Sunday, November 19, 2017

November 19th, 2017 - Primus & The Hazelutely Choctabulous Wonka Factory Extravaganza

Hello and happy Sunday!  The Meista here today getting a little crazy with a pairing of "Primus & The Chocolate Factory With The Fungi Ensemble" by Primus and a Hazelutely Choctabulous from Rogue Ales!  As with the album, this pairing is dedicated to the late Gene Wilder!  R.I.P.

Album Info:
  • Artist: Primus
  • Title: "Primus & The Chocolate Factory With The Fungi Ensemble"
  • Recorded: 2014
  • Release date: October 21st, 2014 (8th studio album by Primus)
  • Record company: ATO Records / Prawn Song Records
  • Production: Les Claypool
  • Album cover art: Reuben Rude
  • Personnel: Tim "Herb" Alexander (drums), Les Claypool (lead vocals, bass guitar, upright bass, cello, marimba, percussion, and backing vocals), and Larry LaLonde (guitar and vocals)
  • Additional musicians: Sam Bass (cello) and Mike Dillon (vibraphone, marimba, and tablas) 
  • Musical style: experimental rock, psychedelic rock, avant-garde, lo-fi, art rock, post punk
  • Sound: Much darker than the original film's soundtrack, the sound on "Primus & The Chocolate Factory With The Fungi Ensemble" is at times sinister, ominous, yet still joyous, always compelling, and bizarre!  As with all Primus albums, it is richly textured, whimsical, yet also dark and mysterious.
  • Major themes: A concept album, "Primus & The Chocolate Factory With The Fungi Ensemble" is a re-imagining of the soundtrack of the 1971 film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.  As with the original, themes include greed, gluttony, dreams, purity, honesty, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Hello Wonkites"
  2. "Candy Man"
  3. "Cheer Up Charlie"
  4. "Golden Ticket"
  5. "Lermaninoff"
  6. "Pure Imagination"
  7. "Oompa Augustus"
  8. "Semi-Wondrous Boat Ride"
  9. "Oompa Violet"
  10. "I Want It Now"
  11. "Oompa Veruca"
  12. "Wonkmobile"
  13. "Oompa TV"
  14. "Farewell Wonkites"

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Rogue Ales (Newport, Oregon)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Hazelutely Choctabulous
  • Style: Milk Stout / Sweet Stout
  • Serving: 22 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 5.7%
  • IBUs: 51
  • Ingredients: Rogue Chocolate Stout blended with Hazelnut Brown Nectar
  • Pour: The Hazelutely Choctabulous pours a deep, opaque, ink black with a massive, creamy, and frothy mocha head with great sustain and lots of sticky, layered spider web lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is sweet, nutty, chocolaty, and rich.  There are aromas of roasted hazelnuts, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, fresh cream, marshmallow, Nutella, sweet toffee, and roasted malts.
  • Taste: The taste of the Hazelutely Choctabulous is very chocolaty, roasty, toasty, nutty, and sweet.  There are notes of bittersweet bakers chocolate, milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted hazelnuts, walnut, burnt toffee, soft caramel, coffee, and a hint of cream.
  • Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with low carbonation, the mouthfeel of the Hazelutely Choctabulous is creamy smooth, velvety, and dry with semi-sweet, dry finish.
Overall pairing: I can think of nothing more fitting that the bold, sweet, nutty, and chocolaty flavors and aromas of the Rogue Hazelutely Choctabulous to accompany the wacky, witty, exuberant fun of Primus' "Primus & The Chocolate Factory With The Fungi Ensemble"!

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