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Old 04-29-2007, 09:14 PM   #11
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Okay Toot.
Your mission?
Clone........


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Old 04-29-2007, 10:36 PM   #12
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Yeah, can you weazil the recipe off the brewer?



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Old 04-30-2007, 04:50 AM   #13
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Before I attempt a clone, I will need a few things. First, a crusher. I positively won't be able to make a decent high grav beer until I have more control over my crush. The crusher will be ordered later in the week. I am still debating between the BC and the CAS.

Second, I will need to finish reading Radical Brewing. There's lots of good insight in there, but my ADD personality won't bring me to read more than two paragraphs before I get excited and flip to another section to read about something completely different. Does anybody else read books out of order or is it just me? I swear that book is designed for people with ADD..

Thirdly, I will have to do some reconnaissance- check out web site reviews, find other recipes, etc, in order to get a feel for what other people think. Maybe even swing by the brewery and bend an ear or two.

Fourthly, I will have to finish up some of my other recipes that are pending (see sig).

Finally, I will need to confirm that this beer is, indeed, worth cloning.

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Old 04-30-2007, 02:33 PM   #14
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I too was able to score a 6er. Got a few left from least year as well...

The cask aged DL tasted a little thin to me and the table next to us agreed, but I have a feeling that this could have had something to do with the cask ages Behemoth BW we had right before.

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Old 04-30-2007, 02:43 PM   #15
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I swear that book is designed for people with ADD...
I've been known to do some flipping, but I agree that Radical Brewing almost encourages it. I'm pretty sure I've read the whole thing by now, but I'm not sure.
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Old 05-20-2007, 01:40 PM   #16
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Well, SWMBO and I popped open a Dark Lord last night.

I intentionally let a little bit sit out over night. I poured it into my hydrometer tube and now I have a burning, burning question. Who in their bloody right mind would make a beer with a terminal gravity of 1.071??!!!!


Clone it? Hell no. I'm actually tempted to add the 5 remaining bottles into a carboy and referment it down to a respectable FG!!!!! LOL

It tastes good. Not much hop flavor or aroma, which is fine for the style, but kind of sucks when you are chewing on a stout with a finishing gravity over 1.070. Despite the lack of hoppiness, it may age well. The aroma was dominated by a familiar fruity-ale aroma that should probably age well. It smelled of cherries, sweet nuts, and vanilla.

Mouthfeel was very dense smooth and thick, as you'd expect. However, they probably could have achieved the same sensation with a little bit of oatmeal.

There was virtually no head, however, what little head it had, a single layer of bubbles, actually hung around through the entire glass which was nice.

There was also a noticeable tartness, like from black patent or perhaps that old stale coffee tinge. They do say it is brewed with coffee.

I think the key to this beer is to try to balance the sweetness from the high final gravity with the bitterness of black patent.

Anyway, according to stuff I've read online, this beer has an alcohol content of 13%. Maybe it was so in years past. However, given the fact that SWMBO and I polished off a pitcher of margaritas with dinner, then split a bomber of my 5.2% Hefeweizen, then had one of my stouts at 6.4%, then had a Maibock at around 7%, and I had at least 2/3rds of each of those, and then I polished off 3/4ths of the Dark Lord and was still standing, I suspect they may have simply missed their target gravity this year. In order to have a 1.070 FG and 13% ABV, the OG of this beer would have to be about 1.170. That's about 55% attenuation.


Drink it from time to time? Sure. Clone it? No thanks. I know I can do better....

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...SWMBO and I polished off a pitcher of margaritas with dinner, then split a bomber of my 5.2% Hefeweizen, then had one of my stouts at 6.4%, then had a Maibock at around 7%, and I had at least 2/3rds of each of those, and then I polished off 3/4ths of the Dark Lord and was still standing, I suspect they may have simply missed their target gravity this year. In order to have a 1.070 FG and 13% ABV, the OG of this beer would have to be about 1.170. That's about 55% attenuation.


Drink it from time to time? Sure. Clone it? No thanks. I know I can do better....
LOL. What happened to waiting till you were well rested and sober before drinking your first?

Glad you enoyed it. Sounds like trying to clone 5-gallons of that stuff would cost a fortune.
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Old 05-20-2007, 07:19 PM   #18
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LOL. What happened to waiting till you were well rested and sober before drinking your first?
We opened SWMBO's bottle, not mine.

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Glad you enoyed it. Sounds like trying to clone 5-gallons of that stuff would cost a fortune.
I don't really think it was 13%. I've had beers over 10%. I know what they feel like. I don't think this one was that high.
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Old 08-15-2007, 11:34 PM   #19
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I popped open my second Dark Lord a couple of days ago. The last few months of aging did this beer wonders. I find it hard to believe they aged it for a year and yet it improved that much over the course of just a couple more months... Anyway, this sample was much more delicious.

Still thick and chewy, chocolatey carmel notes with quite a bit of roastiness. Very delicious.



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