I recently decided to develop my own recipe without much study. As you may guess I got a different beer than my target. Here is my recipe:
7# Dark LME
4 oz. Chocolate Malt
8 oz. Caramel 60
12 oz. Caramel 120
1/2 oz. Cascade @ 30 min.
1/2 oz. Chinook @ 20 min.
1/2 oz. Cascade @ 10 min.
1/2 oz. Chinook @ 5 min.
1 pkg. Wyeast Northwest Ale yeast 1332
Brewbuilder predicted SRM 31.
I derived this recipe from an Amber I like. I changed from 6# golden light DME to 7# dark LME and added the 4 oz. chocolate malt. I kept the hops schedule, caramel malta, and the yeast from the Amber Ale recipe.
I thought I was going to get a Brown Ale. I think it is more of a porter.
My simple taste notes are after 5 weeks in bottle:
Very malty. Sweet. Coffee notes.
Very little to No hops flavor. Fusel after taste when warming up.
Tan to brown head.
Color: basically black. Held to very bright light can see very small brown section in the last 1/4th inch of glass.
Bottom line this beer is good. I like the coffee flavor. But, it is too heavy for summer. I am drinking it slowly.
So, with all that description, what beer style would you say I have? I want to sound like I know what I am doing to my friends
Right now I am calling it "Stumbling Porter", since at best I stumbled in to it.
Thanks for your help.