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Old 11-12-2009, 02:38 AM   #1
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Today I chilled and tapped the Austin Homebrew Supply Holiday Chocolate Stout.







I brewed it near the end of September, had about a three week primary, then kegged with priming sugar. Three weeks at room temp (about 74 degrees right now), then chilled for a day and tapped.

It definitely has a strong roasty, coffee-like flavor. The spices are stronger in the aroma than the actually taste. The spices seem to be at just the right level. I was surprised that it is very drinkable for how young it is. There is a slight off flavor that I can't my finger on. I will be bringing it to a more trained palate soon to identify it, if possible.

Overall, I'm pleased with how it turned out.

Eric
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Old 11-24-2009, 12:03 PM   #2
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Looks great. I bottled mine on 11/20 so it has a ways to go until I crack one open. That said, what FG did you hit? After 3+ weeks in primary, I couldn't get lower than 1.025.

It did taste good out of the primary, but a little sweeter than I would have liked. I added some 100% fermentables to my wort during the boil and ended up with 1.08 SG. So this should still pack a punch (which is good because I don't imagine drinking more than 1 or 2 of these at a time).

I also racked 1 gallon to secondary and added a chipotle pepper. Having dreams of a Mexican Hot Chocolate beer. Will definitely post results!
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Old 12-15-2009, 09:05 PM   #3
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Looks great. I bottled mine on 11/20 so it has a ways to go until I crack one open. That said, what FG did you hit? After 3+ weeks in primary, I couldn't get lower than 1.025.

It did taste good out of the primary, but a little sweeter than I would have liked. I added some 100% fermentables to my wort during the boil and ended up with 1.08 SG. So this should still pack a punch (which is good because I don't imagine drinking more than 1 or 2 of these at a time).

I also racked 1 gallon to secondary and added a chipotle pepper. Having dreams of a Mexican Hot Chocolate beer. Will definitely post results!
My SG was 1054 and my FG was 1016. The off flavor was astringency, perhaps I oversparged.

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