8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Imperial Stout
Blenheim, New Zealand
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 473   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!

viverlee's rating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
viverlee (18) - - JAN 27, 2013

Naptime beer. Biding time in the chill chest, you begin to wonder, “When am I going to drink it? It doesn’t go with the pizza I ordered. Or the burgers we’re having tomorrow. Should I just have it with dessert? As dessert?” No, it’s ideal not at any time, but at that key afternoon lull when an oily ten percenter is all that stands between you and some clean sheets.

STYLE: Russian Imperial Stout

ABV: 10%

LOOK: Panther black. Oily and pours like syrup, sleek to match the packaging. Soft, ginger head that doesn’t hold.

NOSE: Raisins, softer than expected. I can’t even say coffee because while I do get a hint I think it’s conditioning. “This is a classy Imperial Stout so there must be a coffee nose.” But no.

MOUTH: So very … Belgian? I’m somewhat unsurprised to learn that this New Zealand offering was crafted by a European. Bacon-wrapped dates, roasted coffee beans, malt chappiness (I thought I just invented that word, but Urban Dictionary not only says “no” but also “you’re an idiot, it means nearly the opposite – something disliked – of what you want it to mean – pleasant lipsmackingness). I don’t think the sweetness is chocolate. Rather something purple and fruity. It’s a nice departure from the usual humdrummery.

Beeradvocate Rating: 89

ratebeer Rating: 100

Hayward Abbey Rating: 89

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arsol (520) - NORWAY - JUL 18, 2014
Svart farge med tynt skum. Lukter kaffe, sjokolade og kirsebær. Smakern preges av kaffe og får litt sherryfeeilng som vanlig av en imperial stout. Denne synes jeg var en av de bedre:-)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mkel07 (3106) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 18, 2014
On tap at Brewski 180714. Perfect beer for this cold winters evening with bitter finish, dark colour and smooth creamy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kryon (1333) - SWEDEN - JUL 17, 2014
Pours oily black with low brown head Aromas of vanilla, bourbon, coffee, dades, figs, muscavado, alcohol Taste well balanced with notes of coffee, muscavado, hints of chocolate, dried fruits. Quite sweet start with a dry finish. Nice one!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Simonsen (623) - NORWAY - JUL 15, 2014
Flaske fra vinmonopolet vika. Svart farge, oljeaktig viskositet. Beige skumtopp . Smaker kaffe, mørkbrent malt, lakris, sjokolade, vanilje. Ganske god. Smaker lite alkohol iforhold til prosent

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pyobon (898) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 12, 2014
(Bottle) Black with mahogany head. Nice rich aroma - raisins, hint of coffee. Fantastic palate, medium bodied, smooth, fine carbonation and a pleasant stickiness in the finish. There’s plenty of pleasant sweetness that carries the darker and more complex tastes well. There’s raisins and toffee at the start. Coffee notes and some nice alcohol bite develops and there is some restrained pleasant dark roasty bitterness in the finish. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
olsentribe8 (17) - Napier, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 10, 2014
Well built stout. surprisingly smooth for a super strong stout beer, well done 8 wired, true kiwi ingenuity!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vighals (1005) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - JUL 8, 2014
Svart med lys brunt skum som ligger helt ut. Kaffe, kakao, ristet malt, trevirke og rosiner. Mye lukter her.... Fyldige greier, smaker kakao, salt lakris, lite bitterhet og noe søtlige smaker av mørke frukter. Alkoholen legger til en ekstra varm fylde i ølen. Lite bitterhet

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Finn (4032) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUL 6, 2014
Flaske 500ml fra Vinmonopolet Tromsø Sentrum. Kullsort. Høyt mokkafarget luftig skum som varer lenge - og etterlater kniplingslacing. Aroma av melkesjokolade. Innholdsrik smak. Sjokolade, lakris. Litt preg av mokkabønner etter hvert. Alkoholen merkes ikke. Heftig & god.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CardsFan25 (56) - - JUL 2, 2014
Very dark pour with little head. Easily my favorite iAnything. Raisins and roasted coffee on the nose. Dark malt, raisins, carmel, slight coffee taste. Overall a very well done beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
reberiii (309) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 2, 2014
Nose of dark cherry and chocolate malts with roastiness (coffee). Tastes of dark fruits, raisins when cold, plums when warmer. Smooth chocolate, but lightly so. A touch of woody peat malt.

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