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Garage Project Golden Spiral Fibonacci Hopped IPA

The Garage Project get sciencey. This beer pays homage to the mathematical marvel that is the Fibonacci sequence – a series of numbers where every number after the first two is the sum of the two preceding ones e.g. 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34.

Named after Italian mathematician Fibonacci AKA Leonardo Bonacci, Leonardo of Pisa, Leonardo Pisano Bigollo, or Leonardo Fibonacci who published this phenomenon in his little book Liber Abaci (Book of Calculation) in 1202. Fibonacci numbers frequently arrear in nature such the number of branches on a tree and leaves on a stem to the structure of hurricanes and galaxies. Fibonacci numbers also appear in the arts such as Leonardo da Vinci’s works and Mozart’s music.

Fans of the band Tool may also recall Maynard James Keenan’s vocals during the first few minutes of the song ‘Lateralus’ form a Fibonacci sequence.

 So what the hell what does the Fibonacci sequence have to do with this beer? Golden Spiral was brewed using Fibonacci numbers to determine the volume and timing of hop additions. Garage Project describe it as “undoubtedly the most complex and audaciously hopped recipe we’ve ever attempted”. Thirteen hop varieties were used for twenty one different hop additions to create this 8% ABV IPA hop monster.

Golden yellow, quite hazy possibly because some yeast sediment splashed into the glass with a thin white head rich with hop oils. Low carbonation and medium body. Citrus, loads of dank pine, mango and sweet caramel malt aroma. Starts with a juicy citrus, leading into a wave of dank resins pine goodness followed by mango, some orange peel and a slightly earthy aftertaste. The booze is well hidden with the hop flavours lingering with a long smooth bitter finish. Beautifully balanced and dangerously drinkable.

I rate this beer higher than rating of the last two beers combined.





Founders Imperial Stout. I thoroughly enjoyed Founder’s other dark beers such as their porter and breakfast stout, so this one leapt out from the shelf. Apparently it’s brewed with ten varieties of malted barley. It’s 90 IBU and a potent 10.5% ABV.

Jet black with dark brown head, light can’t penetrate it. It could pass for treacle. It sure looks like a-hairs-on-your-chest kind of stout. Rich chocolate and molasses aroma. Full body, soft, luscious mouthfeel with very low carbonation. Rich, dark chocolate and molasses flavour with an underlying toffee and coffee flavour, followed by an assertive bitter finish.

You can almost feel your insides warming as you drink it. The alcohol is well hidden and it doesn’t fall into the sickly sweet trap a lot of high ABV beers do. As it warms up it starts to get a raisin-like aroma with rich dark chocolate and coffee flavours dominating. The mouthfeel becomes more silky with a softer level of bitterness.

This has got be one of the most luscious, flavour packed beers I’ve tasted. The perfect beer to sip on in front of the fire. Fans of beers such as 8 Wired iStout and Feral Boris Russian Imperial Stout should check it out. World class stuff.





Fuller's 1845. So many special editions or anniversary edition beers end up being pale imitations of what you think the best of the brand should be. 

This is not one of those beers. This is Fuller's 1845 commemorative beer, and it's bloody brilliant.

Tough to find, it's well worth a search, then refigerate it, but not for very long.

You'll get an initial bready aroma, which is quickly followed by something more floral.

Grab a mouthful and you'll get similar cereals and a perfect blend of mild hops, all backed up with a lightly carbonated perfection mouthfeel. There are touches of toffee, hints of caramel and a creaminess that is almost on a par with hand-pumped ales in pubs closest to their breweries.

There might be more and more brewers having a crack at cask-conditioned ales around the world, but nobody does them better than England and nobody in England, judging by this beer, does them better than Fuller's.






Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier. This is Wayne and Stephanie’s golden child.  It is widely regarded as one of the best Weissbiers in the world. Weihenstephaner have been around since 1040 AD so you’d hope they would have learnt a thing or two about brewing.

Typical Weissbier appearance, opaque yellow colour with a fine stream of bubbles.  Nice banana and clove aroma with a white, creamy head. Medium body with a soft, creamy, mouthfeel. Strong banana and clove flavours. This is a Weissbier with some serious flavour, yet it is highly drinkable.

If you’ve never tried a Weissbier before (or had some bad ones) then look no further than Wayne and Stephanie. A classic, brewing at its finest.





