An old favorite! This dark ale has a warm oatmeal flavor riding over its stoutness.
Specialty malts: chocolate malt, black roasted barley, English Crystal, Black Patent, flaked oats
Featured hops: Horizon
O.G. = 1.053
F.G. = 1.012
Approximately 5.4% ABV
Approximately 176 Cal / 12 oz
Makes 5 US gallons
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Definitely a crowd pleaser. As everyone else has said, let it sit for a couple of months in the bottle and you won't be disappointed. I would reorder this kit again.
Brewed the extract version. I was a little worried about extract twang from Dark LME and a lack of oatmeal flavor since I was not mashing. I used White Labs British Ale WLP005 and followed the recipe exactly and it turned out great! 14 days in primary, no secondary fermentation. Bottled with 4 oz. corn sugar. Tasted at 1 week and it was partially carbonated but still green and a bit yeasty. At two weeks it has a nice persistent head and the flavor is great. Likely it will be even better next week. I will probably do the partial mash for the next batch, to have a bit more oatmeal flavor and mouthfeel, but I am VERY happy with this recipe and it will be a standard.
After 18 months or so of home brewing, this is by far my favorite AHS beer. This brew turns out great everytime I make it. Great body, rich flavor, wonderful head....couldn't ask for anything more.
Outstanding beer, very accurate for the style too! I made this one on Christmas day and it turned out to be a whopping good beer. I used the alcohol boost and it put this thing up to nearly 9%!!!! Needless to say, I dont think you really need the booster... I didnt find a single person who didnt love this one, it disappeared so quickly that I had none left over to cellar! I'll be putting this one in my regular winter rotation.
You have to let this one age a good 4-5 weeks or longer if you can, it makes a world of difference. I tried one bottle at 3 weeks and thought I had done something wrong, and 5 weeks it was superb! I will buy this kit again, probably a double batch even.