Sunday, January 4, 2009

Batch 16 - Simple Shamrock Irish Stout

Tried to get a fairly straightforward Irish Stout recipe going. Here goes:

0.75 lb Paul's Roasted Barley
0.75 lb Paul's Black Patent Malt
1.0 lb Briess Crystal 40L
8.25 lb Pale LME

1.0 ounce Northern Brewer Hops (45 min)

Pitch with Wyeast Irish Ale #1084 (smack pack)

OG: 1.0728
FG: 1.020
ABV: 6.93%
Foreign Extra Stout

Competition Notes:
Bluebonnet Brew-off (2009)
Category: 21 Strong Stout - first round 34/50, second round 31/50
Generally determined to be a good beer but not a Foreign Export Stout in flavor
Category: 42 New Entrants - first round 40.5/50, second round 25.5/50
Judged more as a sweet stout
Overall Notes: Low Hop aroma, some roasty aroma, probably could use more roastiness in the aroma somehow. Color and appearance perfect generally across board -clear, dark, ruby highlights. Sweet and mild chocolate flavor, not assertively roasty - Caramel, Toasty, Dark Fruit, Earthy Hop Flavor is mild, with Dried Fruit esters. Generally recommended that the recipe be entered as a sweet stout, or beefed up in roastiness and alcohol for a Foreign Extra Stout.

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