8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Imperial Stout
Blenheim, New Zealand
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 132   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Habanero (2624) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - JAN 28, 2014
UPDATED: APR 5, 2014 Bottled. Pours opaque black with a small lacing tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, wood and grape notes. Sweet flavor that ends up dry with bitter notes and an alcohol bite. Medium to full bodied, oily text. and soft to flat carb. An excellent, extreme impy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dfearnley (969) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 27, 2014
bottle to pint glass First...Iím going to say...this is probably going to wreck me...but itís going to be fun. I can smell the alcohol floating up from the brew, along with red wine, caramel, dark fruits, soy, and oak. Deep black, no real head. Wow..the taste is oak, wine, toasted malt, brown sugar, and soy, but the alcohol is masked well. Itís full bodied, and smooth, and I feel an alcohol burn as well as astringency. What a palate too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RihardsF (81) - LATVIA - JAN 21, 2014
Black as it gets. Nice whiskey aroma with some oak. Tastes a bit sour and salty. Quite intense on the taste buds. Alcohol is quite evident but its ok. Big beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FatPhil (9359) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 21, 2014
Bottle pour (Līgo Ziema 2014, Riga)
Gorgeous calvados and whisky-barrel oak aroma. Black as your hat. Dang, thatís it, Iím giving up rating for the day, I donít know how accurately I can evaluate this, because the instant itís in your mouth every neuron in your pleasure centres just flashes "wow!", and all other brain function ceases. The taste is very burnt, but I like it so much Iíd not want to call it ashhy at all. Yes, there is a bit of alcohol heat, but not a burn per se. Itís a bit marmitey too. The finish is bitey and burnt, with a fruity acidity too. This pushes me all the way to the edge of my burntness threshold and teases me, but it doesnít push me over. Kept getting that "wow", wasnít just a one-sip wonder. Went back and got another (immediately after they miraculously found another bottle, I thought there would be no chance for a second visit). All other beer reviews will be shit from this point on this evening. I donít want to tick any more. Oh - I bought a bottle to take home the next day, Iím no fool.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marduk (2728) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 17, 2014
330ml bottle. Pitch black color. Tiny to almost no head. Whisky, wood, grapes, wine, mold in aroma. Unique aroma. Moldy, grapes, wine, alcohol, roast, raisins, minerals in taste. Everything is absolutely in perfect balance. Even crisp bite in taste is in its place. Absolutely fantastic beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lonick (781) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 11, 2014
Bottle @tasting. Pours black/brown. Port, sherry and sweet pudding wine on the nose. Woody on the palate, malty and big fruits. lovely. Thanks to BenH for the bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bov (9500) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JAN 11, 2014
courtesy of Toni FlŁkiger - black beer with no foam left; fair woody aroma with typical notes of pinot noir; black cherries and cenovis; huge malt body, thick and pretty sticky, light astringency; quite salty and very bitter; more woody notes, warming alcohol presence, licorice and cenovis - heavy yet pretty good

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
allmyvinyl (3361) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 10, 2014
Bottle at Craigís. Black pour, tan head. Chocolate and coffee aromas, some berry notes. Dessert wine taste, some spice, very complex. Lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
McNeillR (1221) - SCOTLAND - JAN 9, 2014
Dark brown, nae heed. Rich liquorice, light berry and roasted. Luscious and vibrant bitter, raking malt and coffee oil. Dusty salt vibe is really making this work for me. Sticky peppery caramel, the finish is so rich and dripping with sweet wine. Salt caramel vibe. Wow. Brilliant. Cheers Ben.

Bottle, Beers of Europe, Sinner Series Tasting

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BenH (2333) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 9, 2014
Bottle. Black with tan head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, roast and dark fruits. Taste has lots of licorice and some chocolate. Medium to low sweetness. Alcohol very well hidden. Nice

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