Murray's/The Crafty Pint Auld Bulgin' Boysterous Bicep 2014

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Brewed by Murray’s Craft Brewing Co.
Style: Imperial Stout
Bob’s Farm, NSW, Australia
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.91/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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The unlikely tale of the Auld Bulgin’ Boysterous Bicep rolls on, getting smokier and fishier as it goes. For those new to the beer, it began as an idea at Crafty Towers for a beer to enter the Beervana 2012 Media Brew competition, became a 10 percent smoked imperial oyster and mussel stout brewed with a Trappist yeast, won the competition with a perfect score and was scaled up from that 20 litre batch to a commercial release last year. Murray’s head brewer Shawn Sherlock said it would never be repeated but relented in the end, in part due to a desire to see how the 100s of blue and green-lipped mussels and Port Stephens oysters would work in the hopback of his new brewery and also as last year’s batch failed to make it as far and wide around the country as intended. For this year’s batch, the percentage of peated distilling malt was increased (despite Shawn once saying it was the peated malt he feared in beer more than the molluscs) and the beer returned. If anything, this year’s third version allows more of its composite parts to share the spotlight. The distinctly fruity esters of the Belgian yeast are apparent alongside the sweet smoke aromas, while the salty brininess of the late addition of seafood comes into play at the end once the rich mid-palate malts have done their thing. It may sound weird (and given it’s the only commercial beer The Crafty Pint has helped design we’re undoubtedly biased) but it is a uniquely delicious beer. (Unless you’re allergic to shellfish; one prominent Sydney sommelier and bar owner with an aversion to shellfish was desperate to try it last year and figured the levels of mollusc would be minimal – only to fall ill and come out in hives for a couple of days afterwards. At least he knew we weren’t kidding about the mussels and oysters!)

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3.7
Niksko (627) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 6, 2016
Pours dark brown with a fluffy medium tan head. Nose is coffee, dark chocolate, stewed fruit, prunes, light smoke, burnt toast. Flavor is more coffee, smoke, salty and briny, stewed fruit, slight seafood sweetness on the finish. Big and rounded, heavy body, low carbonation, silky mouthfeel. Pretty delicious. The seafood is there without being disgusting, and it adds a tasty savory element to the beer to help balance the roasted and sweet malts. Lovely.

4.3
Dervock (1445) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 18, 2016
Bottle - pours black with a thin coffee head. Aroma is chocolate, roast coffee malt, liquorice and a bit of black current. Taste is incredibly smooth, roast choc malt. Roast malt bitterness builds into the finish. Palate is smooth, rich an creamy. Not way you would think this is 10%.

3.9
varanid99 (1339) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 25, 2015
Black pour with a thick tan head. Smoky, salty, malty aroma; taste is similar but a little soy sauce, chocolate too. Alcohol is masked really well - I had no idea this was a 10% job until someone said "dude, this is 10%!"

3.9
stevoj (5571) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 13, 2015
Hard to believe this is a ten percenter. Smooth and chocolaty. Head fades fast. Very mild and subdued, but subtle flavors accumulate and linger. This a nice one to savor.

3.9
GlasgowTAD (1898) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - FEB 27, 2015
Received this bottle as an extra from BobbyHeenan, cheers! Pours black with a small mocha head which disappears to a brown lacing. Aroma is dark chocolate, smoke and dark berries. Taste is medium peaty initially, slight coffee bitter, tart red berries and some vanilla sweetness. Medium bodied with an oily mouthfeel.

4.1
Shark_Pants (765) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 25, 2014
Inky black with very small coffee head. Briny aromas, along with espresso, dark chocolate, licorice, prunes. Taste is as the smell suggests, with notes of smokey peat, mussels and obvious trappist yeast as well. Lots of licorice there. Salty and dry rather than ashy finish. Slick and oily in the mouth. High ABV very well hidden. This is a really good oyster stout and one of the best Australian beers I’ve had. Complex but it works.

4.2
Cantabrian (1161) - Christchurch NZ, now Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 13, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2014 As an oyster stout aficionado, I had been eagerly counting the days to have a bottle of this instant classic. First of all, there isn’t such a thing as allergy to shellfish, as the word shellfish encompasses a wide range of different groups of creatures, including molluscs and crustaceans. Crustaceans have some very potent proteins that, for many people, can be perceived as allergens by their immune system. But when it comes to molluscs, allergies are extremely rare. So oysters, mussels and clams are usually fine for most human beings. Apologies for this annoying, faggoty explanation, but I am allergic to crustaceans and I can perfectly enjoy any true oyster stout without fears of allergic reactions. This stout was burnt-diesel black, with a soapy brown head, promising on the appearance. Aromas of molasses, dark chocolate, some red fruit, and smoky peat. Not much of a briny on that nose. The flavour is terribly rich, with the same list above, with perhaps a strip of bacon, a strong cup of espresso and that salty caramel that wraps up everything together so beautifully. That wonderful injection of tidal pool is there too. Nice and briny. Bitter, very bitter, and slick, full bodied, oily as the waters of Gulf of Mexico. I initially did not get much of that sea flavour, but the tidal pool is there, with some kelp, plenty of chitons and a few limpets. This stands out as a formidable imperial stout.

4.1
FknClownshoes (26) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 12, 2014
If you have a shellfish allergy make sure you have an EpiPen handy because you’re guaranteed to go into anaphylaxis. Everyone else is going to have a good time. This smells like the ocean; some funky fishing boat harbor smells and mussel shells but there’s an underlying hint of caramel and molasses. Unlike any beer I’ve sniffed. Tastes like delicious and rich coffee, roasted malts and the briny deep. The bitterness at the beginning fades into a molasses spicy sweetness and then turns into something reminiscent of the Chef’s chocolate salty balls. Outstanding!

3.8
hallinghansen (3418) - Odense SV, DENMARK - OCT 11, 2014
Trade from Fletchfighter, thanks buddy. Bottle @ Dedollewaitors 14.000 celebration tasting. Black body with a medium light brown head. Chocolate, light coffee, smoke, salt, roasted malt. The alcohol is very well hidden.

3.8
Dedollewaitor (16384) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 11, 2014
Bottle @14.000th Tasting. Shared with Hallinghansen (The Man). Pours black with a creamy head. Fresh roasted coffee and chocolate. Some hops. Dark fruit. Vinous and rich. Crackers and coffee. Very easy drinkable and quite tasty! Bitter roasted end!


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