November 8, 2010
Brewed: October 9, 2010
Bottled: November 1, 2010
Extract with adjuncts and malt tea
* (can’t be certain, much sampling going on during brew day)
- 2 lbs 2-row
- 0.75 lb Crystal 120L
- 0.5 lb Chocolate malt
- 0.25 lb Black patent
- 3.3 lbs Amber LME
- 32 oz pure maple syrup
- 1 lb natural clover honey
- 1.75 oz Galena (13.2%a)
- 1 oz Cascade (7.5%a)
- WLP007 dry English ale yeast
160 degree tea of all grains in 5.5 gallon boil water.
Addition of LME, syrup and honey prior to boil.
- 1 oz Galena at 60
- 0.75 oz Galena at 30
- 1 oz Castade at 2
WLP007 yeast pitched from vial, not in starter.
Color is pitch black yet pours clean and clear. No head but mild carbonation on the tongue. Little nose, though slight hints of maple syrup present. Very smooth, light to moderate body. More maple on the tongue with charred grain notes and light malt sugars. Bitter, but up front only. Finish is clean with lingering bitterness. This one will be quite good given time to mature.
September 4, 2010
Style: a fusion of three threads imperial stout and one thread honey beer with gesho root
I was very happy to be able to try this within days of its release!
Appearance: The beer pours pitch black with a thick, dark tan head. This beer looks thick on pour, but develops a solid head of foam, unlike what you usually find with a thicker, stronger beer.
Smell: There’s a nice thick meaty aroma of burnt sugars, charred wood, honey, carob, and molasses going on here.
Taste: Slight booze, toasted grain, lots of sugars, mainly caramels, and some bready-tasting spice (sensation of rye, though not the flavor).
Mouthfeel: This beer feels thinner than expected. It comes in smooth but leaves a slightly tacky soda-like finish. There’s a slight alcohol bite at the end.
Drinkability: Moderate; some sweetness there that keeps the pint tipping but intensity of flavors and a slight boozy bite makes it a sipping beer.
Overall: This was a quite enjoyable beer, and not nearly as thick as it looked on pour. I’m going to try to grab a couple to stash away, as they should age well.