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

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

Style: American 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.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -41.2%

Photo of standardcherry
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle served into a snifter. Bottled January 2011.

A: Jet black, no light goes through it. Big mocha colored head at first but it dissipates in a minute.
S: Huuuge coffee, wood notes, chocolate, dark fruits.
T: Sweet fudge, vanilla, caramel notes. Lingering aftertaste of strong coffee bitterness.
M: Medium bodied, nice carbonation. A bit of an alcohol bite.
O: Spectacular beer. No idea how it's flown under the radar for so long. Seek this out.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of pixieskid
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into my Mikkeller 0,4L wine tulip.

Pours a fairly deep black hue with a tan head, about an inch. Dissipates slowly leaving a nice ring of head as it drinks down.

Nose: espresso, fudge brownies, a bit of booze (cognac) and lingering vanilla bean notes.

Taste: sweet and salted caramel up front, suggestion of rich fudge/ brownies really hits you at first. Notes of dark chocolate, molasses, brown sugar and vanilla beans follow, leading into a strong espresso bitterness and touch of bourbon notes. God damn this thing complex.

Mouthfeel: surprisingly a tad thin but the alcohol presence is visible and seemingly thins out the body/mouthfeel.

Overall: decadent and complex but may still need a bit more age to mellow out the alcoholic bite that lingers on the palate...

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of GregSVT
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

350ml bottle into a tulip

A: Pours dark brown with a small brown head that fades to a ring and leaves a little bit of lacing.

S: The nose is vanilla, cocoa, hops, and a bit of coffee.

T: The taste follows the nose with vanilla, chocolate, coffee, and citrus hops on the finish. Not a huge fan of the hops but the vanilla and other flavors are nice.

M: The feel is medium bodied with really nice carbonation.

O: This is a decent beer with good flavors and ok barrel character. I could use less hops and more barrel but if you like that sort of thing this is your beer.

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

bottle poured into tulip

Pours an inky blackness with a crop of tanned dark head. Fades out completely with some bubbly film on the collar and some patches of lacing on the glass.

Fragrant roasted dark coffee beans with bourbon and oak. Vanilla and chocolate sweetness with dark malts. Warm and boozy.

Rich and sweet up front with cocoa and chocolate. Oaky bourbon with hints of vanilla and roasted malts. Dark and heavy, driven by sweeter malts and bread crust. Finishes boozy and sweet with chocolate and caramel.

Full body, decent carbonation, sticky and full on the tongue. It's not quite KBS but this really hit the spot. Plenty of bourbon barrel character with delicious coffee overtones.

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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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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of beergoot
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Solid black body capped with a thick, creamy, medium tan head. Coffee and bittersweet chocolate are the primary scents, complemented with cocoa. Velvety sweet and heavy body. Excellent roasted grain, rich chocolate overtones, bitter coffee mixing with alcohol heat at the finish.

Well done, balanced, very drinkable coffee imperial stout. Lots of great flavors and aromas swirling around and popping up in various combinations with every sip. Highly recommended...

Late note: I see the brewer's name is Danish. Perhaps that's why I get the feel that this particular brew reminds me of some the stronger dark beers I enjoy from Northern Europe...ah, New Zealand's gain...!!!

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of thagr81us
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Green Man snifter. Poured pitch black with a minimal brown head. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, coffee, sweet alcohol, vanilla, dark chocolate, and dark fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, vanilla, dark chocolate, sweet alcohol, nutty, smoke, and very subtle dark fruit. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I was told by the crew at GBX that I needed to try this one. I understand now why they did so. This was a really nice barrel aged stout that definitely brought a huge amount of complexity to the party. Nice notes from the barrel going on here that carry over quite well throughout the glass. I was really pleasantly surprised with what I found here. I suggest you do as I did and try this one while you can. You won’t regret it if you enjoy barrel aged stouts.

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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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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.5/5  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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4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a half-litre bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet. Brewed on 21 January 2011. Barreled on 21 March 2011. Bottled on 31 October 2011. Best before 21 December 2018.

A: Deep brown head forms and fades, leaving great lacing. The beer is impenetrable mahogany.

S: Oh my gods it smells like heaven. And by heaven, I mean Péché Mortel (which I guess is actaully the opposite, but whatever). Strong and powerful, it wafts across the table, enticing me from feet away. Deep-sweet coffee, black licorice, aromatic bark. The high ABV gives it an almost medicinal character, but in a pleasant way -- like a balm or a salve. (Tea tree? Eucalyptus?)

T: What a stout...Rich and sweet, with a healthy dose of dry-bitterness, seemingly from hops as well as chilled coffee. The maintaste is full of chocolatey, roasted, mature malts. The barrel aging seems to have done wonders. Cacao and The lingering aftertaste is nutty, lightly fruity, and has hints of molasses.

M: Full-bodied and smooth, almost creamy, while never distracting from the periodic dryness and slight spicy accent. Unlike some barrel aged beers, it's not so silky as to be flattish.

O: Excellent. Superlative. Would definitely drink again. Highly recommended. An excellently crafted barrel-aged imperial stout.

EDIT: Another bottle opened on 1 December 2013 forced me to downgrade the overall score from 5.0 to 4.75. Still a great beer, but the aging seems to have made it thinner and more sour.

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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