I knew this day would come…..
Blanton’s Brown Ale
After the better part of a year dealing/working with casks, I think I finally made a great beer. Everything seemed to work just right with this batch. The brew was a collaboration with my friend Simon, the cask was finally calming down with flavor profile, and it was January and Feb, perfect months for barrel aging in a Brooklyn apartment.
Here it goes, one of my favorite beers to date, even had a hard time bottling it up to save for aging.
Appearance: a huge thick tan head. The color is completely black with a dark brown hue
Nose: A pleasant blend of oak, vanilla, and roastiness. A full dark chocolate flavor undertone
Flavor: a smooth rise of chocolate with a complex creaminess, it all tasted kinda like a chocolate bourbon oak milkshake, but still had a brown ale taste. Just a tad sharp from carbonation. totally nice beer to drink
mouthfeel: a big but balanced beer with a complicated mouth, finishes nicely with an oak and chocolate memory
overall: yeessss. make. this. again. but….. WHAT IS THE RECIPE?! time to dig up my brew log
9.4/ 10 : best beer so far on the blog
Brown ale tasting
This is a tasting for the first brew that me and a buddy of mine brewed together. Its a nice big Brown Ale that really has alot of character. The batches were split between our apartments, so my friend kept his at a set temperature (if I recall correctly, I think he said 66 F). On his beer, he also added some coffee and vanilla to the secondary. For my 5 gallons, I left the beer to ferment at room temp and then through the beer into two casks (not before bottling 2 oakless beers). here are all of the beers tasted next to each other. The cask beer were not bottled and were tasted directly from the cask.
Plain (no temp control)
Appearance: dark brown/ black
Nose: roasty maltly, some cocoa, a slight sulfur aspect with an orange essence
Taste:malt upfront followed by a dry quick finish. A light chocolate essence throughout
Mouthfeel: low carbonation
Everything Butt British Brown Ale (temp controlled, with addition of coffee and vanilla)
Appearance: very black, probably due to coffee addition
Nose:black coffee, roasty, but smooth malt in the background
Taste: light coffee upfront followed by a quick blast of vanilla, then dry finish
Mouthfeel: a nice roasty bitterness, the a quick dry finish
Rye cask: straight from cask
Appearance: full dark brown
Nose: maple syrup, caramel, rye but more oak
Taste: dry, mild wood, no significant sweetness
Mouthfeel: dry and a bit tart
Overall:8/10, needs age
Appearance: light brown, clear
Nose: big oak maple syrup, with a slight citrus tinge
Taste: the oak is big, but a tawny, winey aspect is there too, significant bourbon flavor
Mouthfeel: a quick start and a long finish
Overall:7.7/10 must age,