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: 203   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. Its a huge celebration of flavour thats made to share and to savour. Its 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 didnt just make it because we could, but because we had to, and its the perfect expression of our raison dtre, ingenuity in flavour.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (5443) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 22, 2012
500ml bottle in a Trappist glass (Batch 31 though). Pours black with a lacy, tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, some oak and bourbon, dark chocolate, lots of coffee, and some floral hops. Flavor a nice blend of everything. Smooth texture. A good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Choos (753) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - APR 2, 2017
Aroma: deep imperial stout with some nice vanilla and coffee App: black, tan head smallish Flavour: rich mix of malt backed with coffee vanilla and deep fruit ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mabel (9222) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 30, 2016
[8387-20160529] Bottle, 2011. Dark roasted plum dates and toasted burnt woody grains aroma. Black body with a medium-lasting creamy tan head. Richly roasted burnt woody toffee and caramel and Tootsie Roll flavour with a long-lasting roasted aftertaste. Full body is rich and complex and very smooth. Lovely, lovely stout. (9/4-/9/5/17) 4.4
(@ Goldings, Wellington, NZ)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (10303) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2016
2016-05-29. Black body, small tan head. 3+ Aroma has big dark malt character, sort of tangy fruity barrel character. Flavour is big, lightly tangy, barrel notes, lingering bourbon like character (but there isnt any bourbon in it...) I assume its how my brain interprets the alcohol and the jaggery sugar and dark malt, light roasty malt. 7+ Average plus bodied palate, moderate carbonation. Alcohol is present but remarkably restrained considering the abv. I suspect I would have either liked this a bit more or a lot less when it was younger. 7/3-4/7/3/16-17 Vintage 2011 bottle at Goldings, Wellington, NZ.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DeliriumT (534) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 4, 2016
Pours like an oil slick... Thick, dark, delicious. Aroma of toffee, mocha, plums, rum, sherry and dates. Flavour is predominantly sweet and sour up front, cloyingly sweet in the middle and bitter at the back. Such a depth and complexity of flavours that keep coming and coming ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Koelschtrinker (19736) - Kln (Cologne), GERMANY - FEB 22, 2016
Der malzige Beginn berzeugt mit klarem hintergrndigem Kaffeearoma. Etwas bitter, spritzig, gleichzeitig holzig und hopfig. Cremig, sffig, mittellanger, fast nebenschlicher Nachhall. Schwer zu trennende Aromen. 9/11/12/12/10/11

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dodgrblu (745) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 25, 2015
16.9 ounce bottle, aged 5 years, barrel aroma, coffee bitterness, thin, disappearing head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beer-yum (1614) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 28, 2015
Prominent licorice aroma in a jet black pour. Complex taste with hints of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and licorice/aniseed all made subtle by the barrel aging. An excellent brew that lives up to its reputation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MacBoost (1871) - Victor, New York, USA - MAY 31, 2015
500ml bottle chugged in under a minute. Oaky, thick, roasty, barreled. Deep. Chewy. Nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Karstenborg (1029) - Hasselager, DENMARK - NOV 10, 2014
Almost black colour with a big lon lasting off-white head. Aroma is coffee, caramel and licorice. Taste is malt, licorice and toffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 20, 2014
Bottle. Jet black pour with a tan head. Aromas of roasted malta, coffee, cocoa, oak, and molasses. Flavor is similar. Nice balance of roasted, bitter notes and complimenting sweetness. Abv is hidden very well. Very respectable.

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