Sorry about my prolonged absence from the blog. Last week I was at Camp Kemo, which is traditionally my longest stretch of the year without a cold beer, so I’m just now getting into the swing of things.
Even though I had to go a whole week without beer, I did have a special friend waiting on me when I got back home. My oatmeal nut brown was conditioned and ready to drink. This was the beer I brewed up back on Memorial Day.
I’m going to say this right off the bat, this may be the best beer I’ve brewed. It’s a bold statement, but I really like it. It has a light brown color with a creamy off-white head. It isn’t the clearest beer ever, but there is little sediment floating around.
The brown sugar is very apparent in the aroma. I also get hints of the toasted pecans. The flavor is very smooth and slightly sweet. It tastes like a traditional brown ale, but it’s souped up with a little extra sweetness from the brown sugar and a buscuity, nutty flavor. A wonderful caramel flavor lingers on the palate long after I take a sip.
The beer has a moderate body. Despite its darker color, it isn’t a heavy beer at all. This would make a very nice session beer if you’re in the mood for something sweet and nutty.
The alcohol content on my batch came in around 3-4% ABV. Lord’s batch is up around 6%, so I’m very curious to try his once it’s ready and compare the differences. We’re going to try and arrange a tasting next week, so I’ll let you know the results.
I haven’t decided if I want to post the recipe. This might be the beer I use to launch my commercial brewery someday, so it might be an industry secret. Then again, Lord knows the recipe. Hmmm… I might have to make him an offer he can’t refuse :)
All you’ll have to offer me is the occasional free growler. That should keep me satisfied enough not to spill any secrets.
Hoping my Nut Brown will be carbonated this weekend. Probably will crack one sometime tomorrow and see how it is doing.