Mmmm. Mmmmm. Mmmmmmm. Couldn't be more pleased with this recipe kit! If I didn't possess restraint, these bottles would go, and I mean fast. At the end of the brew, I came up short on water; consequently, the OG came in at 1.104. Yikes, I thought; way over the specs--this is going to be a malt bomb. But with 3000 ml of starter yeast (two vials) and a 52 degree cellar (though I did allow it to start fermenting at room temp--68--before hauling it into the cellar), she actively fermented for 17 days. Then two days at 68 for a diacetyl rest, and then into the secondary where she lagered at 36 degrees in a spare fridge for four months. FG 1.015! Sweet, but dry enough. Full bodied. Nice variation of flavor as it warms in the glass. MALTY goodness, though tonight I was surprised to taste a distinct bitterness. Don't know where that came from, but it was pleasing. Lots of work and patience, yes, but I too would very much like to brew this again. For now, however, I'm going to savor what I have. And share with dear friends, of course. (Oh, I brewed with LME.)
Reviewed by: Old Site Reviewer from United States.