8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Imperial Stout
Warkworth, New Zealand
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 154   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 480   ABV: 16%
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuperTiti33 (767) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 27, 2014
Noire opaque. Léger collet beige/brun. Nez: sucre/alcool. Boisé. Chocolat. Biscuit à la Mélasse. Réglisse. Cacao. Bouche: légère acidité style vin rouge. Texture de vin. Chocolaté. Petit fruit rouge. Un peu d'agrume (orange). Très boisé. Fine chaleur d'alcool. Excellente.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Muggus69 (1532) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - JUL 21, 2014
Bottle shared at Embassy Hotel, Brisbane Sinister looking black beer with thin dense brown head. Seriously complex nose; dark chocolate, espresso, toasty oak, serious Pinot-esque mulchy undertones, port-like dried fruits. Thick, fortified-wine-like, warming, low carbonation, lingers long on the palate, there’s actually a bit of tannin & structure there. Palate continues with dark stouty chocolate & coffee notes combining with dank oak & funky Pinot red fruits and forest floor complexity. A touch of tartness cuts through the richness. Warming finish, alcohol not shy. A truely unique beer - it’s not just oak aged, you can actually taste Pinot Noir nuances. Very fortunate to have tried it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (10827) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 27, 2014
Bottle. Pours black with brown head. Nose/taste of port wine, oak, dark fruit, brown sugar, chocolate liqueur and desert wine. Full bodied. A bit sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wvhoran (397) - Tasmania, - JUN 19, 2014
Bottle. Very dark brown to black with no head to speak of. Lots of Pinot straight away. This really needs a big snifter and some time to open up. The wine eventually makes way for a lovely warm cocoa quality, kind of sugary, a little burnt. The flavour... big Pinot notes, a decent alcohol hit which is unsurprising. Chocolate. There is a lot of sweetness here but the tartness and tannins of an immense wine-barrel character really cuts through the sweetness. I’m not sure if the pinot mellows the stout, I think it’s presence is too strongly felt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (5699) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 16, 2014
bottle at mondial 2014, mtl. pours unclear very dark brown, almost black with a very nice crema, good retention and lacing. aromatic bourbon more than vinous notes, but eh, roasted malts, dark chocolate, burnt hazelnuts, maple and vanilla - never overwhelming, cola, resin, dirt, bitter coffee, warming booze, red fruity undertones - berries and raisins - very lightly tart too, wood and tannins. low carbonation, medium to full body - oily, surprisingly not cloying, maple syrup and molasses-like sweetness, bold bitter coffee-piney-tannic finish. good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (6489) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 12, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours black, liquorice, sweet chocolate, rich, dry roast malts.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
barn0216 (513) - California, USA - MAY 16, 2014
Black color, no head. Dark chocolate/espresso aroma, wine or brandy notes, moreso wine i guess given how rounded the smell is. Gives it a little sweetness. Similar flavor, a bit of cherry or vanilla, more prominent ash note from the roast. Alcohol is subdued initially but it warms on the tongue toward the end. Wood comes out in the finish. Great example of a big stout that trends bitter rather than sweet, and the wine gives it a fairly unique character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rodenbach99 (3573) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 11, 2014
Bouteille de 330ml. Bière noire avec une mousse brune. Un nez d’alcool chaud, de cerise et de chocolat. Une bouche des plus réconfortante, chaude aux accents fruités et vineuses. Une longue finale qui réchauffe le gorgoton (?). Merci Pat. Belle trouvaille. Une bière qui compétitionne avec la George de Mikkeller.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SlovakSniper (3894) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 6, 2014
La «Bumaye» de 8 Wired est-elle une réponse amicale ou animale à la «George!» de Mikkeller? Rumble in the Jungle, 1974. Quand Foreman arrive au Zaire (avec la zaïrianisation, le pays s’est appelé Zaïre de 1971 à 1997), il est accompagné de ses deux bergers allemands. Cette image choque la population puisqu’elle réveille de douloureux souvenirs d’un passé pas très glorieux. Ali, la grande gueule, charme la population locale et chantonne dans son jogging quotidien le célébre «Ali Bumaye», véritable chant de guerre destiné à venir jouer dans la tête de Foreman, l’exceptionnel cogneur et grand favori des teneurs de livres. On connaît maintenant la suite : Ali, dont le meilleur coup est le jab et dont le principal atout est la mobilité, reste la majeure partie du combat dans les cordes et surprend Foreman en lui envoyant dans les premiers rounds plus de directs du droit que du gauche. La garde haute, encaissant avec douleur les coups violents du champion et rebondissant contre les cordes, Ali trouve le moyen d’épuiser Foreman et de l’obliger à combattre plus de 5 rounds. À bout de souffle, le visage tuméfié par les coups d’Ali, il tombe KO au 8e round se relevant une seconde trop tard. (Thanks to dresden and kbudd19 for the bottles)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Countbeer (5309) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - MAY 3, 2014
Bottle: Served in a Chouffe glass: Small quickly disappearing lively brown foamy head. Leaves a headless black beer. Aroma is very nice, bourbon, vinous, roast, liquorice, wood, Flavour has too much liquorice and alcohol. But let it breath for a while and you have a better beer. Still some strong alcohol and liquorice tones but acompanied by a nice wood/bourbon/vanilla/vinous note, some spices (alcohol/alcohol burn), herbs, malts, bitters, roast and coffee with a dark chocolate edge. Aftertaste is dark chocate, some cocos, light woody, some liquorice and vanilla. Low carbo, creamy spicy close to silky mouthfeel, full bodied and a oily creamy texture. A lot of alcohol, it’s ok, but the alcohol burns a bit...

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