This elegantly simple recipe translates into a deeply complex and brag-worthy American strong ale. The choice combination of pale malt, Belgian Special B, and Chinook hops create a medley of dark caramel, raisin, dried cherry and plum and slight pine flavors all interlaced into a boastful deep copper color. Pouring with a medium-heavy body, Elegant Bastard is a smooth sipper meant to be enjoyed in moderation.
- Style: American Strong Ale
- Fermentation Range: 65-70
- Original Gravity: 1.066
- SRM: 16
- IBUs: 81
- ABV: 7.1%
- Aroma: Malt aromas of dried fruits and caramel with a medium-high pine resin and slight grapefruit hop nose.
- Appearance: Deep copper color with ruby mahogany highlights. Firm off-white to nearly tan foam head with good persistence.
- Flavor: Thick malt profile with fig, dried dark fruits, and moderate dark caramel. High bitterness with pine and subtle citrus fruit hop flavors.
- Mouthfeel: Medium-full body with a smooth, creamy and long finish on the palate. Slight alcohol warming. Medium carbonation with no astringency.
“Not quite a Barleywine and certainly stronger and bolder than an American Amber Ale, Elegant Bastard falls in that in-between territory belonging to American Strong Ale. This style is assertively malty and hoppy at the same time, and the hugely popular inspiration for this recipe certainly exemplifies these traits. By starting with a big (yet simple!) malt bill consisting of only base malt and Belgian Special B would seem to be a little bit of a one trick pony, but fret not. The base malt creates a foundation of clean, bready malt flavors, and then the Special B ramps things up a bit by adding the characteristic color and complex flavor profile of dark fruit, caramel and slight toffee. For an equally robust punch in the hop department, sizeable doses of classic Chinook hops are added at four separate times throughout the boil to create bracing bitterness and prominent flavors and aromas of piney resin, a slight spice and noticeable nuances of grapefruit citrus. To keep things from being overly sweet and heavy bodied, a relatively low mash temperature is used in the all-grain version, while a dose of simple sugars in the malt extract recipe help the yeast to attenuate and contributes to the alcohol content while keeping the body and flavor from being too big or sweet. While this recipe may be ready to drink in 6 weeks (fresh beer is always good!), it is substantial enough to stand up to aging well. If you have the self control, try to (gasp!) hide a few bottles from yourself and then come back to them in 6 months, I think you will be pleasantly surprised. Elegant Bastard is just that - A bit of an aggressive and rough-around-the-edges bastard when young, but morphs into an complexly elegant sipper with some age on it.”
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|Total Time to Make||6 weeks|
|Beer Style||British/American Strong Ale|
|Beer Recipe Kit Instructions||Click here for recipe kit instructions|
Great body, color and layers of flavor
Good kit, better brew.
The brew stage went well. Lots of hops so really watch for boil over at hop additions. I used 2 packets of yeast, as listed in the purchase ingredients. Fermentation was overly vigorous - flowing into the airlock then blowing the lid seal. I resealed the bucket and replaced the airlock with a clean one and bubbles were rooting again within minutes. This seems a mighty brew - which we'll taste once all is wrapped, bottled, stabilized and matured. Looking forward to it
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