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

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


Brenhophead's rating

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brenhophead (695) - Perth, - AUG 7, 2012
500mL bottle in a duvel glass. Pours black and has the consistency of motor oil with a big brown head. I get the coffee on the nose as well a an almost creamy chocolate note and i can slightly detect a chinook or magnum aroma? This one is definantly a sipper has a huge flavour to it with so much going on. I get that roasted coffee flavour as well as slight chocolate and a slight spicey backround but its mingles together so well. Genereally i find most RIS have a huge roasted coffee note that overpowers but the coffee flavour in this beer doesn’t dominate it compliments. A must try beer.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirstyrabbit (1742) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 24, 2016
Bottle. Dark body, small head. Roasty aroma with sweet dry cocoa. Tase is sweet and a bit too roasty. Flavours include cola, sweet black coffee and bitter cocoa. A bit too much roast dryness for my tastes. The cola-like sweetness in the finish becomes a bit too much as half of the bottle is finished. Eventually it almost turns into a coffee liqueur. A respectable Imperial Stout but it’s really too simplistic to deserve a general score of "100" and "95" for the style.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jiwookdo (33) - changwon, SOUTH KOREA - SEP 24, 2016
black with a small brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, espresso. Flavour milk chocolate, roasted malt, roasted espresso. smooth bitter with long lasting medium carbonation light body

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
King_Alex_II (1228) - SWITZERLAND - SEP 7, 2016
Pitch black color with beige foam ring. Coffee nose. Thick sugary taste with coffee vanilla and chocolate. Dry, chocolate sweet and light coffee and vanilla flavors in the finish and aftertaste.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
anstei (1178) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - AUG 27, 2016
Bottle from Beers’n’more. Coffee, vanilla, chocolate, as a classic great ImpStout. Sweet, intense and heavy. A bit sticky. Cocoa powder. I waited for this beer 20 months after not buying it the first time, and it almost lives up to that. But just almost.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SinH4 (3104) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - AUG 27, 2016
Bottle. Black color with tan head. Aroma is coffee, black chocolate, some vanilla. Taste is vanilla, crème brûlée, chocolate. Very creamy mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Good Impstout.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wrlangin (160) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 30, 2016
500 ml bottle from Hawthorne Cellars. Pours jet back with medium dark tan head. Mild aroma of chocolate and perhaps some coffee. Flavour is much bolder - bitter chocolate, coffee, hops, and malt. More bitter (in a good way) and less sweet than other imperial stouts. Really good. Interesting note. I had the Batch 2.18 barrel-aged stout yesterday and it did not have the happiness and bitterness that the iStout has. Either it mellowed with the ageing or has a different base stout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kauge (1591) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 11, 2016
Bottle from eDrinks (€ 4.58). BB unreadable, again! Pours dark brown with creamy mocha head that drops to form a ring and a film. The aroma is thick, sweet, dark roast, fudgey, chocolaty. Tastes sweet with slightly herbal bitter finish. A bit harsh but otherwise lovely, the 10.0% is rather well disguised. Not among the most enjoyable of Impies but alright. Can’t really push up the score in any category...

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
explosivedog (294) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 17, 2016
Half pint at Vulture’s Lane. Extremely dark, like super dark. Strong coffee and caramel flavours with a slightly milky finish. Excellent.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
melush (2838) - SPAIN - JUN 13, 2016
Bottle 50cl. @ 32GreatPower, Seville, Spain. A: Black. T: Roasted malt, chocolate, licorice, coffee.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
suurjuust (2854) - ESTONIA - JUN 11, 2016
Bottle. Black beer, small off-white head. Nose is chocolate, soy, roast, coffee. Flavor is coffee, roast, citric hops, bitterness, touch of soy. Wood and smoke notes in the finish, citric hops, licorice, roasty acidity. Lingering roast plus citurs from the hops. Oily mouthfeel. Big and heavy beer, heavyness is nicely offset by the hops.


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