Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Over The Line Stout

Well, this beer has been through some twists and turns, experienced a relatively sluggish fermentation, has aged for several weeks now, and finally matured into a quite respectable Russian Imperial Stout. I am proud to say that this beer has exceeded all expectations that I could have had for it. It has taught me a ton about fermenting big beers and properly pitching yeast. In any event, it has finally made it's way (at least half of it, anyway) into a cozy keg. The other half was bottled for Christmas gifts. I am excited to see what this beer tastes like in six months to a year after being bottle conditioned.

Ahhhh...Served on tap at a perfect 52ºF. This is the good life.

Over The Line Stout
Imperial Stout
9.2% ABV

Appearance: Deep brown to black in color with a dark tan creamy head. Good head retention.

Aroma: Caramely and malty with chocolate and hints of bananas.

Taste: Deep malt flavors. Not as toasty as I would have liked. Very little hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth. Alcohol bite is more prominent as the beer opens up. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Rich and wholesome. Very clean flavor with subtle yeast complexities.

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