I know what you're thinking why on earth would Tiny rebel make a Honey Glazed Ham Marshmallow beer? It's a good question, and a sentiment I share, however it's a Stay Puft beer and if there's one thing Tiny rebel know how to do it's Stay Puft beers. This is my second offering from their Christmas edition pack, and I'm drinking them in order from the one I least expected to like, Irish Coffee and I'll eventually end with mint chocolate. For those of you who don't know them Tiny Rebel are a Newport based brewery who have come up with some weird and wonderful beers over their time as well as a few horrific ones. What I really want to know about this one though is have they finally pushed the Stay Puft brand too far?
As always the can is amazing, but only 330ml. It's blue and features the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man wearing an imperial stormtrooper helmet and holding a big ham. What more could you want? Well a 440ml can for a start. Fortunately the potent 9% alcohol content does somewhat make up for the lack of volume. The beer pours the usual Stay Puft jet black with a lush foamy head, as always with this brand it's a gorgeous looking beer.
As soon as you crack open the can the smell hits you, and it hits you hard. I swear after pouring I walked across to the other side of the room and could still smell the pungent aroma. I can only think of one beer I've ever had that smelt worse and that was 4ts Chocolate Fudge Stout Detectives which was also one of the worst beers I've ever had the misfortune to drink, so this doesn't bode well. The stink is best described as a mixture of meat that's been left out in the sun too long before getting set on fire and having marshmallows cooked over it. Honestly it's quite disgusting.
Now I've stopped gagging from the smell it's time to try Imperial Honey Glazed Ham and boy is it weird. It genuinely does taste of ham. The meaty smell comes through in the taste quite emphatically, but there's still the usual Stay Puft Marshmallow flavour lurking around in the background. It's like someone poured dessert over a Sunday roast. Despite all this though it's not a terrible taste, it's just the result of a completely crazy concept, and if it wasn't for the smell I'd have actually enjoyed it.
How on earth do you rate a beer like this? It's certainly unique, and it genuinely tastes alright, although it's not for everyone, and certainly not for vegetarians. I'm going to give Tiny Rebel Stay Puft Imperial Honey Glazed Ham 6.5 out of 10. It's probably one of those beers that's so original you have to try it once, I'm just not really sure you'd want to try it again. Oh and make sure you fumigate your room afterwards.