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8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Imperial Stout
Warkworth, New Zealand
Serve in Snifter

bottled
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on tap
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RATINGS: 590   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!


Cooperii's rating

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cooperii (61) - California, USA - AUG 31, 2012
Poured black, slight light brown head with fine bubbles. Aromas are subtle hoppy coffee notes, with toasted malts and chocolate followed with hints of cherries. Flavors are bitter citrus and hops, strong coffee and malt notes, subtle cherry flavors at the back end. Finish; very brisk stout, fairly well balanced, leaving more on the bitter side then the sweet side, alcohol is well hidden. This is a great beer will buy more when available.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
willisread (1896) - 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.

4.3
   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.

4.8
   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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
KykoPatykar (20) - 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.

4.1
   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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DeanF (2202) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 19, 2016
Great for my ipad, I guess. Poured at 12.1 celcius it has huge head but dissipates a little too quickly, jet black licorice body. Heavy fusels, molasses, sugar mixed with motor oil on the nose, no finesse to it just brute force of sweetness and alcohol. Flavour is subdued, swampwater candy with hints of chocolate. Pretty good but not complex enough for its accolades.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Franckg (874) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 9, 2016
Embouteillée le 03/06/2013, bue après 31 mois. Robe noire opaque surmonté d’un mince col de mousse beige qui s’estompe rapidement. Arômes surtout de chocolat noir, confitures de mûres et/ou bleuets et malt rôti. On décèle aussi du grain de café faiblement torréfié et de l’anis. Nez assez complexe, orienté vers le sucre mais sans excès. Aucune trace d’alcool. En bouche, toujours ce goût de chocolat noir entremêlé de mûres. Le café embarque par la suite et crée une sensation plus amère. Vient ensuite des saveurs de bois sec et d’anis qui s’élancent longuement sur le palais. La finale permet d’apprécier toutes les saveurs en même temps dans un superbe équilibre. Le haut taux d’alcool est encore une fois bien caché. Texture moyennement onctueuse et corps bien rond. La carbonatation est faible et donne une belle dimension au liquide. Superbe stout.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeergeekKorea (107) - SOUTH KOREA - DEC 20, 2015
Aroma: Rich roasty and chocolate Appearance: Deep dark brown colour and thin head Taste: Very dry and rich bitter Palate: Medium full body, thick texture(but not so sticky), fizzy carbonation and dry chocolate aroma finishes

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sjogro (1908) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 14, 2015
Tasting at my place. Dikke zoete melasse dijk, mooi zacht en goed in balans maar ondertussen flink hoppig. Chocolade, koffie, autobanden met vanille. Backlog from 2015/05/26.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
colui72 (554) - HONG KONG - DEC 6, 2015
Thick black with a medium beige head. Roasted malts aroma, with notes of coffee and vanilla. Silky and smooth to the palate, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, roasted malts and hops. Well balanced, not too boozy. Fantastic stout.


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