8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Imperial Stout
Blenheim, New Zealand
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 195   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. 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.

JesseBones' rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JesseBones (60) - - JUN 16, 2014
Pours out the color of tar. A deep black that made the room feel darker. String but not boozy in the flavors of earthy malty with a bitter coffee finish. Smooth and slick palate that has a dry feel after all is said and done. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Karstenborg (428) - DENMARK - NOV 10, 2014
Almost black colour with a big lon lasting off-white head. Aroma is coffee, caramel and licorice. Taste is malt, licorice and toffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 20, 2014
Bottle. Jet black pour with a tan head. Aromas of roasted malta, coffee, cocoa, oak, and molasses. Flavor is similar. Nice balance of roasted, bitter notes and complimenting sweetness. Abv is hidden very well. Very respectable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (6333) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 12, 2014
"Re-done as Batch 31. Drinks smaller than the abv implies - defibitely not a sugar bomb, which is nice. Ample roast right from the get go, and plenty of bitterness, some from the hops, some from the cofee. At first it’s a little rough around the edges. The combo of hops and the fresh beans (which seemed a bit young) make it a bit of a green beer...but it calms down nicely and the better parts of the coffee come out eventually. Not elite, but solid."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (5340) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 2, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours black, nose is chocolate, coffee, oak, taste is more of the same, rich.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drpimento (2334) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 1, 2014
Think this would've been a near perfect Beer had it been stored properly all but its a 2-year-old bottle of beer that while it was pretty much out of damaging light may have gotten a little Warm at times. Poured with a small light brown head and no lace, color is an opaque brownish black. ARoma is Malt roast Cocoa bit of coffee. Flavor is touch sour upfront which I think is sign it's beginning to turn otherwise just like aroma and is rich and pretty good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SetauketBrewer (57) - New York, USA - APR 7, 2014
Got a bottle from a friend that was brewed, barreled, and bottled in 2011. Pour pitch black with no head at all. Aroma was mostly deep, rich oak threaded through with coffee, almost like espresso. Very smooth flavor. Mostly oak on the tounge, but almost a burned oak. Reminded me of charred barrels. Again, a slight coffee presence behind the oak. Aging probably hid the coffee flavors while drawing out the wood. Overall a great beer. Wish I had another bottle!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerhunter111 (9243) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAR 28, 2014
Sehr dunkelbrauens, fast schwarzes Bier mit geringer bräunlichen Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr röstmalzig, Kaffee, Schokolade, holzig. Geschmack intensiv röstmalzig, holzig, Kaffe, Schokolade, leicht alkoholisch.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Westchesterco (1238) - 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 (3899) - 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.

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