Our latest home brewing adventure is finally in the bottle. It's been quietly sitting on oak chips for a few months - and the pre-carbonation taste test was nothing short of promising. There's smokey flavors from the oak chips, plus earthy hop flavors from the Willamette. The alcohol flavors are strong but not overpowering, and the malt balances the high hop bitterness nicely.
Here's the recipe:
Stolen Voice Oak-Aged Imperial IPA
5 gal partial mash, 9.1 % ABV, 80 IBU
2 lbs Crystal 20 @ 175 for 45 min
6 lb 6 oz Amber LME
2 lbs Light DME
2 lbs Amber DME
1 oz Columbus - First Boil (90 min)
1 oz Columbus 60 min
1 oz Willamette @ 15 min
1 tsp Irish Moss @ 15 min
1 oz Willamette @ 5 min
1 oz Willamette @ 1 min
1 oz Willamette - dry hop 1 week
Rack to secondary, 1 cup medium-roast Oak Chips for 2 weeks.