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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: 197   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Westchesterco (1547) - mclean, Virginia, USA - FEB 28, 2014
Poured from a bottle it is a dark brown color with a slight head. The aroma is a nice smokey scent with a boozey smell. The taste is very strong smokey taste tthat lingers bitter on the palate

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Iphonephan (5001) - McLean, Virginia, USA - FEB 28, 2014
From a 33 cl bottle shared at home. Pours black with a tan head. Coffee nose with some metallic notes. Flavors of oak, dark fruits, tobacco and licorice. Lots of complexity. Chewy mouth feel with a bitter roasted finish with some sweet notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Errl (2327) - Plano, Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2014
Bottle- had as Batch 31..Pour is dark with a tan head..Nose is nice roasted coffee, oak, dryness, chocolate, spice..Taste is very nice roast, coffee, spice, oak dryness, nice and thick..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SudsMcDuff (7259) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2014
had as Batch 31 .. . have liked other 8 wired beers, this is the best of them all .. . easy going barrel, tar as well .. . medium mouth .. . firm finish .. . . apparently chicken nuggets arenít a real hobby so I guess I donít have any

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sir__v (1284) - Lille, FRANCE - NOV 19, 2013
Color: nice black beer with high viscosity no carbonation and really small brown head. Smell: high malt concentration, black bread, licorice and sugar. Taste: malt explosion with high viscosity and good balance of sugar. Aftertaste: nice malty taste with sugar, licorice and some alcohol notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maekchu (2905) - Hirakata, JAPAN - NOV 5, 2013
Bottle. Aged 2-3 years. Sampling session at Leftyís place. Big chocolate nose, with dark .sugar, some barrel notes, licorice, and fumes. Dark brown with ruby edges. Initial has lots of chocolate and highly roasted coffee / choco and bittering intensify in mid and then settle out / finish is rich and smooth. Very good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hypo_Luxa (59) - Osaka, JAPAN - NOV 3, 2013
Vinegary smell. Dark black color. Med to light head but opens right back up after agitation. Thick lacing. Wonderful month feel, lively carbonation. Dry chocolate, dry. Nice finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (3564) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 3, 2013
12.5% shared at KyotoLeftyís tasting. A dark brown, almost black pour with a dark beige head of foam. Boozy, nicely done barrel aged beer with a tan head. Thick body, very woodsy, bitter & bourbon. Licorice, bitter But tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
KyotoLefty (8138) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 2, 2013
Bottled. Pitch black, murky, no head. Cocoa, oak, tangy berries and a touch of acid. Bit of bourbon. Coffee. Nuts. Tangy, fruity, chocolate. Prickly carbonation. Oily, silky. Burnt,mhoppy finish. Great dark choclate, some licorice. Leather.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nuplastikk (5257) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 29, 2013
Batch 31. 500ml bottle at Brasserie V. Thick viscous oily black body. Rusty beige residue of a head. Boozy and sweet, quite a monster. Tobacco, sweet candy oak tones. Rich, delicious. I associate the flavor with bourbon, but I suppose it is straight oak. Impressive stuff, the biggest NZ beer I have had to date. World Class, really clean for the 11% (12.5?) ABV.

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