Monday, February 24, 2014

Poutin' Stout Jr [bottled]

Bottle date: Feb. 23, 2014

FG: 1.016

Great roasty aroma. Silky mouthfeel from the lactose, but dry with coffee and burned brownie flavors. Clear, ruddy black-brown color.

  • 56 g corn sugar
  • 1.25 c water
Desired CO2: 2.2 vol (3 gal @ 60F)

Lionel Hutz Stout ("Brownest of the brown liquors")

Conditioned in secondary on five split whiskey staves from Old Sugar Distillery for 20 days.

  • 47 g corn sugar
  • 1 c water
Desired CO2: 2.1 vol (2.75 gal @ 60F)

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

“Polar Vortex" Saison Blackberry: Tasting Notes

Pours nice, perfect carbonation. First thing I'm struck by is the purple-pink head. The body is black to blood-red purple in color. Very wine-like, almost like a pinot noir.

Blackberry, cabernet, even sherry-like notes, dry, some funkiness from that Belgian strain.

Smooth and silky, with tart blackberry right up front. Nice dryness. Some tangyness, some funk, but overall very slight. But the blackberry is the real star here. As I said, perfect carbonation, which keeps the flavors effervescent.

Totally unlike anything I've brewed thus far. At first, the blackberry was so forward that it threw me. But, as the beer warmed and after a few more sips, I found myself really liking the departure. Dry and tart, but with enough subtle sweetness and warm flavor to bring balance. I would definitely brew this one again.