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sweed 01-27-2013 08:05 PM

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I just checked the FG and it is at 1.029. The OG calculated was at 1.128. I did added in a half lb of dex with the last dme and molasses I forgot to mention. So this is sitting pretty at 12.99%. Lets just round that up to 13% lol. I only tasted a few drops from the thief, and of course I just brushed my teeth, but it tasted great, and I could get the hint of some booze. I am going to rack this over the vanilla beans and bourbon later tonight. Then she sits for 3-4 months. Btw this thing is super black, it looks freaking awesome!

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sweed 01-28-2013 10:17 PM

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I got to racking this tonight. I filled it up really high in my carboy, so I got a little more liquid out of it than I thought. The sample smells good, and tastes good also. Of course there's some booze to it, and that's why I am leaving this for a good 3-4 months to bulk age before I bottle it. It should be ready for the fall/winter.

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sweed 04-14-2013 02:07 AM

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Vanilla! Popped this guy open tonight, and testing the one month in bottles. A little carbonation, no head and I don't expect any. Hint of bourbon at beginning, then that vanilla comes through with some roast, and I may be getting some of that molasses. It's not thick, or thin, silky best describes the mouthfeel. It is a little sweet/ syrup, but nothing too cloying IMO.
All this thing needs is some aging. Ok a lot of it, but it is very drinkable right now, and one glass is all you need. The only thing I would change right now is either adding more bourbon, our a little less vanilla to get the bourbon to come through a bit more. That vanilla is so good though. The bitterness is prefect also, it's not bitter but you can tell all those hops help to balance out this massive beer.
No making fun of the glass, I don't have a snifter, lol.

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