I am very sorry for neglecting my blog, but work/study load and family have left me with very little time.
So a Merry Christmas to you all, from my day at Hell School, whilst my students are watching the British Cristmas classic, The Snowman(1982).
This beer was brewed using a few strange methods, no boil not being all that strange.
I added freshly cut banana leaf to the mash tun to help with filtering, I mash hopped AND I mash spiced it.
Appearance; classic stout shade of jet black with a tan head, which dissipates quickly but reforms without too much swirling of the glass.
Aroma; cocoa, coffee, milk chocolate and stone fruit with undertones of cinnamon and nutmeg. A faint hint of butterscotch. No clove comes through. A suggested memory of peanut skin. When warmer a touch of clove comes through.
Flavour; mouthfeel is full and creamy smooth, but with enough carbonation to lift from the palate. Starts a little peppery with cinnamon and nutmeg coming through much stronger than they did when the beer was young. Damsons and raisins with a light dusting of dark chocolate. Very smooth roast profile. If a beer could taste of a colour, this would be charcoal grey. Whilst not what I was aiming for, this beer was a very pleasant experiment. 10 out of 10 pleasants. Despite lack of firm bitterness the beer does not come over as too sweet at all.
My mother-in-law wants me to teach her to brew this beer.
47% Weyermann pale
4.4% each TF Red Crystal and Crystal 60
2.6% each chocolate malt and roasted wheat
13% flaked oats
26% Weyermann Vienna
25gr Columbus pellets in the mash along with 2 cinnamon sticks, 1/4 teaspoon og grated nutmeg and 2 cloves.
Kveik; Terje of Larsblog fame