Though I probably should have saved the best of my home brews for last it seems that I am ending this run on the other end of the enjoyment scale. Actually I think the best was posted on Tuesday. Granted all of these likely would have received different grades a few months ago (and a few did), but this more recent run of evaluations was necessary for me to better understand how they hold up over time in my house. When I get the brewing fever I cannot exactly drink it fast enough, so it is good information to have.
Once again The Wife gave a suggestion for the name and I gladly went with it. I did not even wait for her second suggestion. That is how my brewery (in name only) operates.
Probably retiring this recipe for now . . .
Brewery: Blueprint Brewing (Winter Park, FL)
Name: What A Sap
Style: Brown Porter
ABV: 4.55% (+/-)
Tasting Notes: Stored in the fridge before being served in a pint glass.
Aroma: Pretty light roasted aroma with some sharpness and a faint sweetness as well. Not very enticing overall. – 6/12
Appearance: Dark, dark brown in color. Two finger light brown head that is thick, holds well, and leaves a nice trail on the glass. Opaque though rising bubbles can be seen at the edges when held to light. – 3/3
Flavor: Fairly light roasted malt flavor up front followed by a light bit of sweetness from middle to finish. There is just a hint of bitterness but really not much depth of flavor overall. Finishes with some dry bite and a bit of astringency. – 10/20
Mouthfeel: Medium in body with a really high level of carbonation that definitely adds some bite. Pretty smooth on the palate after the initial carbonic bite. – 2.5/5
Overall Impressions: Has not held up as well as the others over time though it was not one of my favorites to begin with. The flavors do open up and become more full as the beer warms some. The carbonation was so high that it started to slowly climb out of the bottle just after opening and that carbonation really overwhelms the less intense flavor. Was one of the more expensive batches to brew for me in my relatively short time doing so and I ended up without the pay off to show for it (drinkable, but that is about all). – 5.5/10
Grade: C+ (27/50)