Clean on esters so the malt character really shines through; good emphasis on roast with a chocolate/nutty background. It's technically out of style for foreign extra, but is on the really low side for an RIS, especially with the roastiness (with the 300L roast). This is a very drinkable beer at 8.25%, it goes down too smooth. Maybe it's a domestic exxtra stout, i don't know. Has a nice mouthfeel and the residual sweetness and bitterness balance each other well.
Type: All Grain
Boil Size: 8.25 gal
Boil Time: 90 min
Efficiency: Planned for and got about 65% (LHBS crush I normally get 70-75% with)
9.00 lb Pale Malt (2 Row) UK (3.0 SRM) Grain 40.45 %
9.00 lb Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 40.45 %
1.50 lb Roasted Barley (300.0 SRM) Grain 6.74 %
1.00 lb Victory Malt (25.0 SRM) Grain 4.49 %
0.75 lb Special B Malt (180.0 SRM) Grain 3.37 %
0.50 lb Chocolate Malt (350.0 SRM) Grain 2.25 %
0.50 lb Chocolate Malt (450.0 SRM) Grain 2.25 %
50.00 gm Magnum [12.10 %] (60 min) Hops 73.2 IBU
28.30 gm Cascade [5.50 %] (30 min) Hops 9.6 IBU
14.20 gm Goldings, East Kent [5.00 %] (15 min) Hops 2.3 IBU
14.20 gm Goldings, East Kent [5.00 %] (1 min) Hops 1.4 IBU
Single infusion at 152 for 60 mins
I started this in my cool basement at around 65, it warmed itself up to almost 72 during it's rampage, but still didn't produce too many esters or any detectable fusel alcohol.
Big old yeast starter or a reused cake. This is the only time I've ever actually reused most of an old cake and the fermentation, as expected, cranked out in like 2 days. That's why I bottled it so soon. It was very drinkable after carbing for the requisite 3 weeks but just gets better with age. I normally keg but am glad I bottled this one.