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8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Imperial Stout
Blenheim, New Zealand
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RATINGS: 486   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96   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!


eczematic's rating

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eczematic (1319) - Adelaide, - APR 30, 2014
viscous and black as the inside of a malayan tapir. cool creamy tan head with bubbles that sink. serious pipe tobacco and leather armchair sort of aroma (willamette in there) with a fair bit of hop presence. lovely rich and malty body with some fruity new world hop flavours and toasty charcoal. bitter and hoppy. intense and rich stuff, with care taken to layer the flavours - very nice. a bit too much grapefruit from the hops for my liking - not a fan of grapefruit in my stouts - i know im in a minority there.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Borresteijn (4647) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MarcoDL (2147) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sic1314 (3219) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ktwse (1975) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alengrin (1296) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
ABS (450) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
elbernays (471) - Dublin, IRELAND - AUG 15, 2014
Bottle at home from Martins Fairview. Pours deep black with tan head. The aroma is apparent from the off. Huge chocolate notes (40% cocoa), coffee roast, lactose, woody oak. Flavour follows nose - lots of milk, creamy coffee, liquorice with an alcohal sting on the finish. Thick big body. Very good.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tfredvik (1108) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 14, 2014
Pours a viscous-looking black body with a long-lived, medium brown head that laces the glass well. Malty, sweet, roasted, delicious and very strong aroma with all the elements I love in a perfect imperial stout: lots of dark caramel and chocolate with firm but not overwhelming notes of coffee. I also get vanilla in the back, together with hints of wood and bark. The flavour is strong with notes of dark caramel, chocolate, coffee and a tad too much alcohol, salty liquorice and soy sauce in the back. There are also some herbal hints in the long-lasting, heavy bitter finish. This moderate sweet beer has a full body, oily texture and soft carbonation. Brilliant beer!
[50 cl bottle, enjoyed 2.5 years before BB date, shared with my father-in-law, from Vinmonopolet Storo, Oslo]

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
oqnid (76) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 6, 2014
7 juil '13 -->Imperial Stout noire, 10%, 500ml -noire absolue, opaque; mousse couleur moka fine -nez vanille, choco noir, torréfaction, léger alcool -entrée sucrée, vanillée, chocolat -liquoreuse -belle chaleur mais loin du % -finale vanille/choco, café moka; amertume de café, torréfaction; sucrée cassonade Co=4 Arô=4 Am=3.5 Su=3 Arr=3.5 Ac via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClubGonzo (3995) - Bergen, NORWAY - AUG 2, 2014
Bottle. Pours a pitch black body with a small beige head. Nose is licorice, coffee, leather, hints of dark berries and caramel. Taste is licorice, leather, dark chocolate, coffee, hints of wood and caramel. Full body, medium to soft carbonation. Very solid imperial stout of a classic composition.


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