elihapa (1525) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - MAR 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
8 Wired Barrel-Aged 31st Latitude Stout 12/10/12: bottle. Pours predictably dark with tan espresso crema head. Aroma of vanilla, almond milk, light chocolate and hops resins. Mouthfeel is chewy, medium-thick with a long, coating finish. Flavor has surprisingly mild for such a strong beer, well integrated notes that focus on oaky barrel elements and nuttier dark malt notes. Roast and hop Bitterness is restrained overall. A beer built on solid foundations, just doesn’t push too many envelopes by contemporary “barrel-aged stout” standards.
Cory (295) - , California, USA - MAR 11, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2014 Bottle. Batch 31. Aroma is sweet coffee but gets more towards smoky through the finish. Smooth body that goes down very easy. Taste is sweet and color is black. Surprisingly, no oak and aged notes for me. Such a great beer.
Batch 31 one year later...very sweet, brown sugar, smoke, dry finish with slight coffee and walnut skin. Lingering sweet from the very full body, almost syrup, very little head. Great beer.
demmbonz (482) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 22, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber to snifter. A little bit of sour aroma with some oak and roast. Jet black. Aggressive head that disappears immediately. Very nice oak aged brew but just an odd sour hint that didn’t fit in.
AndreasJaeger (505) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Svart och oljg i färgen, med litet beige skum. Doftar sött, hårt rostat kaffe, söta lakritstoner, lite rök. Smakar jävligt sött kallt kaffe, söt lakrits, rökig ton, fat, aska, alkohol i slutet. Lång eftersmak med sött kaffe och lakrits.
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 8, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Jet black oily looking pour. Deep mahogany tinges down the side of the glass. Smallish tan coloured head. Falls away very quickly. Bugger all lacing. Aromas are dominated by the oak barrel. Bourbon, vanilla and a little tar. A little sugary sweetness and a touch of licorice to balance. Bllody good stuff in my opinion. Flavours are initially quite sweet before the bitterness of the grain comes through. Slightly bitter on the finish with a little alcohol warming. Medium to full silky mouthfel. Yep a very good beer.
fiulijn (14294) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Beers of Europe, King’s Lynn, as 8 Wired Batch 31 - Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
brewed 31.01.2011, 1 year old, 11% ABV
Black color, with brown head, medium sized and fizzy, short retention. Strange aroma: roasted malts, phenol, perfume. Smooth mouthfeel; strong flavor of roasted malt, quite dry, that enhances the coffee presence, and the wood; then some leather and light liquorice; medium-strong bitterness.
Enjoyable, but a bit confused and excessive.
PhillyCraft (3074) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, dark black pour with thin white head. Aromas and taste of smoke, cocoa, wood, coffee, sweet malts, sugar, and roasted nuts. Very creamy body with a smooth coffee finish. Nice stout
tiong (3615) - Espoo, FINLAND - JAN 11, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle from Bierkompass
Batch #31 - Brewed January 31st 2011, Barreled March 31st 2011, Bottled October 31st 2011, Best Before December 31st 2018 -
Pours pitch black with a tiny white head. Aroma of roasty malts, oak, wood, hints of vanilla and coffee. Taste is sweetish with some roasty coffee notes, hints of oaky vanilla and wood. Finish is smooth and sticky with some sweetish roastiness, vanilla, wood and oaky notes. Nice, quite well balanced and tasty barrel aged IS.
Ibrew2or3 (6767) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 6, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours deep darkness with a mocha colored head of foam. The aroma offers up dark roasted coffee, dark roasted malts, some burnt malts and a bit of smooth yum stricken fudge. I like. The taste is smooth and creamy and rich, wow wow. I get rich oily dark roasted coffee mixing with a fair amount of burnt malts and dark roasted malts. Toward the finish it picks up a pleasing bit of chocolate fudge yumminess that makes this thing sing in harmony. Nice!! I didn’t pick up any barrel aging notes but I don’t really care, it was darn tasty as is.
doublebock (496) - California, USA - JAN 5, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black with thin creamy head. Big oaky aroma with vanilla and chocolate. Slightly smoky and chewy malt flavor with toffee, star anise and port and a strong but subtle coffee finish.