Monday, 14 May, 2001

Opening the Beer

Back in December, I brewed two batches of beer:  a repeat of the Crisp Rye Ale, and a new (to me) Oatmeal Stout recipe.  What with one thing and another, I didn't get around to bottling it until the end of April.  Both beers tasted very good at bottling, and we weren't disappointed this weekend when we opened the bottles.  The Rye has a good rye flavor (no surprise), and a healthy hop aroma and taste.  The Oatmeal Stout is certainly stout, but also somewhat sweet.  It lacks the bitter and burnt taste that many associate with home made stouts.  I'd say these are the best beers we've brewed to date.  Good stuff.