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St. Patrick's Day Irish Stout Deluxe

Kevin Caffrey
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How beautiful is this?  This is the St. Patrick's Day Irish Stout Deluxe refill fermented for three weeks, conditioned for about 31 days, refrigerated for about 6 days.  Pours a solid black with about an inch and a half tan head.  Left a small amount of lacing along the glass as I finished it.  Smell was sweet with hints of dark chocolate, roasted barley, and a faint raisin/licorice aroma.  Taste was also slightly sweet with hints of chocolate, barley, and dark fruit.  Very similar, imo, to the Winter Dark Ale (RIP) recipe Mr. Beer offered at one time, but I'd give the edge to the WDA since its flavor was a little more complex than this.  The other slight complaint -- and this is just for me to take note of in the future -- is that this was pretty carbonated for a stout so it came across more like a dark ale.  I usually use *slightly* less table sugar than is recommended from Mr. Beer when bottling.  Next time I will use even less and see what happens.  Otherwise, this is a VERY enjoyable substitute for a Guinness!

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