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Blind Bat Honey & Basil Ale



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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.11/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06/5   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
For a 3 barrel (93 gallon) batch, 60 pounds of honey from the Catskills is added at the beginning of the boil, and a bit of local organic basil (sourced from my wifeís Seedsower Farm and/or Makinajian Farm in Huntington) is chopped up and added at the last 15 minutes of the boil. (The recipe is available here for any home brewers who might want to give this a try.) An earthy and floral ale. This beer is part of Blind Batís Farm-and-Garden series of beers using local ingredients.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Erzengel (7928) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - JUL 21, 2015
50cl / 1pt 0.9 fl.oz. bottle. Sweetish-sour herbal aroma. Like dry coke in a beer without sugar. Malty herbal body. The honey is in the background, herbal malt there as well. Somehow strange with no bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbill (3605) - Laurel, New York, USA - DEC 8, 2014
750 ml corked and caged bottle. Pours a lightly hazed golden amber with a thin-moderate off-white head that lasted through the first two sips and left scant lace. Mild aroma of citrus and honey. I really didnít pick up much of the basil in the nose. The flavor is malt and honey with some mild honey sweetness, orange, and very noticeable basil. Very mild bitterness at the finish. Light-medium bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 27, 2013
murky amber, totally still, thinnest white ring. Nose is basil and tea, light citrus lingering. Flavor is more basil, stinging wheat and light citrus, sticky through end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - OCT 21, 2013
500mL. Pours clear tea amber with weak foam, bubbles. Nose is excellent fresh herbal tea. Taste is weak tea, bland. Palate is lemon tea with mild acid. Huh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nimbleprop (7560) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 21, 2013
50cl bottle pours a hazy orange amber with some spitty, white head. Nose has plenty of basil, almost a little basil seed, a little tarragon, licorice, some sweetness. Flavor is nice, sweet, herbal, licorice, tarragon, basil. Clean finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (13318) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 21, 2013
50cl bottle, thanks nimbleprop. Clear amber body with minimal off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, orange, basil, some honey. Taste is moderately sweet, basil, some orange, light honey. Light-medium body, low carbonation, light stickiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (7388) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - OCT 20, 2013
Bottle shared by Nimbleprop, thanks! Poured a clear amber color with a small off-white head. Aroma is honey notes, some basil notes. Flavor is nice sweet malts, malts, basil character, basil is quite nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Travlr (21679) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 20, 2013
Bottle. Cloudy golden amber color, white edge head. Aroma of light herbs. Taste is similar.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (12198) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 20, 2013
Bottle shared by Nimbleprop. Pours clear amber with a small, fizzy white head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is honey, biscuit malt, basil, and spices. Flavor is malt forward with basil, light hops and bitterness with a sweet finish. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lukek1231 (2) - - AUG 25, 2012 does not count
16.9 oz bottle from Northport Farmer's Market tent: overall this beer was different and great. The honey and basil come in equally and balance very well. Also a very refreshing brew for a BBQ. Always a pleasure to have a blind bat beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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