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gibfried 02-11-2007 09:25 PM

Flavor Descriptions??
We all hear these descriptions such as - biscuit flavor, or malty, etc. But what with these flavors. What is a malty flavor??? Or biscuit??? I here it all the time, and don't think anything of it....but here I am trying to make a beer with a biscuit-like profile - and scratching my little head.

Orfy 02-11-2007 09:38 PM

Some reading.


bummerkit 02-12-2007 04:52 AM

why would you be scratching your little head? :D

Ó Flannagáin 02-12-2007 07:33 AM

I get most of the tasting descriptions, but I'll have to agree that "biscuit" confuses me. Anyone got a decent explanation of the "biscuit" flavor?

Orfy 02-12-2007 01:31 PM

Tasting like a biscuit??????

zoebisch01 02-12-2007 02:59 PM


Originally Posted by orfy
Tasting like a biscuit??????

LOL. Yep. Tastes kind of like a breadyness but (imo) a little more 'rich' if you will? If you haven't had Biscuits though, it is hard to describe. Seriously though, I have found many of these descriptions pretty accurate. If you have a hard time visualizing them, go and find an example of the characteristic you are looking at and try it. Seriously (not trying to be coy here). And lock it in your mind. Although if and when you do, try to find an unadulterated product. In other words try to find some good biscuits that the ingredient list doesn't include the kitchen sink. Take 'Caramel' for instance. Make some simple caramel by melting some sugar in a pan with a low heat, let it turn a nice carmel color and let it cool. That taste is Caramel. Same thing with Biscuits. Make some fresh Biscuits or find a good commercial example (nothing comes to mind atm).

gibfried 02-12-2007 03:00 PM

"tasting like a biscuit????" Horse****.

I've been brewing and sampling good beer every chance I get for years now. I just realized that I don't understand all these little tasting terms. I know terms like: dry,sweet,bitter, grassy, piney, etc. What is Malty? What is biscuit-like?

Any help would be much appreciated. I'm designing my own recipes, and run into a wall on this one.


Orfy 02-12-2007 03:03 PM

I'm being serious. It tastes like biscuit.

Like citrusy tases like citrus fruit and appley tastes like apples.
Fruity tastes fruity.
Malty tastes like.....malt......
No mystery.

None of the wine type bull****.

Taste a biscuit then taste some liquid malt. If you can recognise those flavours in a beer you have a Malty, biscuity tasting beer.

ajf 02-12-2007 04:32 PM

Is that an American biscuit or an English one?

The ones I like are:
Medicinal. Nice wide range of flavors.
Metallic, cardboard, and cr*p - Who actually tastes these things?


Orfy 02-12-2007 04:42 PM

Just drink the stuff if you like good, if not then go figure out what is wrong and sort it.

If you want help then you need terms that people can understand and relate to. You can't explain or ask for help if not. No one knows what you are experiencing in your mouth unless you can describe it.

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