Youngs - American Oaked Rum Ale

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Re: Youngs - American Oaked Rum Ale

Postby matt666 » Wed Dec 31, 2014 09:46

Anyone tried one of these yet?

I picked up a kit from my brew shop, I've done the American Amber which was a quality kit, this looked interesting so I've given it a go. The kit is similar quality to the AAA with a single 4kg bag of malt extract, a bag of oak chips which looks like fine sawdust, 1kg dextrose and some priming sugar along with a substantial packet of yeast.

I've made the kit according to the instructions, which are fairly standard except for the addition of the oak chips at the start. Its going to be a winter warmer if it ferments out to its expected SG of 1008, it started at 1057 and the box reckons it should be 6.5%. It's off to a slow start, there is a fair amount of krausen but the FV hasn't ballooned like it sometimes does.Taste of first sample is promising, quite sweet as you might expect with 1kg dextrose in there!

I will keep this thread updated in a couple of weeks when I give it a check.
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Re: Youngs - American Oaked Rum Ale

Postby robwalker » Wed Dec 31, 2014 19:33

I've seen a few chuffed reviews of this on Facebook groups. Amazing that you can buy a barrel aged beer kit these days.
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Re: Youngs - American Oaked Rum Ale

Postby matt666 » Sun Jan 04, 2015 19:19

Checked the gravity today, there's a lot of crap still on the surface but it's down to 1016 so well on it's way. Tastes bloody lovely too, got high hopes for this one!
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Re: Youngs - American Oaked Rum Ale

Postby matt666 » Wed Jan 07, 2015 20:09

Down to 1012 today and most of the crap has dissolved from the top. Well on it's way to the 1008 the instructions claim it will get to. Hopefully be ready for kegging at the weekend. It tastes slightly less sweet today and you can really taste the rum coming through. It's going to be an interesting one!
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Re: Youngs - American Oaked Rum Ale

Postby matt666 » Sun Jan 11, 2015 22:57

Kegged today at 1008 which is exactly what the kit said it should be. The trub was a weird grey colour with black flecks from the oak chips, looked like frogspawn!

By my reckoning and ABV calculator, if secondary fermentation bumps it up by another 0.2%, this will be 6.8% so not for the faint hearted, and certainly not a session ale!

The samples I've had disguise the taste of alcohol quite well so I'm not too put off by the strength.

It's going to be interesting tasting this one in a few weeks!
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Re: Youngs - American Oaked Rum Ale

Postby Zod » Wed Mar 04, 2015 21:40

Any update Matt?

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Re: Youngs - American Oaked Rum Ale

Postby matt666 » Thu Mar 05, 2015 20:56

I bought a bottle of Innis and Gunn to see if it tastes the same and it's very similar, so if you like that you'll like this. Trouble is, I'm not sure I do. It's a bit on the strong side for me at 6.8% and the rum and coke taste is a bit odd in a beer. I'm hoping a long condition will improve the flavours and round them off a bit. I've read strong beers take a while to improve, this has been in the keg for about two months and I've not had a taste for three weeks so I'm hoping it's improved.

It's not a disaster by any means and I'll still drink it, it will probably get better, but I probably won't do another one.
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Re: Youngs - American Oaked Rum Ale

Postby matt666 » Fri Mar 06, 2015 08:44

You inspired me to try it again last night and it has got better, the flavours are a lot more rounded and less over powering and there's a nice citrus taste coming through.
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Re: Youngs - American Oaked Rum Ale

Postby Zod » Fri Mar 06, 2015 09:49

still less than two months in the keg, so maybe this one needs patience then.

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Re: Youngs - American Oaked Rum Ale

Postby matt666 » Fri Mar 06, 2015 14:56

Yeah, probably. I was encourged by the improvement though.

By the way, is your Santa hat staying on until next Christmas?
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Re: Youngs - American Oaked Rum Ale

Postby Zod » Fri Mar 06, 2015 15:01

matt666 wrote: By the way, is your Santa hat staying on until next Christmas?


laziness says yes.

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Re: Youngs - American Oaked Rum Ale

Postby matt666 » Sat Apr 25, 2015 20:39

This has got a lot better recently, some of the harsher flavours have mellowed out and there's a nice vanilla flavour with a rummy after taste. I'm quite liking it now, IMO you need a lot of patience before it reaches its best, this has been conditioning since 11th Jan so almost 4 months. If you're after a strong, dark, unusual tasting beer and you're prepared to wait this might be a good choice
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Re: Youngs - American Oaked Rum Ale

Postby Dan_Nicol » Fri Sep 18, 2015 13:27

Hi Matt

i have done one of these and i have put 40 bottled in the shed on the 31/08 was in FV for 2 weeks the 1 week in bottles in spare room and then moved to garage

i tried one last nigh it tasted awful. i couldnt even finish it after 4 mouthfks

the OG was 1.056
FG 1.008

Reading your thing above its takes a while to get drinkable? so how long we looking ?
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Re: Youngs - American Oaked Rum Ale

Postby graysalchemy » Fri Sep 18, 2015 14:39

I did this kit and decided against the oak in it. Now it is bottled it is a very disappointing insipid beer obviously relying heavily on oak if I were to have put it in. I thought that it would have been a nice balanced beer underneath, how wrong i was. Big thumbs down from me.

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