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8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Imperial Stout
Blenheim, New Zealand
Serve in Snifter

bottled
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RATINGS: 130   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 480   ABV: 16%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


shaunfield's rating

1.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
shaunfield (68) - adamstown, - SEP 28, 2013
I hate this beer. It is definitely a beer that I will never ever drink again as long as I live.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zakoon (20) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jjgmd (1418) - 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

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zgaier (1374) - 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

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
maneliquor (3071) - 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

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jmar33 (156) - 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!

2.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
myrda (66) - - JUL 27, 2014
Clairement vieillie en fut puisque le boisée ressort énormément au nez. Sombre, sans mousse. A presque le goût exact d’un vin rouge, aux arômes de cerises, cacao et poivre. Chocolat noir. Tout en un : dégustation de porto et chocolat.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuperTiti33 (505) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Muggus69 (1181) - 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!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (8259) - , 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wvhoran (208) - 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.


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