A friend was coming into town and told me well in advance of her arrival. Which means there’s a chance for someone I know who hasn’t yet had my beer to try it! But she doesn’t like IPAs at all.
So let’s make the Devil’s Mother again!
The nose is coco, like the powder, in a shift from the last batch. There is not a lot of sweetness present there. The beer itself is pleasantly sweet though and it finishes nicely, with an element of good chocolate ice cream in the mouthfeel. This beer doesn’t seem quite as hot as the last one. That’s definitely a positive.
While I liked this beer, my plan to get feedback didn’t go as well as I hoped. Ah well: more for me!
Brew date: 7.11.15
1lb black patent
1 lb pale chocolate
3 lb 2 row
3 lb Irish pale
7 lb LME
1 lb milk sugar
1/8th tsp Calcium carbonate
Hops: 2 oz Savinjski Golding @60
Yeast: Wyeast 1084
Imperial Milk Stout? Don’t mind if I do.
I didn’t intend for this beer to be an imperial; I expected a higher Original Gravity because the milk sugars boost those gravity readings. But since milk sugars apparently don’t get eaten by the yeast, I was expecting a correspondingly high Final Gravity.
That isn’t what happened but the result is a happy accident!
There is a chocolate nose, not sharp like coco powder, instead like a chocolate bar. There’s a milky sweetness is all over the middle of the beer and the mouthfeel is thicker than your average bear, too. It’s also almost citrus sweet on the finish. I don’t know where that’s coming from and I wish I did.
It’s pretty well carbonated too, finishing fairly lightly. The head on the beer is persistent but not too thick. Devils Mother is also strong! A couple pints of that and I’m good. The math says it’s nearly 13% but with the way I brew, adding water at the end, it’s probably closer to 10%, which is still plenty strong. The warmth is definitely felt in the belly and I don’t think that’s a bad thing. It can creep around the back of the throat too and that might be a little less comfortable.
Brew Date: 12.14.13
1 lb Black Patent
1 lb Pale Chocolate
3 lb 2 Row
3 Lb Irish Pale
7 lb LME
1lb milk sugar
Hops: 2 oz Styran Goldings @60
Yeast: Wyeast 1084-3rd use