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8 Wired Batch 18 - Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

8 Wired Brewing
Formerly brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Imperial Stout
Warkworth, New Zealand
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 200   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
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.

danielcurtis81's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 4, 2012
Served from a 22 oz bottle from Bottlecraft. The appearance is a beautiful hazy brown black with a medium frothy brown head. The nose oozes with wonderful roasted coffee and malts. The flavors start off with a strong coffee and heavy roast malt, then some of the barrel effects come in with rough dry oak, a bit of dry sour cherry and some fruitiness. The drying oak keeps going. Nice medium to full mouth. I enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DeliriumT (459) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 4, 2016
Pours like an oil slick... Thick, dark, delicious. Aroma of toffee, mocha, plums, rum, sherry and dates. Flavour is predominantly sweet and sour up front, cloyingly sweet in the middle and bitter at the back. Such a depth and complexity of flavours that keep coming and coming ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Koelschtrinker (15817) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - FEB 22, 2016
Der malzige Beginn überzeugt mit klarem hintergründigem Kaffeearoma. Etwas bitter, spritzig, gleichzeitig holzig und hopfig. Cremig, süffig, mittellanger, fast nebensächlicher Nachhall. Schwer zu trennende Aromen. 9/11/12/12/10/11

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dodgrblu (708) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 25, 2015
16.9 ounce bottle, aged 5 years, barrel aroma, coffee bitterness, thin, disappearing head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beer-yum (1212) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 28, 2015
Prominent licorice aroma in a jet black pour. Complex taste with hints of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and licorice/aniseed all made subtle by the barrel aging. An excellent brew that lives up to its reputation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MacBoost (1708) - Penfield, New York, USA - MAY 31, 2015
500ml bottle chugged in under a minute. Oaky, thick, roasty, barreled. Deep. Chewy. Nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Karstenborg (712) - Hasselager, 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 (9226) - 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 (9539) - 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 (2892) - 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

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