Bumaye - 8 Wired Brewing Co.
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Reviews by lacqueredmouse:
3.98/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
330ml brown bottle purchased from Beer Cartel in Sydney. Shared with @tobeerornottobe.
Pours a deep and heavy, but surprisingly clear brown-black, with a genuine clear red tinge at the edges. Head only forms as a bubbly mass in parts, deep orange-tinged chocolate. Minimal lace. Body is surprisingly fluid—I'm guessing even to get it to 16% ABV there's a fair amount of sugar added, which may explain this. Overall, it's decent, but by no means spectacular.
Nose is deep and pleasantly vinous, with a definite wine and oak character coming through. The roast is muted somewhat, but the aged character fills in for it: providing a solid earthy tone above a very strong, heady booze note. There's a suggestion of sweetness creeping in: otherwise it would really be very similar to a deep red wine character. It's good though.
Taste is also good: here there's a more pronounced sweetness, giving notes of coconut ice and copha, which offset the booziness and the intensity of the pinot noir. There's still a lot of oak, especially on the back, where there are woody notes right into the aftertaste. And as always, the wine is sticking around the edges, giving a dryness and a slight astringency. It's quite pleasant.
Feel follows this line: with the wine and the booze providing and drying astringency throughout above a solid malt basis.
Yeah, this is a good beer. The wine and oak certainly take over in general, but there's a well structured beer underneath. For 16% it's surprisingly supple—especially for a sugar-fed brew, which I assume this must be. Overall, I'm pretty impressed: it's an exceptionally rare beer of this strength that justifies why it should be this strong, and this does a pretty good job of that.
Serving type: bottle
08-17-2013 08:01:48 | More by lacqueredmouse
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3.55/5 rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Bottle from Tipples poured to a tulip. Pours pitch black with no head at all even after an aggressive pour. Huge vanilla aroma, a bit of fruity vinous notes, oak, booze, chocolate. Lots going on. Taste begins with astringent wine-like alcohol, some funky chocolatey good n plenty and huge smokey peat in the middle--weird--then a surprisingly beautiful vanilla and oak finish on top of some sweet chocolate that lingers a good while. Mouthfeel is pretty viscous with low carbonation and a good bit of booze heft. This was a little strange for me, though I wish I could just go straight from the smell to the long finish. A unique flavor profile for sure.
Serving type: bottle
02-20-2014 03:25:56 | More by BMMillsy
Bumaye from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.