Batch 31 Barrel Aged Imperial Stout With Coffee - 8 Wired Brewing Co.
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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
4.18/5 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
4.5/5 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
4.33/5 rDev +1.9%
It's with tremendous complexity and balance that 8 Wired celebrates the creation of the coffee infused imperial stout. From notes of fruit and bourbon to espresso and toffee, the brewery covers all the bases without complication or overwhelming the palate.
Sinfully dark, the onyx-black beer pours with a viscous visual weight that takes on proportions of motor oil and ink. A lumbering head finally releases from the beer underneath with a confident brown espresso-like creme. Light on lace but bold on legging, the beer swirls as much like brandy as it does beer.
Coarse aromas of espresso, burnt wood, cocoa, walnut, charred black currant, cherry, and plumb all allow a plethora of roast and eatery qualities to sculpt the aromatic profile. Background notes from the barrel offer varying whiffs of oak, caramel, vanilla, and coconut to complement the roasty main stream.
All that's delivered in taste as the coffee and bittersweet chocolates claim top honors while the complementing taste of charred dark fruit, dehydrated pitted stone fruit, burnt toffee, and bourbon alcohols seem to take turns delivering wave after wave of new flavors with each return to the snifter. Deliciously complex and satisfying aggression both challenge the palate and rewards it through and through.
Rich and velvety as the toffeeish malts coat the mouth, but the alcohol slices through the silk with bold bourbony warmth and slight abrasion on the gullet. Finishing long, warm, and rich, the taste of roast and fruit linger well into the next sip.
With as many different attributes that this beer lays on the palate, and with such intensity and balance I would have expected the beer to be somewhat muddled. But the way the beer patiently delivers the individual tastes one at a time makes the session patient and savory.
08-04-2012 18:35:52 | More by BEERchitect
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
4.1/5 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
4.5/5 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
4.35/5 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
4.03/5 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
4.4/5 rDev +3.5%
Pitch black with a smooth, creamy, tan head. Fair head retention. Nice lacing.
Rich and roasty with nice alcohol, oak and coffee notes. Lightly nutty and sweet. Really lovely.
My kind of stout. The rich roastiness is paired against a nice malt sweetness and oak character than adds depth. There is a touch of fruit and coffee with nut character adding a little something extra.
Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Very good.
A truly excellent stout. The oak and coffee and well integrated and work well against the other flavours.
05-10-2012 09:54:27 | More by dgilks
4.23/5 rDev -0.5%
Pours with a three finger dark khaki head that fades quickly to ring, leaving traces lace. Black color, no highlights. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Earthy chocolate/coffee nose and flavor is roasted malty chocolate/coffee with burnt chocolate finish. High ABV is hidden. Decent IS. $11.99 for a 500ml bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, Vt.
04-30-2012 22:47:10 | More by jdhilt
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
Batch 31 Barrel Aged Imperial Stout With Coffee from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
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