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Batch 31 Barrel Aged Imperial Stout With Coffee - 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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Batch 31 Barrel Aged Imperial Stout With CoffeeBatch 31 Barrel Aged Imperial Stout With Coffee

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84 Ratings
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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 33
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
8 Wired Brewing Co. visit their website
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

A barrel aged imperial stout made exclusively for our American importer, Shelton Brothers, who missed out on our first celebratory brew, Batch 18. Aged in American oak barrels for 6 months before release.

75 IBU

(Beer added by: Brad007 on 03-30-2012)
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tobelerone

Connecticut

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I’ve avoided buying anything from these guys due to the generally high price and apprehension about springing for hoppy beers that have flown across the world but when I saw this barrel aged stout for about 11 bucks I took a flyer on it and I’m really glad I did. Pours next-to-jet black with a light brown head that settles slowly; modest lacing clinging to the glass here and there.

The first thing that hits me in the aroma is prominent oak; slowly coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, burnt sugars, molasses, vanilla, anise, booze all emerge. Very nice nose, one that is surpassed in complexity and detail by the flavor. As this beer opens the oak, which at first struck me as overly assertive, recedes a bit, and the taste of fresh brewed espresso really comes to the fore. Has an almost spicy, smoky quality reminiscent of chilis but without mouth burning heat; good balance of roasted, charred character and sweetness, again, molasses, anise, vanilla and chocolate are all here. The sweetness of the beer lingers in the finish and there’s a touch of warming but the taste of booze is generally well hidden.

Medium-full body, pleasingly thick without being over-the-top chewy; smooth and creamy feel but still possessing some life in its carbonation. Highly recommended, this is full of deep flavor and lip-smacking heft.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 13:43:41 | More by tobelerone
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2014 19:03:22 | More by StonedTrippin
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ohiobeer29

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

05-03-2014 05:54:07 | More by ohiobeer29
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beernads

Florida

4.25/5  rDev 0%

04-14-2014 23:45:03 | More by beernads
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MSandahl23

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

03-02-2014 21:56:10 | More by MSandahl23
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Dave_Treat

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

03-01-2014 23:02:01 | More by Dave_Treat
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BierJager89

California

4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 23:01:08 | More by BierJager89
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smithj4

New York

4.25/5  rDev 0%

12-25-2013 00:38:35 | More by smithj4
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shagens

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

12-05-2013 04:21:29 | More by shagens
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TychoNDC

New York

4/5  rDev -5.9%

11-03-2013 19:16:19 | More by TychoNDC
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StoutItOutLoud

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

10-07-2013 21:37:04 | More by StoutItOutLoud
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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

09-26-2013 19:39:07 | More by mdillon86
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wesley14

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5.9%

09-16-2013 16:51:07 | More by wesley14
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jaydoc

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev 0%

09-07-2013 16:16:55 | More by jaydoc
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ddedhed

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev 0%

07-29-2013 03:22:26 | More by ddedhed
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greg4579

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

06-28-2013 01:57:10 | More by greg4579
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nesarebad

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

05-13-2013 02:32:39 | More by nesarebad
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TheBadger0289

New Zealand (Aotearoa)

5/5  rDev +17.6%

05-11-2013 01:12:23 | More by TheBadger0289
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cadaugherty

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

05-08-2013 01:41:35 | More by cadaugherty
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griffeyb

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev 0%

04-07-2013 03:51:49 | More by griffeyb
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meanmutt

Ohio

4/5  rDev -5.9%

04-06-2013 04:33:47 | More by meanmutt
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 20:15:21 | More by dbrauneis
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metter98

New York

4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 20:09:39 | More by metter98
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2013 18:24:31 | More by rudzud
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juanbon

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

03-07-2013 23:09:03 | More by juanbon
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