Weihenstephan Hefe Weissbier. From the brewery known at Beeriosity as Wayne and Stephanie (which is, we know, disrespectful of the world's oldest brewery, but it still helps us to pronounce it properly).

And this is brilliant. Perfect head thickness and durability. Perfect colour. Perfect mouthfeel.

Then it drinks with hints of cinnamon, banana and cloves. Any fears the sweetness may overhwelm it soon dissipate with a gentle sourness and the thing is just fearfully complex. Each mouthful brings about five different levels of flavour, kind of like hearing the introduction to Simon and Garfunkel's Celia.

I don't even like weissbier. And this is awesome. If I could give it 11/10, i would.






Augustiner Oktoberfest Bier. The last privately owned Munich brewer's version of the Oktoberfest bier.

Technical a Marzen, the Oktoberfest bier takes on a life of its own, with millions of litres of the stuff upended around this exact time of year.

And, if you had a choice of which of the Munich Fest Biers to drink at Oktoberfest, it'd be this one. 

Not only do they draw the water for brewing from their own well, tucked inside the brewery, but it just tastes better than the fest biers from Paulaner, Hofbrau, Spaten, Lowenbau and Hacker-Pschorr - the only brewers allowed to sell beer at Oktoberfest.

For starters, it's stronger than most normal German helles varieties and it pours with a strong head and a richer colour, too.

Then there's the taste. It's just silky smooth, with some of that buttery feel over the tongue that only the very best lagers can deliver.

It's rich in malt, but it never feels sticky or heavy and it's just so wonderfully nuanced that you could drink it until you fell over. Which plenty of people seem to do, given my Oktoberfest experiences. It's just so beautifully drinkable that you can understand people not wanting to stop.






Renaissance Brewing Company & Liberty Brewing Co. Enlightenment Brown Town India Brown Ale. I had almost finished the beer in the time it took to type that.

It was a cold night so I had several cold beers while this warmed halfway to room temperature. Am I glad that I did. Even my non beer drinking brother-in-law appreciated the sweetish floral hoppy aroma. This first sip was delightful. This beer combines the slightly cloying rich, bitter flavour of excellent dark chocolate with the oleaginous feel of fresh hops. The finish? I did not want to finish this beer.

I will be hunting for more of this brilliantly balanced beer.





Feral Brewing Boris Russian Imperial Stout. A strange choice for hot and sunny Western Australia, a Russian Imperial Stout (RIS) - one of the heaviest, richest dark beers you can get your hands on.

To add to the confusion it won the Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA) 2013 Best Porter. The RIS style is a favourite among beer enthusiasts / nerds so it’s a courageous move to have a crack at it.

It’s a beautiful sight - jet black with a creamy, coffee-coloured head. Surprisingly there isn’t much aroma. Full bodied, luscious with a full mouthfeel and low carbonation.

Rich and smooth chocolate flavours with a slightly bitter dark chocolate finish. At 11.5% and for the beer nerds, OG 1101, this is a beer to sip and savour. Despite the high alcohol content it’s extremely drinkable and smooth without being boozy.

This has got to be one of the best Russian Imperial Stouts I’ve ever tasted.





Liberty Brewing Yakima Monster. Good people of beer, we are from across the ditch and despite smashing the living bejesus out of you in rugby for as long as time itself, we offer you a consolation prize: The Yakima Monster beer. 

That should be how Liberty Brewing Co of NZ advertise this beer. But they won't.

Now, sure, we'd like to have the Bledisloe Cup occasionally, but after you've drunk this beer, I say it's a fair swap.

Apart from an awesome label, the beer itself is of biblical goodness. I may even start a cult to this beer myself.

Hoppy, flavoursome, 6.0% alcohol and the winner of beer awards.  One taste, and you'll see why

Seriously, track this down and give the credit card a workout.





8 Wired Tall Poppy India Red Ale. Oh, this is different, this is confusing. They claim that this beer is the greatest common denominator (denominator? Think back to High School Mathematics; ooh, I need a drink).

A blast of floral hops with a bit of bitterness (can you smell bitterness?) is inhaled as you raise the glass. The first sip has the wonderful hoppy bitterness that I love and then the roast malt caramel comes through.

I don’t understand this beer, but I want more. The maltiness almost overrides the beautiful floral hoppiness; can I taste Musk Sticks. There is too much going on in this beer, but who cares, it is wonderfully balanced.

Luckily my brother-in-law picked up two of these from Sydney Wine Merchants.