Batch 2.18
8 Wired Brewing Co.

Batch 2.18Batch 2.18
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8 Wired Brewing Co.
New Zealand
American Imperial Stout
4.06 | pDev: 8.87%
Nov 18, 2020
Oct 06, 2015
Batch 2.18Batch 2.18
Notes: Imperial stout brewed with dates, jaggery and vanilla beans. Fermented in open oak-foudres and further oak aged.
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Rated: 3.36 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

Nov 18, 2020
Rated: 4.75 by bigred89 from Maryland

Oct 24, 2020
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Reviewed by kitch from Hong Kong

3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
A 500ml bottle with no bottled on or best before date. Poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Black in colour with a dark brown hue and a thin brown head that dissipated quickly, but left lots of fine spotty lacing.

Aroma: Roasty dark malts, chocolate, molasses, licorice, prunes, oak, vanilla and a light char.

Taste: What you'd expect from the aroma, roasty, chocolate, prunes, plum, molasses, licorice, oak, vanilla and some light ash.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, full bodied with soft carbonation.

Overall: Nice enjoyable sipper, with good balance of roast, dark fruit and light sweetness.
Sep 20, 2019
Rated: 4.31 by Gasc0igne from Australia

Dec 27, 2018
Rated: 4.75 by a77cj7 from South Dakota

Oct 14, 2017
Rated: 4.06 by Benish from Utah

Apr 09, 2017
Rated: 4.17 by KGilmour from Vermont

Mar 14, 2017
Rated: 4.04 by Erik-P from Canada (BC)

Feb 27, 2017
Rated: 4.19 by DrBier from Pennsylvania

Nov 26, 2016
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Reviewed by JonCorbett from Canada (BC)

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: deep black... like almost vanta black, with a slightly darker than ecru head - more like brown cow chamois. I was as aggressive as I could be in my pour without being reckless and I didn't get much more than a finger of head. It was pretty foamy and left spackling lace spots.

Aromas: Some gentle raisin and vanilla, with deeper caramel, brown sugar, and milky and chocolately notes.

Taste: There is a flavour pack here that is delivered with a strong booziness. It is nicely sweet with the jaggery (I'm assuming it's the jaggery) providing a lot of the sweetness. And the dates and vanilla showing through as well. There is a bit of anise/licorice and earthiness in the roasted malt flavours. It's big and bold, that's for sure.

Mouthfeel: Little to no carbonation here, but this does give it an opening to being a bit more smooth and creamy. It is a sturdy body, very easily approaching heavy. Finishes sweetly, no real lingering sensations, and has a nice gentle warming on the throat as it goes down.

Overall: A superb stout with some big britches. Great flavour and the ABV is nothing to snivel at either. Though I didn't get much of the oak, there is more than enough here to earn it a fair share of illustrious accolades.

Pairing: Big and flavourful already, you have to throw it on a table with some smoked charred meat - easy on the BBQ sauce - you are aiming to cut into that sweetness without muting the brew, some middle-aged spiced cheeses would probably be ok as well.
Oct 30, 2016
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Reviewed by Radcpa from Washington

4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Very dark appearance with little head and just the right amount of carbination. Very mild fruity aroma. Taste is mild fruity but smooth taste with some hint of alcohol.
Oct 28, 2016
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Reviewed by Kurmaraja from California

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
My experience of this doesn't match most descriptions. Poured dark with a khaki head. Smell gives you a strong sense of oak along with other woody notes - eucalyptus and cedar - along with dark roast coffee, chocolate, hint of vanilla, a caramelized sweetness. Flavor is more of the same, savory notes throughout. I'd like a bit more presence of the dates, more dark fruit in the depth, but that's a small criticism. Creamy, no booziness. Great balance between oak, savory, sweet, roasted malt.
Oct 05, 2016
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Reviewed by Rogerlb from California

3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Pours dark with no head to speak of. Looks almost watery (although black) and the aroma is of malt, dark fruit, smoke, and a little sweet booze. Rich.

Taste is oaky and that jaggery sugar. Bitter coffee up front. Malts on the edge of burnt, and raisin, tobacco, and the booze. Oak woodiness is trying to make it's way through, get more mellow and serious. Slower, dad.

But, as BA user @smakawhat said, there's black licorice sweetness -- he's got it. Although it's got velvety vanilla smoothness it feels a little thin, believe it or not. Still, quite a flavorful glass of stout, closer to Russian than to American in my humble. No chalk, relatively little vanilla flavor, roasty, almost too cloying with the sugar.

