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Bumaye - 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 13
Hads: 58
Avg: 4.04
pDev: 18.56%
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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4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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3/5  rDev -25.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Ruderaven52
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

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4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from lightly cooled bottle into a room temp pub glass.

A: Pours dark brown, almost black with a thin khaki head that quickly dissipates and leaves a thin ring around the glass that still manages some lacing.

S: Lots of chocolate with notes of toffee and plum. The wine barrel aging pushes the fruity notes to the front.

T: Much like what you smell, there are big chocolate and plum notes dominating, with lesser flavors of toffee and coffee settling on the palate. The alcohol is definitely there, as well. There is almost none of the cloying, bitter sourness you sometimes get from red wine aged stouts. The flavors all start big but quickly settle down.

M: It's a big, thick beer with low carbonation that coats the palate nicely. Heavy enough to give you a little dread if you take too many big pulls too fast.

O: As red wine barrel aged stouts go, I like this one. Not insanely boozy and with a decent balance of chocolate and fruit notes, this is a big beer that drinks easily. I'd gladly have another.

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4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
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;

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
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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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Bumaye from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
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