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The Sultan - 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 10.08%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
8 Wired Brewing Co. visit their website
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Originally named The Sultan of Swing, I have brewed this beer every year since I started home brewing. Every batch has been different but it was always Belgian inspired and always brewed with a large dose of sultanas. This commercial batch is the fifth version and I finally decided to base it on a Belgian Quadrupel.

30 IBU

(Beer added by: ADZA on 09-09-2011)
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Ratings: 41 | Reviews: 21 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of ngeunit1
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy amber-orange with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of dark caramel malts, raisin and other dark fruits, Belgian yeast, red grapes, candi sugar, light spiciness and some booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of dark caramel malts, raisin, dates and other dark fruits, red grapes, and some candi sugar. Through the middle, some Belgian yeast and spices come through with some more dark fruits. The finish is a mix of dark fruits, dark caramel malts, candi syrup, Belgian yeast, and some booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and a bit syrupy with a sweet and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Good fruity and malty Quad with some nice added flavor from the grapes and good yeast character.

ngeunit1, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of kchannel9
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

kchannel9, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

TheBeerAlmanac, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of exlex
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ok so first of all I've tried 2 beers before this but oh my f@$&ing god this is the most amazing quadruple I've had in a damn long time. So any of my fellow brewers out there get your buts into gear and start you creative train on the road to something moderately as awesome as 8 wired Sultan! Cheers and may it never end!

exlex, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a hazy, dark red amber with ruby highlights at the edges. Thin but persistant light tan head that left lacing. Aroma is sweet raisins and dark fruit, a hint of caramel. Flavor follows, dominated by dried dark fruit, caramel malt, slightly vinous. Finishes with dry vinous overtones and some oxidation flavors reminiscent of a well aged barley wine. Alcohol warming in the finish, but no stark boozy flavors. This bottle has been cellared for a half year under proper temperatures and may well have some age to it providing the aged oxidation flavors. Medium bodied with some creaminess and good mouth feel from active carbonation. I enjoyed this more as it (and I) warmed up over an evening. A nice quadrupel that borders on barleywine territory. Well made and I would like to try other ales from this brewery.

LiquidAmber, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of IHyphySF
4/5  rDev +9%

IHyphySF, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of jsurfs82
4/5  rDev +9%

jsurfs82, May 22, 2012
Photo of cadaugherty
4/5  rDev +9%

cadaugherty, May 08, 2013
Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a brownish color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. OK lacing.

S: A very yeasty aroma, with some malt and fruit as well.

T: Tasted of yeast, malt, apples, caramel, and some spices. There was also a slight metallic quality, but it wasn't too overbearing. Slightly boozy. Not a bad flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a sharp, vibrant finish. Medium-bodied.

O: On the whole, this is a decent enough beer. Not the greatest quad I've tried, but drinkable.

avalon07, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +9%

kjkinsey, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of BierJager89
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque purplish red with a tan head.

S: Grape, lemon, orange, funky belgian yeast and malt in the nose.

T: Lemony with some kiwi, orange and grapefruit peels, some funky belgian yeast and malt.

M: Medium bodied and smooth.

O: This was not the hoppy nz hop quad I was hoping for. It was decent, a bit of a cross between a quad and a wild ale, with the Belgian funkiness. Recommended.

BierJager89, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice take on a quad with a hefty profile of raisins.

Presentation: 500 ml brown capped bottle. Dark purple stripped label with name of the ale and branding of brewery. Side narrative goes over history, intent, and main characteristics. Shows 10% Alc. by Vol. Served in a snifter.

A - Hazy amber brown pour, short lived creamy head, air surface memory and some touches of lacing.

S - Nice nose, plenty of caramel with the dark fruits, Belgian feel, plenty of raisins/sultanas emerge before the taste.

T - Gentle flavor at first with a growing intensity, the malty caramel profile hits first, the fruits emerge leading to the assertive accent of raisins coated in the Belgian caramal character.

M - Medium/full body with medium/high carbonation, creamy feel punctuated by a long finish pointing to the assertive range of raisins and alcohol.

O - Nice flow and worth the try but while not badly integrated in character the sultanas make for a slow drink unlikely of a second pour.

