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Old 05-27-2009, 07:17 AM   #31
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Racked to a nice and super clean corny today. This beer smelled so good. Its going to need a few weeks to finish up and age properly. Its going to be a hard wait!

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Old 05-27-2009, 12:34 PM   #32
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Sweet! Sounds like it is coming out very very nice. I love the conical, very nice that it is high enough to gravity drain to a corny.

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Old 06-04-2009, 06:23 AM   #33
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Did a test from after its been sitting in keg bulk aging (uncarbed) since 5/26. A slight drop to 1.030 so 13.8%! Again this is an uncarbed sample taken at room temperature.

Appearance: Black with some brown at the edge of the glass. Didn't get much foam since I used a thief.

Aroma: Mild to Moderate Dark Roast combine with some slight bready esters. Slight sweetness probably from vanilla and molasses.

Flavor: Heavy dark roasts, unsweetened almost bittersweet chocolate, touch of nuttiness, some dark candied raisin, and a kiss of vanilla on the aftertaste. The flavors are so blended I can barely quite pick any one thing out. Pleasantly bitter, but not excessively like some American styles. An interesting balance.

Overall: Pretty damn good for a uncarbed room temp sample. The alcohol level is not evident in the taste, but it certainly does a good job of warming you up.

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Old 06-19-2009, 06:47 AM   #34
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Well I kind of overshot the attenuation a bit. It just finished some bulk aging 5-26-09 and am now putting it in rotation for drinking during this weekends brewing. I took a gravity sample @ 65f and it says its at 1.025. That comes out to be roughly 14.41%. Tastes pretty goddamn good! It looks like chocolate milk too which is kind of crazy.

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Old 07-11-2009, 10:00 PM   #35
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I ended up leaving this guy for bulk aging in the fermeezer a bit longer. I just took a sample and the alcohol bite is almost gone and its starting to taste mighty good! I'm trying to restrain myself from throwing in my last bag of bourbon char!

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Old 07-13-2009, 04:51 PM   #36
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Nice! Did you see my thread about mine?

The vanilla/oak intrigued me so I'm doing it to mine as well.

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Old 07-21-2009, 06:13 AM   #37
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I did a beercation to San Diego and traded some beer with people so I chilled, carbed and bottled this mofo. Here's a sample, its really good!

Appearance: Black. Viscous, with some small brown head.

Aroma: Intense! Dark roasty malt, molasses, burnt toast, hint of cocoa and vanilla bean.

Flavor: Dark roasted malt and barley come through at the front, competing with a big chocolate character accentuated by the molasses. Hints of vanilla bean sneak in and some lingering coffee notes come through at the end.

Mouthfeel: Thick, but not as thick as I was expecting probably due to the high amount of honey/molasses that fermented out pretty well. Its pretty clean feeling but very intense.

A higher mash temperature might help get the mouthfeel to its desired point, along with a slightly less attenuative yeast. I might split out 1g of this later into a 1g growler and put some of my bourbon char in as I think that is going to take this beer to amazing territories.

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I did a beercation to San Diego and traded some beer with people so I chilled, carbed and bottled this mofo. Here's a sample, its really good!

Appearance: Black. Viscous, with some small brown head.

Aroma: Intense! Dark roasty malt, molasses, burnt toast, hint of cocoa and vanilla bean.

Flavor: Dark roasted malt and barley come through at the front, competing with a big chocolate character accentuated by the molasses. Hints of vanilla bean sneak in and some lingering coffee notes come through at the end.

Mouthfeel: Thick, but not as thick as I was expecting probably due to the high amount of honey/molasses that fermented out pretty well. Its pretty clean feeling but very intense.

A higher mash temperature might help get the mouthfeel to its desired point, along with a slightly less attenuative yeast. I might split out 1g of this later into a 1g growler and put some of my bourbon char in as I think that is going to take this beer to amazing territories.
Looks really good! I tried mine last night and I think my very early high fermentation temp caused some fusel alcohols, I've got some ingredients to try again though. Really glad it turned out so well for you, awesome
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I still want to see a picture of a glass of this stuff. I like the shot glass shot, but how about a bigger glass!

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I need to do dishes really bad, just got back from vacation. I'll put some of my sampling glasses in the wash tonight and get a proper picture. It looks just like any other stout...

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