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8 Wired Batch 18 - Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

8 Wired Brewing
Formerly brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Imperial Stout
Warkworth, New Zealand
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 200   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
We always wanted to do something unique for our 8th batch but it came around so fast that we had to meet demand for our existing beers. So we decided to hold out until the 18th batch to produce a seasonal celebration of what 8 Wired has become over the last 18 months. Batch 18 is not for the faint of heart, nor the selfish. Itís a huge celebration of flavour thatís made to share and to savour. Itís the product of our wildest imagination, brewed by hand with one goal - to make the most regal of imperial stouts. Batch 18 uses an enormous amount of malt, hops and a delicious Indian raw sugar, Jaggery. We fermented it with two different yeast strains, infused it with locally roasted fair trade organic coffee, then aged it for three months in American oak barrels. We did this not just for the challenge or the journey, but to showcase our philosophy of creativity and quality. We didnít just make it because we could, but because we had to, and itís the perfect expression of our raison díÍtre, ingenuity in flavour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
humlelala (1272) - DENMARK - MAR 30, 2012
(50 cl bottle from Toft Vin; Batch #31 unsurprisingly) Pours black with medium, creamy brown head that recedes quickly leaving lots of lace. Aroma of coffee grounds, ashes and oak twigs. Oily on the palate, softly carbonated, medium body with a surprisingly one-dimensional finish of roasted malt and coffee grounds.Taste is not all that rich and complex for an 11% ABV and mostly remniscient of the aroma with the added acidity of the roasted malt. Taste has quite a bit of sweetness and not much bitterness. I have to say I expected more from such a potent cocktail of 11% ABV barrel aged imperial stout and a brewery that I have come to enjoy for their IPA. Especially at a price of 15 USD per bottle! Girlfriend says: "Itís not bad! The alcohol is well hidden."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sherm1016 (1271) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2012
500ml bottle from Discount Liquor Milwaukee. Pours a thick, jet black color with a tan hear. Aroma is light, roasty, mocha. Heavy on the palate with soft carbonation. Flavor is sweet, really sweet, and I like sweet beers, coffee, roasty, a little smokey, with a light roasty finish. The flavor is a little underwhelming, maybe itís just overpowered by the sweetness. Must he the jaggery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kermis (9555) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 27, 2012
Bottle from beers of Europe. Black pour with beige head. Roasted aroma with coffee, oak and dark fruits. Same aspects in flavor with some vanilla and a lasting bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
deanso (8070) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 27, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2013 50cl bottle shared with kermis and friends. Thin off white head. Deep amber pour. Lovely aftertaste.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
TAR (2595) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - MAR 26, 2012
Impervious black. Thick mocha foam cap. Nauseating nose of celery, melting rubber, paintlike yeast, metal, chalk, raisin, fudge, stale spent coffee grounds and raw oak. Soft carbonation. Bottle-conditioned. Sharp with fiery alcohol, initially, and medicinally cloying with notes of blackcurrant concentrate and light leather. Enormous body weight, yet oddly hollow and stark, and wholly void of malt texture or nuance. Pervasive rubbery astringency stifles any potential malt development. Fairly oxidized, also, with an ashen astringency which further exacerbates the dullness. Absolutely abominable attenuation, and the potent raw oak character is akin to chewing on fresh cut wood and only adds to the severely muddled nature as it has no vivid definition whatsoever and, rather, is vanillin-laden and heavily sappy. Finishes profoundly unclean and chock full of oppressively viscous residual sugars. Aside from catering to the American palate with a kitchen-sink approach, what exactly was the objective here? As with their saison, this is dirty and aimless. Iím done analyzing this because this is truly repulsive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeremytoni (3029) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAR 26, 2012
From a bottle poured a dark brown color with almost no head. Strong toasted malty flavor with a lingering aftertaste.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Ernest (7164) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 26, 2012
Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing. Body is opaque black (flashlight tested). Aroma is moderately malty (acidic coffee grounds, roasted/burnt grain, husks), with strong notes of raw wood, scented detergent (e.g., Tide), green beans, and plastic. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter, unclean. Medium body, oily texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Truly awful. Sampled with a friend, and neither of us found the aroma remotely appealing, but instead rather caustic and sharp, chock full of raw wood and biting/acidic stale coffee, along with abundant off notes (sour vegetables and tons of detergent). One of the worst stouts weíd ever sampled. This brewery did a decent job with their brown ale and smoke beer, so itís perplexing how abysmal this one is.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MotherBrother (883) - Aalborg, DENMARK - MAR 23, 2012
Pour black, with a light brown hue around the edges. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, seaweed, smoke, oak, soy sauce, caramel and perhaps slight vanilla. Taste is quite sweet, with a slight bitter finish. Medium bodied, with a slight lively carb. As a friend said: "it tastes as the sea smells"

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Enjoyit (3734) - Vadum, DENMARK - MAR 18, 2012
Black of color with a brown head. An nice aroma of roasted malt, sweets, liqurice, vanilla, oak and salty. A flavor of liqurice, vanilla, alcohol, liqurice and oak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (13063) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2012
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured a black color with a large frothy brown head that lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted chocolate and bourbon alcohol aroma. Medium to heavy bittersweet roasted black malty flavor with a medium to heavy sweet and small bourbon alcohol bite finish of moderate to long duration. Full body with a dry smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a standout beer.

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