Batch 18

Style: 
Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
Abv: 
12.5%

We always wanted to do something unique for our 8th batch but it came around so fast that we had to meet demand for our existing beers. So we decided to hold out until the 18th batch to produce a seasonal celebration of what 8 Wired has become over the last 18 months. Batch 18 is not for the faint of heart, nor the selfish. It's a huge celebration of flavour that's made to share and to savour. It's the product of our wildest imagination, brewed by hand with one goal - to make the most regal of imperial stouts. Batch 18 uses an enormous amount of malt, hops and a delicious Indian raw sugar, Jaggery. We fermented it with two different yeast strains, infused it with locally roasted fair trade organic coffee, then aged it for three months in American oak barrels. We did this not just for the challenge or the journey, but to showcase our philosophy of creativity and quality. We didn't just make it because we could, but because we had to, and it's the perfect expression of our raison d'être, ingenuity in flavour.  

Hops: 
Southern Cross, Centennial and Chinook
Malt: 
Pale, Chocolate, Carafa, Smoked, Crystal, Special B and Roasted Barley
Yeast: 
Wyeast 1272 and 1968
IBU: 
75
SRM: 
70 (Black)
Awards: 
Awards: Gold Medal Specialty Styles - Brewers Guild of New Zealand Awards 2011