edit: WRONG SUBFORUM! I'm sorry. Would a moderator please move to recipes and ingredients?
Has anyone had Buffalo stout from Brouwerij Van den Bossche? The ratings on beer advocate are kind of scathing, but I really liked it.
The following review is based on my unrefined qualitative impresson. I'm not too well versed in the finer aspects of beer tasting but I know what I like.
To me it combined a little of the roasty flavor and robust mouthfeel of a stout, with a moderate ester(?) profile I associate with Belgian yeast, with what seemed like a slightly more pronounced hop character than your typical belgian strong ale.
Basically it combines my favorite aspects of my three favorite styles of beer: stout, belgian ale, and american pale ale. Plus it had a strong kick to it. The ability to create brews like this is the reason I started homebrewing!
Now on to my question. I'm not looking to create a clone per se, although a clone recipe would be very helpful as a starting point. I'm more looking to create a recipe that combines those three components so that they balance and compliment each other.
As a starting point I was thinking about finding a good looking Imperial Stout recipe, and substituting a Belgian yeast. Does anyone who's tried something similar have any words of advice?