Feels strong; would go well with a cigar.
Aug 09, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by Gkruszewski from New York

Aug 06, 2016
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Reviewed by eric5bellies from Australia

4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
A - Pours an oily black colour with no light visible through it whatsoever. The head I had to work when pouring and is a tanned colour

S - Molasses, caramel and sweet oak aromas. Very inviting

T - Vanilla is very present here and really does balance out the classic imperial stout bitterness nicely to the point of perfection whereby it still retains the classic flavours but the velvet silkiness of the vanilla really does add something.

M- Full velvet body and low carbonation. This brew really is silky smooth.

O - Well this beer is a real treat and should be savoured. I thoroughly recommend it as a winter stout that will leave you wanting more. A very well crafted brew. Make no mistake, if this was American we would be raving about it
Aug 05, 2016
Rated: 3.74 by liamt07 from Canada (ON)

Aug 05, 2016
Rated: 3.84 by joemochas from Florida

Jul 25, 2016
Rated: 4.04 by Pearlstreetbrewingco from Florida

Jul 05, 2016
Rated: 3.79 by BeerOps from Illinois

Jul 03, 2016
Rated: 3.84 by CBrodbeck from Florida

Jun 04, 2016
Rated: 4.24 by LAND_MINE from Virginia

May 27, 2016
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Reviewed by Smakawhat from Maryland

3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75
Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.

Slightly sludgy coming out of the bottle, filling the glass quite dark nearly black, but more classic dark brown walnut and quite solid. No head creation, a faint tan thin penciled collar does make a presence though, and a bit of a scarlet red ringed edge to go with it.

Very inviting and complex aroma. Sharp at first, with a big sense of char, following with excellent leaft sweet tobacco notes. There's a hint of little vanilla like sweetness, but what is more impressive is an after smell of coffee that isn't noticeable until you pull away. Very complex, lots going on in here to explore on the nose.

Impressive palate but with a bit of a drawback. Silky excellent and full mouthfeel, lots of rich coating all through the palate, and leaves a lingering finish. Flavors are explosive though. Big huge notes of black licorice sweetness just rip though this, and really noticeable after the swallow. Mid palate gives a good sense of char, forgoing tobacco, providing a touch of coffee like roast but more of that licorice black character just keeps coming back. Tingly palate as well, not particularly boozy but considerably sweet. Soft bitter char that lingers that takes out a bit of the sweet punch while at rest.

Very unexpected flavor angle, there's a lot of really good potential but the mix needs to be dialed in just a bit. Very unexpected black licorice quality, just from the use of some dates which is impressive, but the sweetness is getting a little overboard.
May 21, 2016
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Reviewed by wordemupg from Canada (AB)

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
500ml bottle poured into tulip 30/4/2016

A she pours black with a thin cola edge, a little still though with just a short lived thin film even after a dump down the middle, no lace but a little color left behind on the glass

S chocolate syrup, vanilla, I'm getting the dried fruit but I doubt I'd guess dates, a little coffee and licorice, not much wood, burnt caramel, some hard to place fruit, chocolate fudge, and a hint of smoke

T still not much wood but more then the nose, char comes out, spice I can't place, more chocolate syrup, not that far from the nose, has lots of burnt sugars

M thick and silky but fairly still, slick in the mouth and sticky on the lips, booze is well hidden for 11%, earthy chocolate notes linger

O rich and thick, room for improvement but a great sipper, would be hard to guess what the actually brewed it with but it works

Solid big stout, smooth, thick, and they did a great hiding the 11%, that being said its very pricey in these parts at 17$ for a 500ml, I'm happy to try it but couldn't buy another at that price.
May 01, 2016
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Reviewed by bobhits from Kentucky

2.69/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5
I have two thoughts to point out on this one. The beer told me it was throwing in sugar and dates and vanilla. They didn't work with the coffee and barrel aging.

I'm not sure how to judge a beer given that above. The dark body, black as night pour and light head make this look interesting. Sugar cane, off note vanilla, bourbon, and yes coffee on the nose is ok.

This is too rich for me, too much sugar, yet the coffee avoids this one going to a sugar/sweet bomb. Instead it's just intense all over and not balanced. I suspect this one is best aged 2-5 years.

I'll pass on this again, a rare miss by 8wire who is among my favorite breweries.
Apr 28, 2016
Rated: 4.15 by CDCNAM from Louisiana

Apr 19, 2016
Rated: 4.1 by RandyFlameThrower from Canada (AB)

Apr 11, 2016
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Reviewed by biboergosum from Canada (AB)

4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
500ml bottle, a celebration of the 18th batch at their new brewery location - what, so now it's of age, and legal to drink in New Zealand, is that it? Also, jaggery looks a lot like toffee fudge.

This beer pours a solid black abyss, with the barest of crimped basal cola 'edges', and one measly finger of wanly puffy, yet thickly foamy, and somewhat creamy brown head, which leaves a bit of low-lying and capsizing iceberg lace around the glass as things slowly sink away.

