Cherry Chocolate StoutHomebrew Series
Inspired by the phenomenal Emma Ruth Rundle and her beautifully dark music, "Fever Dreams" is a strong sweet stout brewed with heaps of cacao nibs from Cameroon, refermented on homemade organic black cherry jam, then bottle conditioned in the cellar. It pours a rich body with intense flavours of dark chocolate that slowly give way to underlying cherry notes.View on Untappd
Last brewedMay 6th, 2021
MaltsPilsner, CaraMunich III, Chocolate, CaraAroma, Abbey, Flaked Oats
HopsMandarina Bavaria, Magnum
ExtrasLactose, Cacao Nibs, Black Cherry Jam
Sometimes there are ingredients that go so well together in a dessert that I just can't help but wonder how they might turn out as a beer interpretation. With imperial stouts being my beer style of choice, it was only a matter of time before I started trying out different pairings like chocolate+chili in "Firestarter", coffee+chocolate in "Darkest Days" or more recently coconut+chocolate in "Decay Of Disregard". One combination that I've always enjoyed but had never tried myself though was that of cherries+chocolate. Normally cherries get added to the beer as either whole fruit or puree, but what I had in mind was actually to use a homemade black cherry jam that I've enjoyed ever since I was a child. These aren't regular cherries either, in fact they are derived from smaller wild cherries (Prunus avium var. silvestris) making them much darker in color with an almost black-purple tone and a distinctive bitter-sweet taste. With a couple of jars brought over from Romania, I got in touch with the very knowledgeable Truly Craft Chocolate to ask for advice on what origin chocolate to use in this beer. As per their recommendation, I went with cacao nibs from Cameroon beans that had been freshly roasted right here in Munich, Germany. With key ingredients mindfully sourced, I crafted a recipe with more unfermentable sugars to counterbalance the highly fermentable cherry jam, thus avoiding an overly dry beer and instead maintaining a sweetness reminiscent of cherry chocolate desserts. After primary fermentation, followed by a long refermentation and conditioning on the cherry jam and cacao nibs, the beer was finally ready to be packaged safely, with bottles ultimately stored in the cellar for long term aging.
They say that character, much like a photograph, develops in darkness. Along with "Tender Surrender" and "Voyager", this strong dark ale was explicitly brewed for long term cellaring so that it may continue to develop its character over several months and hopefully years to come. Even though it already had quite a rich and flavorful taste, its complexity will only increase with time, until it reaches optimal serving quality.
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.