Batch 31 Barrel Aged Imperial Stout With Coffee | 8 Wired Brewing Co.

Batch 31 Barrel Aged Imperial Stout With CoffeeBatch 31 Barrel Aged Imperial Stout With Coffee
BA SCORE
4.25/5
86 Ratings
Batch 31 Barrel Aged Imperial Stout With CoffeeBatch 31 Barrel Aged Imperial Stout With Coffee
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
8 Wired Brewing Co.
New Zealand (Aotearoa)
8wired.co.nz

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by Brad007 on 03-30-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
86
pDev:
9.41%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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30
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Ratings: 86 |  Reviews: 33
Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of kjkinsey
5/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of metter98
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is jet black in color in poured like motor oil, leaving only a thin collar around the edge of the glass and some wispy lacing on the surface.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of roasted whole coffee beans are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is filled with flavors of roasted coffee beans but is also acidic and bitter.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is incredibly easy to drink considering its strength because the alcohol is completely hidden from the taste.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some light amounts of dark brown highlights and no perceivable visible carbonation. The beer pours with a quarter finger tall dark tan head that quickly reduces to a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Strong aromas of freshly roasted coffee beans with some lighter notes of dark roasted malts. There are light notes of freshly charred oak barrels. Very light notes of chocolate.

T: Upfront there are some light to moderate flavors of dark roasted malts before the coffee flavors really take over - flavors of freshly brewed espresso. There is a really pleasant acidity from the coffee beans which I really enjoy. Additionally there are some light amounts of dark chocolate and freshly charred oak barrels.

M: Full bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Light hints of dryness in the finish.

O: Huge amounts of coffee in this beer - which I really enjoyed as I am a huge coffee fan. The alcohol is exceptionally well hidden in this beer and it is fairly easy to drink. Nice amounts of complexity to the flavors and aromas.

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Photo of oberon
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of duceswild
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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?).

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Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The chalky vanilla tone on the nose of this one reminds me a lot of the other big stouts I've had. The flavor profile delivers what I would expect, however, it only did so when it had warmed up a good bit. Nice coffee tones with a thick body. Very consistent flavor. Only detractor is a tangy thing that I find on a lot of stouts. Overall, this is a good one. This brewery is one to keep an eye out for.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Puerto Rico Liquors after I missed this at West Lakeview. Served in a Bell's tulip.

A - Mocha foam settles to a thick collar, wisps, and a few specks of lace. Pitch black body that is pretty intimidating.

S - The aroma is a wonderful blend of coffee and oak flavors, with lots of roast, some sharp whiskey bite, dark chocolate fudge, and a touch of char. The jaggery sweetness shows up as the beer approaches room temperature.

T - Again, a delicious blend of vanilla, oak, fudge, chocolate cake, and light whiskey. Less roasty and charry than the aroma suggests which is a pleasant surprise. Alcohol is also very well-hidden.

M - Full-bodied and chewy, with a dry, roasty, and mildly tannic texture thanks to the oak and coffee. Carbonation is moderate, and alcohol is well-concealed. I had assumed this was in the 8-9% range.

D - A very nice barrel-aged coffee stout. I may have to check if there are any more bottles of this lingering in the city as I'd very much like to have it again. Probably best shared a few ways due to the potentially fatiguing combo of coffee and charred malts, although I wouldn't be upset if I had to drink all 500ml.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of tobelerone
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I’ve avoided buying anything from these guys due to the generally high price and apprehension about springing for hoppy beers that have flown across the world but when I saw this barrel aged stout for about 11 bucks I took a flyer on it and I’m really glad I did. Pours next-to-jet black with a light brown head that settles slowly; modest lacing clinging to the glass here and there.

The first thing that hits me in the aroma is prominent oak; slowly coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, burnt sugars, molasses, vanilla, anise, booze all emerge. Very nice nose, one that is surpassed in complexity and detail by the flavor. As this beer opens the oak, which at first struck me as overly assertive, recedes a bit, and the taste of fresh brewed espresso really comes to the fore. Has an almost spicy, smoky quality reminiscent of chilis but without mouth burning heat; good balance of roasted, charred character and sweetness, again, molasses, anise, vanilla and chocolate are all here. The sweetness of the beer lingers in the finish and there’s a touch of warming but the taste of booze is generally well hidden.

Medium-full body, pleasingly thick without being over-the-top chewy; smooth and creamy feel but still possessing some life in its carbonation. Highly recommended, this is full of deep flavor and lip-smacking heft.

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Photo of eawolff99
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of rudzud
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this while up in VT with JLindros.

A -Poured into my Duvel tulip a dark brown nearly motor oil black with a quarter inch dark chocolate head that fades to leave thin clouding and a thin halo.

S - Big aromas of dark chocolate, light coffee, faint fudge, roasted malts, vanilla, and bourbon. Nose is very, very enticing!

T - OOohhh yah. Massive lingering fudge brownie finish that is cut in to wonderfully by bourbon. The start is bitter espresso beans and roasted malts that soon become intermingled by the dark, dark chocolate. Very nice barrel notes (vanilla, oak) in the middle lend ways to the fudge brownie and bourbon finish. Lovely.

M - Surprisingly thin here for the style, and the tingly carbonation doesn't help that thin feeling at all. A shame

O - Truly would have been a top tier stout if not for the poor mouthfeel. Very complex flavours here. Very well crafted stout courtesy of 8 wired.

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Photo of sweemzander
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of avalon07
4.77/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick, impenetrable consistency. There was a small amount of tan-colored, foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: A big aroma of coffee, malt, hops, and dark fruit. Smelled exactly like a stout of this kind should.

T: Tasted of coffee (a lot of coffee), some malt, a hint of dark fruit (plums), chocolate, and hops in the finish. An incredibly balanced, complex, flavorful beer. One of the better examples of the taste for this style.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth, silky finish. Full-bodied.

O: A big, bold, powerful, enjoyable, and drinkable stout. A fantastic beer.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Batch 31 Barrel Aged Imperial Stout With Coffee from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 86 ratings
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