8 Wired Batch 18 - Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

8 Wired Brewing
Formerly brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Imperial Stout
Warkworth, New Zealand
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 202   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
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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fonefan (51064) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUN 1, 2012

Bottle 500ml. @ [ Edinburgh Danish Invasion Tasting) by cgarvieuk - Edinburgh ].

Clear dark black brown colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, chocoalte, coffee, dark berry, wood. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, wood - oak, roasted, coffee, dry. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20120422]
Earlier Rating: 11/16/2011 Total Score: 4

Bottle 500ml.

Clear dark black brown colour with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, mostly to fully lasting, light beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, coffee, oak, vanilla, alcohol, bourbon notes. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20111105]

yespr (47545) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - APR 8, 2012
50 cL, courtesy of Ungstrup. Pours pitch black with no lasting tan head. Aroma is roasted dark malty and thick chocolate. Light peaty, chocolate, mild fruity. Bitter, chocolate and toasted malty flavoured. Smooth fruity and ark malty finish.
Earlier Rating: 10/30/2011 Total Score: 3.9
50 cL bottle. Pours dark brown to black with a chocolate brown and creamy head. Aroma is dark roasted malty, light chocolate and just a hint of coffee mixed with a vanilla smooth wooden note. Smooth dark roasted malt, light wooden vanilla and dark roasted malty with a coffee hint. Smooth and dark malty finish.

Ungstrup (38383) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 8, 2012
Bottled. A pitch black beer with a thin dark brown head. The aroma has notes of roasted malt, alcohol, wood, chocolate, and coffee. The flavor is sweet with strong notes of roasted malt as well as medium notes of coffee, alcohol, and wood, leading to a bitter and roasted finish.
Earlier Rating: 10/13/2011 Total Score: 4.1
Drunk to celebrate my rating number 22,200 from my current home country - go All Blacks!!!! Bottled. A pitch black beer with a thin lazing dark brown head. The alcohol, roasted malt, and soy sauce. The flavor is sweet with notes of alcohol, roasted malt, wood, soy sauce, and a bit of ashes, leading to a dry, roasted finish.

joergen (29216) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 5, 2012
Bottle at home. Pitch black coloured with a medium sized brown head. Roasted aroma of coffee, freshgrinded coffee, chocolate and vanilla. Sweet and roasted flavour of coffee, dark chocolate and vanilla with notes of oak and licorice. Roasted finish. Nice.
Earlier Rating: 10/1/2011 Total Score: 4.1
Bottle at home. Pitch black coloured with a small beige head. Sweet and roasted aroma of dark chocolate and dried fruits with notes of alcohol and oak. Sweet and roasted flavour of dark chocolate, coffee, caramel and dried fruits with notes of hops, oak and alcohol. Roasted and warming alcoholic finish.

anders37 (27000) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 8, 2012
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty bourbon chocolate aroma with hints of vanilla. Roasted malty chocoalte and vanilla bourbon flavor. Has a roasted malty bourbon chocolate and licorice finish.

Travlr (26069) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAY 9, 2012
Bottle courtesy of RasmusOtt, thank you sir! Almost black, thick brown head with good retention. Aroma of. Anilla, whiskey, coffee. Taste is burnt coffee, vanilla, licorice, some booze. Really nice.

cgarvieuk (25984) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 6, 2012
bottle at home ... deep black ... thin tan head ... soft roast ... sweet toffee malts nose... tooo much whisky alcohol roast ... deep malts ... little chocolate ... tooo much whiskey ... soft roast ...
Earlier Rating: 4/22/2012 Total Score: 3.9
bottle at The Danish Invasion tasting ...dark black ... thin tan lacing ... soft coffee ... dark roast nose ... light bitter malts... dark coffee ... mellow smooth chocolate roast ... light alcohol ... nice

madmitch76 (25539) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2017
5th November 2017
As Batch 31 @ 11%. Opaque dark brown beer, good dark tan head. Palate is airy and fairly dry and has reasonable fine carbonation. Decent dark chocolate laden malts, bitterish, trace of woody bitterness. Mild vanilla and coffee. Some dark fruits, well buried. More rich dark chocolate on the finish. Quite drinkable, if it had been a tad sweeter it would have been great.

Papsoe (25056) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 13, 2011
Bottle 50 cl. Courtesy of Meilby. Pours a thick pitch black with a small brown head. Heavy hard roast aroma with a distinct whisky character - Scotch? Solid body, sweet hard roast, sweet yet subtle whisky notes, some dark fruits and a discreet malt bitterness. Well made. 131011

Beerhunter111 (22478) - P´Castle, GERMANY - MAR 28, 2014
Sehr dunkelbrauens, fast schwarzes Bier mit geringer bräunlichen Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr röstmalzig, Kaffee, Schokolade, holzig. Geschmack intensiv röstmalzig, holzig, Kaffe, Schokolade, leicht alkoholisch.

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