8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Imperial Stout
Blenheim, New Zealand
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 145   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 480   ABV: 16%
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Sometimes - OK, rather often, actually - I find myself asking, "How far can we take it?" Keeping in mind that flavour should be the main objective at all time, the conception of Bumaye was one of those moments. To make it we started out with the baddest imperial stout we have ever brewed, and then added loads of tasty sugars to the fermenter foe extra flavour. To smooth out the roughness, we allowed the beer to mellow in Pinot Noir barrels for more than a year.

An experimental 17% Imperial stout released for Beervana 2012.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rondphoto (2543) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - NOV 10, 2014
bottle @ Wino’s Depot / Lima OH --- Opaque black color, thin brown rim head, no lace. Very still. Nice aroma of malt and wine. Taste is malt, dried dark fruit, and wine that moves through the palate in a big way before finishing with only the briefest infusion of hops. A big brew, yes, but that doesn’t automatically qualify it for a big score. This one seems lifeless and without any traditional edge. There is alcohol warmth, of course (c’mon, it’s 16%abv!), but it doesn’t appeal as a drink to ever seek again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shrubber85 (8306) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - OCT 29, 2014
Bottle. Vinous chocolate malt and hay aroma. Black with small head. Dry earthy red wine dominates flavor - very light chocolate malt and hay flavors in the background. Nice but wine flavor overwhelms everything else.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Patrickctenchi (4449) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - OCT 9, 2014
Bottle: Black, oil, no head....just the most thin of tan ring.... Cola, smoke, chocolate/raisin aroma. Even a bit of sting/heat from the boozy notes in the nose. Vinous, burned chocolate malt, and alcohol flavor. Boozy, but smooth.... Sticky sweet with a heavy alcohol/ashy bitter finish. To be sipped......gently....make no mistake, this is a BIG beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Palme (3605) - Bergen, NORWAY - SEP 14, 2014
0.33l bottle brought home from 2d2dspuma. Looks a bit like pouring oily here. It’s really thick and dark, not even a hint of a head on this and the beer itself is really deep dark ruby brown in color. Lovely lovely nose! It’s really rum infused. Wood, vanilla, salty rope with soy sauce, coconut and dark dark bitter chocolate. Mmmhh.. What a lovely aroma indeed! This is one of those flavor bombs! Oh, my.. It’s almost a little like liquefied deep dark chocolate that has been added whisky, wood, port wine, burnt sugar and charcoal. It has a really good thick chewy mouthfeel and it’s only softly softly prickling on the carbonation bubbles. Not to far off flat really. Having problems describing all the different flavors here, there are so many and it’s so concentrated! In the finish it’s tailing off lots of salty licorice, tannin’s and charred wood. A true sipper in every way! 14.09.2014

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GRM (3176) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 2, 2014
Glass, 4-ounce, draught, during the Mondial de la bière, savoured on June 12 2014; eye: black, opaque, tiny ring of beige head, no lacing; nose: woody, alcohol, light wild yeasts, ink, light red wine, roasted barley; mouth: woody, alcohol, light wild yeasts, ink, light red wine, roasted barley, tannin, intense, alcohol, woody finale with presence of roasted barley, full body, below-average carbonation, mildly bitter, lightly alcoholic texture; overall: fine FRANÇAIS Verre, 4 onces, en fût, lors du Mondial de la bière, savourée le 12 juin 2014; œil : noire, opaque, petit anneau de mousse beige, pas de dentelle; nez : boisé, alcool, léger levures sauvages, encre, léger vin rouge, orge torréfiée; bouche : boisé, alcool, léger levures sauvages, encre, léger vin rouge, orge torréfiée, tanin, intense, alcool, finale boisée avec présence d’orge brûlée, corsée, carbonatation sous la moyenne, moyennement amère, texture légèrement alcoolique; en résumé : bien

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zakoon (124) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 20, 2014
Pours black with quick fading tan head. Smell is very sweet, alcohol and oak. Taste is also sweet, considering the 16% the alcohol is well hidden. Oak, dark fruits, chocolate, red wine. Warming and a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jjgmd (1605) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - AUG 16, 2014
Shared with Z, on last dY before leaving for O town, pours a dark pitch black pour with no head. Nose is more like a bottle of pinot than a stout, but there is some break through malt. Taste is sweet bitter chocolate with ripened fruit and tannins and really warms the palate. Finishes like a fine wine, with an oaky alcohol finish. Masterfully done ! A sipper ! Quaff Score 9 /10

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zgaier (1537) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - AUG 16, 2014
Bottle. Pours black with a small brown head and aroma of alcohol, oak, and wine. Taste is strong and sweet, wine and whiskey notes with dark fruits, chocolate, roasted malt, alcohol, and oak with a warming, long finish. Delicious brew

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
maneliquor (3372) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 7, 2014
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours ack with a dirty tan head. Nose is very dark chocolate, bordering on bitter cocoa, with mildly tarty berries, black cherry like, brown sugar and molasses sweetness. Not overly sold on Pinot and stout integration. It’s really quite sweet and mildly tarty. Very soy and vegemite like as it warms which I hate. At 16% it’s a huge one and the heat isn’t overbearing in any way. I just don’t think the barrel goes with such a big beer. Normally love 8 Wired stuff but this one isn’t doing it for me

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jmar33 (183) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 2, 2014
Bottle. Almost no head, thick and syrupy looking body. Really sweet tasting with lots of wine characteristics. Couldn’t tell whether this was a wine flavoured beer or a beer flavoured wine, but whatever it was it was mighty enjoyable!

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