Continuing the brown ale series, we have Page 184. This has a chocolate malt nose and a bitter chocolate finish. Not like cocoa powder, more like very dark chocolate, but pretty close to the former.
It’s still quite drinkable, though as I managed to buffer those bitter chocolate moments with a sweet taste in the middle. It’s pretty drinkable and not hard on the palate on any level, so I can have it with lots of different foods; even, I think, a good salad with blue cheese crumbles in it would work well.
It’s a good late spring mid-autumn beer I think. Sure, it’s dark but it’s not too heavy so that if the weather is warm, you don’t feel like you’re overdoing it. But if it’s a little nippy out, well this will still suit you just fine.
Is it what I meant it to be though?
No. Just look at it: is that a brown ale? It is not. It is a Porter. A damn fine Porter in my opinion, but still a Porter.
Now, I don’t want to let the perfect be the enemy of the good, here. A tasty beer is the goal at the end of the day.
However, I am trying to do something specific and that means holding myself up to a slightly higher standard. So, this beer but lighter might work just fine but as it is? Back to take another swing at it.
Brew date: 2/19/17
4 lb Maris Otter
.75 lb Carapils
.5 lb C120
.25 lb Carafa 1 and 3
1 lb Chocolate Malt
4 lb Extra LME
Extra: 1/4 tsp Calcium chloride
.5 oz Pearle .5 oz US FUggles @60
.5 oz Pearle .5 oz US FUggles @5
Yeast: Imperial’s Independence (2nd use)
I forgot to get the OG. Sigh.
FG: 1.018-but without the original gravity, I can’t calculate the ABV.