Tender Surrender Bottle
9.5%

Tender Surrender

Bourbon Milk Stout

Paying homage to Steve Vai's "Tender Surrender", this smooth and sticky stout blends intense vanilla flavors with notes of raisins and dark chocolate, all into one rich syrupy pour. With extra conditoning on vanilla beans and bourbon soaked oak chips, followed by long term bottle aging, flavors come together nicely in a well ballanced decadent concoction.

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  • Last brewedDecember 9th, 2020
  • Alcohol9.5%
  • MaltsPale, CaraAroma, Carapils, Roasted Barley, Chocolate, Flaked Oats
  • HopsNugget
  • YeastMangrove Jack's M15 Empire Ale
  • ExtrasLactose, Bourbon, Vanilla, Oak Chips
Tender Surrender

This was the first stout I had ever brewed, so a lot of the process was still new to me back then. The goal was to make it sweet, smooth and not too roasty but in the same time giving it more complex underlying flavours, which is why I decided to experiment with wood aging and bourbon. Once the beer had fully fermented, I transferred it to a different vessel where it conditioned for another 30 days on a mix of vanilla beans and medium toasted oak chips soaked in Wild Turkey Rare Breed bourbon. I had never used any of these in a beer before so I had to be careful not to overdo it, however the first batch turned out really good, especially after a few months conditioning in the bottle. Knowing that this stout had the potential to grow in complexity over time, I decided to take the ABV to imperial levels so that flavors could continue to evolve over time in the bottle. I bumped up the fermentables and tweaked the adjuncts, batch by batch, until it ended up exactly how I wanted it. Now, after several years of aging in the cellar, it makes for a great sipping beer in the cold season while spinning some vinyl and enjoying some tunes.

Initial pencil drawingInked with markersDigitally colored

The Artwork

It's hard to say what inspired this concept but one thing's for sure: up until this point it was the most intricate illustration I had ever done, period. Once I had the idea in pencil, it took me around 20h just to finish inking it; dot by dot, line by line, feather by feather. On the other hand, coloring allowed me to play around more by adopting a vibrant palette that was still able to deliver the dark and almost brutal feel that I wanted for this piece.

Labels
Breitenstein • 1,622m
Bavarian Prealps, Germany
Aged

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. I've done a similar thing with a small bottle of my "Dust N' Bones" pale ale and it turned out quite interesting. After about 8 months any hoppiness was long gone, however the beer itself tasted almost like a barley wine; very piney and even with hints of honey. I figured it's worth putting this one to the test as well to see what flavours I can get out of it, just that in a larger 750ml bottle and with more vintage packaging.

Tender Surrender Showcase

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