Big Honkin' Stout Extract Kit w/ Specialty Grains

SKU: U1700

High bitterness and gravity and an intense roasted grain character make this a pitch-black ale that can't be ignored. Recommended: 2-stage fermentation and yeast starter.

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We took inspiration from American-style foreign stouts for this recipe, combining high bitterness and gravity and an intense roasted grain character to make a pitch-black ale that can't be ignored. Strong, dark roast coffee with a shot of hops and background notes of tar, dark fruit, and caramelized sugar in the nose, giving way to a big mouthful of malt, roast grain, and more hops with a lingering bittersweet finish. Recommended: 2-stage fermentation and yeast starter.

Additional Information

Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons
Recipe and Instructions Click Here!
Regional Style USA
Beer Style Stout/Porter
Color Dark
Original Gravity 1068
Total Time to Make 2 months

Customer Reviews

Don't make the mistake of "aging" this! Review by Jim Fisher
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A few months ago, this was my 3 or 4th try at brewing -- back in January (As of June, I have 24 brews under my belt now). The taste blew me away back then but I was told it only got better if you left it in the bottle. 6 months later, and it is still awesome but don't know if it's "better." It's definitely at least as good if not better than a quality craft brew stout. The "coffee" flavor might have mellowed out a tad but I'm going off a 6 month old memory.

So I held a few back. That has been difficult and, in retrospect, stupid of me.

So I'm gonna enjoy the ones I have left, hold ONE bottle back, order another kit and compare the old to the new. Whatever the comparison comes out to be, it was not worth keeping this from myself for so long. This is an awesome kit. (Posted on 6/19/14)
Add vanilla at bottling or kegging Review by Eric
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Brews pretty much same flavor profile with either the liquid wyeast or safale dry. I added 8 ounces of $.97 vanilla from walmart to the bottling bucket when I brew. It makes for an even richer big honkin stout, two is all you'll want but you'll be very happy. On it's own this stout is full bodied, strong, sharply bitter but exceptionally balanced between the roasted barley and big hop roster. This is a stout lover's stout. Instead of vanilla extract, pour a 12 ounce bottle over a scoup of vanilla ice cream in large (24 ounce or more) glass and serve with a long spoon. OMG, you will love it. (Posted on 3/30/14)
As good or better than any stout I have had Review by Steve
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1st time brewer, Deluxe kit and got the Big Honkin Stout instead of the Caribou Slobber. I even messed up and reversed the hop order and ended up throwing all the hops in in the beginning. Today was the day at 2 weeks bottling...nervous-did I screw it up? (was going to wait for 3wks but got anxious to see how it was). Wow! As good as any beer I have had! I may never pay for beer again at a store. Have a pale Ale on the carboy and next is a milk stout to try to be like Left Hands. This was an easy recipe also if you pay attention. Can't go wrong if you are a stout drinker! Yippee! (Posted on 3/29/14)
outstanding ! Review by Barry
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Brewed according to directions but added 1/2 stick brewers licorice and used 2 us-05. Two weeks primary 3 weeks secondary.Bottled for 4 weeks. What a great powerful stout to wake up your senses. One of the best I have ever had. Malty with a definate hop taste and little licorice backround. Will be kegging this next fall for sure. Like an Imperial stout with less abv. Thanks NB (Posted on 2/21/14)
Delicious Stout Review by Matt
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Brewed October 20, sampled first December 14, was a bit thin and still mildly undercarbed. Given another month, it has mellowed out nicely and carbed up well. This is a very tasty stout. I will plan it further in advance next time I make it to let it condition more before opening the first one. (Posted on 1/3/14)
TBD Review by Joe
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Used WYEAST 1056 with this and ended up fermenting too warm. Bumped up ABV with pound of demera sugar and pound of dark DME. Tasted at 2 weeks and it was very fruity. Plan to keep in primary to about 4 weeks then transfer with oak chips soaked in rye whiskey for a few months. (Posted on 12/23/13)
Smooth finsh Review by Stephen
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I am finishing be second batch of Big Honkin' Stout, that's how much I enjoyed the last brew. The chocolate and coffee flavors are distinct but not overwhelming. The finish is smooth, not real bitter. (Posted on 11/24/13)
It's great Review by Brew doc
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I have made this several times and if turns out great every time. (Posted on 11/10/13)
Excellent Review by Josh
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I brew this stout two to three times a year. I run two kegs of home brew and brew ten gallon batches. I cant wait to get my latest batch in the keg this October. Always a great beer for this time of year. If you like stout then give it a try, you won't be disappointed. (Posted on 9/24/13)
One of my favorites Review by Robert
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Turned out great with US-05. I amp'd it up with an addition 1lb of LME, and it turned out great. All of the extract kits from NB turn out great for me! (Posted on 8/25/13)
Highly Recommend Review by kyle
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This is our favorite extract kit and we have tried over 20 different kits so far. It starts off with a chocolate malty taste and finishes with a noticeable hop taste. The alcohol content is a plus and increases the shelf life compared to a normal 5 gallon kit. I highly recommend this kit to dark beer drinkers. (Posted on 8/4/13)
Great Beer, Definitely Brew Again Review by Alexander
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I did this one a bit different than the instructions by using the flame hops for dry hopping. Right out of primary this beer was really great, I still let it sit for a full month before kegging but it didn't change much for me. I will be brewing this again, and I think it would make a great base for a super hoppy stout. (Posted on 7/5/13)
awesome Review by matt
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Made a 5 gallon extract kit of Big Honkin. Primary for 4 weeks at 62 degrees. Bottled and waited 3 weeks.
Tried the first one and it was amazing, even though it will likely get even better. The head was a dark tan. Thick, rich and full of flavor. My favorite beer yet.
FG was around 1.010 when finished. (Posted on 5/10/13)
Fantastic Brew ( will brew again ) Review by Pete
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What a wonderful beer. This is the first beer I've placed in a secondary and it was well worth the wait. I did slightly modify the recipe. I added in an extra ounce of Nugget Hop at the start. I have been drinking too many IPA lately and wanted the extra bitter kick. I want to let it age, but I also want to drink it. :) Good problem to have. (Posted on 1/3/13)
wow...! Review by Rich
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This one had just been a bit over three weeks in bottle when I sampled it. Very impressed by the creaminess and the hints of coffee/chocolate.

