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8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Imperial Stout
Blenheim, New Zealand
Serve in Snifter

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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 540   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!


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.


3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrewje41 (988) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAR 28, 2015
22 Oz bottle brought to a tasting. Thanks Dad! Pours black with a fading tan head. Mild boozy aroma. Flavor is nice chocolate fronted, with a mild roasted malt background. Cool chocolate finish. Unique stout, and very tasty. Very nice to finally try this.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Prufrockstar (1319) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 28, 2015
Bottle thanks to Andrew (and Andrew’s dad). Near black pour, thin ring of khaki bubbles. Aroma: roast, chocolate, nutty. Reasonably smooth, well-balanced chocolate and coffee that is sweet (but not too) with light bitter finish. Light caramel sweetness with a good balance. Quite nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wekker84 (1750) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - MAR 19, 2015
Bottle a black colored beer with a tiny beige head aroma roasted malts spicy fruits laurel some coffee and hops flavor roasted malts spicy fruits laurel and bitter hops

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FestDecBeet (361) - - MAR 14, 2015
Look: pours a dark black. Dark brown head. Can't see through it easily. Smell: huge chocolate. Nice barrel aromas. Vanilla. Fudge. Taste: heavy roasted malt. Very smokey. Chocolate powder. Feel: slightly dry from hops but still sweet from the malt. Overall: good beer. Aroma and taste diner match up in the beginning but blend nicely after palate adjusts. First drank: home 3/14/15 Vintage:

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
barbillon (54) - Pesaro, ITALY - MAR 4, 2015
Colore bellissimo, nero intenso con schiuma color beige scuro bella persistente. Aroma di malto intenso e dolce cioccolato. In bocca invade la bocca con un sapore di cioccolato amaro iniziale e un bel tostato intenso finale. Stout di grande spessore. Da riprovare.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zenkis (638) - Ogre, LATVIA - FEB 27, 2015
On tap,
aroma and first few sips tastes like barley wine, well hopped throughout with nice, lasting hoppy bitter aftertaste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Garry_Evans (51) - HONG KONG - FEB 26, 2015
Fabulous imperial stout. Coffee, chocolate, liquorice all the way through. Looks nice, tastes nice - and at 10% is very alcoholic. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RobertDale (3920) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - FEB 10, 2015
500 ml. bottle. Pours black with a decent tan head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, and coffee. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, vanilla, and coffee. Maybe a hint of hops, maybe. Very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hammy78 (818) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 9, 2015
Bottle from the LCBO. Pours a midnight black, about a finger or a half of khaki head that dies down but is rather clingy on the edges. Nose is really roasty, malty, caramel, toffee, sugary touch of hop character. Tastes sweet, roasted malt, cold coffee bitter, dark chocolate, hop is there.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cam_Dynamite (66) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 24, 2015
My second bottle, aged about 6 mths. Pours black with a tan head. Nose is milk chocolate, vanilla, coffee. Taste is very burnt malts, chocolate cocoa, coffee. Pretty in your face but I dig that.


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