Greetings fellow brewers! I haven't been brewing much over the last year, but I'm back into it again and the kettle is calling!
I'm looking to brew up something for the winter, and I know I'm behind the 8 ball time-wise but still, I'd like to give it a go. Might be a long winter anyway....
What I'd like to brew is something like Windmere's Brrr. I normally skip all Windmere products as I browse the shelves but I tried it 2 years ago and really REALLY liked it. I find that it is closest to a winter warmer in style and what I like about it is the balance of strength and sweetness vs hops and bittering.
Compared to some other winter styles this one does have some caramel sweetness, which comes out nicely when it warms up (though it's good cold too) but unlike a scotch ale it is not overpowered by sweetness and alcohol. Burr is more carbonated, has much more hop flavor, smell and bittering, and is more drinkable in my opinion. Its complexity reminds me distantly of the Jolly Roger by maritime but is is MUCH more tame and drinkable.
In short, I'm looking for an extract with steeping grains recipe that's somewhere along this line. Bold, complex, medium-high on the alcohol but balanced with some agressive hops. Anyone care to point me towards a recipe that is close?
Here is what beeradvocate says about it:http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/8/45454
PS I've got my brewing on the boat system pretty much figured out and am fine tuning the details. I should really post a how to some time. My setup is nice (I think) not just because I can do it on the boat, but it is also a fairly lean/simple system that concentrates on having a minimum amount of equipment without being totally austere.