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Old 07-19-2011, 04:00 PM   #31
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Aschecte, sorry for the late reply. How is it coming so far? Is the carbonation better? Regardless, this brew opens up to a whole new level after a few months of aging. Be patient my friend.

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Old 07-21-2011, 12:50 PM   #32
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Hey !!!! it's coming along pretty well.... at first the carbonation wasn't coming along to well but seems "ok" now after 1 month but I guess I should have expected that with a high abv beer. Also flavor is getting much better the taste of the wlp500 was intense at first ( I've used it before so I was familiar with the profile ) but it's becoming quite mellow now and all the flavors are melding very nicely. I can see this is a beer you don't want to drink young not that it's bad youngbut it's better aged.
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Old 12-07-2011, 12:26 AM   #33
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Ok here's the almost 6 month review. this aged woderfully !!! def as I said before as you have also not a "young beer" I'm down to my last 6 bottles and I wish i had more their is a prominent raisiny plum charecter from the special b that is there and the esters from the wlp500 are blended perfectly I would say this is a beer that will be best enjoyed by the patient brewer ( usually not me ). thanks for the great recipe.
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Old 11-05-2012, 09:21 PM   #34
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Just a fyi I brewed this well over a year ago it was my last extract batch and I have been ageing this as it had a pretty good ABV. I recently entered this ( slightly modified ) into a large competition here called the 2012 Hudson Valley Brew fest and this beer took 2nd place in category for a combined score of 40 out of 50 points. It was also the only extract batch to place in the entire competition. I just thought you would like to hear this recipe did so well oh and BTW it only missed first place by less than 1 point combined actually more like .3 points from 1st place and while we are at it only 4 points from the best of show score.
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Old 01-23-2013, 08:21 PM   #35
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Aschecte, that is awesome you place so well with your version of the recipe. Congrats!
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Old 04-22-2013, 02:34 AM   #36
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just tasted the extract versions gravity reading after two weeks (1.010), It tasted amazing! Fermented exactly 14 days at 72* I don't know if this will survive the aging process...
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Old 04-22-2013, 12:17 PM   #37
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blakie, I would set a case of it aside for aging! Trust me, if you give it a few months you will be happy you did. It gets better with some time. Enjoy!
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alright alright you're right it's even more fantastic now then it was 2 months ago..
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True story...... I had a few bottles of this beer I aged well over 18-24 months I brewed it sometime in 2011. I entered this beer 2 years or so old and beat AG brewers and extract for that matter and placed 2nd place in category and missed first place by less than 1/2 a point and was only 4 points from best of show !!!! this beer really ages well. speaking of which I need to brew this again thanks for the reminder.
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Hey guys, I brewed the original posted version of this beer 10 days ago. Only differences were 1.058 OG and 1.010 FG. Fermented a little hot, had to put it in cool water to keep it in the 70's. I am about to rack to secondary and took my FG reading. It smelled pretty fruity but the taste was okay but overall a little lackluster to me, not a lot of flavor. Is it just me? Should I withhold judgement until it gets some carbonation in there? Will using a special priming sugar add some more flavors? And finally, what do you think I could change to give it more flavor (not necessarily Belgian ester-y flavor but in general) I saw surfer said he wanted to add some aromatic malt, maybe chocolate malt and someone else suggested victory I think, has anyone tired any of that? Thanks!
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