Marduk is our second stout, the first being Black No.1 in January, and although the basic recipe is similar we have learned the lessons of last time and cut out the crystal malt - there really is no need, not even in stout! We’ve used "full-colour" 5EBC Fawcett’s Maris Otter this time and mixed in Roast Barley, Chocolate Malt for colour, Caramalt for body, Malted Oats for smooth mouthfeel and texture plus 5kg of Demerera and Muscovado sugar for... well, whatever that brings to the party!
Hop-wise we have used, in addition to half a kilo of Magnum for bittering, UK hops in the form of the delicious and sadly all-too-rare Bramling Cross which will give a berryish, fruity and juicy bramble aroma / flavour to the brew plus, as is our wont, we’ve dry-hopped it with Bramling Cross too just to be sure there’s enough hop character in there! The hop rate is almost double the last stout at nearly 4kg in a 6BBL brew and we’ve very high hopes for this one indeed...
Finn (5563) - Tromsø, NORWAY - NOV 1, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Gravity på Steel City Beer & Cider Festival 30 Sep 10. Svart. 0 skum. Kaffearoma. Smaken tørr. Kaffe & litt sjokolade.
Rune (9995) - Tromsø, NORWAY - NOV 1, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Near black body. Shiny bright surface. Aroma of chocolate malts with hints of roastiness. Dark fruits in flavour along with oatmeal and hints of chocolate malts. Bitter finish. Medium bodied. Easy to like. Gravity at the 36th Steel City Beer Festival 30 Sep 10.
mjs (5784) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 20, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Cask at Wenlock Arms, London) This was nice. Roastedness, mild burntness and sourness from oatmeal were well balanced. No component drowned others and still all were clearly present. Flavours were strong and sour and bitter finish lasted long. I definately would like to have a chance to try this one again. Great.
cgarvieuk (18997) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 3, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
hand bottle at home from Mr Unpronounceable ... dark brown black ... light bubbly tan head ... solid if a little sweet up front roast malt ... little ashtray ... little toffee malt nose ... nice solid light sweet roast malt ... little ash smoke ... soft body ...little chocolate ... quite likling this ...
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