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Beer – #1029 – Behemoth (Chur) / Heart of Darkness – Churtz’s Insane

Behemoth (Chur) / Heart of Darkness Churtz’s Insane. A collaboration beer. A hazy double IPA. What’s not to be scared of.

Massive amount

The 440ml big-mouth can has beer that is 9.5% ABV, which is 3.3 standard drinks in NZ, with 55IBU, and about 295 calories a serve.

Chur Chur

This is a beer in the style that is an  IPA – Imperial / Double  Brewed by Behemoth (Chur) Brewing Company  Auckland, New Zealand

Our Collab with Heart of Darkness Brewing from Saigon, Vietnam.
Massive amount of hops in a big hazy IPA!

So, What could possibly go wrong?

Outrageously nice aroma when that lid cracks with a properly loud christmas cracker bang.

Indeed a hazy pour, but not overly, it; not like syrup thick. and there a gratifying bright and full head on this.  Pretty beer is lovely to behold.

The taste is just as amazing, with a real juiciness that sits under that bitterness and brings a wonderful mouthfeel to this, a lovely smack of bitterness in the linger makes you just want to quaff, when you know you need to be supping.

I think it’s that really bit juicy fruitiness that is the star of this, it’s really a stop up on a lot of similar beers without sacrificing taste with additional bitterness, it’s very clever.

The scary part is the large payload of alcohol in this, nothing to suggest that it lurks beneath, as it sneaks up on you, brining a smile and joy to your demeanour.

And whist I didn’t sing along with the music I did indeed crank the dial up until MrsPhil frowned and the cat went and hid.  It’s that kind of evening, one where I’m finishing this in the garden in the late sun and having a good old time.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 9 of its things from the thing.

The double dip review. An outstanding beer in this style, one the does not sacrifice flavour for bitterness, or loses that juiciness to the hop overload, it’s nice to have that fruit forward thing, there’s a lovely middle bit and just enough of a bitter lingering to make you want to dive right back in again. It is a thing of joy.

  • Where did I get it? Liquorland in Forrest Hill had these
  • Am I enjoying it? Yes, why isn’t this on tap somewhere?
  • Would I have another? Yes
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? Yes, it is theatre of the best kind.

Music for this:  Wasteland, Baby! by Hozier  on the spotify player.

Wasteland, Baby! is the second studio album by Irish musician Hozier, I go this from The king Midget  as a suggested listen. Lad knows what he’s talking abut.



Imperial IPA, Double IPA or DIPA is a strong, often sweet, intensely hoppy version of the traditional India Pale Ale. Bitterness units range upward of 100 IBUs and alcohol begins at 7.5% but is more commonly in the 8.5-10% range. The flavour profile is intense all-round. Unlike barley wines, the balance is heavily towards the hops, with crystal and other malts providing support.


One comment on “Beer – #1029 – Behemoth (Chur) / Heart of Darkness – Churtz’s Insane

  1. kingmidget
    March 16, 2019

    Glad you enjoyed Hozier. Good match for a good beer.


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