Bourbon Milk StoutHomebrew Series
Paying homage to Steve Vai's "Tender Surrender", this smooth and sticky stout blends intense vanilla flavors with notes of raisins and dark chocolate, all into one rich syrupy pour. With extra conditoning on vanilla beans and bourbon soaked oak chips, followed by long term bottle aging, flavors come together nicely in a well ballanced decadent concoction.View on Untappd
- Last brewedDecember 9, 2020
- MaltsPale, CaraAroma, Carapils, Roasted Barley, Chocolate, Flaked Oats
- YeastMangrove Jack's M15 Empire Ale
- ExtrasLactose, Bourbon, Vanilla, Oak Chips
This was the first stout I had ever brewed, so a lot of the process was still new to me back then. The goal was to make it sweet, smooth and not too roasty but in the same time giving it more complex underlying flavours, which is why I decided to experiment with wood aging and bourbon. Once the beer had fully fermented, I transferred it to a different vessel where it conditioned for another 30 days on a mix of vanilla beans and medium toasted oak chips soaked in Wild Turkey Rare Breed bourbon. I had never used any of these in a beer before so I had to be careful not to overdo it, however the first batch turned out really good, especially after a few months conditioning in the bottle. Knowing that this stout had the potential to grow in complexity over time, I decided to take the ABV to imperial levels so that flavors could continue to evolve over time in the bottle. I bumped up the fermentables and tweaked the adjuncts, batch by batch, until it ended up exactly how I wanted it. Now, after several years of aging in the cellar, it makes for a great sipping beer in the cold season while spinning some vinyl and enjoying some tunes.
This is a homebrewed beer that is not available for sale or distribution of any kind. It was brewed at home in small quantities to be shared only with family and friends simply out of passion for the craft and as a tribute to the music that inspired it.