Notes: Nice brews coming from 8 Wired. I like what I have tried so far, and while this one would not be a favorite of mine it is an stimulating and quality brew.

Daniellobo, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of chinchill
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky mahogany color with a fine tan head that imparts plenty of lacing durinf consumption.

S: yeasty-fruity including a hint of banana.

M: full body; smooth

T: a very drinkable quad, with a pleasant and very long lasting aftertaste. Lots of dark fruit flavor, including raisins. Good bitter/sweet balance.

O: an excellent quad nearly on par with a very good Belgian. High ABV is well hidden.

chinchill, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a hazy dense deep caramel body with a wall of microbubbles racing to the surface. There is a meniscus of beige cream that last for a good bit.

S- The marshmallow yeasty esters has a slight earthy grape skin note to it with a gentle vinous note in the finish.

T- The fruit cocktail flavor has caramel malt to follow and some green raisins note to follow. There is a fruity dank yeast ester note in the finish with a dark nougat flavor and some dark bitter hops and alcohol linger for a moment.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a slight slippery texture but no real alcohol heat.

O- This beer has a nice blend of flavors with some interesting twist on yeast and grapes but the nougat flavor grows pretty strong and there are some odd characters about the aroma and flavor as it opens up.

rhoadsrage, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks great and thick, and is a tad above average mouthfeel. Great fruity yeasty aromas. Was a decent beer to try, average taste, some sourness perhaps from the raisin. Fresh bottle though it travelled a great deal.Not a great quad, but merely OK for the style. Stephen’s bottle.

Sammy, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of YeastEnthusiast
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

YeastEnthusiast, Apr 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

jabo134, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Latarnik, May 29, 2014
Photo of drpimento
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

drpimento, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of seand
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear but dark mahogany with a fair amount of off white head. Most of that dissipates quickly, with adjust a ring around the edge of the glass retaining, which leaves just a few spots of lacing here and there.

S: Intense, focused sweetness, with burnt caramel, raisin, and just a hint of anise.

T: Medium raisiny sweetness, much less than the aroma suggests. Fairly dry with a relatively strong but unusually short aftertaste, characterized by dark sweetness.

M: Medium body, and medium but prickly, small bubbled carbonation.

Overall, enjoyable, but I like some cheaper and more readily available quads more.

seand, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of DaPan
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

DaPan, May 10, 2013
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet.

3.5 A: Mildly hazed (I think) deep amber mahogany. Just under one finger of frothy beige head. Retention is poor, but a short ring of lacing if left.

3.5 S: Superbly vinous. I didn't know they made them this vinous. I'm overrun with grape flavored tobacco. Aside from the main attraction, there's a lot of raisins, dates and plums, lesser amounts of currants and prunes. Some vegetal component. Caramel, booze, molasses, and brandy. Aroma is intense for sure, but I can't decide whether I like it or hate it. It's not seemlessly integrated like a lot of the finer quads out there.

3.5 T: It tastes like it smells. Aggressive, wild, and unkept. Vinous grape and brandy. Earthy tobacco. Raisin, plum, prune, currants, and dates. Caramel and molasses. It's not necessary "unclean," but I wouldn't call it clean either. Lightly boozy. For the most part the alcohol is well in check. On the sweeter end for the style.

3.5 M: Medium to heavier medium body. Good spritzy carbonation. I'd prefer this to be a bit lighter, but it's fine. Reasonbly smooth.

4.0 D: Gets better as you drink it, or maybe that's just the alcohol talking. This was $11, so I probably wont' purchase it again, but it was worth a try.

DavoleBomb, May 30, 2012
Photo of dgilks
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky, red-brown colour with a large but short-lasted, light tan head.

Rich fruity aroma with lots of dark fruit, raisins and stone fruit. Golden syrup. Overripe pear. Good.

More of the same from the aroma with a touch of burnt sugar. The stonefruit and raisins are interesting.

Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Quite silky and full.

A decent quad with the unique note lent by the dried fruit. I find it a little simplistic in the attack of dark sugar and fruit but not bad on the whole.

dgilks, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of jpajpajeff
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

jpajpajeff, Apr 13, 2012
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The Sultan from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.