Monday, May 20, 2013

Cochise Stronghold Cider & Malt Review



Cochise Stronghold Comparison

Cider YeastWine Yeast
AppearanceAlmost no foam, deep brownish-red and extremely clearPours very foamy, but dies down quickly.  Deep brownish-red and very clear
AromaVery bright apple flavor, other non-descript fruitiness, sweetish Appley, but somewhat yeasty, caramel, and a hint of alcohol
TasteSweeter, with more apple flavor.  Strong caramel finish, with an ever so slight warming sensation from the alcoholCaramel, some oxidation notes, strong apple flavor, tiny bit of a metallic note, and  finishes a bit yeasty and bready
MouthfeelModerately carbonated, and a  fuller feeling with a lighter body that the other versionHighly carbonated, thinnish body with a slick feeling
Drinkability1 - Far better of the two, less acidic, brighter apple flavor and perfect amount of malt/caramel3 - Decent apple flavor, but there is an acidic edge that's a bit rough, and the yeastiness/rough dough flavor is never something I like much in a cider 
Overall: I far prefer the cider version.  It has a stronger apple flavor, is slightly sweeter, but with a lighter body.  It also doesn't display the yeasty/bready flavors that I've often come to expect when using wine yeast in a "beer" (if you can call this a beer). Aside from the differences due to the yeast, this is definitely something I will make again, the apple flavor came across wonderfully!

Brewday - 1/19/2012 - Recipe & Notes

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Belma The Husky Blonde - Review

Unfortunately no picture this time, SWMBO drained the keg when I wasn't looking :)

Appearance - Dense two finger white head that lingers leaving lacing all down the glass as you drink, a slightly hazy bright golden yellow

Aroma - Breadiness from the pils followed by a strong oaty aroma, hops are subtle but nondescript

Taste - Very bitter with a slightly rough edge, malt is in the background and very subdued though the oatiness comes through in the finish. Hop aroma/flavor is almost non-existent, which is crazy because I added 4oz of dry hops!!

Mouthfeel - Nice and silky, all those oats really shine here, medium-low carbonation that suits the thick mouthfeel

Drinkability - Ok, a bit too bitter of a beer, and it really lacks hop flavor

Notes/Thoughts - I'm pretty disappointed in the flavor of the Belma hops, its almost not there at all. I will give them one more shot to see what they have but I'm not expecting much.  The pils + oat combo is really good and I think I'll go with my original gut feeling and do this again with a very earth hop (EKG, fuggle, etc.)

Brewday - 1/9/2013 - Recipe & Notes

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