One of the best parts about brewing is getting together with a friend and brewing a big 10 gallon batch. The day after Thanksgiving I was able to meet up with my friend Dre to brew up a nice sweet stout.
It was Dre’s first all grain batch and he is planning on using these 10 gallons of base beer to make a Chocolate Stout and a Blackberry Stout. The brew day went great, hitting all of our temps and having a pretty smooth day resulted in 10 gallons of 1.065 beer.
The final runnings were also boiled for about 2 hours to get a 1/2 gallon “extra” batch with a starting gravity of 1.079.
Cant wait to taste these beers!
As of November 26th:
Cask #1 (Rye cask)
Cirtus IIPA with warrior, citra, and pacific gem.
Cask #2 (Evan Bourbon)
15 min Sorachi Ace IPA
Casks 3 and 4
RYE CASK FOREIGN EXPORT STOUT 8% ABV on tap
APPEARANCE: Dark black with brown undertones. High level of carbonation that made a long lasting head with a very thick creamy off brown color
NOSE: Very forward dark chocolate nose, with the oaky cask scent underneath the chocolate. Real subtle marshmallow aspect
TASTE: Very malty with huge chocolate up front followed by an even bigger oak in the mid palate. The end is long, a little cloying, but very creamy and delicious. The oak lingers too long, but there is real subtle peanut butter flavor.
OVERALL: This beer could definitely use some age, but a very good beer. The oak adds a great complexity, but overpowers some of the rye aspects.