Ok, tasting notes. I bottled 8 weeks ago. I skipped back sweetening and Pasteurization, but added cocoa (about .5 cup per gallon) to 2 of my gallon carboys.
this is still very boozy. Very boozy. It is also very potent. The first sip was very forward with the boozy taste with the coffee and cocoa tastes coming next. The smell was all cocoa in the carboy but now it is booze and coffee. It is pretty pleasant after the initial burn, and it has a nice warming effect.
I am hoping a couple more months mellows it out a bit. as it is, it is a very dry, very strong, but still fairly pleasant sipper. For swmbo it is tolerable on ice with cream, but still a bit too boozy.
Next time this gets made it will definitely get back sweetened or, considering how strong it ended up I may make it in winter so I can crash it before it ferments dry and then stabalize it.
I will try a bottle where I added mint in about 6 weeks
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