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
Brewing with coconut has been an a desire of mine for some time. I’ve only have had a few wonderful coconut beers, so this was my first shot in the dark. It tasted ok, but really, not too impressive. I toasted the dried coconuts on the stove for about 15 – 20 min before putting them into the secondary for about 10 days.
Appearance: A wonderful Dark brown that has a honey/amber undertone to it
Nose: Big time Chocolate and some coconut aromas. Malty with hints of dark fruit and plum
Taste: easy start with a big coconut, hop , dark chocolate mid flavor. the blend of flavors gave an almost metal taste. Kinda weird, but if i cut the hop character, I think it would just be coconut flavor
Mouthfeel: nice carb, but the flavor is a bit cloying
Overall: 6/10. Kick up the coconut and drop some hops. The base beer was a great start on this beer.
Here is an update on the beer that is sitting in my casks since 11/28/2011:
1. Scotch Cask: The nose has a roasty hint and a tart essence. The scotch/oak is really drying out the flavor profile. This is very delicate and dark. Can’t wait to bottle this, but I might leave it in cask awhile longer
2. Evan Williams Cask: a roundier sweeter scent than the scotch cask. Vanilla oak and no roastiness in the nose. The taste is a real surprise. The bourbon flavors moves this beer in a great direction. A thight tannin finish… whoa. ready to bottle!
1. Blanton’s Cask: this smells like a belgian dark sour beer, but still with a sweet backbone. The flavor is a nice smooth balanced beer. this is good, not very oaky or bourbony, just an easy beer, with a complicated flavor. a little wine finish.
2. Rye Cask: an oaky raisin nose. A bright citrus flavor, with a weird grapefruit essence. This could get a little more sour, and turn into a fantastic rodenbach type belgian. This could mean some additional micro organisms…. uhm…..
is dark a color?