8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Imperial Stout
Warkworth, New Zealand
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 578   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnnniee (3152) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 13, 2015
Bottle shared at the meeting last night. Big chocolate and roast with hints of earth and smoke. Nice RIS

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
langeveld12 (303) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 11, 2015
Pours an average frothy light brown head that slowly diminishes. Body is coffee black. Aroma contains moderate malts (caramel, coffee, chocolate, cookie, hay, roasted and toasted malts, nuts), moderate hops (flowers, spruce, lime, orange), light yeasts (dough, leather, mold) and grape, raisin, plum, forest fruits, raspberry, cassis, alcohol and cola. Flavor is light acidic, then light acidic and sweet, followed by sweet, sweet and light bitter and finishing in light bitter. Body is full with syrupy texture and soft carbonation. Woa! Indeed a big beer. Flavorful, subtle, complex. Really good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leini (1477) - SWEDEN - JUN 7, 2015
Pitch black body with a medium tan head. Roasted notes, along with liquorice, dark sugars, coffee and dark chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dandeman (707) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 3, 2015
Bouteille chez Prohibition Pig Vt. Café et chocolat au nez, ainsi que de la vanille. Assez traditionnel comme olfactif. Noire, opaque, pas beaucoup de mousse. Le chocolat, le café et la vanille se répètent en bouche mais sont accompagnés d’une petite sensation de crème brulée. Les déclinaisons de caramel, en soutient aux notes de chocolat me jettent par terre. Quel délicieux produit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
piscator34 (2181) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 3, 2015
Bottle. Black in colour with medium carbonation. Aromas are of milk chocolate and prunes. More complex in the mouth with the chocolate and stewed fruit notes mixing with dark roast coffee, vanilla, and earth. A bit ashy on the finish. Solid, albeit a bit stale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drjoeng (326) - - JUN 3, 2015
10% ABV Very thick sweet syrupy nose redolent of plums. First mouthful is strongly alcoholic, syrupy, sweet, smoky and peaty with a finish reminiscent of old leather. Tastes just like an Imperial stout. Full bodied and gravid. Very similar and in intensity identical to the Abstrakt 10. As you continue drinking, there the bitterness becomes more intense and the nose approaching that of a nice traditional wheat soy sauce, like Tamari. You have to almost inhale past this salty first impression to get the plums and dates that you had first. This I believe is a function of the alcohol content progressively blunting the olfaction, For me a single pint experience. Rips the guts out of everything else and fills me up so quickly that I’m good for little else after. I find myself craving something greasy, like some nicely grilled bonjiri or chicken skin. Goes on Favorites List

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pityu (294) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUN 2, 2015
On tap @ Csakajósör - Very dark colour with a massive creamy brown head. Nice aroma of coffee, some burnt bread crust and dark chocolate. Medium to full bodied, soft carbonation and a thick texture. It finds the balance betwen hoppy bitterness and roasted malty aromas. Long dry finish with a desire for one more :)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Maakun (2029) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 26, 2015
Shared bottle. Pitch black with small light brown head. Marzipan, lots of roasted malts, molasses, dark chocolate pudding, fresh citrusy hops. Taste is medium to strong sweet with medium to strong roasted and hoppy bitter finish. Body is quite a bit short of full, which doesn’t really work well with the bitter finish for me. Otherwise really good RIS.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AndySnow (5448) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 23, 2015
How: Bottle.
Where: De Molen Beershop, Bodegraven. Had at a tasting 2015-04-18.
Appearance: Black colour with a small tan head.
Aroma: Malt, caramel, chocolate, some liquorice, alcohol.
Body: Medium to full body, medium carbonation.
Flavour: Roasted malt, chocolate, spices, alcohol, liquorice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nordcore (1198) - Lyngen alps, NORWAY - MAY 17, 2015
Black with a medium lightbrown head. Roasted malt aroma, with chocolate, coffee and dark fruits. Taste is sweet, light bitter with a warm chocolate and coffee end.Nice!

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