Re: Anyone got a woody??
Bummed to have missed it - but I'll sample all the beers & follow along with the transcript.
Since I wasn't there to answer questions about this beer, I'll put a few things up here. It was the blackend raison beer from the following thread:
ww2 .babblebelt .com/newboard/thread .html?tid=1108752780&th=1141651862&pg=&tpg=1#1141660130
(close the spaces in front of the "." to make the link)
As you can read from that thread, the raisons were blackened, then sauteed with a raspberry wine rendered down to syrup, then rinsed/deglazed with brandy. This was added to a blend of the 5 dubbels from the "dark candi syrup" swap. I should add that it was added to the keg in a hop sack - it's still in there, and the character constantly changes as it ages.
The sour character was from a "house" bug I picked up in my last home - a 110 year old farmhouse (something in the basement). This also totally changed the aroma from the more dubbelish orginal beer(s), thinned the body considerably, and increased the alcohol.
I call it a brett - that's the character I get from it anyway. It's very subtle, but I like it and am trying to keep it alive in the keg (will solera new beers into it as this one gets consumed). Not really sure what it acutally is, though.
There's some bourbon barrel char in there as well - intentionally kept at a low level. I didn't want it to overwhelm the raisons, rather to compliment in a subtle way. I believe it also helps sooth the higher alcohol as well.
Glad y'all enjoyed it, and am looking forward to trying your beers!