Smoked Whisky PorterHomebrew Series
Named after my favorite musical piece by Mike Oldfield, "Voyager" is a smoked porter inspired by Islay whisky and intended for slow sipping during the cold season. Brewed with peated malt and conditioned for 40 days on toasted oak chips soaked in 16 year old Lagavulin Single Malt Scotch Whisky, it's been maturing in the bottle for over half a year before being released.View on Untappd
- Last brewedMay 1st, 2019
- MaltsPilsner, Caramunich III, Chocolate Malt, Peated Malt, Black Malt
- HopsNugget, Willamette
- YeastMangrove Jack's M42 New World Strong Ale
- ExtrasWhisky, Oak Chips
Every year I attend a charity auction at my office in which team members bring items to sell, with all proceedings going entirely to charity. In 2018, I myself auctioned off a voucher for a full brew day experience in which the winner could choose the beer style we would brew together and receive a twelve-pack of that beer to take away. Ultimately the winning bid belonged to a good friend of mine, to whom I proposed several different beer styles out of which we settled for a smoked dark beer. Since both of us were also whisky fans, the final recipe ended up being inspired by Islay whisky, in particular by the very distinct Lagavulin Single Malt Scotch Whisky. To achieve that kind of peat flavor it was clear that smoked malt simply wouldn't cut it, so instead I opted for peated malt in the grain bill, moving the finished beer onto a bed of medium toasted oak chips soaked in Lagavulin. After 40 days of contact with the whisky soaked wood chips, the beer was then bottled and conditioned in the cellar for another half year to reach full maturity. Although just slightly too carbonated, the beer itself ended up very tasty with a very potent peatiness and a distinct Lagavulin flavor, making it great for slow sipping indoors during the cold season.
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.