Dazed & Confused - Bottle

Dazed & Confused

Bourbon Chocolate Coffee Stout

Homebrew Series

Honouring the psychedelic-blues masterpiece that is Led Zeppelin's "Dazed & Confused", this stout is as far-out as the music that inspired it. Conditioned on bourbon soaked oak chips, and spiced with vanilla, cacao nibs and coffee, it was left to mature for over a year for it to become such this groovy beer.

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  • Last brewedNovember 19, 2017
  • Alcohol6.9%
  • MaltsPale, Black, CaraAroma, Chocolate, Roasted Barley
  • HopsNugget, Willamette
  • YeastFermentis Safale US-05
  • ExtrasVanilla, Bourbon, Cacao Nibs, Deathwish Coffee Valhalla Java, Oak Chips
Dazed & Confused - Label Design

Part of a double batch, along with my "Darkest Days" Imperial Mocha Stout, this beer was a good opportunity for me to blend ingredients from both its sister beer as well as from my "Tender Surrender" Bourbon Milk Stout. I wanted a sweet beer with a strong bourbon and vanilla flavour while still maintaining some of its roastiness from the coffee and grains. Once fermentation was done, the beer was transferred to another container and left for another 30 days on a bed of medium toasted oak chips that had already been soaked in a mix of bourbon and vanilla beans. Add on top of that a bunch of cacao nibs and later on some extra Valhalla Java Odinforce Blend coffee and you've got yourself the recipe for one groovy stout. After another week, the batch was bottled and moved to the cellar for an extra 4 months of final conditioning before being finally ready to be released into the wild, with a fair amount of bottles even aging for over a year in order to give this beer plenty of time to mature and build complexity.

Dazed & Confused - Pencil DrawingDazed & Confused - Ink IllustrationDazed & Confused - Digital Print

The Artwork

Moths and butterflies have always been something that intrigued me, so much so that awhile ago I was even collecting and studying them. Despite this stout being brewed for the first time in late autumn and bottled in winter, it was launched while spring was in full display. That being said, I drew inspiration from the seducing scent of blossoming lilac, because it's a nicer twist to the classic moth-to-the-flame drama.

Dazed & Confused - Artwork
Dazed & Confused - Showcase
Dazed & Confused - Aging Experiment

Aging Experiment

With this being one of my first stouts, I though it would be a good experiment to let some of it age for a longer period to see what flavours I could get out of it, so I ended up packaging a larger 750ml bottle with a more vintage-looking label. Interestingly enough, the aged version of this beer became much drier than before and the bourbon notes were noticeably diminished, but other than that it was still quite drinkable.

Dazed & Confused - Outdoor View
Kirchlspitze in Western Karwendel • 2,301m
Tyrolean Alps, Austria


This is a homebrewed beer that is not available for sale or distribution of any kind. It was brewed at home in small quantities to be shared only with family and friends, simply out of passion for the craft and as a tribute to the music that inspired it.

  • Non-commercial
  • No selling
  • No distribution


If you dig the label artwork and would like to get your hands on some merch that features it, then check out the Hopsylvania web shop and snoop around for something you might like. All orders and manufacturing handled by Spreadshirt.

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Dazed And Confused - T-Shirt

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