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Old 06-25-2012, 06:09 PM   #11
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Belgian Stouts are a pretty rare breed. I have a batch I'm aging right now in an attempt to make a beer approaching Jolly Pumpkin Madrugada Obscura.

Here's the link to The Brewing Network recipe from CYBI: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f12/can-...bscura-177964/

The sour/wild flavor isn't what you were mentioning, but the recipe might be a little closer to what you might consider. I do like the discussion of the recipe formulation during the actual interview when the "kitchen sink" type approach is discussed for this beer. It's definitely worth a listen.

Also, you might want to consider starting your recipe with light malt extract and then getting your color and flavor from dark steeping grains. This will give you some more control of the product than beginning with a dark extract.

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Old 07-10-2012, 04:18 AM   #12
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Bottled two weeks ago and cracked the first tester today. Carbed up rather nicely for the short time with a small layer of foam across the top. Tastewise....I realize that I'm crap with taste descriptions. It's tasty but lacks the depth of flavor that I wanted.

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Old 07-10-2012, 03:05 PM   #13
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give it a few more weeks! I bet it finishes nicely!

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Old 07-13-2012, 05:58 PM   #14
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I'm definitely going to give this one some time. It's been 5 months and two (almost 3) weeks and I got impatient . With an abv this high I'm expecting it to need some bottle time to settle out. I think that I may try going the other way in my quest and start with a belgian dark strong ale and add some stout-y stuff. I'm trying to make a clone (or close) of Weyebacher's Tiny.

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Old 07-13-2012, 06:08 PM   #15
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Holding area for my first attempt at a dubble... which in no way shape or form was a dubble,,, it is most definatly a stout... I will post later.

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Old 08-21-2012, 09:53 PM   #16
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Tried another 12 oz test bottle last night.....yum. While it lacks the deep richness of my favorite BIS (Weyerbacher's Tiny) it is tasty. Next time I'm NOT freaking out over the OG and dumping wort (which I still kick myself for on occasion). There is a definite lack of layered bitterness and sweetness from the roasted malts and unfermented sugars (because I dumped wort like a moron) it tastes very similar to my simple black ale but with a slight belgian-y character to it. What was the surprise was the utter lack of alcohol bite. The 11.8% abv lurks beneath the surface of this smooth sipper like a dark kracken and you don't notice the hit....until you stand up . I may very well sub out some of the standard stout grains like the chocolate or black malt (or both) with something more Belgian like Special B. And see if that works to give me the richness that I was looking for. Stay tuned

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Old 08-22-2012, 12:39 AM   #17
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Sounds good, and my RIS (although still young in bottles) hidesthe alcohol greatly. About the same a yours. I've read special b will add dark fruit/ plums tastes. Which I know a lot of RIS have.

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