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2013 Winter Solstice Ale: Tasting Notes

2013 Winter Solstice Ale: Tasting Notes

Two years running, I’ve made a point of brewing on the summer and winter solstices. Beginning in 2012, I started this tradition by brewing on the eve of the Mayan Apocalypse, a strong ale/winter warmer of sorts, to ease the coming abyss. Although the apocalypse doesn’t seem to have come, I’ve continued brewing big beers … Continue reading

London-Style Robust Porter: Tasting Notes

London-Style Robust Porter: Tasting Notes

Last Summer, I was on a English-style kick. I brewed a number of English inspired beers: bitters, IPAs and barleywines. Entering the Fall, I wanted to brew a big, full-bodied dark beer and age it in preparation for the looming Winter weather. Thinking English, I brewed up this Robust Porter, and fermented it using the … Continue reading

Big Oatmeal Stout: Tasting Notes

Big Oatmeal Stout: Tasting Notes

From the brew day last March, finally, here are the tasting notes to my Big Oatmeal Stout (the link to the brew day is here). This one came out great and has been folding up well with age. Coming in at 6% ABV, this beer isn’t that strong across the stout spectrum (Imperial stout, for … Continue reading

From the Archives: Red IPA

From the Archives: Red IPA

One of my first Partial-Mash homebrews was an American-style Red IPA.  It was my first big beer, which I called #7, since it was 7% ABV. I was experimenting with hop blends, this one being a 50/50 mix of Centennial and Tettnang hops. The idea was to try to get a strong floral aroma by combining … Continue reading

2013 Summer Solstice Brew: Blonde Barleywine

2013 Summer Solstice Brew: Blonde Barleywine

If you haven’t noticed, I like to brew big beers to celebrate the changing of seasons. For the 2013 summer solstice, I brewed a big English-style barleywine with a twist: using only Maris Otter malt. Hence Blonde Barleywine! After aging for 6 months in bottle (fairly young for a barleywine), I gave this one a … Continue reading

Big Oatmeal Stout: Brew Day

Big Oatmeal Stout: Brew Day

Last weekend, I was hit with a craving for a big, malty stout, but had none on hand, nor had any ageing in the homebrew archives (gasp!). So, to remedy this problem, I decided to brew up what was on my mind, and came up with a recipe for a big (or big-ish, 1.060+) Oatmeal stout. … Continue reading

2012 Mayan Apocalypse Ale: Tasting Notes – Fresh Edition

2012 Mayan Apocalypse Ale: Tasting Notes – Fresh Edition

Nearly two months after the epic 2012 Mayan Apocalypse Brew Night, the 2012 Mayan Apocalypse Ale has completed fermentation and is bottle-conditioning. Starting at 1.068, a strong ale of sorts, this puppy fermented down to 1.014 using S-04 (impressive). Fermenting around 68 F, the S-04 was quite a monster, coming to terminal gravity quite fast (high … Continue reading