Today we've got another guest poster, my younger brother. He's providing a thorough review of my first homebrew, named WillCo, which just finished aging yesterday. I'll have another post later on with some personal notes about the beer.
WillCo Homebrewing Company
Indiana, United States
Style / ABV:
American Strong Beer / Plenty (7%?)
Poured from a 12oz bottle (with a duct tape label) into a pint glass. Batch #1.
A: Pours a deep caramel color under two fingers worth of white head which diminished quickly. Minimal lace, no retention (although that may be my fresh-out-of-the-dishwasher glass, which I forgot to rinse).
S: Lots of toasty goodness. Seriously, I smell toast. There’s plenty of sweet coffee aroma as well.
T: The initial taste at the front of the mouth is fairly sweet, but is quickly dominated by a roasted nutty/caramely/coffeey flavor on the sides and back. Quite a bit more carbonation than in previous tastings, which seems to balance the sweetness well. There seems to be a distinct lack of the unmistakable home-brew after taste – big plus!
F: medium-bodied with lots of activity. The ending feel is roasted and bitter, which certainly invites the next sweet-starting sip.
D: I fear the home-brew headache, so I haven’t had more than 1 bottle per sitting.
I like this beer, a lot! Very respectable for your first go around. I look forward to Batch #2 with great anticipation.
Reviewed on 1/24/2008 10:45PM
Here's a picture of my pour from last night, with one of my duct tape labeled bottles!
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