So, this is just about to go into the pot. I am taking it over to the in-laws tonight for dinner. I will post a review tomorrow before I start brewing!
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Zythos is a tasty Hop (blend).Did they call it a smash? I don't think it's reasonable when they are using a blend. Why not blend some malt and then make a smash with that and some Falconer's Flight?
I had it in a SMaSH from Boundary Bay over Christmas break. It has a nice piney, floral aroma.
I have never found fining necessary with a stout.
I came across these guys the other day: http://www.crookedstave.com/
Looks like they're trying to do pretty much what I was describing. Who knows if it'll work out for them.
I am also in the camp that Hop flavor and Coffee flavor don't seem to go too well together. However, Naked City up in Seattle does a coffee IPA, and I have heard its excellent. In my coffee Stouts/Porters, I usually keep the Hopping to a minimum, opting for an oz or so of a high alpha variety at 60 minutes. I pour a shot of espresso into each bottle to add the coffee flavor, though I am thinking of doing 2-4 cups of cold steeped coffee in my next batch...Coffee IPA, very interesting...that's either really effin' good or horrible.
A shot of espresso is each bottle? Damn, that's a lot!