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Brew Notes - Nutella Stout

The Nutella1 Stout is now ready, and upon chilling a bottle and giving it a spin, a few things are readily apparent:

  • The gravity could come down a bit. I've generally designed beers that are on the high ends of their styles, and in this case2 it seems like a less textured feel to the brew is called for. Along those same lines, this may not have been the brew for a lactose addition.
  • The chocolate and hazelnut compete a little with the hops. Fuggles for this go, and I think the mild buttery/spicy flavor is right, but there's just a little too much of it there.
  • On the other hand, an additional shot of the spread would work pretty well.
  • I really kind of want to add orange peel. I might fight off this urge by making a Belgian Wit sometime soon.
  • It would do well for some aging. This is probably a no-brainer, but I like to remind myself to take the bière de garde route. I'd guess November or December would be ideal.
  • I'll probably have to limit my intake of this brew because of the tree nuts. I've no idea how much made it in, but what's there is best described as the rarified essence of the nut. It's a shame that the scent/flavor doesn't register as a warning for me. Remember, safety first.

~*~

1Actually, it's nigh-nutella for that same rich choco-nutty flavor with fewer preservatives.
2Most of the bitters I've made would also benefit from this lesson. The porters, however, have been magnificent.
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