Generally speaking, IPA’s are my favorite. Whenever we are out, I can’t help but order a new and exciting IPA. The crisp nature and delightful mouth-feel always calls out to me as the bar staff takes our order. Over most other beer styles, I am drawn to the delicious and delicate flavor of hops; a major component in crafting an exquisite IPA.
With great success, we even brewed our own. Our first five-gallon batch was an intensely delicious IPA called Vision Quest. Since then, we’ve been eager to try something slightly different (okay, really different). Despite the full swing of the summer season and hot temperatures, we went ‘big’ and brewed a rich stout. A HellFer Stout.
The recipe was crafted by Ethan himself. It’s absolutely delicious. This beer has initial notes of chocolate and coffee. It’s body is full and creamy. It leaves you with lingering biscuit undertones. It’s extremely drinkable, almost too drinkable. I think it could be a favorite of mine. It is certainly a good change from my go-to style. I’ve enjoyed every bit of it.
After two pints of this malty beverage, there are a few alterations we would make. Nothing big, just tweaks here and there to increase it’s richness, making it that much tastier.
Until our next brew date, we will be sipping on HellFer Stout and designing a new recipe for our next batch of homebrew… which has yet to be decided. Any suggestions?