This is a malty milk stout has something special. Christmas. Yes, this stout has flavors of the holidays; cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger root.
Specialty malts: flaked barley, Caramunich®, de-bittered black, black roasted barley, Special B
Featured hops: Tradition
Other additives: lactose, an additive pack with cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger root
WARNING TO LACTOSE INTOLERANT: THIS PRODUCT CONTAINS LACTOSE.
O.G. = 1.063
F.G. = 1.013
Approximately 6.6% ABV
Approximately 211 Cal / 12 oz
Makes 5 US gallons
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I make a 10 gallon batch of this every year for xmas and it is always a big hit. This is a good recipe to thicken up with malto dextrin. One year I also added 2 lbs of honey per 5 gallon carboy in secondary fermentation and the result is very good and very boozy, but this needs to be started around May to be ready by xmas.
Just started drinking. This is my first time all grain brewing very satisfied with the out come very enjoyable beer.
I have found no one who has tasted this recipe and found this beer to be anything but great. Added the extra sugar to boost alcohol content and even now after 9 months every glass is great.
The first and most prevalent note is that the recipe calls for way to much holiday spices, such that it overwhelms the flavor profile. I would at least cut the amount in half, if not more, and may add some cocoa nibs. Not sure why, but it didn't quite reach the target final gravity, resulting in more of a brown ale than what I'd call a stout. I think the lack of overall body masked the smoothing affect of the lactose addition. I'm going to let it age a bit and hope that the overwhelming spice notes mellow out a little.
I bought this because I was in the mood for a milk stout this time of year and I've never brewed a stout before and wouldn't know where to start for a recipe so I bought the kit. I got the brainy idea to do a coffee milk stout after the primary was finished so I added 9oz. of ground coffee in a bag to the secondary and let it sit for 3 days in the secondary. All the numbers came out just fine so I'm assuming it would have turned out as it should have had I not put the coffee in and I should have known better with all the spice that was in this one not to put so much coffee in. This will be the first beer that I will dump since I've started and I'm about 15 batches into my experience so far. It may have been fine with about 3-4oz. of coffee for a day but 9 oz. for 3 days just tastes horrible. I've had about 2 gallons out of the keg so far but I have a pretty tasty IPA waiting to go in and I can't handle this anymore so it's going down the drain. Bummer. Oh well, I'll try another stout next winter.