry Chocolate Coffee Stout

McMenamins Breweries 23rd Avenue Bottle Shop in Portland is hosting the release party for limited edition bottle release Blackest Heart Barrel-Aged Cherry Chocolate Coffee Stout this Friday, February 9th, from 6-8pm. Blackest Heart was made at the 25bbl brewhouse at McMenamins Edgefield Brewery in Troutdale, Oregon. The 23rd Avenue Bottleshop is located at 2290 NW Thurman St, Portland, OR 97210.

McMenamins Edgefield Brewery
Blackest Heart Barrel-Aged Cherry Chocolate Coffee Stout


Blackest Heart is a beer made for the grim souls protesting the holiday that celebrates infatuation and tenderness. This particular revolt is a Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout, woefully born from a blend of two unique beers from three different barrels. After the initial blending, this black brew was enhanced with sweet cherries, chocolate and McMenamins cold brew coffee, then aged for over a year in Hogshead Whiskey barrels. It’s dark, indulgent, and hard to resist…so don’t even try.
Special Ingredients: Cold Brew Coffee, Chocolate

Fruit: Sweet Cherries

Malts: Baird’s Pale, Munich, Wheat, Flaked Barley, Crystal 135/165, Black, Roast, Maris Otter, Rolled Oats, Crystal 40, Acidulated

Hops: Horizon, Sterling, US Golding, Perle

OG: 1.091   TG: 1.023   ABV: 8.77   IBU: 24   SRM: 32

Availability: On sale Friday, February 9 at 10am.

About McMenamins Edgefield Brewery
25 Barrel Brewhouse
Established: January 1991
2017 Brewery Production: 5,229 barrels • 10,459 kegs • 1,296,911 pints

The largest of McMenamins’ breweries, the Edgefield Brewery opened in 1991 in the old cannery building of the former Multnomah County Poor Farm. Original artwork by Joe Cotter and Scott Young depicts the history of beer along the walls.

These days, in addition to their regular rotation of standards and seasonals, you can often wrap your hands around a pint of various sublimely hopped IPAs. You’re also likely to find some Sour Ales in the mix, as experimentation abound at the Edgefield, where the paddle is currently led by Nathan Whitney, Will Gaither, Shane Kono and Dave Kosanke. Brewery Manager Matt Bergfield oversees the madness that’s required for endless creativity.

Perhaps most impressive is the legion of beers from the wood. Edgefield Brewery has easy access to freshly dumped whiskey and rum barrels from the Distillery up the path, and as such, a healthy barrel-aging program has been undertaken. Watch for these spectacular barrel-aged treats to be unveiled.

Upcoming Events at McMenamins 23rd Avenue Bottle Shop:

Friday, February 9 from 6pm ‘til 8pm: Blackest Heart Release Party

Saturday, February 10 from 2pm ‘til 4pm: Rogue Tasting

Friday, February 16 from 6pm ‘til 8pm: Agrarian Ales Pop-Up

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