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Recipe: mlavin / Dark and Stormy Ale (revision #4)

  • Started Brewing: Jul 17, 2011
  • Original Gravity: 1.052
  • Finished Brewing: Aug 14, 2011
  • Final Gravity: 1.010
  • Alcohol by Volume: 5.5%
  • Would Make Again?: Maybe  

Final Review

As a beer that was meant to taste like a Dark and Stormy this was a complete failure. But as a light, refreshing and easy to drink beer for summer I think it worked. The reviews from the family ranged from "not bad" to "good". Overall nothing to get too excited about. It was a good use of some leftover candied ginger that I had. If I still have this ginger next summer (and it's still any good) I might make this again but I probably wouldn't go out of my way to make it.

Taste Notes

Deceptively darker due to the molasses since under the hood this is a very light ale with little malt flavor. The aroma of ginger is very noticeable but the flavor isn't as strong. Ginger comes off more sweet than spicy like in a true Dark and Stormy.

Notes From July 17, 2011 (Brewing)

Gravity Reading: 1.052

Had to make some last minute changes because I couldn't get the original ingredients I had planned. Other than that everything went as expected. Gravity came out pretty close to the estimate which is a good start.

Notes From July 29, 2011 (Bottling/Kegging)

Gravity Reading: 1.010

Bottled two days early because it worked better with my schedule. There wasn't much activity in the fermentor so I wasn't worried about the difference. In the end the gravity came out a little lower than estimated.

Tasting it out of the fermentor I wasn't getting the rum notes but the ginger smell was strong. The ginger was coming off as more of a sour taste instead of spicy. I hoping the carbonation and aging will mellow it out a little.