Words by Graham Frizzel
|BrewDog's Dog B: One of the finest chilli beers going|
Last confirmed sighting: On tap at Carwyn Cellars
This is the beer that went on to become a fabulous hot sauce. Gran Humo Negro is what all other chilli beers aspire to be: Balanced, measured and contemplative. This chilli porter has a certain comforting tropical warmth to it, with the subtle but present chilli holding the luscious chocolate undertone together like the full moon holds the tide.
Level of heat: 2.5/5
Last confirmed sighting: Carwyn Cellars and Grape & Grain
What was once BrewDog’s Abstrakt AB:04 morphed to become the Scottish bad boys’ anniversary imperial stout. Older versions of this insanely complex stout are still kicking about the place, with the fresher Dog D and Dog E going even further into madness having been barrel-aged. The newer versions really do strike while the iron is hot, as there’s not only a decent whop of chilli heat on the back of the throat, there’s also a real alcohol burn too. It’s like emerging from a chocolate, chilli, boozy volcano and you’ve lived to tell the tale.
Level of heat: 4/5
Last confirmed sighting: Grape & Grain, 500mL bottles
Garage Project have nothing to declare but their genius, and it’s downright impossible to resist this temptation. Nobody else could have concocted a brew consisting of habaneros, watermelon and rosewater. The chilli heat is a truly satisfactory burn, but for the uninitiated it might lead to strange visualisations similar to those experienced by Oscar Wilde following one too many absinthe benders. Consider this fair warning!
Level of heat: 4/5
Last confirmed sighting: Young & Jackson during Good Beer Week
Okay, this one’s a ring-in because it’s a been-and-gone annual visitor to Melbourne, but it gets an honourable mention because it’s so damn good. It’s often said IPAs and spicy food go together like Ebony and Ivory but, truth be known, the reality is more like Simon and Garfunkel. Put chilli in an IPA though and the results can be devastating. Habanero Sculpin puts the power of hops together with the heat of habanero to create the perfect rock n’ roll double act.