Batch 31 Barrel Aged Imperial Stout With Coffee - 8 Wired Brewing Co.
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3.5/5 rDev -17.6%
A: Pours a pitch black, nearly opaque black color. A small tan head forms, and recedes to nothing. Light patches of lace.
S: Up front is a big coffee aroma. A bit bitter and acrid. Roasted malt, light charred wood.
T: Coffee is up front and center. Slightly bitter and acrid, but not bad. Roasted malt, chocolate, charred wood. Enjoyable.
M/D: A full body with good carbonation. Sticky, very thick, and viscous. The high alcohol is not noticeable, though the viscous nature makes this hard to sip on.
I think the thickness is the downfall here. Just to viscous and thick for me to enjoy. Other than that a stout to be reckoned with. Big, viscous, and extreme.
04-19-2012 03:56:36 | More by champ103
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
4.03/5 rDev -5.2%
Pours a pitch black color with a small brown head that disappears quickly. Scent is full of chocolate and coffee with some smoked malt aromas. Bitter chocolate with just a tad bit of vanilla and some oak. Taste is sweet vanilla and chocolate at first. Subtle dark fruits and intense coffee flavors. Lovely malt profile with a bit of roasted flavors. Was hoping for more oak, but not too much here. Mouthfeel is full bodied and and somewhat creamy. Drinkability is high for such high ABV. ABV well-hidden. Overall, this is a solid imperial stout that is definitely worth seeking out.
06-05-2012 06:59:20 | More by DovaliHops
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
4.08/5 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
4.1/5 rDev -3.5%
Pours almost black in color with a tan head. Nice coffee aroma to this one along with a moderate oakiness. A hint of smoke along with lots of roasted malt and dark chocolate. A touch of vanilla, as well. The palate is full of great coffee and dark chocolate with light smokiness and pronounced roasted malt flavors. Smooth vanilla with a moderate sweetness (molasses?).
07-17-2012 18:14:40 | More by womencantsail
4.1/5 rDev -3.5%
Bottle pour at the bottle share hosted by Adam Fine Wine & Liquor held at Sophie’s Place in Redondo Beach, CA.
Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, roasted coffee beans, cocoa, and woody aromas. Taste is much the same with lot of coffee flavors and a woody finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a great smell that is quite tasty as well.
07-31-2012 03:30:11 | More by UCLABrewN84
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
4.18/5 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
Batch 31 Barrel Aged Imperial Stout With Coffee from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.