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Beer – #203 – Epic and 8 Wired Brewing – I of the Zombie

A collaboration beer – I of the Zombie – a Black IPA,  with an ABV of 9%, or Epic Hop Zombie and the 8Wired iStout in one glass.

See : Beer – #38 – Epic – Hop Zombie  which I gave a 9 out of 10 score and  Beer – #42 – 8 Wired – iStout which I also gave a 9 out of 10 score .

Therefore result! At least in Pdubyah-world (which bears little in common with ‘world’)

I of the ZombieI tried this at the Sky Sports Bar, and I thought gosh this is  unbelievably good.  Luck being what it is the Liquorland in Newmarket store had this “on tap” and also have a new 750ml ‘growler’ bottle that just shouted out “pick me – pick me!” Which is much more sensible than a 2 litre version, you’d have to agree.So to the store and I brought me some, to sit and savour.

750ml of a 9% ABV makes this something like 5.4 standard drinks. It’s not a beer to take lightly.

As it’s a Sunday, and there of course is sports on the teevee, I thought I’d take some time to enjoy this, because I don’t think I’m going to enjoy watching my winless North Harbour team play the winless Manawatu team in the ITM Rugby. The 0 has to go, as they say. For one team. In Pdubyah-world this would be North Harbour of course. Of course.

The aroma is intensely hoppy, it pours a dark black, and has a fairly decent but receding head. Retains its hoppy aroma.

The taste, one of grassy hop bitterness, but balanced against a nice sweetness. Fairly decent carbonation. Decent length on the taste too, making a full on taste in the mouth.  I note too a decent lacing as I’m drinking this.- indicative of a lot of hops (he said with knowledge and certainty)

You would think then, if you were of the thinking kind that two 9 out of 10’s would average a 9 for this, or better. the sum of the whole being bigger than the sum of the parts. I don’t quite think it is though.

A delightful beer, bitter enough, different and of a character.  You have to go into this knowing though that a 9% ABV beer, at home, in front of the teevee is still a big ask. Lucky I have assistance from the lovely MrsPdubyah to provide me sustenance  and for those nice computer peeps to give me a spell checker, otherwise this could end badly.

To the arbitrary and random pdubyah-o-meter then, which says that this is a very good beer, although a little rough around the edges of bitterness. and it gets a lazy 8 making a very good beer.  I tip my hat to the Epic and 8Wired boffins who make this possible, and to North Harbour who at least went in at half-time leading.


6 comments on “Beer – #203 – Epic and 8 Wired Brewing – I of the Zombie

  1. Paul Ballarin
    September 8, 2013

    Both beers are great, I’ll have to try this one if I can find it. Just got my head blown off by a bottle of Southern Tier Creme Brulee Stout (from New york) http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/southern-tier-creme-brulee-stout/90234/, Oh my god that is sweet like drinking liquid caramel, the biggest surprise was I got it at my local LiquorLand in Albany (Albany Auckland not New York), wonders never cease.


    • Pdubyah
      September 8, 2013

      I Got the Southern Tier Plum Noir!! Liquorland in Newmarket, Newmarket. The Albany Liquorland is my local, and where I’ve spent many minutes in the cold fridge making no decisions. I put back the Creme Brûlée but now I have buyers remorse.


  2. Paul Ballarin
    September 8, 2013

    I wonder how many times we have walked past each other in Albany LiquorLand?
    Feel free to email me if you want to sample a couple with a fellow enthusiast.


    • Pdubyah
      September 8, 2013

      What you need to do is get to the Liquorland in Forest Hill, which is 2nd only to the one in New Market, where you will have a small epiphany, and I’d be keen for a round table talking nonsense about about beer my email is philipwalter at either the hotmail or the gmail. I’m sure MrsPhil will be happy to do chauffeur duties 🙂


  3. properpour
    September 9, 2013

    Reblogged this on Proper_Pour.


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