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Beer – #776 – Funk Estate – Super Afro~Disiac

Beer club night and it’s a revisit to some Funk Estate Super Afro-Disiac. I’ve only had this a few beers since, so It’d be nice to revisit that experience. Despite the fact that I have a cold, and all those things that goes with it I’m hoping that I can taste what’s going on. Could be short night otherwise.


Imperial Stout brewed with ingredients that got positive effect on “night time exercise”. It’s packed with chocolate, vanilla, honey, figs and maca Root.

This is 8% ABV and 55 IBU things in my can, and that is  240 calories and 2.1 standard drink units of beer.

Brewed at Funk Estate in the style that is Imperial Stout and they were in Wellington,  but moved to the sunnier and all around better Auckland New Zealand

You’ve got hot little hands on our annual Valentine’s Day sexual imperial stout. It’s silky smooth, and packed with chocolate, vanilla, honey, figs and maca Root. Share this with someone you love xoxo.

Almost the middle aged man Afro thing going on

Almost the middle aged man Afro thing going on

The idea for a beer to get you in the mood came to brewer Shiego Takagi when he was eating oysters with a friend at Beervana. Many breweries had added the well-known aphrodisiacs into Oyster Stouts, so why not take other aphrodisiacs and try to craft a delicious, super sexy beer?

Takagi reasoned it needed to be sweet and dark with a little hop bitterness, so he combined figs, cacao nibs, honey, oysters and maca root powder – all ingredients purported to improve your “night-time exercise” as he puts it.

We can’t vouch for its efficacy as a Cialis substitute, but we can vouch for the taste.

A big, rich, velvety stout that is gloriously hedonistic and exceptionally complex. 

So, what could possibly go wrong?

The keg version was surprisingly nice really, so I have the high hopes.

Mostly a hop aroma on opening, the nose wins thought the effects of the cold!

Really a nice mouthful of taste and flavours, and that 55 IBU thing seem a little on the light side as there is a noticeable bitterness from the hops.

Also a noticeable dryer note at the finish.

Funk Estate Super Afro~DisiacBut it’s all carried awning by a lovely melange of flavours from the cocoa and the milk-chocolate like things, and a slightly smokey edge.

Surprisingly I think this is rather better than the keg version, it seems sharper, fresher and brighter.

It’s also edgier and not as refined thought, rougher at the edged perhaps which would be a nice thing not to have.

But it is nice, and very enjoyable. Man could get used to the Beer Club thing.

I like to think of every beer as a new and different beer and without referring to the previous notes I think that is a muddled beer in many respects, trying to hard to have it all. Of course a coffee note would be nice, as would a chocolate note in the taste, and fullness in the mouth, and that mystery smokiness,  But I think that despite that the over-riding aroma is a grass hop bitterness, the bitterness is rather present, but it has stand out taste on the tongue, and  is a drink that draws you back to it because of and not in spite of the tastes it has.

It’s a bit of good work, even if it might be flawed.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 8 of its things from the thing. I’ve had the keg and now the can version and I think they’re the same but different, the can version seems brighter more energetic and also a bit rougher and less refined.

The double dip review

  • Where did I get it? It’s BeerClub beer of the week, but it should be everywhere they sell a good beer.
  • Am I enjoying it? I am, it’s quite the thing to have a beer you wernt’t expecting to have and for it to cause you to stop and think about what’s going on, finding it to be mostly good.
  • Would I have another? I like the Auckland Funk Estate beers, they should make me ambassador, or something, or send samples, or something.
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? It’s unusual to turn up with a 6 pack of stouts, unless they’re Irish ones, but this would be a really nice challenge to the norm and provide quite the platform for a discussion about what makes a stout a stout. You’d be surprised.

Music for this:  ” Britta Phillips” with an album called ” Luck or Magic” on Spotify 

Britta Phillips, (born June 11, 1963), is an American singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, actor, and voice actor.

Despite what you might think of the random music selections I really do listen to the album, or at least that’s the starter album depending on the beer, but usually the whole thing. Not this time though, she got onto a couple of covers and then it all went wrong really.

Unlike the beer this was a bit average, putting it politely, average pop songs averagely attempted in what might be a middle aged crisis thing. She’s younger than me though so I’ll put it down to youth and exuberance. 



Imperial stouts are usually extremely dark brown to black in color with flavors that are intensely malty, deeply roasted and sometimes with accents of dark fruit (raisin, fig) or milk sourness. The bitterness is typically medium and often the low sie of that. Imperial stouts are strong and often exceed 8% by volume.

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