Sunday, October 23, 2016

Norwegian Table Beer - A Review

Appearance - A clear pale straw color with a moderately dense head that dissipates leaving very little lacing in the glass

Aroma - This beer is all malt!  The Castle Pale malt really shines here, with hints of bread and a pils-like sweetness. Subtle earthy hop aroma rounds of the aroma

Taste - Just like the aroma this beer is all about the malt flavors.  There is an amazing depth to the Castle pale malt and it really shines here.  Bready, with a subtle sweetness balanced well by the hops.  There is NO yeast presence in this beer, no orange, no fruitiness, nothing.......and I like it!  

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with a  high carbonation that is a bit too prickly

Drinkability - This is a very nice beer.  Its not quite my normal table beer due to the lack of yeasty flavors, but it is a very very good pale golden beer.  This keg has kicked remarkably quickly

Notes/Thoughts - As usual I love the Castle pale malt, though the most interesting thing to me about this beer is the absolute lack of any yeast character, which is a good thing.  The range of possibilities for the Voss Kveik yeast seems to have grown quite a bit.  In fact this may become my house yeast due to the ability to generate a super-clean malt-forward beer when fermented cold, or a orange bomb when fermented warm.  

Brewday - 7/24/16 - Recipe & Notes

Friday, October 14, 2016

Norwegian Farmhouse Maltøl - A Review


Appearance - A clear golden orange color with a very very dense thick white heat that lingers until the bottom of the glass,

Aroma - This beer is unlike anything else that I have smelled before.  There is this huge hit of orange marmalade that immediately gives way to a sweetish smokiness that is rounded out by a subtle piney/juniper note

Taste - Wow! Is this a beer?  This is so far different than anything Ive had before I dont know if I can accurately describe it.  Immdediately as this crosses your lips you are hit by an intense smokiness.  Then a biscuity oaty flavor mid-palante that finally gives way to an intense sweet orange fruitiness.  The juniper isnt particularily noticeable in teh flavor, but there is an interesting and different bitterness/dryness in the finish that I attribute to it.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with a moderately high carbonation that is a bit prickly

Drinkability - I go back and forth with this beer.  Some days I am in love with it, the uniqueness and the powerful flavor prifile, while other days I dont want anything to do with it.

Notes/Thoughts - I dont know if I will brew this beer again, though if I do I will definitely use more juniper.  From what I have read on Larsblog, I feel this style really needs to have more juniper presence front and center.  This might make this a big mess with too many competing flavors, or it could completely meld everything together, but as the current recipe stands it is hardly noticeable.

One thing I really like about this beer is the amazing yeast profile.  The intense orange flavor/aroma is quite different than any ester profile I have smell/tasted before.  Because of this I already brewed a DIPA using the yeast and fermented it very hot (100F).  Im really hoping to get even more of that orangey goodness.

A review of the cool fermented Kveik table beer will come out soon.  A teaser, the yeast flavor profile is completely unrecognizable from this beer.


Brewday - 7/24/16 - Recipe & Notes


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Smoked Scottish Ale - A Review

Appearance - A deep chestnut brown with an ever so slight hint of haze.  Tan head that dissipates too quickly for my liking, though it does leave a nice bit of lacing in the glass

Aroma - It subtly hints at the smoke with a light malty sweetness, almost no hop aroma whatsoever 

Taste - The first thing I notice is the subtle pale chocolate roasty/nuttiness, followed by a sweet round low key smoke note. The beer finishes dry and doesn't linger long

Mouthfeel - medium high carbonation, which is probably a touch too high for the beer. Somewhat light to medium light body

Drinkability - This was and has been a good easy drinking beer, but where I originally thought it would shine during the summer months I now think this is more of an early fall beer as it quite fits the cool rainy days of early fall.



Notes/Thoughts - Less carbonation next time, I also think that a lighter crystal malt would mesh a bit better with the beer, something like 40L or honeymalt

Brewday -1/3/16 - Recipe & Notes

Saturday, October 8, 2016

6yr Old Comfortably Numb Imperial Stout (21.5% ABV) - A Review


Appearance - Jet black with some serious viscosity, this thing really has some legs on it!  A dense dark tan head that lingers leaving a significant amount of lacing on the glass

Aroma - Bittersweet chocolate, powerful malt notes hinting at a sweeter beer, absolutely no hop aroma, though with this much age I wouldn't expect much

Taste - An assault on the taste buds, it is simultaneously caramelly, malty, roasty, and rounded out by a huge amount of bittersweet chocolate flavor.  The alcohol is very well hidden behind all of the malt, though you can taste the sweetness of the alcohol along with the dryness as you swallow.

Mouthfeel - Wow is this one thick!  I dont think I have ever had a beer with as much body to it, it is thick and chewy.  If it was any thicker I think it could be mistaken for pudding

Drinkability - I really like this beer, though with as strong as it is you need to go quite slow or it will get a hold of you quickly

Notes/Thoughts - Hard to know what to say here.  I like this beer, though it is a once in a while thing (too powerful to drink many of), I do wish I had added a pinch of vanilla to this beer though as it really rounds off the edges and meshes well with the maltiness and chocolate flavors. Luckily this is easily fixed by adding it to the glass

Brewday - 1/16/2010 - Recipe & Notes

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