KAIJU! Beer Where Strides the Behemoth: Double India Black Ale

Total Score: 8.7/10 Coffee1 PapayaMango1 Chocolate1 Tulipglass1

Well I met Nat (from KAIJU! Beer) the other day with Hendo (aka Brewcult) at a tasting in Plonk. After discussing my newfound passion for BIG beers Nat informed me that he only brewed BIG beers. The gauntlet was laid down (not literally) and he told me I should buy a bottle of Behemoth, at $20 for a 500ml bottle this makes it more pricey than Duvel and St. Bernardus Abt 12, two of my favourite brews. “We make expensive beers” was Nat’s reply. Indeed you do Nat. It better be a damn good, blow the socks off my feet whilst I’m wearing shoes kind of beer.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Tar black body (sucking in light like some sort of beer black hole), thick and viscous, with a dense packed 2cm khaki head. Looks like one tasty Double IBA. 9/10.

S: I don’t even need to put my nostrils near the glass to smell it – heady aromas of roasted/unroasted coffee bean, cacao nibs and papaya from this beast pervade the olfactory senses like some brilliant stench. Brilliant stench… I like it. 9/10.

T: Where strides the Behemoth? On my tongue. Right now. Simply amazing and bursting with flavour. You can tell this has had boatloads of hops and malts crammed in it. The flavours are as noted above in the aroma (roasted/unroasted coffee bean, cacao nibs, papaya) there is a tub of molasses giving a syrupy sweetness for the truckload of tropical hops [one second it’s a boat and now it’s a truck, work out your metaphors Doc]. Finish is moderate bitterness with quite a herbal aftertaste going on. 9/10.

M: Oily as a greased pig at a rodeo, with a heavy body and light but dense carbonation. 8/10.

D: Was it worth it? Yes and no, these guys are monster brewers – hence the Kaiju! name (want to know what “kaiju” means? Google it), and I have had hell-expensive monster brews before (Mikkeller Black Buffalo) but they aren’t beers that ever get more of a look in after my initial review. I mean I’ve seen Black Buffalo in all its 500ml/$30 glory at Plonk but I’ve never been motivated to get it again: It’s just too expensive to get again. This is one of those beers – great but too expensive to get again. If you could somehow get the price of this down to $10-$15 then we’re in business Nat (or you’re in business/I’m drunk). 8/10.

Food match: If you’re going to be silly enough to pair this with food you want something chargrilled, meaty, covered in spicy sauce or have it with cigars… or both.