The Irish Giant
American Style Barleywine 11% abv. Not just a big beer a Giant!
Caramel, sweet toffee, orange, sweet malts, lemon, figs, plums, cherries, pine. A sweet malt profile leads to bitter finish. Lovely stuff. Dangerously easy to drink for an 11 %er
Patrick Cotter O'Brien (19 January 1760 – 8 September 1806) was the first of only thirteen people in medical history to stand at a verified height of eight feet (2.44 m) or more. O'Brien was born in Kinsale, County Cork, Ireland. His real name was Patrick Cotter and he adopted O'Brien as his stage name in the sideshow circus. He was also known as the Bristol Giant and the Irish Giant.
It is believed he died from the effects of the disease gigantism.
No hearse could be found to accommodate his nine feet four inch casket encased in lead, and his remains were borne to the grave by relays of fourteen men. In his will, Cotter left £2,000 to his mother and a request that his body be entombed within twelve feet of solid rock (to prevent exhumation for scientific or medical research).
Patrick Cotter's giant boots are on display in the Kinsale Museum.
An arm of Cotter's is currently preserved in the Medical Museum of the Royal College of Surgeons, London.