Batch 31 Barrel Aged Imperial Stout With Coffee - 8 Wired Brewing Co.
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4.85/5 rDev +14.1%
Picked up a bottle from Armanetti's in Chicago
A: Pours jet black with a medium mocha colored head that dissipates rather quickly, but laces the glass well.
S: Picking up chocolate and smoked malts, with a good amount of sweet oak off the nose. Missing the coffee that is supposed to be present
T: The smell is a lot like the taste. Delicious chocolate and smoked malts that play nicely with a sweet oak flavor. There is a slight coffee taste. There is a good alcohol warmth on the back-end of the beer... just where it should be for this.
M: Full bodied, very smooth.
O: VERY IMPRESSED with this beer. I need to pick up a couple more before they are gone. The malts, hops and adjuncts all blend fairly well together. I would the aroma to have a more noticeable coffee smell. This reminds me of KBS, but with smoked malts and no bourbon.
04-28-2012 00:42:16 | More by codsmith
4.8/5 rDev +12.9%
A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick, impenetrable consistency. There was a small amount of tan-colored, foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Average lacing.
S: A big aroma of coffee, malt, hops, and dark fruit. Smelled exactly like a stout of this kind should.
T: Tasted of coffee (a lot of coffee), some malt, a hint of dark fruit (plums), chocolate, and hops in the finish. An incredibly balanced, complex, flavorful beer. One of the better examples of the taste for this style.
M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth, silky finish. Full-bodied.
O: A big, bold, powerful, enjoyable, and drinkable stout. A fantastic beer.
09-12-2012 12:07:36 | More by avalon07
4.75/5 rDev +11.8%
This isn't Batch 18 for sure.
Pours bleak as night with a thin brown head. It certainly is sinister!
Cocoa, roasted coffee and light oak greet the nose. Wow. I want it.
Oh my! Rich roasted coffee with strong cocoa undertones here. A good balance of oak and coffee here with a touch of cream to unite both extremes.
Mouthfeel is wonderful. Soft, sweet and creamy. My three favorite characteristics of an imperial stout.
Pick it up, fool!
03-30-2012 04:14:01 | More by Brad007
4.6/5 rDev +8.2%
Poured from a half-litre bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet. Brewed on 21 January 2011. Barreled on 21 March 2011. Bottled on 31 October 2011. Best before 21 December 2018.
A: Deep brown head forms and fades, leaving great lacing. The beer is impenetrable mahogany.
S: Oh my gods it smells like heaven. And by heaven, I mean Péché Mortel (which I guess is actaully the opposite, but whatever). Strong and powerful, it wafts across the table, enticing me from feet away. Deep-sweet coffee, black licorice, aromatic bark. The high ABV gives it an almost medicinal character, but in a pleasant way -- like a balm or a salve. (Tea tree? Eucalyptus?)
T: What a stout...Rich and sweet, with a healthy dose of dry-bitterness, seemingly from hops as well as chilled coffee. The maintaste is full of chocolatey, roasted, mature malts. The barrel aging seems to have done wonders. Cacao and The lingering aftertaste is nutty, lightly fruity, and has hints of molasses.
M: Full-bodied and smooth, almost creamy, while never distracting from the periodic dryness and slight spicy accent. Unlike some barrel aged beers, it's not so silky as to be flattish.
O: Excellent. Superlative. Would definitely drink again. Highly recommended. An excellently crafted barrel-aged imperial stout.
EDIT: Another bottle opened on 1 December 2013 forced me to downgrade the overall score from 5.0 to 4.75. Still a great beer, but the aging seems to have made it thinner and more sour.
09-07-2012 05:57:52 | More by AgentMunky
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
4.5/5 rDev +5.9%
This is my 2000th beer review, and what more deserving brewery is there for it than 8 Wired, who are really turning out some of the best beers in the world.
This one looks the part as it's poured into the glass: a sensuous slick of black-brown, that forms some slightly bubbly, deep brown head. Lacing is minimal, but the weight of the body ensures that there's something sticking to the glass at least. Body is surprisingly fluid, while maintaining its gravitas. Excellent stuff.
Nose is potent: big roasted stout notes, mingled with some softening oak characters, but the main event is the coffee, lending a brusque bittersweet bite that clears the sinuses. It's fragrant and bold, but still welcoming. It lends it fruitiness, oaten biscuits, and almost a vegetative piney character. Wonderful stuff. So powerful and complex, but so inviting.
Taste is also as good as you would expect. The coffee is powerful again here, but the base beer supports it. Firm chocolate, dark cacao, and biscuity, deep stout characters give an already roasty, burnt character, and to layer the coffee on the top just pushes it to excessive intensity. Excessive is too harsh: it's melodramatic and intense, and over-the-top, but that's exactly what it needs.
Feel is fluid and smooth, but with a sparkle or tingle from that coffee. Intense stuff.
Oh yes, wonderful stuff from 8 Wired. This is very intense and very complex, but hangs everything off that potent coffee character. It gives it a centre, a purpose, and allows you to comprehend something solid in the madness surrounding you.
08-06-2012 07:18:41 | More by lacqueredmouse
Batch 31 Barrel Aged Imperial Stout With Coffee from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
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