Hey you Beautiful Brilliant Brewers!
I was wondering if it would be appropriate, or even well received, if I were to post my recipe for my London Brown Ale that recently won gold at a competition in SLC, UT and some of the comments made by the Judges to see if I can improve upon it? It scored 38/50, and to me, that's not good enough. I want to cross into the 40's threshold and would love some advice on how to do so. The judges didn't give me too much to work with in their comments, or if they did, I missed it completely.
Here is the Recipe:
"The Dark Side of Brown Ale"
10.90 gal Distilled Water Water
8 lbs 4.7 oz Pale Malt, Maris Otter (3.0 SRM) Grain 2 62.9 % 0.65 gal
2 lbs 14.0 oz Brown Malt (65.0 SRM) Grain 3 21.8 % 0.22 gal
1 lbs 7.0 oz Honey Malt (25.0 SRM) Grain 4 10.9 % 0.11 gal
4.6 oz Chocolate Malt (450.0 SRM) Grain 5 2.2 % 0.02 gal
4.6 oz Special Roast (50.0 SRM) Grain 6 2.2 % 0.02 gal
0.94 oz Chinook [13.00 %] - Boil 60.0 min Hop 7 23.1 IBUs
0.32 tsp Irish Moss (Boil 15.0 mins) Fining 8
0.78 oz Fuggle [4.50 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 9 2.1 IBUs
1.2 pkg British Ale Yeast (Wyeast Labs #1098) [124.21 ml] Yeast 10
Brown Balanced (as per Bru'n Water)
Started with RO Water
Single infusion mash 4.4gal 150*F 60 mins
Fly Sparge 6 gal @ 168*F
Keg Carbonation to 2.4vols.
Sweet dark fruit aroma. sugary dates or prune. hints of dark wine, pino noir. 9/12.
Toffee, caramel, sweet typical fruity esters common with british yeast. 9/12
Nice malt forward aroma. roasty notes, mild fruit esthers. 10/12
Dark brown. Solid head retains throughout. 3/3
Very dark brown, poured with a thick head with fine carbonation little high for style. 2/3
Very dark brown, nice color, nice carbonation, good head retention, maybe too dark. 2/3
Hints of sweet caramel fruit. Flavor stays thru entire tasting lingering sweetness on the after taste. Plums. 14/20
Very similar to aroma, toffee caramel & subtle roast. Flavor fades quickly & doesnt lingure. 15/20
Nice mild flavor, lots of biscuit up front. Lots of lingering flavor, a bit of a bitter finish, not sure if its.... 15/20
Medium body. Bright creamy mouthfeel. Sweet but in a good way. 4/5
High carbonation & dry for style. 3/5
Nice carbonation, nothing off in the mouthfeel really clean.
This is a very enjoyable beer. Reminds me of a visit to Sherlock Holmes Pub in London. 7/10
Good beer with no off flavors. I feel the carbonation is a little high for style and it could be a little sweeter, more linguring on the palate 7/10
Very clean drinkable beer. nice carbonation, very clean flavor with just a bit of bitterness on the finish. 8/10
I really want to take this to the next level. It's my best beer by far, but I want to learn how to push beyond good, into EXCELLENT or even PERFECT. I know that perfect is a crazy thing to search for, but I always strive to make the best I possibly can. Thanks for all your brilliant knowledge, I look forward to hearing what you have to say!