Brewed by 8 Wired Brewing
Style: Imperial Stout
Warkworth, New Zealand
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 605   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marc280 (46) - - MAY 28, 2016
Wow, big beer! Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma isn’t as strong as I thought it would be, but has coffee and malty notes. Love the taste, big bold malty and coffee flavour with nicely balanced bitterness. Wouldn’t think you’re drinking a 10%ish beer. Clean finish with low carbonation. Would happily have more!

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
martjoobolut (3187) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 21, 2016
Bottle (from Koht, Tallinn). Pours black with brownish head. The small head stays for a moment. Aroma is sweet, roast, malt, dark chocolate, smoke. Flavor is sweet and bitter, roast, dark chocolate, malt, some smoke, and hops. Finish is roast bitter with some sweetness. Overall: very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gegwilson (3284) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 19, 2016
Bottle from the Hop Hideout, Sheffield. Pours pitch black with a nice thick foamy head. Light liquorice aroma. The taste is rich liquorice and a little coffee. A bit of a liquorice bomb. Big bitter finish. Superb oily mouthfeel. Very good indeed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rask0lnikov (786) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 18, 2016
Dark brown, almost black colour. Very thin line of beige froth around the glass. Chocolate, hints of toffee, hints of cognac in the aroma. Caramel at first. Hints of berries. Toffee. Cognacy notes. Hints of peat. Chocolaty notes. Slight cocoa in the aftertaste. Nicely bakanced, nice palate. Good imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
chimpgibbon (533) - London, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 18, 2016
Bottle from We Brought Beer. Superb stout. Very very smooth mouthfeel. Perfect rich roast meets hop balance, and a nice mellow boozy sweetness at the back. Absolutely top drawer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
willisread (2543) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 1, 2016
Bottle from Tanakaya. Pours a deep brown to black with a finger of tan foam that dissipates fairly quickly. Treacle aromas stand out with loads of bakers chocolate. Soy sauce on the palate, with more cacao and umami. Umami bomb, fairly one-dimensional impy. Just not good enough to be world class. Nice first try at an imperial stout though.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chupachups01 (38) - Seoul, SOUTH KOREA - MAR 23, 2016
Poured bottle into Teku. Full caramel and chocolate aroma. Thick mouthfeel. Sweet. Intense. Sweet again. Awesome imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
sarnil (2) - - MAR 18, 2016 does not count
The best stout ever. Not much of aroma, the taste is better then coffee. Superb.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
KykoPatykar (21) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 3, 2016
Aroma: Lots of dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, vanilla. Appearance: "Motor oil" black, tan 1-finger creamy head. Taste: Medium sweet, medium bitter, very complex, dark chocolate taste is dominant but anyway well balanced. Palate: Full body, creamy slick texture, soft carbonation, long sweet and roasty finish. Overall: Nice balanced, very tasty, with good drinkability for abv, great imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 28, 2016
500ml bottle. Black in colour with a thin beige head, thin lacing. The aroma is very roasty, lots of chocolate, vanilla, light coffee, moderate sweetness. The flavour is very roasty, toasted malts, chocolate and vanilla, some cream, sweet at the end. Roasty sweet mouthfeel, medium body, mild carbonation. Finishes long and roasty, sweet at the end, some alcohol warmth. A really nice Imperial Stout. Not the biggest body but there is lots going on.

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