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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: 196   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   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. 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.


4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bluebetty (1019) - 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 (16428) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 30, 2013
Bottle from Beers of Europe, Kingís 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 (3966) - 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 (4736) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (7478) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
doublebock (527) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mikem409 (1849) - 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

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (5675) - Plymouth, 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.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
olio (7528) - 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.
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4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
laiti (7264) - 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!


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