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8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Imperial Stout
Blenheim, New Zealand
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 468   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Beware, this is a BIG beer. Brimming with luscious roasted coffee and chocolate malt flavours which are balanced by a brisk bitterness and bold freshness from the hops. If you’re feeling politically incorrect try it with your favourite cigar, or a dram of your best single malt whisky. Or, if your tooth is sweeter, why not jump in at the deep end with the most decadent dessert of all; half a bottle in a glass with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream on top (beer geeks like us know it as the Imperial Stout Float). Or simply enjoy it on its own as a decadent dessert or night cap - the perfect winter warmer! If you don’t already know the history of Russian Imperial Stouts please check it out on the internet, it’s a good story. But remember, although based on that century-old classic style, this beer is a very modern interpretation, like all our beers!


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Splitenz (329) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 29, 2014
I love this beer, and the style. I can not find anything wrong with it. Roasty malts, chocolate, coffee, piney hops, vanilla, oranges with a punch alcohol hidden while you drink, later warming your chest. Astounding.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sask89 (409) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - MAY 25, 2014
Pours pitch black with a creamy tan head. Aroma is of chocolate malts, slight coffee, roasted barley with a distinct liquorice scent. Taste is rich and sweet with a bitter kick in the finish. Full bodied, creamy and smooth on the palate, and lively carbonation. Overall an excellent stout.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hermanw7 (28) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 25, 2014
Appearance: opaque to very dark intense red. Beige head. Aroma: chocolate, coffee, some caramel, raisins. Flavor: Coffee! Raisin sweetness, caramel and roasted malts. Thinner body than expected. But still very nice!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Osprey87 (1363) - WALES - MAY 23, 2014
Bottle BB Jun 2013, so one year past BB. Deep black pour, head doesn’t endure. Aroma - chocolate, marmite, spice, alcohol. Body is medium, smooth, low carbonation. Taste is semi-sweet, coffee, dark chocolate, spice, soft orangey and piney hop, touch of cherry, alcohol isn’t coming through at all, very drinkable. Dry finish. This is a beautifully balanced imperial stout and really in its prime at this age. Excellent.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
stefannilssons (1446) - SWEDEN - MAY 13, 2014
Det här var en riktigt fin imperial stout med ljuvlig balans och en stabil kropp. Smaken bar toner av kaffe och choklad och upplevelsen i stort var riktigt trevlig.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
a_sully (79) - - MAY 10, 2014
Sweet after taste coupled with a rich full bodied taste make this a very lovely sipping beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (7456) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 1, 2014
2014-04-25.Black body, nice foamy tan head and light lace. 4+ Aroma is lightly roasty, nice chocolatey notes, dark malt an "imperial stout" character. 7++ Rich dark malt flavour, modest chocolate and mocha throughout, light roast lingers with some hoppy bitterness in the finish. Some greenery in the finish to the hops, lightly tangy undertones. Smooth full bodied palate has light carbonation. 4+ Pretty solid take on the style, relatively simple but also quite drinkable. Bottle from the LCBO

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eczematic (1319) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - APR 30, 2014
viscous and black as the inside of a malayan tapir. cool creamy tan head with bubbles that sink. serious pipe tobacco and leather armchair sort of aroma (willamette in there) with a fair bit of hop presence. lovely rich and malty body with some fruity new world hop flavours and toasty charcoal. bitter and hoppy. intense and rich stuff, with care taken to layer the flavours - very nice. a bit too much grapefruit from the hops for my liking - not a fan of grapefruit in my stouts - i know im in a minority there.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JanLaursen (2985) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 29, 2014
Flaske, 50 cl. Knaldsort sag. Flot lysebrun skumkrone. Ristet malt, lakrids. Tjære, tobak, let tørv. Sødmefuld, men med en tør, ristet bitter finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
fugitive (1298) - Athens, GREECE - APR 27, 2014
Bottle. Color dark brown with small head. Aroma malt, roasted, chocolate, caramel. Taste sweet, caramel, wood, chocolate.


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