8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Imperial Stout
Warkworth, New Zealand
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 159   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   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.

Rangi's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rangi (661) - - MAY 26, 2013
Big beer. Aroma of red wine. Big boozy taste hot needs some ageing to mellow this out. Pinot noir flavours dominate this beer with just hint of roast malts. As the beer mellows and warms slightly more roast flavour come though, but even more dark fruit flavours come out. Best of both worlds red wine and stout. Works well and I think give this a few years will come into its own. Might buy a couple to cellar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
drpimento (2626) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 26, 2015
This is twice now with 8 Wired beers at about 16% and the carbonation is flatish. This one is worse; really does a disservice to the brew. There are some really good flavors hidden in there, but the flatness accentuates some negative characteristics. Big disappointment.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cmacklin (510) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 16, 2015
330ml bottle. Pours an opaque black with a very thin, brown head. Strong roasted malt aroma with alcohol, dark chocolate and wood. Sweet flavour of roasted malt, dark chocolate, liquorice, vanilla and wood with a dry, bitter, bourbon finish. Full body with an oily texture and soft carbonation. A big, powerful beer meant for sipping. This stuff will put hair on your chest!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drsordr (1732) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2015
Bottle pour to snifter opaque black with purple hues, minimal to no head. Nose definitely boozy, but also dark fruit, raisin, almost smells like port. Taste the roast is buried by sweet malt, raisin, plum, and some pinot flavors. Mid palate alcohol. Some fruit and trace oak in finish. Warming finish. No roast or chocolate flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Idiosynkrasie (5317) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - AUG 8, 2015
330ml bottle. Quasi black colour with small, frothy, fading, beige head. Dark malty aroma has notes of treacle, chocolate, caramel, oak, vanilla, the alcohol becomes noticeable. Taste is sweet dark malty, treacle and chocolate notes, hints of oak and vanilla, strong alcoholic presence.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rouhlas (1701) - GREECE - AUG 2, 2015
From tap. Black color with small beige head. Roasted malty aroma, caramel, chocolate, vanilla, wood, alcohol. Sweet and bitter taste like aroma. Medium to full oily body with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wlajwl (4922) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUL 8, 2015
Aroma is dark/roasted malts, vinous and alcohol/liquor. The flavor is dark/roasted malts, toffee/caramel, fruit/dark fruit and an intensely alcoholic/liquor finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (7107) - Indiana, USA - JUL 4, 2015
Bottle to snifter (shared with the Mrs; thanks DuffMan). Looks good; a mostly opaque dull black with very thin beige head that quickly dissipates into thin lacing. Smells good too; dark malt, chocolate, and oak with a touch of a vinous presence. Tastes like it smells, but much more vinous. It’s still enjoyable, but almost completely masks the chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium full-bodied and fairly bitter. The abv is warming. Good, but smells better than it tastes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BiiruBierBeer (738) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2015
Smells of soy and bourbon. Taste is raisiny sweet with some alcohol. Thicker mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cantabrian (959) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 8, 2015
Very oily, black, with hardly any head. This bottle had been here for a couple of years. Incredibly winey, port on the nose, lots of booze and dark fruits on the flavour, some chocolate, perhaps just too rich for what I needed at the end of the day. I must admit it’s a great piece.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beersighted (134) - - APR 19, 2015
Imperial Stout aged in Pinot Noir barrels. Pours pitch black with zero head. Medium mouthfeel and seemingly too watery. Nose of sweet roasty malts paired with earthy wood, which. Distinctly red wine tartness, which rolls quickly into an alcohol burn on the back. Was an interesting beer, but not as memorable as a bourbon barrel aged brew.

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