8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Imperial Stout
Blenheim, New Zealand
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 500   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tania_nexust (143) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 5, 2014
Draught keg at Brewdog Camden. Lots of coffee & sweet chocolate aroma, hint of bitterness. Smooth palate - flavours come together well but don’t cloy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CraftBeerNick (893) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 5, 2014
Keg at Beer Temple, 3rd September 14. Good impy, liquorice and some coffee, quite sweet, but smooth. Not bad

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aleksander9 (425) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 2, 2014
Pitch black with nice brown head. A very well balanced and pleasant aroma. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malt, coffee and some hop notes. Vinous and full palate. Aftertaste is chocolate, roasted malt, noble hops, caramel and lingering roasted notes. Overall: Very impressive. Reminds me of the big imperial stouts at 15% etc. Very balanced and pleasant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PotjeBier (1690) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 1, 2014
On tap @ Beer Temple. Black color. Beige head, good lacing. Aroma’s: resinous hops, roasted malts, with chocolate and some fruit (citrus) retronasal. Flavor is roasted, moderate bitter, moedrate sweet, resinous hops. Medium bodied. Alcocol certainly doesn’t feel like 10.5%. Finishes with bittersweet chocolate, roast, and moderate bitter. Nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Borresteijn (4677) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - AUG 26, 2014
On tap at Beer Temple. Black, beige head. Aroma of hard-roasted malts, hops, liquorice, chocolate, coffee. Flavour is medium-sweet, roasted malts, coffee, hops, grapefruit, light ashy, firm bitter finish, some chocolate. Medium to full-bodied. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MarcoDL (2180) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 25, 2014
Draft. A big beer indeed. Thick lasting taste of roasted malt, dark cacao, rough coffee and subtle vanilla. Rich aftertaste. Really good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sic1314 (3286) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - AUG 25, 2014
Poured deep dark brown with a frothy, fudgey,,beige head. Aroma of alcohol soaked dark fruit, milk chocolate,, toasted malt fudge. Full body, flavour as the aroma, quite bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ktwse (1989) - SWEDEN - AUG 21, 2014
Pours black with tall, thick. frothy tan head. Aroma of chocolate, molasses, muscovado, slight bourbon barrel notes. Taste is creamy chocolate followed by rich dark chocolate and coffee bitter finish. Body is full, smooth and creamy, with soft carbonation. A very good beer of course, but I had hoped for more.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alengrin (1716) - BELGIUM - AUG 20, 2014
Imperial stout from a Danish brewer who has moved to New Zealand. Dark beige, creamy, thin but very stable head, colour black, only under bright light a faint wine-red hue appears. Rich and complex aroma, profoundly malty, bitter and milk chocolate, freshly ground coffee beans, vanilla, candi syrup, dates, sage, coffee liqueur, bourbon. Candied fruits in the mouth, almost sweet, smooth, thick and very oily mouthfeel, deep chocolate malts, heavy but still supple, increasingly bitter towards the finish, ending like cold black coffee with a firm dose of leafy hop bitterness and some warming, but not astringent, liqueur-like alcohol, nicely perfumed. Multi-layered, very impressive example of the style, in which things keep happening from the first whiff to the last drop. An example for any brewer aspiring to make a really good imperial.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
ABS (464) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 16, 2014
Bottle from Vinmonopolet Sørlandssenteret. Pours pitch black. Some brown head if you pour it really vigorously. Plum, red fruit, roasted coffee and alcohol nose. Thick body. Warming alcohol. Low carbonation. Dry ending. Sweet, but with an overwhelming bitterness. Red fruit, grapefruit, roasted malt and coffee flavour. Too heavy in my opinion.

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