Siiigh. Okey dokey. So although Sweet Dead Lion provided me with a hilarious and wonderful brew-day, it produced a less-than-wonderful brew. I’m actually going to toss part of the batch. And I feel downright embarrassed that, in my excitement, I shared it with a few friends before a true and honest taste test.
I don’t like drinking it and neither does well, anyone! It was bound to happen, there was so much drinking and laughing going on on brewing day, hahahaha. Shout out to Jen! Next time we’ll nail it.
My assessment of the brew is as follows:
- Look: So pretty! Rich black with a nice thick and long lasting caramel colored head. promising, but deceiving.
- Smell: Not terrible. a little sweet. At this point I’m starting to get molasses and (icky!) pecan indications.
- Taste: This is where things go downhill. It’s just a few ticks too sweet, and then I am immediately overwhelmed by a bitter burnt flavor (not a nice hop bitterness). Ugh. I can distinctly taste the (too) strong black molasses and the seriously icky pecan extract. Fakey fake!
- Feel: Here it’s not so great either. Kinda syrupy. Carbonation is ok.
- Overall: FAIL! What good is a beer that doesn’t taste good!?
So what went wrong? From what I can tell, these were my major major mistakes.
- I remember thinking that maybe we’d not stirred often and early enough after we added the extract and molasses. We laughed and wondered if we’d burned the batch but forged ahead! This would definitely account for the burnt flavor.
- Too much molasses. Definitely. Less would have been great for a more subtle flavor and sweetness.
- Pecan ick. I will never use a strong extract like that again! Next time (oh yes, there WILL be a next time!) I will simply roast the pecans and dunk them using a nylon bag for the last few minutes.
How sad, this one never even got a label.
On to the next!