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Beer – #1,056 – 8 Wired – Dynamo Merlot 2018

Dynamo Merlot 2018, always always worth are the drink the beers from 8 Wired, which beers do not last long in stores, snapped up quickly, particularly the more exotic and fancy ones.

 A big, sticky beast

Dynamo Merlo is a 500ml bottle of a beer that is 11% ABV, which is about that 330 calories a serve size, thats about 4.3 standard drinks in NZ.

8 Wired Dynamo Merlot 2018 is brewed in Warkworth, New Zealand, this one is in the style that is a Stout – Imperial Flavored of course it is brewed by: 8 Wired Brewing

Captain Dynamo

A big, sticky beast of a stout.

Brewed with a good amount of date syrup, aged in Merlot barrels for 12 months and then further rounded off with a touch of vanilla
Another big stout from the cellar at 8 Wired. Brewed with an irresponsible amount of barley, then aged for a year in Hawke’s Bay Merlot barrels.
Big roasted flavours rounded out with rich berry notes from the residual wine.

So, What could possibly go wrong?

All Gospel/Soul music would explain why that’s at the back of the stack, but it’s not all bad and it is mellow enough to be a nice background.

A lovely hiss as it open and an opulent rich aroma follows, fancifully I’m recognising the Merlot part.

The pour is really a muddy brown looking thing, it’s not glossy black like you get with some stouts, and although you know it is carbonated well enough and it ends up brown/black in the glass with a decent mocha coloured head the pour looked flat and dull.

In the glass the aroma fills out with that Wine and the woodiness from the barrel. The wine note is particularly nice.

Well the taste, That first sip. You get the prickle of carbonation. You get a wave of fruitiness, then you get a punch of stout notes then you get a flash fire of warmth at the back which then just sits there at the back, warming.

I’m going to have to do that again, because I wasn’t ready for at least 3 of those things.

And this time you get that prickle, that lovely rich merlot, then a sour stout addition and again that fire. It’s absolutely the ducks nuts.

Letting this down then is only that indolent pour, because after that it’s all on. It’s odd that you can drink many a great beer then you stumble over two in a row that just are so worthy. This is the second day where I’ve had brilliance in a beer, and that’s alright by me.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 10 of its things from the thing. It doesn’t pour like a beer that ends well, brown muddy and uninterested, then it kicks into gear with a whole barrage of things, from that initial carbonation prickle, the wall of merlot fruitless the smash of sour and stout fullness and a fireball of warmth that sits at the finish.

The double dip review

  • Where did I get it? The local Liquorland of course.
  • Am I enjoying it? Yes, it’s completely the best beer
  • Would I have another? Yes, I’m kind of hoping there are some left now
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? Totally yes, this is a brilliant beer that is big bold and brilliant and is making my cheese and salami plate taste even more awesome. This is a beer everyone who likes a Stout should try,

Music for this:  One True Vine by Mavis Staples on Vinyl, but you can on Spotify if you want

With a Genre that spans Gospel / Soul / Blues there’s possibly something for everyone

One True Vine is the ninth solo studio album by Mavis Staples. It was released in June 2013 by ANTI- Records. It is her 13th studio album, and the second on which she collaborated with record producer and Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy.

Stout – Imperial

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) and chocolate. The bitterness is typically low to moderate. Imperial stouts are strong and generally exceed 8% ABV

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