Black Vanilla Scotch Ale – 11/01/2009
- Recipe: AHS Black Ale + modifications
- Brew date: 11/1/2009
- Bottle date: 11/22/2009
- Original Gravity: 1.060
- Final Gravity: 1.018
- ABV: 5.5% ABV
- SRM: unknown
This was a fun one. I took the AHS Black Ale recipe and brewed it as instructed. Towards the end of primary fermentation I went to the grocery store and picked up a vanilla bean. I sanitized the bean, cut it open, scraped out the seeds and then added both the seeds and husk of the bean to 2 cups of Famous Grouse scotch whiskey. I let this all sit in the whiskey for about 2 days. I then transferred the beer from my primary fermenter to a secondary and dumped in the 2 cups of whiskey with the vanilla bean seeds and husk.
The beer turned out pretty good. I enjoyed it personally, and my brother seemed really impressed with it when I brought it up for the holidays. Though if I decide to try this one again in the future I think I will drop the vanilla flavor a notch or so and either use half a bean instead of a whole one or maybe just toss the full bean in the whiskey without splitting it open to expose the seeds. The vanilla wasn’t really overwhelming but I think it was slightly stronger than I would have preferred. It might also be fun to play with different whiskeys next time…maybe try an American or Canadian whiskey instead of Scotch or something.