I was looking for a strong tasting beer -- something that fill the enormous gap that my Scotch Ale left.
And I have not been let down by this Creamy Smoked Amber. Powerful, flavor first beer. If you, like me, love peated scotch whisky, then this may be a beer for you :-) The malted barley was in fact smoked, much like peated whisky from Islay or Jura.
I brewed this beer by myself, at home, on one absolutely gorgeous Austin day. 75F and sunny with a lovely breeze floating down the canyon. Okay, so I'm never entirely alone when I brew...
I kegged my Saison, and actually put the remainder of my Scotch Ale into a real oak cask for some aging.
All in all, this was a nice, drama-free brew. This was my first full water boil. As an aside, I enjoyed a very nice bowl of gumbo mid boil :-)
The original gravity came in at 1.045 (target 1.052), and final at 1.012 (target 1.014). The color (distorted by the indoor lighting) definitely checked in as a lovely, red/amber.