A brief history. Back in the Middle Ages, the rate of illiteracy was high and those wishing to drink beer were advised of its strength by the simple use of an ‘X’ to denote how strong. The more Xs, the stronger the beer! The K in our XXXK stands for ‘keeper’ and is a beer which, whilst delicious to drink now, may also be laid down like a fine wine, for several years, maturing and evolving over time. The inspiration behind the brew was the discovery of a late 19th-century poster from the Victorian-era Wimbledon Brewery, advertising ‘XXXK Strong Ale’. This is a style which also came to be known as barley wine – that is, beer of alcohol by volume typically ranging from 8-12%. The Brewer Wimbledon’s Master Brewer, Derek Prentice, has always wanted to pay homage to the ‘barley wine’ style. Derek has been brewing wonderful beer since the 1960s. at Truman’s, Young’s and Fullers. Derek recently received the SIBA Lifetime Achievement award for brewing and was named Brewer’s Brewer of the year 2013. Tasting Notes Velvet notes of rich, warming autumn fruits, overlaid with hints of spice and Seville Orange and a satisfying bite on the finish.