Bumaye - 8 Wired Brewing Co.
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4.13/5 rDev +4.3%
330ml bottle. So they 'then added loads of tasty sugars to the fermenter for extra flavour'. Right - not extra ABV, say 16% or so?
This beer pours a solid black abyss, with slight basal cola highlights, and one finger of bubbly, weakly foamy mocha head, which leaves little beyond a few specks of remote islet lace around the glass as it quickly bleeds off.
It smells of big dark chocolate liqueur notes, or wafts, really, concentrated black fruit - cherry, prune, and raisin - a besotted oaken woodiness, a vinous red grape astringency, more syrupy cocoa, edgy crystallized toffee and treacle, and an earthy, leafy hoppiness, somewhat soaked in booze warming. The taste is still big and chocolaty, but almost wholly restrained on the sweetness side - that particular metric is reserved for the somewhat underachieving fruit and crystallized caramel malt. Lots of the Pinot Noir barrel essences show up to the party, with vinous dark fruit - cherry and plum, mostly - gritty, grainy wood esters, with an attendant vanilla pleasantness. A hint of coffee, some faint soy sauce umami, and leafy hop roadkill sniff about the fringes, as does the umbra of the rousing alcohol.
The carbonation is adequate for the task - subtle and unobtrusive - the body medium-heavy in weight, the base imperial stout showing some of the 'badness' proclaimed in the marketing spiel, as smoothness suffers a tad from the prickliness of the big-ass booze. It finishes off-dry, the chocolate not to be denied, abetted by the cowed malt, and balanced by a lingering red wine woodiness, lurking alcohol, and dazed hop contingent.
Another nice experiment with wine barrel aging (Soren must have got a deal on used Pinot casks a few years ago), their 'baddest' stout actually tamed by the woody goodness therein. Add in a rather stupidly non-interventionist, ballooned ABV, and I proclaim this a success. As long as you can accept drinking this like a Pinot, rather than as a beer - between the retail cost, booze, and work that went into this, it's only reasonable to do so.
07-06-2013 05:39:48 | More by biboergosum
3.94/5 rDev -0.5%
Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into snifter.
Pours like a flat cola. Pouring aggressively gets some quickly dissipating bubbles. This beer just lays in the glass, no lacing or anything.
The smell is heavy on the pinot noir barrels. You have to guess whether this is a beer or a heavy red wine you're about to drink. Some chocolate and raisin notes.
Taste is chocolate, red wine, and raisins finish it off. Very similar to the nose. Dark fruits seem to rule the flavor in a great way. I wish there was more chocolate, but I am not complaining. The 16% abv is hardly noticeable. Sometimes boozy-ness is nice, but this beer is just fine as-is.
There is just a bit of carbonation to help you remember that you're drinking a stout and not a chocolatey red wine.
This is a fine brew. Where I am, this ran $13.99 for an 11.2 oz bottle. If I can find it somewhere for $10 or $11, then I will definitely get a few more. It would nice to see how this ages when some of the wine barrel flavor falls off.
08-01-2013 23:22:23 | More by Ruderaven52
4.25/5 rDev +7.3%
A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a thick consistency. There was a small amount of foamy, tan-colored head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing.
S: A big, aggressive aroma of chocolate, dark fruit, and a boozy quality.
T: Tasted of dark fruit (plums, raisins), chocolate, malt, a vinous quality, and a definite booziness (hey it does have a 16% ABV). As expected, the flavor here was robust and complex. It's very rich and very tasty.
M: A below average amount of carbonation with a thick, chewy finish. Full-bodied.
O: Another well done beer from 8 Wired. Powerful and flavorful, this one is definitely a sipping beer.
08-27-2014 13:54:54 | More by avalon07
3.98/5 rDev +0.5%
The beer that's reserved for those times when a good swift kick to the teeth is warranted. Beers simply don't get bigger or badder.
This massive stout pours from the bottle like 30-weight motor oil. Onyx-black and with its mirror-like sheen- the near still ale looks like tar sitting there in the snifter. With no real head character to mention, its legging contends with the finest of brandies and its maroon highlights along the edges gives a glimpse into the red wine influences inside.
Overwhelming booze, chocolate and coffee fills the nose with such robust scent that "beer" is hardly recognizable. Brandy-soaked fudge becomes the culmination of roasted grains, vinous wine barrel aging and mature savory (almost meaty) notes.
Similarly, the taste of velvety chocolate and fudge is soon awash with brandy and booze. As the wine and beer alcohol flavor commands the taste, it reigns in burnt ember taste, sherry wine, soy sauce and espresso. Its long draw eventually closes with a strong acetone flavor that reminds me of super glue and nail polish remover. Hard to escape the cloak of 16% I guess.
Full bodied, especially since the near-still ale weighs heavily on the tongue and seeps into the soft tissues of the mouth with ease. This full saturation leaves a heavy coat all along the mouth as those alcohols numb the palate and provides a spicy, wood-derived astringency late. Its long linger of alcohol seems to exhale with fire.
Brash, intimidating and sultry- the ale seduces the palate with chocolate and wine with one taste but then shoves it aside with booze and bite the next. Its an inquisitive malt liquor that embraces the wine barrel in impressive display.
07-24-2013 17:27:23 | More by BEERchitect
Bumaye from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.