Beware the dragon that lurks in the inky shadows of this potent ale. On the surface, Dragon's Silk Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout exhibits a facade of chocolate, coffee, and approachable roast. But as you delve deeper into the lair you will discover a tremendous hoard of sweet bourbon, rich oak, and smooth notes of opulent vanilla.
Brewing this recipe kit is much easier than slaying any dragon, thanks to an abundance of premium ingredients and brewmaster know-how. But the complexity of the finished ale is as layered and captivating as any quest. We urge you to face off with a pint of this commanding ale and savor your victory.
- Style: Bourbon and oak-aged Imperial Stout
- Fermentation Range: 60 - 73 F
- OG: 1.096
- SRM: 35
- IBUs: 43
- ABV: 9.8%
- Bourbon sweetness
- Smooth oak
- Moderate roast
- Hints of chocolate and coffee
Due to the high starting gravity of this kit, we recommend pitching multiple packs of yeast or preparing a yeast starter for the best results.
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|Total Time to Make||3 months|
|Beer Recipe Kit Instructions||Click here for recipe kit instructions|
Customer ReviewsWrite a review
I renamed the Dragons silk ale with a reference to LOTR. It is the best stout I have brewed, (after brewing for over 20 years) and is truly worth its valued in gold!! I use bullet rye whiskey and had to bottle condition for 2 months to achieve carbonation, after 8 weeks in primary and 2 weeks in secondary with whiskey and oak chips. Best enjoyed with friends round a campfire in the Sierras, after catching a limit of trout!
First one I brewed exactly as directed and it was excellent! Fermenting the second batch now and going to add some homemade vanilla extract and soak the oak cubes in Red Stag. I'm sure it will be really good. When I try the 3rd batch (in the future) I hope to employ some coffee in the fermenter. I love this brew kit! If you like big beers with tons of flavor and kick, then this is for you.
I am just finishing ageing on the charred oak cubes. I choose Longbranch from Wild Turkey as it is refined on oak and Texas mequite and things smells amazing! I cannot wait to taste it
A follow up to my previous review.
I made a 1200 ml yeast starter on a 24 hour stir plate using the Wyeast 1056 American Ale yeast and a can of Fast Pitch Canned Wort. Since this is a high gravity beer a healthy yeast starter seems really important.
I calculate the ABV with the addition of my bourbon as ((volume of beer * alcohol of beer) + (volume of bourbon * alcohol of bourbon)) / total volume = (((640 fl oz * 0.102375)+(12 fl oz * 0.46))/(640 fl oz + 12 fl oz)) * 100 = 10.90% ABV.
This kit looked very interesting. I just bottled the beer after more than 4 weeks in primary and secondary fermenters. I sampled the unconditioned beer. Wow!!! The recipe called for 12 ounces of Bourbon i used 14oz of Bullitt. I'm happy with the selection. Its not too strong on Bourbon flavor. My only critique there's little oak taste. Ask me again in 2 weeks after the beer is conditioned. I'm very excited to share this beer with my friends.