8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Imperial Stout
Blenheim, New Zealand
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 192   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (6881) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 6, 2013
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 didnít pick up any barrel aging notes but I donít really care, it was darn tasty as is.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
doublebock (502) - California, USA - JAN 5, 2013
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mikem409 (1482) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2013
bottle pours black with tan head. aroma of vanilla and toffee. taste is very rich roasted nut and fudge frosting

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (4808) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Courtesy of 5000 via trade

Bottle: The aroma consists of chocolate, molasses, roasted coffee, vanilla, and faint oak. It pours a dark brown with some faint orange highlights and a small beige head that quickly fades to a thin ring around the edges of the glass. There is some minimal spotty lacing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with chocolate, black licorice, and light molasses. There is just a hint of fruity sourness in the background. The finish has vanilla, smoke, and faint oak. Itís medium bodied with moderate-heavy carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
olio (6166) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 28, 2012
50 cl bottle as 8 Wired Batch 31. 11%.
Brewed on 31.01.2011, barreled(!) on 31.03.2011, bottled on 31.10.2011, bbe 31.12.2018.
Pours pitch black color with a small, rapidly dissipating beige head. Aroma is quite strong with coffee, dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, some mild hops appear also, lots of vanilla, mild bourbon and caramel. Some licorice and tar are there too.
Flavor of tar, vanilla, dark roasted malts, some caramel and cocoa powder. Sweetish dark chocolate and ash on the finish. Dry and quite malty palate with a subtle fruity finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
laiti (5655) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 28, 2012
50 cl bottle @ home. Batch #31: 11%, brewed 31.01., barreled 31.03. and bottled 31.10.2011. BBE 31.12.2018
Aroma has lots of coffee, some vanilla and hints of vegetables typical to coffee beers. Flavour has coffee, some whisky and oaky notes, vanilla and somewhat salty licorice. Stuffy, somewhat sweet and sticky Ė but still very good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alexsdad06 (5408) - Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2012
500 ml bottle. Pours dark brown to black with a medium sized tan head. The aroma has big roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and some spicy notes that are quite nice. The flavor is roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, oak, spicy notes, some earthy hints; all with a very smooth presentation. This was a nice treat that out performed some more well know beers at the tasting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (3937) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 22, 2012
500ml bottle in a Trappist glass (Batch 31 though). Pours black with a lacy, tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, some oak and bourbon, dark chocolate, lots of coffee, and some floral hops. Flavor a nice blend of everything. Smooth texture. A good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (11942) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2012
(500ml bottle) Pours an opaque black body with a small brown head. Aroma of chili pepper, chocolate, peat, coffee, roasted malt, and wood. Flavor of coffee, dark chocolate, wood, vanilla, and caramel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
skortila (4505) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - DEC 3, 2012
Bottle. Aroma has wood, vanilla lots of chocolate, some coffee. Black coloured beer with a brownish head. The taste is moderate bitter, full of chocolate, some sweetness, wood, vanilla. Quite full, really enjoyable BA RIS.

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