That one sounds similar to the BB Holiday Ale that I brewed a while back. It had a bag of spices and a bag of dried orange peels that went in to primary.
It had harsh spice flavors to start and that was expected by the high ABV and also many other posters on that recipe. Many indicated that it would take several months to smooth out - and when it smoothed out - they say it is very awesome. Mine is over two months in the bottle and I tried one yesterday. It is getting smooth and actually was quite good at only two months. Can't wait to let get to six months....it should be great.
Civilization begins with Beer !
Primary: nothing in the pipeline at the moment
Secondary: some summer beers are imperative
Bottled: Nut Brown, Listermann's Cream Ale, American Pale Ale, Holiday Ale, HopNog, Honey Malt Cream Ale, Irish Stout, English Brown Ale, BIAB English Ale, India Black Ale, Bengal Juice, BIAB Cherry Wheat on the cherries, Belgian Pale Ale, Island Hefe on Mango, Island Hefe on Apricot (and dang -these are awesome beers)
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