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Herevana – Small Gods – Lucifer’s Share

Small Gods Lucifer’s Share. It’s the beer of the week for the BeerJerkNZ beer club. Like a book club but for beer, a delicious new beer every week. This one though a Strong Scotch Ale fortified with Speyside Whisky. It’s already glorious and I haven’t even opened it.

Also comes in the one of best presentation cans, dripped in wax, a labour of love from the packaging team. There should be prizes for this sort of thing.

Small Gods make the Small Gods Lucifer’s Share in Auckland, 🇳🇿 New Zealand. This one is a Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy  with an ABV of 10.0%. The 440ml can means this is 3.5 standard drink units in NZ.

Lucifer’s Share is designed to be sipped slowly and savoured. It will continue to change and improve with age so we’d recommend grabbing a couple of cans to stash away for a few years

Brewers Recommendation.

Well that could happen. Not in this house though, and these small batch beers are stashed away or being drunk and enjoyed as they should be.

You get a whiff of vanilla when you open the can.

The pour is a dark red brown, and there was briefly a head but now there is none. It looks flat in the glass, not a lot escapes. There’s also a conspicuous absence of an aroma in the glass, which I found disconcerting.

I should not have worried. This is well carbonated.

There is a wall of flavour, a real cliff of malt is the first and lasting note, and as it washes around and finishes you being to get that oaky woodiness and a dryness.

The whiskey note is quite high on this, that is it sits on top of that malt, somewhat precarious, it could be stronger, and I was near tempted to add a splash, but that’s like taking coals to Newcastle.

The warming of this is the revelation and the prize, the brash becomes mellow and the meek become bolder, and you end up with a lovely rounded beer with a lovely even drinking profile. Most definitely not a quaffer of a beer and sipping and nodding in appreciation is recommended. That 10%, that’ll creep up on you.

The Pdubyah-o-meter rates this as a 8 on the arbitrary number scale. Once again the rounded out balanced combination is the best about this, and that it becomes itself and gets into itself as it warms is the revelation and the prize. Aside from that high whiskey note there is nothing to suggest that this carries 10%, and it might not have been the beer to start a night on.

Music: The Fall – The Frenz Experiment.

Herevana beers are those I drink at home, I’m not at some beer festival, like, for instance, Beervana, but am just in my kitchen, usually, dining room table, sometimes, or outside, occasionally, where I can take an average picture and write in real time about the beer that I’ve invested in, both in a monetary and emotional way.

Philip himself.

Rent from the right hand of god, Lucifer rages. Downcast and despairing he flees. Cohorts of his divine compatriots abandon paradise alongside the rebel angel reach out for a new nirvana. They find only the eternal agony of the pit. Betrayed and laid low the Morningstar’s share of heaven’s strength haunt humanity. Their twisted visages terrorise the souls of men, sapping their will. Despair as baying they return, bound for rack and ruin, heralding humanity’s end. Strong Scotch Ale fortified with Speyside Whisky

Brewers Notes

Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

The Scotch Ale, or Wee Heavy, is a light copper to dark brown colored, rich, malty, and usually significant caramel-sweet Ale that can give an impression that is suggestive of a dessert. It features complex secondary malt and alcohol flavors as well as low hop bitterness. It is historically, the strongest beer from a Scottish Ale parti-gyle. American versions tend to have higher alcohol content and slightly more hopping than traditional Scottish counterparts. Somewhat similar to an English Barley Wine.


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