Batch 31 Barrel Aged Imperial Stout With Coffee - 8 Wired Brewing Co.
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Reviews by GregSVT:
4/5 rDev -5.9%
350ml bottle into a tulip
A: Pours dark brown with a small brown head that fades to a ring and leaves a little bit of lacing.
S: The nose is vanilla, cocoa, hops, and a bit of coffee.
T: The taste follows the nose with vanilla, chocolate, coffee, and citrus hops on the finish. Not a huge fan of the hops but the vanilla and other flavors are nice.
M: The feel is medium bodied with really nice carbonation.
O: This is a decent beer with good flavors and ok barrel character. I could use less hops and more barrel but if you like that sort of thing this is your beer.
12-14-2012 05:54:31 | More by GregSVT
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4.43/5 rDev +4.2%
Pours jet black with a just a slight highlight of ruby when held to the light,a deep tanish colored thinner head atop.Lush and complex nose with dark roast coffee wich was expected to go along with a deep char,and bitter chocolate,even a hint of vanillaThe palate is just as complex with some alcohol,chcolate, and deep fruit sweetness at the onset than big drying earthy woodiness,dark roast coffee,and faint smoke.Wow this was a deeply complex rich stout,just great.
08-25-2012 16:46:33 | More by oberon
4.48/5 rDev +5.4%
500 ml bottle served into a snifter. Bottled January 2011.
A: Jet black, no light goes through it. Big mocha colored head at first but it dissipates in a minute.
S: Huuuge coffee, wood notes, chocolate, dark fruits.
T: Sweet fudge, vanilla, caramel notes. Lingering aftertaste of strong coffee bitterness.
M: Medium bodied, nice carbonation. A bit of an alcohol bite.
O: Spectacular beer. No idea how it's flown under the radar for so long. Seek this out.
01-29-2013 03:56:15 | More by standardcherry
4.08/5 rDev -4%
Stone Brew Co.
Nearly black in color without much of a light brown head. This leaves the glass fairly clean on the way down.
Very nice, complex, evolving aroma. There's lots of chocolate and roast elements, as well as a welcoming wood character, and even something I discern as roasted chiles. Interesting, unique, and superb.
The flavor isn't far away from the aroma, and it's certainly similar, but it's not quite as unique and interesting. There's good amounts of virgin oak character, mild chocolate and coffee, and again an earthy chile character.
Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Good, and an unexpected treat.
04-01-2012 19:49:11 | More by ehammond1
4.13/5 rDev -2.8%
Served from bottle into a Green Man snifter. Poured pitch black with a minimal brown head. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, coffee, sweet alcohol, vanilla, dark chocolate, and dark fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, vanilla, dark chocolate, sweet alcohol, nutty, smoke, and very subtle dark fruit. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I was told by the crew at GBX that I needed to try this one. I understand now why they did so. This was a really nice barrel aged stout that definitely brought a huge amount of complexity to the party. Nice notes from the barrel going on here that carry over quite well throughout the glass. I was really pleasantly surprised with what I found here. I suggest you do as I did and try this one while you can. You won’t regret it if you enjoy barrel aged stouts.
09-27-2012 10:44:42 | More by thagr81us
4.35/5 rDev +2.4%
Pours black as night. Mocha brown head of about a finger or so. Very creamy and rich.
The aroma was mesmerizing. I let it sit for about 5 or so minutes and I am having a hard time bringing myself to take a sip because I just can't stop smelling it. The barrel is openly present, but not over-powering. There's oak, and vanilla, and a rich milk chocolate scent so velvety and alluring. The coffee actually brings some roast and depth-defying layers to this wonderful scent-storm.
The taste, white quite good, was not as alluring as the taste. Rich chocolate, vanilla and wood. Mild Oak and a hint of bitter hops/coffee, roast and molasses.
Feel was full, creamy, rich and luscious.
I saw this beer, and though it was quite pricey, I eventually brought myself to buying it. Boy, I'm going to have to get a couple more...
06-24-2012 04:32:06 | More by EgadBananas
4.18/5 rDev -1.6%
Reviewing the Batch 31 Barrel Aged Imperial Stout With Coffee from 8 Wired Brewing Company out of New Zealand. Imported by the Shelton Brothers.
According to the label, this beer was brewed 01/31/11, barreled 03/31/11, bottled 10/31/11 and best before 12/31/18. Served in a Duck Rabbit snifter and enjoyed on 08/12/12.
Appearance: Pours a pitch black color with a thin dark tan ring around the glass. Good lacing and average retention. 4/5
Smell: Sweet boozy raisin, burnt brown sugar, sweet chocolate, toffee, and a touch of cherry and molasses. A hint of roast upfront and light booziness too. The flavor components are nice, but they are not well incorporated. 3.5/5
Taste: This one tastes much better than it smells. Tons of oak flavor upfront followed by cocoa and cherry. A touch of roasted coffee too. Dark chocolate and bitter hot cocoa flavor on the midpalate. A little brown sugar flavor. The dark chocolate sticks through the finish and lingers. Real nice bittersweet flavor balance here, though the sweetness starts to outweigh the bitterness as the beer warms. Unlike the nose, the beer is not boozy in flavor. Incredible drinkable; you would never guess this is 11.0% ABV from the taste. 4.25/5
Mouthfeel: Full bodied, low carbonation. Syrupy mouthfeel. Bittersweet, leaning slightly sweet. 4.5/5
Overall: Too many beers smell better than they taste, but this one gets it right by tasting better than it smells. Batch 31 is a bit pricey for what it is, but I would buy another bottle to try again with a little age on it. Nice job New Zealand!
Recommendation: Drink this one slightly chilled; seek it out if you can.
Cost: $15.99 for a 500 ml bottle.
08-21-2012 20:34:40 | More by jegross2
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
4.5/5 rDev +5.9%
Picked this up while at a conference in Denver. Pitch black pour with a gorgeous one finger creamy tan head with good retention and beautiful lacing. It smells as good as it looks with loads of roasty chocolate, cocoa, oak, and espresso along with hints of vanilla, and just a touch of booze. The taste follows suit and is nothing short of heaven. The oak is crazy and meshes perfectly with the coffee and chocolate along with subtle hints of vanilla, spicy hops and dark fruit. The mouthfeel is velvety smooth and creamy with a subtle, spicy hop finish. This is definitely right up there with beers like KBS and Parabola. My first experience with 8 Wired, but definitely not my last!
06-28-2012 17:51:53 | More by beerdrifter
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
Batch 31 Barrel Aged Imperial Stout With Coffee from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
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