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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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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

85 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 30
Gots: 16 | 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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Photo of codsmith
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of Hopstout
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of champ103
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of ADZA
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After reading the back label it sounds like it was meant for the American market so wonder if its better than their last attempt and pours a dark black non see through which lets no light in whatsoever and leaves a two finger chocolate laced head and a rim of lacing,the smell is dark belgian chocolate,oak,boozy alcohol and dark expresso,the mouthfeel is full bodied with a nice smooth carbonation and has tastes of dark chocolate,milky cappicino,raisins,dark plums,oak and finished with a nice hoppy bitterness that carries the sweetness a long way and makes this Imp Stout very drinkable and i think this is definately something to drink fresh cheers.

Photo of jsurfs82
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of TrickkyGangsta
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of TasteTester
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of ehammond1
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle

Stone Brew Co.
Escondido, CA

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.

Photo of baybassboy
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Brad007
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Batch 31 Barrel Aged Imperial Stout With Coffee from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.