Originally Posted by remman4
so how did it turn out?
Well, I was getting antsy anyway and then you went and reminded me of it.
So, I cracked one open tonight. It was pretty good, especially for being so young. It lacks balance and the other flavors don't come through very well over the hops. But I'm hoping it will even out over time. I liked the hop character. It was plenty bitter for me (though I've had more bitter). I think the dry hopping saved this beer. It was lousy after primary and the dry hopped character is by far the most distinct flavor. The "blackness" doesn't come through a lot, though I imagine that has a lot to do with using chocolate malt instead of black patent. It has a sweetness, which I like. And then a character that's hard to describe. Almost a sour taste. My only other beer, a stout had this too, so I suspect it has something to do with my methods more than the recipe. Perhaps it's even from my first beer as the fermenter still had an odor.
Here's the hop schedule I ended up using (less and different hops):
1 oz Nugget at 60
1 oz Summit at 60
1 oz Magnum at 30
.5 oz Chinook at 10
.5 oz Chinook at flameout
1 oz Cascade dry hopped
This is only my second brew, so I can't say if the changes were good or bad, but I tried to tell you what it tastes like and let you decide. For me, this is plenty of hops. I like hoppy beers, but I'm not a hophead. So, maybe you'd prefer more and maybe the black patent justifies more hops to balance it out. If I did it again I'd stick to something similar to the above hop schedule.
Hope that's helpful. I'll let you know how it is in another 2 weeks and I'd be curious to hear what modifications you make and how it turns out.