A homage to the rare rubbing mud collected in secret and applied to every major league baseball, Blackburne is a rich, dark tribute to the game’s most curious ritual. The mystery deepens as this imperial stout emerges after aging for eleven months in Heaven Hill bourbon barrels. Swirling oaky aromas of sweet cocoa give way to bold, sticky dark chocolate, raisin and burnt caramel flavours, with a full, warming finish. – Aubrey “Lena” Blackburne is the former player, manager and one-time coach for the Toronto Maple Leafs baseball club who discovered the infamous mud that has been rubbed on every single Major League Baseball since the 1930s. Blackburne rubbing mud is used to remove the polish from freshly made baseballs, allowing them to be thrown properly. The secret location from which the mud is collected remains a mystery to this day.