It smells of roasted, and kind of meaty caramel malt, real vanilla (i.e. the boozy kind), a free-agent ashiness, some muddled dark orchard fruity notes, black coffee with a dash of milk, dense brown sugar, and subtle earthy, leafy, and well-perfumed floral hop bitters. The taste is rather sweet, vanilla-flecked milk chocolate, grainy caramel/toffee malt, reduced brown sugar, independent-seeming char, some black plum and fig/date dark fruitiness, ethereal coffee astringencies, black licorice, a touch of those dried pineapple slices in the bulk food section of the grocery store, and more understated, but still capable of due harm, booze warming.

The bubbles are pretty much AWOL in terms of anything other than a simple supportive frothiness, the body a bracing wall of medium-full weightiness, and mostly smooth (that ashy thing manifesting in a form of acid rain here), with a growing creaminess as acclimatization puts 'er in overdrive. It finishes still trending sweet, the cocoa, vanilla, and dark fruit essences parrying the probing alcohol heat with style and/or aplomb.

Overall, a very well made, and engaging big-ass Imperial Stout, with more than a mere hint of exotic adjuncts, which just adds to the allure. The only drawback is that the purported oak aging is barely tangible, but with everything else going on here, I'm not gonna make any hay about that, no sirree.
Apr 01, 2016
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Reviewed by tbryan5 from Louisiana

3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
A- Oily black with almost no head or effervescence.
S- Smoky wood, bitter chocolate, and kind of meaty.
T- Smoke, wood, chocolate. A little earthiness.
M- Very little carb, and thick. Coats the mouth.
D- A pretty hefty stout. Decent but can only drink one.
Mar 29, 2016
Rated: 4.35 by bobv from Vermont

Mar 21, 2016
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Reviewed by BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Borrowing a few clues from the seldom seen "tropical" stout, the full-bodied, sweeter stout gets a big boost of flavor with the use of dates, vanilla and specialty jaggery sugar for a sweet, succulent and earthy session of utmost strength and complexity.

The burly stout pours black as tar and with the viscosity to match. A dense honeycomb structure of a head builds and rolls onto the senses with chocolate, stone fruit, dark coffee, toffee, nutty, maple and a twinge of rum. The lavish taste of creamy roast, simple syrup and tropical fruit shed the variance in taste early and often on the palate.

The middle palate provides absolute saturation of the tastebuds with the silky weight of roasted barley, giving the culinary satisfaction of velvety espresso, bittersweet chocolate, molasses, maple, candied walnut and brown sugar, all ahead of the fruitiness of date, fig, raisin and dried pineapple. Trailing earthen sweetness stems from the dates while its slowly growing bitter balance seems coffee-like and rootish with licorice.

Full, creamy and sweet, the beer's off-chewy texture finds a drinkable stride with its fruity and tangy finish that carries a robust taste of sherry and rum. The tangy alcohol dissects the bulk of malt and trails with a long and warming aftertaste of roast and fruit.ddcdcd4dcfcx
Mar 08, 2016
Rated: 4 by kylehay2004 from Illinois

Feb 22, 2016
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Reviewed by Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Thoroughly enjoyed from the bottle in a snifter. This beefy imperial stout pours a rich black with brown outlines and a nice head of brown foam that subsides to a thin ring, light pool, and good lacing. Nose of coffee, vanilla, and tropical fruit notes of dates and figs. Flavors exceed the nose with rich roasted malts and subtle char colliding into dates on all sides. Middle of taste has fading coffee and cocoa that rest on the back with vanilla and light oak notes. The jaggery, a sugar I have never had before lends a unique tropical note that is hard to put one's finger on. Very nice full mouth feel, slick with light carbonation that makes it a perfect sipper. Warming booze on the rear gets louder with warmth and brings in a nice fudge flavor. Highly respectable and enjoyable.

Feb 14, 2016
Rated: 3.83 by Hohnbaum from Kansas

Jan 22, 2016
Rated: 3.65 by jaydoc from Kansas

Jan 22, 2016
Rated: 3.84 by amano_h from Oregon

Jan 09, 2016
Rated: 3.9 by ArmyATCBrewer from Korea (South)

Dec 15, 2015
Rated: 4.05 by kiki3drt292 from California

Nov 26, 2015
Rated: 3.84 by deNerval from California

Oct 30, 2015
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Reviewed by GrumD from Japan

4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Black appearance and complex nose with coffee and vanilla prominent. Sweet on the palette but some nice bitterness to counteract. Big mouthfeel with a longish finish. A strong beer that deserves respect if you can find it.
Oct 17, 2015
Batch 2.18 from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 39 ratings