Saturday, March 2, 2013
UNDER CAP: Olde Rich Bitch
The concept was an English style porter, with a dark, but not completely opaque, color and roasted body. To that I added coffee, chocolate and other natural adjuncts.
Sticking with my dog theme I gave it the name Olde Rich Bitch. The inspiration is the stereotypical old rich bitch who likes her coffee, chocolate, and beer. Fitting, I think.
The resulting product is a wonderfully delicious porter, with all the characteristics of a professionally brewed beer. The aroma is rich, unadulterated coffee which follows into a brilliantly smooth flavor balanced with distinct, but mild chocolate.
What worked for me is adding whole coffee beans, and the unsweetened dark chocolate bar into a steeping bag. I steeped that the last 15 minutes of my boil and left it in all the way to transferring to my fermentation bucket. I was cautioned before doing this that it probably would not work, but it did.
The only fault with this beer is there are still a lot of coffee particles in suspension; similar to the particles after drinking a nice french press coffee. Some of these particles collect and form a ring around the neck of the bottle.
All in all this is a fantastic beer, and a great success for my first all grain!
Posted by Jim at 10:21 AM