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Bumaye | 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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8 Wired Brewing Co.
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 16.00%

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

Added by wordemupg on 06-27-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by lacqueredmouse:
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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.

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Photo of AlarmClock314
4.26/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16.9oz bottle, no date, 2013 version. Pours jet black with a small sized head which fizzes down to wisps of a head. Smells of cocoa and port with some oxidization, dark fruit/cherry, and roasted malt. The taste follows exactly with cocoa, port, oxidization, dark fruit, roasted malt, and vine. Pleasant red wine flavor throughout. Very rounded and clean; each flavor stands out and there's nothing off. Moderate sweetness and tannin dryness. The alcohol's fairly well hidden but warming. Thick body and below average carbonation. Although the head vanished, the carbonation remained in the mouthfeel. Overall, a really well done wine BA IS which has held up well for 4 years.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of ohiobeer29
3/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of LakerLeith
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Ruderaven52
3.9/5  rDev -2%
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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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
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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Photo of manutdfan
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

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3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FBGordon
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
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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4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
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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Photo of Korbynlehr
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

While I love the dark tar color, I am left wishing it has a head and thus carbonation. The taste has a strong, almost bourbon taste that I attribute to the higher alcohol level...I guess.

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Photo of bgold86
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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Bumaye from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
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