Well, this is insane… A collaboration between Murrays and Crafty Pint, this sea monster was brewed using Port Stephens oysters, blue and green lipped mussels and peaked distilling malt. First conceived for the festival beer challenge at Beervana NZ, this thing may never be brewed again… Just had to get it….
Style: Smoked Belgio Imperial Stout
Pours a deep, dark, unctuous black with fine tan head.
On The Nose:
It’s huge and ridiculously layered. The Belgian ester notes jump out first followed by rich, smokey, peaty malt with a crunchy seaweed note. Lots of meaty, leather notes with tobacco, cedar and some light sweet spice in the background.
The first thing that really comes out is all the smokey, roast malt: really peaty, like and Ardbeg whiskey. The oyster and mussels give it a meaty, leathery character that you can really chew on with some roasted mushroom, pepper and salty soy. It is properly gamey and farmyard- y. The mouthfeel is rich, smooth and smokey like a fine cigar.
I did not know what to expect with this beer but what I found was a mini Umami Monster but with more peat if that is possible. Smokey, roasty malt with chewy meaty, leather notes thanks to the addition of the oysters and mussels: salty, chewy and gamey. There is so much going on with about a million different layers, quite the accomplishment. It reminds me massively of Garage Projects Umami Monster, like the Umami Monster I really hope I get the chance to see it again. I hope it sees the light of day again in the future…