Both of these beers have been conditioning for the last week and were put in the fridge last night. Dubbel Whammy pours a lightish brown with a large head and plenty of yeast. The aroma was chocolate, yeast and toffee. On tasting it I found it started off slightly sweet with caramel standing out and then a slight sourness comes through as well as a spicy pepper thing going on. It feels quite milky in the mouth too. Interesting after only 1 week.
One thing I should point out is that the OG and FG of this beer were a lot lower than expected for some reason. OG: 1.062 and FG 1.030 making this beer only 4.3%. I am not sure why the gravity did not meet expectations but the result is a good beer that can might work as a session beer.
The Haka turned out about as expected. It pours a standard amber colour, there is currently little head but that will change from the keg and with more conditioning. On the nose there are the obvious Tropical fruits such as mango. The taste starts out tropical fruits and then peppery moving on to a nice bitterness that is not too harsh. Quite a mild finish.
I think this turned out to be nicely balanced. Perhaps not the most exciting beer I have ever made but a good session beer I think.
The recipe for both can be found in this post.
So time will tell how these beers turn out with age. It will be late January now by the time they are submitted for critique to the other ICB members at our monthly meeting.