Type: Irish Stout
So it is finally time to review my very first Homebrewed beer. It is a dry Irish stout, which is one of my favorite types of regular drinking beer. It pours a totally black with a decent if not long lasting head. It smells of malts and lightly of hops, but the smell is not strong. I was most worried about the taste of this one. I will confess that I tried small bottles at several stages of the bottle fermentation period and some of them were not great. Luckily this beer is one that has improved with age. The bottle I am having has been aging in the bottle for over a month now. It tastes like a nice decent drinkable Irish stout. The taste is dominated by the hops in this brew, either due to my inexperience or because that is the way the kit is made. Either way it is not unpleasant, but is mostly the only thing you can taste. If you strain a lot you pick up a pleasant bit of licorice and a very hint of chocolate sweetness. The mouthfeel is dry and just a tiny bit astringent. I was hoping for a little bit creamier feeling and better head retention but I am not complaining too much. I am actually quite surprised at how good my very first beer turned out (I was sure I would screw something up). So I am pretty satisfied with this although I am going to rate it fairly based on my usual scale, which is by whatever better beer I have had in that category.