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- Beware the dragon that lurks in the inky shadows of this potent ale. On the surface, Dragon's Silk Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout exhibits a facade of chocolate, coffee and approachable roast, but as you delve deeper into the lair you will discover a tremendous hoard of sweet Bourbon, rich oak and smooth notes of opulent vanilla. We urge you to face off with a pint of this commanding ale, and test your valor to slay the dragon.
- Style: Bourbon and oak aged Imperial Stout
- Fermentation Range: 60 - 73F
- OG: 1.096
- SRM: 35
- IBUs: 43
- ABV: 9.8%
- Bourbon sweetness
- Smooth oak
- Full bodied
- Moderate roast
- Hints of chocolate and coffee
- Additional Information
Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons Recipe and Instructions Dragon's Silk Imperial Stout Extract Brewing Instructions Regional Style USA Original Gravity 1096 Total Time to Make 3 months
- 5.0 / 5.03 ReviewsPartial review. I brewed on 11/26 and transferred to secondary yesterday.
I wanted to get extra alcohol on this extract so I added 1# of DME and 1# of corn sugar at 10mn remaining on the boil.
My OG was 1.124 instead of the target 0.96.
When transferring to secondary the gravity came at 1.025 (78% attenuation and 13 to 15% ABV).
For the taste, it's on the sweet side but not overly sweet. You get some good roast and coffee flavor and then you feel the warm alcohol coming through. Like it a lot... can't wait for another 10 weeks before I could have any idea of the final taste.December 11, 2017Purchased
2 months agoA great stout beer for those winter monthsBrewed this back in September. While the OG was high it ended up rendering about 8% This is a great tasting stout. 2 weeks primary. 6 weeks secondary and 2 weeks bottle time. Although it's still maturing in the bottle, just opened the first bottle last night. Wow. Great flavor. With it's deep dark brown appearance it pours with a nice mocha head. I describe it as a little on the sweeter side with a boozy taste. It's hard to distinguish any hop profile. It does bring out some smokey sweet flavors and finishes with a slight bitter hint of a chocolate. It will go well with these cold Northern Ohio winter months ahead.November 24, 2017Purchased
4 months agoInterim ReviewI started this one on 10/2. OG was approx. 1.158, higher than the recipe's target. Put it in 2ndary fermentation, adding the bourbon and oak cubes., on 10/17. Should bottle by the end of Nov, and have report a taste test by Christmas. Cheers, but not just now.October 23, 2017Purchased
3 months ago
- Browse 17 questions Browse 17 questions and 28 answersWhat is the ABV of this beer?BEST ANSWER: With an og of 1.096, and a fg about 1.012 you are looking at about 11% if you don't add the bourbon. You will need a blow off tube during fermentation.Is one yeast better than the others?BEST ANSWER: I prefer liquid yeast overall, but I just made this and won't know end result for about 2 1/2 more monthsStep 17 is when the oak cubes and bourbon are added... Stem 18 says to let the beer age six to eight weeks in the secondary before bottling. Is that correct?BEST ANSWER: The instructions are a little fuzzy on this. About a week before bottling, I would soak the oak cubes in the bourbon for 24 hours, then add the mixture to the secondary fermenter.Is one yeast better than another?I just purchased the Dragon's Silk and was planning on brewing soon. Would I need more than 1 package of the Omega West Coast Ale liquid Yeast to reach the desired ABV?BEST ANSWER: Unless you have a large starter, yes. From the looks of it, this kit suggests 2 packages of whatever yeast you are using.Do you add the burbon with the oak cubes or just the cubes?BEST ANSWER: We recommend adding the bourbon along with the oak cubes.what kind of bourbon do you recommend?BEST ANSWER: I would recomnend you use your favorite. Whwn you add it to your stout start out with small amounts over several days sampling and add more as needed.Hopes this helps.Is vanilla added to the boil? I did not see anything about adding vanilla listed in the recipe.BEST ANSWER: No vanilla is used in this kit. The vanilla character comes from the oak and bourbon additions.I am kegging this beer. Can I go straight from the 6-8 weeks in the secondary to the keezer and force carbonate, or should I leave it in the keg at 30 psi at room temperature for a week or so before chilling and carbonating?BEST ANSWER: Thank you for contacting Northern Brewer. I understand you want to force carbonate the Dragon's Silk. If you put it in the keezer it will carbonate faster than if you have it at room temperature as the colder temperatures will allow the CO2 to carbonate the beer. Just be aware if using the "crank and shake" method, there is no real science behind it so you could end up over carbonating the beer. Over-carbonation will cause foam, but so will under-carbonation. I would check online for carbonation charts for the desired volume and your temperature. Cheers!When I ordered this kit it defaulted to 1 yeast pack and the instructions said nothing about a starter. Will this ruin the batch or Just come out extremely Low Abv?BEST ANSWER: Hi there, if the yeast wasn't able to ferment, you would end up with a really sweet beer. Dry yeast is pretty powerful so you may be okay. If you haven't brewed it yet, feel free to contact customer service and we can get you another dry yeast. If you have brewed it and it doesn't finish out, we guarantee all of our kits. Just reach out and we would be happy to help you out! Cheers!The instructions say primary fermentation is 2 weeks and secondary is 6-8 weeks, but bottling day is 1 month after brewing day. Do you really bottle in the middle of secondary fermentation????BEST ANSWER: I would wait the 6 - 8 weeks of secondary fermentation before bottling. Better all of the way around.How would you compare this to the bourbon barrel porter recipe on NB?BEST ANSWER: I can't compare to the porter, but OMG was this stout amazing. Most of the feedback has been "complex". Descriptions include bourbon, oak, smoke, chocolate, sweet, tobacco, coffee. Mine came in at 12.5% ABV. The bourbon flavor is not overpowering but just a very nice background flavor on the finish. Really high OG of 1.115, nearly blew the top off the fermenter. Blown off hose required.I would like to add cocoa nibs and vanilla bean to this. Would need to add lactose with these additions?BEST ANSWER: Can't hurt. I usually do since I'm a big fan of New Hollands Dragon Milk.I brewed this beer on Saturday and came out with an OG of 1.112. I am here in hot and humid South Florida. Did I do something wrong and will I need to add a second package of dry yeast to make sure that this beer does not come out too sweet?BEST ANSWER: How many packages of yeast did you use to start???What bourbon do you recommend?BEST ANSWER: Your favorite, that way you will have some to drink waiting for the beer to finish.How much yeast is recommended to reach target ABV and gravity?How much yeast is recommended to reach optimal gravity?
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