I just couldn't wait any longer, so after 3 weeks in the primary and only 2 weeks in the bottles, I put a few in the beer fridge and here is the result:
Here is the recipe:
6 oz. Crystal 60 grain
4 oz. Chocolate grain
7.5 aau Warrior hops [bittering]
.5 oz. Kent Golding [flavoring]
Nottingham dry yeast
I was supposed to be a alternative to Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale. I've never tasted that beer, but I have tasted Newcastle Brown Ale and it has always been a favorite.
This beer taste a lot like Newcastle. It is very smooth and not too heavy for a dark beer. It has a nice maltiness with just enough bitterness to balance it out. There is almost a Coca Cola quality about it and not in a bad way. There was not a lot of grain in this batch, and I have rectified this in a batch of Blonde Ale that has been in the fermenter for 2 weeks. It has a total of 32 oz. of grains in it. It will be interesting to taste and feel the contrast between these two beers once the Blonde ale is ready to drink.
Something kind of strange about the Brown Ale... When I open the bottles there is the fssssttt sound, and if I let it sit there for a second, it wants to foam up and start to foam out of the top of the bottle. When I pour it into the glass it has a nice head on it, but it dissapates rather quickly. It taste just fine and the level of carbonation seems fine too, it's just that it's more like a soft drink carbonation than a beer carbonation. It's hard to describe. I guess I was just hoping for more head retention. Perhaps I am over analysing my first brew.
Honestly... I never thought I would make something this good and this drinkable. If you guys are right and this stuff gets better over time, then I'm pretty stoked. I don't see how it could get much better.