Bumaye - 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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57 Ratings
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 8.84%
Wants: 12
Gots: 8 | 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:
Beer added by: wordemupg on 06-27-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

"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
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Photo of biboergosum
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of Ruderaven52
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.31/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

look: Deep dar brown. Almost completely opaque. No light at all coming through my meager overhead light. Not much head but a smattering of mocha.
smell: Deep rich roasty chocolate. Pungent Pinot holds it's own with some tannins coming through.
taste: Not quite as nice as the nose but rich, decadent as well. Interesting finish where the wine comes through nicely.
overall: Fantastic beer. 2 more in the cellar and anticipating this will get even better with some time.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma dark fruit, molasses, faint soy, ABV, dark chocolate. Taste burnt wine, dark fruit, ABV, oak. Not as bad for me as others;

Photo of avalon07
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly tart with dark roasted malt, cookie dough, cocoa, dark fruit, red wine, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly tart cookie dough, cocoa, vanilla, red wine, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast and wood bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with great red wine barrel aged characteristics that work quite well with the base beer.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of wordemupg
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
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

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of doktorhops
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

# 500: Well it has been a while since I’ve done a review, it feels like time for the big one, and I’ve saved this 16% ABV Pinot Noir barrel-aged Imperial Stout; Bumaye (which is “kill him” in the Bantu language known as ‘Lingala’ in Zaire). This is taken from the famous “Rumble in the Jungle” match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman. Likewise this massive 8 Wired brew promises to knock us out like Ali did to Foreman during their fight... I’m looking forward to this one!

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Deep obsidian black with a tinge of dark red (perhaps I’m imaging this due to the use of Pinot Noir barrels) and a tiny ring of tan lace around the glass. Looks gloriously rich. 8/10.

S: Vegemite (or Marmite for all my Kiwi readers) upfront with burnt caramel, stewed mushrooms (that’s a new one for me), earthy/woody characters, dark chocolate and a touch of barrel oak vanilla. Apart from the heavy Vegemite aroma there are some intriguing notes at play. I’m preparing my taste buds now for the much expected onslaught, wish me luck. 8/10.

T: Woah! And I say this with my best Keanu Reeves impression in mind. There is a great deal of everything going on in my mouth now; Vegemite, severely burnt caramel, soy sauce, earthy/woody characters, dark chocolate and oaky vanilla. Bumaye has four of the five basic flavour types with: Salty, bitter, sweet and umami. The only thing missing is sour. There is a great deal going on with Bumaye, slightly to its detriment, but it is good to have all these flavours knocking about? I would say “yes” it certainly has a great deal more complexity than any wine I’ve ever tried - proving once again beer is better. 9/10.

M: Heavy bodied with an oily character and near flat carbonation, beer syrup! 8/10.

D: Reminiscent of Mikkeller’s 黑牛 - which was, almost ironically but not really in the actual sense of the word, review #250 for me. I feel this brew comes close to being as great as Black Buffalo but misses due to having a slight bit less finesse than Mikkeller’s brew. That said for 16% ABV I could go another of these, which is a bold statement in and of itself. Great work again 8 Wired, you are fast becoming my favourite kiwi brewer! 8/10.

Food match: I would probably have food before trying on this monster brew - line the stomach and all that.

Photo of ADZA
3.46/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I really feel like a big brash beer right about now and I know this needs ageing but since I have another bottle to do that ill crack this one in my fridge and it pours just like used motor oil with no head and little lacing,the smell is basically Pinot noir,oak and booze,the mouthfeel is thick with minimal carbonation and a little brash with tastes of that dominant oak and Pinot noir and hiding under there is a big stout with subtle hints of dark fruits and dark chocolate coming through along with a prominent booziness and burnt sugar and overall this could do with some age but I don't know how much more age could improve this as the you can taste the big ABV due to extra sugars added and would of preferred a smaller ABV with less sugars added cheers.

Photo of BMMillsy
3.56/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Photo of StrongAleSkeptic
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours jet black with heavy viscosity. Head retention is null. Lacing nil. Why should there be? This one rates in heavy from the start. There's a slight tease of brown froth where the surface intersects the glass, but it lies still and razor thin.
S - The nose on this thing is something. Dark fruits, plum, raisin are the first notes that hit the senses. Oak, special dark roast, Belgian candy malt are there in faint cycles permeating forward and back behind the fruit. There's a subtle spiciness that tickles, especially after a sloshing of the glass in small circles. There's the grape.
T - First moment it sloshes over one's tongue, it greets the senses with a sweet, savory, roasted malted sweetness. As it warms, the decadence is evermore pronounced. Rich flavor of dark chocolate and raspberries meld in complexity. Burgundy wine notes permeate the delicate balancing act of sweet and savory.
M - Whoa boy is it thick -- but not quite as pestering as a smoked porter would antagonize the tongue. This stout is more of silk as it unfurls across the mouth. Its pleasantly alluring texture is easily quaffable as it takes up residency on the palate. Only traces of a slight alcohol tinge are there to remind one that this is a 16-percenter. Wow.
O - Pleasantly brutal amongst the imperial stout offerings out there. This devil in disguise is keen to lure the most eager victims with its subtle complexities. Halfway through I feel the effects of its dominating attenuation, but lulled by its softer notes. Perhaps this will work towards its favor in my scoring as I am not the soundest or soberest of mind any longer. Aye.

Bumaye from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.