Once again, we have absolutely blown our record of our strongest beer ever tried out of the water. Initially starting with the Moon dog Cognac barrel-aged stout a few weeks back at 15.4% and now on the back of the 8 wired ‘Bumaye’ coming in at a deadly 16% comes this new behemoth absolutely squashing it at an absolutely ridiculous 18.2% ABV!! Taking the no.1 spot for our strongest beer we’ve ever drunk.
Poured into a tulip glass (or a snifter) and displaying a mat black colour, the thin but lasting tan head simmers down to a ring around the edge of the glass. Laced well despite the lack of foam. Along with the sharp waft of alcohol comes a sour and moreish mix of oak, vanilla, leather, booze, cherry, phenols and bitter espresso. And then comes the first sip. Far out! Low carbonation and mild bitterness. Initially there’s a sweet and sour mix of molasses, dates, cranberry, licorice and cherry. Complex undertones of raisins, irradol A and phenols add another layer of mind blowing flavours. Mouth feel is thick and heavy and at times syrupy which becomes quite cloying in the end. Full bodied and a touch creamy at times. Wow. Just wow, we like to consider ourselves highly adventurous beer drinkers but this may be just a tad too strong for us. We’re already tipsy!