Wishful Sinful

Wishful Sinful

Cocoa Brown Ale

Inspired by the song from The Doors, "Wishful Sinful" is a chocolaty American brown ale, whose roasted maltiness blends smoothly with flavours of cocoa, and the earthy notes and smooth bitterness of its hops.

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  • American Brown Ale
  • April 16th, 2017
  • Alc. 5.5%
  • Pale Ale, CaraMunich II, Chocolate
  • Willamette
  • Wyeast #1056
  • Cocoa nibs
Wishful Sinful

Already my second all-grain beer, this was an opportunity for me to try out something new by mixing in some ingredients which I had never thought would ever go into making a beer. After trying out a brown ale in a local craft beer pub, I had my heart set on this style for my next batch but wondered how I could tweak it in some way that would make it more personal. That’s how I decided to add a little extra something to the mix and went with the cocoa nibs just to see what the result would be like. I was expecting for the chocolate flavours in the nibs to pair nicely with the malty, roasted base of the beer and I was not wrong. With some time in the bottle for the taste to balance out, this ended up a very drinkable and tasty beer, even though maybe a bit roaster than I was expecting of it.

Initial pencil drawingInked with markersDigitally coloured

The Artwork

Adding unconventional ingredients to a beer is still so frowned upon in many cultures that it made me want to somehow depict the cocoa pod as the forbidden fruit, that tempting ingredient you so badly want to throw in just to see what happens. And who better to bring you this temptation than the serpent himself: "The snake is long, seven miles. Ride the snake, to the lake!"

Lamsenspitze in Karwendel • 2,508m
Tyrolean Alps, Austria

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