My first taste of the beer was on Saturday, while up in Fredericksburg brewing with James and Eric from A Homebrew Log and Relentless Thirst respectively, more about that project on Wednesday - suffice for the time being to say that we had a fantastic day and hopefully the result will be an excellent beer. Then yesterday I had the flat to myself for a little while, so took the opportunity to pop open a bottle in the peace and quiet and really get to grips with the beer.
First a note about the labels, they were originally meant to be black, but running low on the ink cartridge front, they came out brick red - which Mrs V actually think looks better than the black, and who am I to argue? So, to the beer, and as ever with my rare tasting note posts, my homage to Cyclops will be used.
- Sight - very dark brown, ruby edges, persistent tan head
- Smell - some chocolate, golden syrup, vine fruits, notably grape and blackcurrant, some spice and a touch of marijuana
- Taste - bitter chocolate upfront, fruity aftertaste mostly blackcurrant, slight acidic tang
- Sweet - 3/5
- Bitter - 2/5
So the International Homebrew Project comes to an end for this year, if there is enough interest from the people that took part then it'll be back in 2012.