Batch 31 Barrel Aged Imperial Stout With Coffee - 8 Wired Brewing Co.
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4.08/5 rDev -4%
these guys have become the king of coffee for me, no acidity, rich earthy flavors, but still beer first. not easy to do, and this beer does it as well as any. its also a remarkably subdued 11% abv, you would just never know its that strong. jet black, one of the darkest beers I've poured, with a short and fading deep dark chocolate head. big bubbles. the nose is intense roasted barley, almost concentrated, maybe a real long boil or something on this, how do they get it so intense i don't know. the coffee plays off that, but there isn't a whole lot of bitterness in the taste, just that smooth earthy flavor we know from good espresso. gets a little flat on the feel when it warms up, but it almost drinks like a coffee by that point, so i don't wish for carbonation. amazing how well the alcohol is hidden, doesn't even show up when its warm. not super flu bodied either, not thick at least, not palate coating or syrupy at all. the oak adds a lot, and the price is fair under 14 bucks. highly recommended if you can still find one.
05-11-2014 19:03:22 | More by StonedTrippin
4.38/5 rDev +3.1%
A: Black with a dark brown ring of head.
S: Nose is full of an amazing coffee smell, just short of my favorite, ethiopian fancy. Some light fruit and floral hops in then nose as well.
T: Fruit forward, definite coffee and roasted malt. All of this and yet it isn't overly bitter. Oak and vanilla as well.
M: Full bodied and smooth.
O: Delicious, and definitely worth a try despite the price tag.
02-04-2014 23:01:08 | More by BierJager89
4.39/5 rDev +3.3%
A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some light amounts of dark brown highlights and no perceivable visible carbonation. The beer pours with a quarter finger tall dark tan head that quickly reduces to a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Strong aromas of freshly roasted coffee beans with some lighter notes of dark roasted malts. There are light notes of freshly charred oak barrels. Very light notes of chocolate.
T: Upfront there are some light to moderate flavors of dark roasted malts before the coffee flavors really take over - flavors of freshly brewed espresso. There is a really pleasant acidity from the coffee beans which I really enjoy. Additionally there are some light amounts of dark chocolate and freshly charred oak barrels.
M: Full bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Light hints of dryness in the finish.
O: Huge amounts of coffee in this beer - which I really enjoyed as I am a huge coffee fan. The alcohol is exceptionally well hidden in this beer and it is fairly easy to drink. Nice amounts of complexity to the flavors and aromas.
03-16-2013 20:15:21 | More by dbrauneis
4.26/5 rDev +0.2%
A: The beer is jet black in color in poured like motor oil, leaving only a thin collar around the edge of the glass and some wispy lacing on the surface.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of roasted whole coffee beans are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is filled with flavors of roasted coffee beans but is also acidic and bitter.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is incredibly easy to drink considering its strength because the alcohol is completely hidden from the taste.
03-16-2013 20:09:39 | More by metter98
4.24/5 rDev -0.2%
Picked up a bottle of this while up in VT with JLindros.
A -Poured into my Duvel tulip a dark brown nearly motor oil black with a quarter inch dark chocolate head that fades to leave thin clouding and a thin halo.
S - Big aromas of dark chocolate, light coffee, faint fudge, roasted malts, vanilla, and bourbon. Nose is very, very enticing!
T - OOohhh yah. Massive lingering fudge brownie finish that is cut in to wonderfully by bourbon. The start is bitter espresso beans and roasted malts that soon become intermingled by the dark, dark chocolate. Very nice barrel notes (vanilla, oak) in the middle lend ways to the fudge brownie and bourbon finish. Lovely.
M - Surprisingly thin here for the style, and the tingly carbonation doesn't help that thin feeling at all. A shame
O - Truly would have been a top tier stout if not for the poor mouthfeel. Very complex flavours here. Very well crafted stout courtesy of 8 wired.
03-13-2013 18:24:31 | More by rudzud
Batch 31 Barrel Aged Imperial Stout With Coffee from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
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