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Bumaye - 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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very good

44 Ratings
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 8.84%
Wants: 11
Gots: 9 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
8 Wired Brewing Co. visit their website
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  16.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
"How far can we take it?" This is a question I find myself asking rahter often. The conception of BUMAYE was one of those moments. Now, obviously a number of overseas breweries have shown us that 16% abv is by no means the limit but keeping in mind that flavour should always be the main concern, I thought it was a pretty good place to start. To get to these levels we first made the biggest Imperial Stout we have made to date and then added loads of tasty sugars to the fermenter for extra strength and flavour. Needless to say the beer was rather rough after initial fermentation so we allowed it to mature for a further 16 months in Pinot Noir barrels from Marlborough's Mud House Winery.

The name? I have been surprised how few people understand the meaning straight away. It's not "Bum Eye" as many people seem to think, It's BumaYE! As in "Ali, Bumaye!" Lifted from what was perhaps the most famous boxing match of all times, The Rumble in the Jungle, between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman. The match was fought in Zaire and quite famously (I thought) the locals were all cheering for Ali, chanting "Ali, Bumaye!" which in English means "Ali, Kill Him". A fitting name for the most agressive beer we have made to date.

Enjoy now or cellar for a decade or two.

50 IBU

(Beer added by: wordemupg on 06-27-2013)
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Reviews by Ruderaven52:
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3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into snifter.

Pours like a flat cola. Pouring aggressively gets some quickly dissipating bubbles. This beer just lays in the glass, no lacing or anything.

The smell is heavy on the pinot noir barrels. You have to guess whether this is a beer or a heavy red wine you're about to drink. Some chocolate and raisin notes.

Taste is chocolate, red wine, and raisins finish it off. Very similar to the nose. Dark fruits seem to rule the flavor in a great way. I wish there was more chocolate, but I am not complaining. The 16% abv is hardly noticeable. Sometimes boozy-ness is nice, but this beer is just fine as-is.

There is just a bit of carbonation to help you remember that you're drinking a stout and not a chocolatey red wine.

This is a fine brew. Where I am, this ran $13.99 for an 11.2 oz bottle. If I can find it somewhere for $10 or $11, then I will definitely get a few more. It would nice to see how this ages when some of the wine barrel flavor falls off.

Ruderaven52, Aug 02, 2013
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Photo of biboergosum
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle. So they 'then added loads of tasty sugars to the fermenter for extra flavour'. Right - not extra ABV, say 16% or so?

This beer pours a solid black abyss, with slight basal cola highlights, and one finger of bubbly, weakly foamy mocha head, which leaves little beyond a few specks of remote islet lace around the glass as it quickly bleeds off.

It smells of big dark chocolate liqueur notes, or wafts, really, concentrated black fruit - cherry, prune, and raisin - a besotted oaken woodiness, a vinous red grape astringency, more syrupy cocoa, edgy crystallized toffee and treacle, and an earthy, leafy hoppiness, somewhat soaked in booze warming. The taste is still big and chocolaty, but almost wholly restrained on the sweetness side - that particular metric is reserved for the somewhat underachieving fruit and crystallized caramel malt. Lots of the Pinot Noir barrel essences show up to the party, with vinous dark fruit - cherry and plum, mostly - gritty, grainy wood esters, with an attendant vanilla pleasantness. A hint of coffee, some faint soy sauce umami, and leafy hop roadkill sniff about the fringes, as does the umbra of the rousing alcohol.

The carbonation is adequate for the task - subtle and unobtrusive - the body medium-heavy in weight, the base imperial stout showing some of the 'badness' proclaimed in the marketing spiel, as smoothness suffers a tad from the prickliness of the big-ass booze. It finishes off-dry, the chocolate not to be denied, abetted by the cowed malt, and balanced by a lingering red wine woodiness, lurking alcohol, and dazed hop contingent.

Another nice experiment with wine barrel aging (Soren must have got a deal on used Pinot casks a few years ago), their 'baddest' stout actually tamed by the woody goodness therein. Add in a rather stupidly non-interventionist, ballooned ABV, and I proclaim this a success. As long as you can accept drinking this like a Pinot, rather than as a beer - between the retail cost, booze, and work that went into this, it's only reasonable to do so.

biboergosum, Jul 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a thick consistency. There was a small amount of foamy, tan-colored head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing.

S: A big, aggressive aroma of chocolate, dark fruit, and a boozy quality.

T: Tasted of dark fruit (plums, raisins), chocolate, malt, a vinous quality, and a definite booziness (hey it does have a 16% ABV). As expected, the flavor here was robust and complex. It's very rich and very tasty.

M: A below average amount of carbonation with a thick, chewy finish. Full-bodied.

O: Another well done beer from 8 Wired. Powerful and flavorful, this one is definitely a sipping beer.

avalon07, Aug 27, 2014
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3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer that's reserved for those times when a good swift kick to the teeth is warranted. Beers simply don't get bigger or badder.

This massive stout pours from the bottle like 30-weight motor oil. Onyx-black and with its mirror-like sheen- the near still ale looks like tar sitting there in the snifter. With no real head character to mention, its legging contends with the finest of brandies and its maroon highlights along the edges gives a glimpse into the red wine influences inside.

Overwhelming booze, chocolate and coffee fills the nose with such robust scent that "beer" is hardly recognizable. Brandy-soaked fudge becomes the culmination of roasted grains, vinous wine barrel aging and mature savory (almost meaty) notes.

Similarly, the taste of velvety chocolate and fudge is soon awash with brandy and booze. As the wine and beer alcohol flavor commands the taste, it reigns in burnt ember taste, sherry wine, soy sauce and espresso. Its long draw eventually closes with a strong acetone flavor that reminds me of super glue and nail polish remover. Hard to escape the cloak of 16% I guess.

Full bodied, especially since the near-still ale weighs heavily on the tongue and seeps into the soft tissues of the mouth with ease. This full saturation leaves a heavy coat all along the mouth as those alcohols numb the palate and provides a spicy, wood-derived astringency late. Its long linger of alcohol seems to exhale with fire.

Brash, intimidating and sultry- the ale seduces the palate with chocolate and wine with one taste but then shoves it aside with booze and bite the next. Its an inquisitive malt liquor that embraces the wine barrel in impressive display.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle poured into tulip 26/6/13

A not quite black with a deep cola edge, very thin and dark foam sits as a film for a few sips then just a dark mocha ring that sits around the glass but doesn't leaves lace, some legs and a little color left on the glass, about what I expect from a beer this big

S I get some red wine notes with some berries and wood, lots of fudge and chocolate syrup, molasses and booze but 16% I'd never guess, vanilla and sugars both burnt and crystal, bruised plum, chocolate covered raisin with just a little soy and chocolate cake. smells great

T the booze comes out more then the nose and so dose the pinot barrel, a little coffee I didn't pick up on the nose but it loses a little complexity the smell had going for it and picks up some booze

M thick but no knife and fork required, there's some heat but you feel it hit your blood more then your throat, not quite enough bubbles to give it a creamy feel but it comes close, very long finish of pinot, chocolate and faint coffee

O nose was wonderful and not lacking in any area and that's impressive for a beer this big, interesting mix of barrel and massive stout, all things considered the booze is well concealed but could improve for many years to come

It's pairing well with my salmon but I'm wishing I had some nice chocolate for desert. I might buy another to age for a decade even with the massive price tag as I could see this one being magic well down the road

wordemupg, Jun 27, 2013
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Bumaye from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.