Monday, April 11, 2011

International Homebrew Project - The Tasting

Five weeks ago we brewed it, 3 weeks ago we bottled or kegged it, this weekend the day had arrived to taste it, and this morning I am blogging about it. "It", of course, is the International Homebrew Project brewing of a Milk Stout from Barclay Perkins, the recipe for which dates from 1933.

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
I was very surprised by the complexity of the beer, given the very low alcohol involved, only 3.7%. There were many layers of flavour, and the blackcurrant/grape thing was most unexpected. While the beer was medium bodied and had a silky finish, I had it in my mind that it would be smoother than it turned out, I also didn't expect it to be as clean and refreshing as it was. Over all I was happy with the beer.


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.

7 comments:

  1. Well here is mine: http://www.taleofale.com/2011/04/international-homebrew-project-where.html

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  2. Thanks for organizing the brewing of another great recipe! Heres a review of my batch: http://ahomebrewlog.blogspot.com/2011/04/1933-barclay-perkins-milk-stout.html

    Too bad we can't organize a swap!

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  3. Mine again: http://www.taleofale.com/2011/04/international-homebrew-project-rescue.html

    This is the rescued version. Lovely stuff.

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  4. I apologize for the tardiness in my posting: I have been sick with something rather unpleasant and off the drink for a little while. Here's mine: http://flagonofale.blogspot.com/2011/04/international-homebrew-project-recap.html

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  5. Finally I am ready, just only a month or so overdue :). I just opened a bottle and I am very pleasantly surprised how good it turned out. Still difficult to believe.

    I will post a full story next week, when my vacation begins.

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  6. Here are my results, I finally did it:

    http://kupla.lv/milk-stout-international-homebrew-project/

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