Originally bought as a gift to my dad for his birthday back in August, last night we finally decided to sit down and enjoy this Weird Beard and Brodies collaboration in front of the fireplace (pictured). A hefty 10% Maple Imperial Stout, Weird Brodmance (and no, that's not a typo), was brewed by Johnny Bright from Brodies and Bryan from Weird Beard back in December 2014. With a sell by date set of 2021, this is the perfect beer to age, but we couldn't wait and decided to get stuck right in. On the initial pour, the viscosity of the beer is incredible, glugging out of the bottle and into my glass almost like a thick black chocolate milkshake courtesy of the copious amounts of maple syrup added during fermentation. There is very little carbonation resulting in a very thin head. It is completely jet black and almost oily in texture. The aroma is complex, with elements of smoked/burnt malt mixed with a slight sweet vanilla edge.
The first taste of this juggernaut of a beer simply blows me away. On the mouth, the texture has an incredibly silky, almost velvety smoothness that simply glides across the tongue and slips straight down the gullet. There's tonnes of flavour, with your traditional stout roasted malt, charred coffee and ripe fruit notes present. A slight bitterness is given off, presumably from the use of Galena hops, but this is barely noticeable, with this beer being all about the malt and use of other additions such as lactose.
As the beer warms up in the glass, more and more sweetness develops, until the point where it is almost too sweet for my tastebuds. Vanilla, caramel, maple syrup and intense chocolate flavours make this one hell of a sweet stout, but one that is dangerously drinkable for its ABV. Indeed, I feel somewhat light-headed after a full schooner of it!
For me, Weird Brodmance is definitely best enjoyed as a desert beer and in small quantities. It's incredibly tasty, and I love how rich and complex the flavours are, but it's just a little too sweet after a full glass, and I certainly couldn't have drunk all 660ml of it. Nonetheless, it's a beer I'm really glad to have had the opportunity to try, and one that is complex enough that I'd be willing to return for a second helping of, should the opportunity arise.