I think with a little more bottle aging this one will be stellar....

(Posted on 12/9/12)
SMOOTH and RICH Review by Scott
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I let this one sit for 5 months in the cellar and was rewarded with a very smooth beer with dark chocolate and toffee flavors and a nice bitter balance. Great stout! (Posted on 11/21/12)
Fantastic flavor Review by Oli
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I'm not normally a fan of stout, however I brewed this kit for a friend (Guinness lover) who I owed a favor. Kept a 12 pack for myself, and I have to say I'm glad I did - fantastic flavor (hints of chocolate, coffee). Took about a month to carbonate - tried after 2 weeks and was still a tad flat. (Posted on 5/31/12)
Better than what you can buy Review by Keith
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The Big Honkin' Stout was my 4th batch and by far the best. I'll even go so far as to say that it's the best stout I've ever had. Creamy, rich, and bold. Everything I had hoped for. (Posted on 12/22/11)
Da Bomb! Review by Chris C
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Kit number 6 for me, this was great. Even my wife, ever my harshest critic, is on my back to get the next batch going-".... uh, ok!" good head, smooth, hearty, strong too.. The next batch will be in 12oz bottles, since the 22oz vanished too fast. (Posted on 11/30/11)
wonderful Review by Bigten
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I took a vanilla bean and soaked it for a month in bourbon. I brewed this stout, and then I then put it in the secondary, with the bourbon, and let it set for a month. Extrordinary! Try it! (Posted on 10/17/11)
Nothing wrong with this beer Review by Deeboe
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Imagine a Guinness, but without the nitrogen, and more than double the ABV. Nice rich head on it, took a couple weeks longer than usual to carbonate, but that was the high gravity. Clean, crisp, mellow taste. I like it! (Posted on 3/25/11)
Try extended cold conditioning Review by Fred
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I didn't care much for this brew early on but I wanted my son to try some as he prefers a strong stout. I left a quart in the fridge for him and it was about a year before he was able to visit. What an amazing change. It mellowed out and was clean and crisp tasting. I will make it again but will leave it sit for a while. (Posted on 1/14/11)
Love it Review by Johnathan
this was the best stout so far. Really enjoyed it, friends did to.
high gravity, good head, rich color, very fine bubbles after the secondary fermentation. (Posted on 8/21/10)
Great beer Review by ROBERT
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Try to always have this ome on tap....Lighter version of the black IPA (CDA)...Highly Recommended! (Posted on 8/4/10)
Brilliant Review by Matthew
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Awesome! Smooth, creamy, chocolatey, sublime. During the boil I actually let it boil for close to two hours (full boil) and brought it down to 4 gallons in the primary (O.G. 1.084) Then aged on oak for a month and POW! Awesome mistake on my part. Planning on repeating! (Posted on 5/11/10)

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