DetailsWe recommend brewing this batch once a year to have around for special occasions. Even light beer drinkers can appreciate a mug of this stout. The smooth sweet flavor will put you to bed like a glass of warm milk.
Our ingredients for this recipe include: 6 lb. Dark liquid malt extract, 4 oz. Chocolate Malt, 4 oz. Caramel 80L, 4 oz. Roasted Barley specialty grains, 1 oz. Fuggle, 1/2 oz. Willamette pellet hops, 4 oz. Cherry extract, yeast, priming sugar and a grain bag.
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4.1 / 5.025 ReviewsLight but delicous StoutThis was the first batch of home brew for me. 2 weeks in the primary. 1 week in a secondary with 32oz of Tart Cherry Juice Concentrate instead of the cherry extract. its been bottled two weeks now and its come out pretty darn good. A good light bodied roasted finish with a good hint of cherry. Will buy again!January 4, 2013Adding more cherry extract could possibly make it a litte betterI wasn't impressed with the Cherry flavor however, I was impressed with the beers finish. It was full bodied, very good hoppy flavor but not enough Cherry flavor for my taste. I also think it could have been just a little more stout. In draft form it produced a nice creamy head. I'm not sure if adding the sugar included in the kit was a mistake or not but it had a great finish and polish to it. Since I keg my batches I'm not sure whether this had any affect or not but I would guess not. I will definitely be purchasing this kit again but I will purchase an additional bottle of Cherry Extract in an effort to further enhance my taste buds experience. It is a great recipe to experiment with.April 26, 2013Smooth light stoutI bottled with Cherry Juice to get a more real flavor than the extract could give. It came out great, smooth and flavorful, and I'm enjoying a bottle or two a week.February 26, 2014Good BeerAll in all a very good beer. I received a lot of compliments on this beer. I agree with the other reviews, the body is very light. But an excellent roasted flavor and after 6-8 weeks there was a perfect cherry aroma. I will be making this beer again in the future, but I will try real fruit next time.October 15, 2010Poorest Performance of Extract Kits YetWe really wanted to like this. Really. The cherry was weak. The stout wasn't very stout. This was only our second kit so maybe it's our fault. I won't buy it again. Compared to the Irish and Oatmeal stouts, this isn't even in the same class. I would go with either of those in a heartbeat and add some cherry puree rather than buy this again.November 6, 2011good, but not what I wished forI was imagining "nightcap cherry stout" as a softer beer - sort of round and cozy and a bit sweet. Our result (with dry yeast and a combination of cherry juice and the included cherry flavor, see below) was, in comparison to my imagination, a bit thin, and sharp - the texture was a bit harsh because it's pretty vibrantly fizzy, and the flavor a bit sour from the cherry. _x000D__x000D_We did modify the flavoring, as other reviews had said the included flavoring was fake-tasting. So, 5 gallons ready for bottling. We separated out 1 gallon, primed, and bottled, just to know what the base beer tasted like. We'd bought 2qt each of black cherry juice and tart cherry juice, and I of course sampled to decide which I liked better, decided they were both good (yum!), and had about 3 qts left to add to the 4 gal of beer. I wasn't sure if the sugar from the juice would throw off the ratios with the priming sugar, so added about 3/5 the 5 gal amount for 4 gal beer... i.e. not much reduction. Mixed it up, and it didn't smell very cherry-like, so I added about 1/3 of the bottle of flavoring that came in the kit._x000D__x000D_The result: the beer looks a lot darker than it tastes. It's tasty, but not particularly stout-like. The cherry comes through as tartness rather than fruitiness in the flavor, but it smells fairly cherry-like. My friend who hates "stouts you need a knife and fork for" said this was the best stout he'd had in years, but I'm not a big fan._x000D_The other result: We did 8 bottles plain before we added the cherry, which it turns out I like a lot better. The texture is still very carbonated, but the flavor is a less sharp without the tartness of the fruit, so the beer itself comes through and is very pleasant. _x000D__x000D_If this were a cherry-less beer kit I'd recommend it, but the bottom line is, the cherry doesn't add the flavors I was hoping for. I'll try a different stout kit next time.March 12, 2012Very Light StoutMuch lighter mouthfeel that desired, probably the lightest stout that I've drank before. If I could do it over, I would add some oatmeal for more texture. The base recipe produces a good stout flavor, and since this is my first "fruit" flavored beer, I'll just say that I'll stay away from using the cherry extract and find a more natural flavor. The cherry flavor is very similar to a cherry coke or something of the sort. I've already kegged so I will possibly go for adding some cherry juice as suggested by another customer or I'll be adding some raspberry fruit puree for a few days.March 2, 2017Purchased
1 year agogreat, smooth and flavorfulgreat, smooth and flavorfulAugust 2, 2016night cap cherryDeep dark beer with a slight taste of cherry. The coffee taste does work with cherry nicely. Smooth to drink and a very rich mouth feel.August 23, 2013night cap cherry stoutEasy kit to make. Beer is dark and very stout, the cherry flavor blends well with the dark malts. Hops are well hidden and unnoticed.August 28, 2013
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