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Homebrew: Tasting the Brandy-Vanilla Porter



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  • Style: Robust Porter
  • ABV: 6.8%
  • Size: 330 ml
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    The other homebrew of the night was the Brandy-Vanilla Porter. This porter, originally designed by Denny Coon, was brewed with Maris Otter, Munich, Brown, Chocolate, Dark Crystal and Light Crystal malt, and hopped with Warrior and East Kent Goldings to an IBU of around 42. The beer also matured two weeks together with a mixture containing 3 chopped bourbon vanilla pods, 29 g of French medium toast chips and 2 dl of Jaloviina ***. This should be a nice evening warmer!

    Homebrew Brandy-Vanilla Porter
    The beer pours with a pitch-black color, and forms a minimal tan colored head, that leaves slight lacing along the glass.
    The aroma is roasty, with tones of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, and an undertone of vanilla.
    The flavor is also very roasty, with tones of burnt malts, coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, and a slight woodiness. The aftertaste is quite dry. The vanilla is definitely there, but the brandy isn't as detectable.
    The beer has a medium-full body, and a moderate-low carbonation level. The roastiness and dry finish makes this a slow sipper, but it is still very drinkable.
    Also a good beer overall, that maybe was a bit too roasty (lacked some caramel or toffee tones in the middle) and dry for my taste. The beer definitely gets better as it warms up, and I think the beer was a bit too cold when I had it.

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