Articles Comments

The Beer Circle » Beer, Brew It Yourself, Dogfish Head » Novice Homebrewer: Batch #2 All Minced Up

Novice Homebrewer: Batch #2 All Minced Up

I opened a bottle of my second homebrew called All Minced Up. The name is inspired from the 311 song “All Mixed Up.” If you recall from previous posts, it started with a Raison d’etre base, and I added in molasses to attempt to make it taste similar to mince pie. Again, I’m attempting to review this beer from a non-biased perspective and I enlisted comments from other friends trying the beer to gauge my level of fandom of the beer.

Lincoln Abbey Brewing All Minced Up
The beer pours a dark brown color with a very lofty and frothy beige colored head. A few carbonation bubbles line the outside of the glass. I was really impressed with the thickness of the head and the carbonation that appeared to be present when I opened the bottle, releasing a “whoosh.”
The aroma consists of lots of raisin, caramel, brown sugar, and molasses. Raisin really presents itself well and there are some boozy notes about the beer. While it smells on the sweet side, a bitterness of lemon and pine are hinted at in the slightest way.
The taste is biting with lots of raisin flavor right up front. There is also a light grape sweetness to it with caramel, molasses, and sugar. A bit of the yeast comes out on the finish and a spicy bit of pepper is left behind on the palate. The alcohol bites the sides of the tongue, but in a subtle way. The fact that I continuously hopped this beer gives it a little bit of a more bitter edge and provides a light citrus tone.
The mouthfeel has a breadiness to it. On top of that, the beer attacks the mouth with bits of carbonation and alcohol. I’d say it is pretty drinkable, but having several of these at once may be a challenge.
Homebrews are definitely difficult to judge in the value category, as I did not buy this in the store. However, for a total of approximately $50 of ingredients, I was able to make this beer. I would put that at an excellent value, as the batch yielded approximately 40 bottles.
I would say I achieved the flavor profile I was going for, although it was overly pie-like. The molasses and raisin did provide the filling of the pie flavors, but if I were to do this again, I would attempt to add a crust flavor as well. It is definitely my best beer to date, but it is only my second beer. I also received some positive feedback from friends and family, including Brad Moyer from Fermented Artistry. His comments included the fact that it doesn’t taste like it’s an extract beer, which was my biggest gripe over the first batch. I’m proud of how this beer turned out, and would gladly make another one.

Beer Stats
Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Serving: Bottle
Size: 12 oz
ABV: 8.00%
BA Score: NA
RB Score: NA

Last updated by at .

Written by Jeff Kupko

Jeff is a traffic engineer that loves his beer, and especially loves trying new beer. As a student at the University of Pittsburgh, Yuengling was a staple and the beginnings of liking something better than fizzy yellow water. This has evolved into an entire hobby, with Jeff keeping a blog of all of the beers he tries. Vacations most certainly involve at least one brewery or bottle shop visit to gather a region’s coveted fruits. Now, Jeff has ventured into homebrewing, and there is probably no saving him from being engulfed entirely by beer. While Imperial Stouts and IPAs rank highest in Jeff’s eyes, sours are sneaking up on those styles, and Jeff loves to try all different styles. Find Jeff Kupko on Google Plus

Filed under: Beer, Brew It Yourself, Dogfish Head · Tags: , , , , ,