8 Wired Batch 18 - Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

 
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8 Wired Brewing
Formerly brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Imperial Stout
Warkworth, New Zealand
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RATINGS: 202   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
We always wanted to do something unique for our 8th batch but it came around so fast that we had to meet demand for our existing beers. So we decided to hold out until the 18th batch to produce a seasonal celebration of what 8 Wired has become over the last 18 months. Batch 18 is not for the faint of heart, nor the selfish. It’s a huge celebration of flavour that’s made to share and to savour. It’s the product of our wildest imagination, brewed by hand with one goal - to make the most regal of imperial stouts. Batch 18 uses an enormous amount of malt, hops and a delicious Indian raw sugar, Jaggery. We fermented it with two different yeast strains, infused it with locally roasted fair trade organic coffee, then aged it for three months in American oak barrels. We did this not just for the challenge or the journey, but to showcase our philosophy of creativity and quality. We didn’t just make it because we could, but because we had to, and it’s the perfect expression of our raison d’être, ingenuity in flavour.

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3.8
SudsMcDuff (8494) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2014
had as Batch 31 .. . have liked other 8 wired beers, this is the best of them all .. . easy going barrel, tar as well .. . medium mouth .. . firm finish .. . . apparently chicken nuggets aren’t a real hobby so I guess I don’t have any

4.1
sir__v (2630) - FRANCE - NOV 19, 2013
Color: nice black beer with high viscosity no carbonation and really small brown head. Smell: high malt concentration, black bread, licorice and sugar. Taste: malt explosion with high viscosity and good balance of sugar. Aftertaste: nice malty taste with sugar, licorice and some alcohol notes.

3.9
maekchu (4054) - Hirakata, JAPAN - NOV 5, 2013
Bottle. Aged 2-3 years. Sampling session at Lefty’s place. Big chocolate nose, with dark .sugar, some barrel notes, licorice, and fumes. Dark brown with ruby edges. Initial has lots of chocolate and highly roasted coffee / choco and bittering intensify in mid and then settle out / finish is rich and smooth. Very good!

4.2
Hypo_Luxa (67) - Osaka, JAPAN - NOV 3, 2013
Vinegary smell. Dark black color. Med to light head but opens right back up after agitation. Thick lacing. Wonderful month feel, lively carbonation. Dry chocolate, dry. Nice finish.

3.8
KansaiBeerLvrs (5373) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 3, 2013
12.5% shared at KyotoLefty’s tasting. A dark brown, almost black pour with a dark beige head of foam. Boozy, nicely done barrel aged beer with a tan head. Thick body, very woodsy, bitter & bourbon. Licorice, bitter But tasty.

4
KyotoLefty (10689) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 2, 2013
Bottled. Pitch black, murky, no head. Cocoa, oak, tangy berries and a touch of acid. Bit of bourbon. Coffee. Nuts. Tangy, fruity, chocolate. Prickly carbonation. Oily, silky. Burnt,mhoppy finish. Great dark choclate, some licorice. Leather.

4
nuplastikk (6453) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 29, 2013
Batch 31. 500ml bottle at Brasserie V. Thick viscous oily black body. Rusty beige residue of a head. Boozy and sweet, quite a monster. Tobacco, sweet candy oak tones. Rich, delicious. I associate the flavor with bourbon, but I suppose it is straight oak. Impressive stuff, the biggest NZ beer I have had to date. World Class, really clean for the 11% (12.5?) ABV.

4
Ernesto987 (6050) - Arizona, USA - AUG 30, 2013
Fantastic brew, very oaky an vanilla with some roasty ashy stout characteristics, great stuff

4
Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - AUG 19, 2013
Batch 31. Dark brown to black pour with a brown head. The aroma is really awesome. I get some strong coffee, oak and dark fruit notes. The flavor is also very nice. The oak and coffee stand out but are complimented by some roasted malt and alcohol. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

4
Idiosynkrasie (7972) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - JUL 17, 2013
500ml bottle [as Batch 31]. Black colour with small to average, creamy fairly lasting, minimally lacing, tan head. Dark malty aroma has hints of vanilla, bourbon, treacle, chocolate, nougat, coffee. Taste is moderately sweet dark malty, notes of chocolate, treacle, coffee, vanilla, nougat, superbly matching BA notes. Rich and complex, very well balanced.


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