6My notifications seem somewhat sketchy from this site but I will but I will try to answer the questions since last post on here. The hops are the same ones they used in the original. I think they were looking more from the raisin character and more clean, light bittering. For a quad this is really a good combination. Challenger is a Northern Brewer variant and EKG adds earthy and spice. For this beer the hops are not on the forefront. Think raisin. It is a little sweet but hides alcohol to the point where it is dangerously deceptive. This is a 10.5% beer but it is easy to drink.
One thing this beer benefits from is age. Early on it was good but now that it has had some time on it, the beer is definitely getting better. I think this clone is very close. I have to find somewhere close to St Louis to get a bottle of the real thing again and do a side by side. From memory, this seems almost exact. I am getting ready to re-brew with the exact same recipe. The only thing I am changing is fire roasting the raisins on the secondary.
The beer has kind of a wine note with lots of malty flavors. Hops are not noticeable in this beer. I carbed this to almost 3 vols but it does not have bite from it. Next round will be all bottle conditioned and cellared for about 2 years.
On Tap: Irish Red, CAP, Imperial Stout, Scottish.