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8 Wired Batch 18 - Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

 
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8 Wired Brewing
Formerly brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Imperial Stout
Warkworth, New Zealand
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 202   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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. It’s a huge celebration of flavour that’s made to share and to savour. It’s 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 didn’t just make it because we could, but because we had to, and it’s the perfect expression of our raison d’être, ingenuity in flavour.


4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Inbreak (4419) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - MAY 28, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2014 28.05.2013, 0,5l bottle (as Batch 31) @ home:
Small creamy brown shortlasting head. Aroma is very rich, chili, strong licorice, dark sugar, cocoa, espresso, oak, burnt caramel, some warming alcohol. Taste is very smooth and balanced, strong licorice, oak, chili, cocoa, espresso, dark sugar, dark fruits, burnt caramel, pepper, anise. Well hidden alcohol, a little low on carbonation. Longlasting medium bitterness, a little dry mouthfeel. A little more carbonation for a better head and mouthfeel, and maybe a little thicker consistency, and this would be a top score. Love it!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Benzai (13632) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - MAY 5, 2013
Bottle shared with Deanso and oWESTYo (and Mia "my friends are outside"). Opaque pitch black color, small light brown head. Smell and taste malts, roasted malts, wood, bitter, chocolate and barrel aged clearly. Some alcohol as well. Medium to full body and carbonation. Lovely beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
elihapa (1545) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - MAR 28, 2013
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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cory (372) - , California, USA - MAR 11, 2013
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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
demmbonz (716) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 22, 2013
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndreasJaeger (505) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 17, 2013
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.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bluebetty (1021) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 8, 2013
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (18725) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 30, 2013
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhillyCraft (5595) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2013
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

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiong (6383) - Espoo, FINLAND - JAN 11, 2013
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.


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