Cannon Ball Stout is a large well-balanced Imperial Stout. It's also a really big stout. Really big.
Specialty malts: Crystal 40L, chocolate malt, black roasted barley, Black Patent
Featured hops: Nugget, Fuggle
Other additives: gypsum, malto dextrin
O.G. = 1.100
F.G. = 1.029
Approximately 9.3% ABV
Approximately 355 Cal / 12 oz
Makes 5 US gallons
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Brewed mini mash. This is a really smooth, dark, fragrant stout. roasty chocolate aromas. We did one week in primary and then 2 weeks in secondary.
The AHS Cannon Ball Stout is probably the best beer that I've ever brewed. I've been brewing all grain for a year or two now and this is easily the most superior: very alcoholic, very dark, rich and textured. Way better than a commercial equivalent. Brew a double batch if you can. Don't drink it cold or too early as it is best at cellar temperatures and more than 1 month old.
Age this beer!!! Very strong, very high gravity. It's close to a barleywine. It's dark chocolatey flavor profile can stand up to the high alcohol content. If you like a good strong beer that can be shared this is you beer. I was scared when I tried it after 3 weeks, it wasn't very good, so I let the whole batch sit in my cupboard for about 3 months and it is one of the best dark beers I have ever had.
This beer worked out very well. I might come back to this one again. I added chocolate malt in the partial mash, cocoa in the primary and then chocolate and vanilla in seconday which is probably why the grivity didn't drop below 1.03 :( I might have trasnferred to secondary a bit early (4 weeks) and it sat in secondary for 8 weeks, and I tried my first bottle 6 months after brew date. I found it much smoother than 75% of commercial imperial stouts I have tried.
This was the very first beer I ever brewed (extract version) and it is the best beer I've ever had. It was so good, I was impatient and kept nickle and diming the bottles. I drank the last one about 4 months after bottling and it was the only one that was actually ready. I'm going to brew this again as all grain and this time I'll have plenty of other brews going so this one ages properly!