Monday, August 27, 2012
Smoken Blond Ale Final Tasting
This has a very traditional English ale smell. I am not getting the vanilla aroma that I noted in the previous tasting. There is a slight hint of the smoked malt which is pleasing but very faint. Over all there is a very nice, lightly sweet, malt smell that mixes very nicely with the earthy hop aroma of the kent goldings.
This is a very nicely balanced beer I am actually pretty amazed that it tastes almost nothing like it did two and a half weeks ago. The distinct vanilla and bourbon flavors that were there when bottling are now gone. These have been replaced with a nice balance of sweet malt and earthy hops. The flavors that were very distinct at bottling have now blended and flow nicely from one to another. If I had to compare it to something I would actually say it tastes like a lighter version of Newcastle.
If you ask anyone they would say that I am my own worst critic especially when it comes to my beers. Most beers I make to me are just "OK", while others say they really like them. That being said, I really like this beer. This one turned out well and may be my best beer to date. It is light and easy to drink but still has a distinctive malt character that I find lacking from many lighter beers. I will defiantly make this recipe again soon and I would encourage others to do so also. I give this an easy 4 out of 5 stars. The only bad thing is two cases will not last long at all.
You can find the recipe here
You can also find the previous tasting while bottling here