8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Imperial Stout
Warkworth, New Zealand
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 562   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hrabren (87) - Zagreb, CROATIA - JUL 5, 2015
Tasting at Svijet piva, Zagreb. Black, very small beige head, leaves a trace on the glass. Fruits, strawberry, bread-like, cherry, too. Sweet, thick, soft with strong chocolate finish. Liked it very much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Westkyoto77 (561) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUN 24, 2015
On tap at Foresters. Jet black, fine thin head. Boozy and rich, with espresso, dark chocolate nibs, salted caramel. Slick and slightly oily. A great drop, but I wasn’t exactly in the mood for it, and it made my head spin! (in a good way)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
c0fein (355) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 24, 2015
500ml bottle @ Viking Line Gabriella, Captains Corner. BB 24 07 17.

Black stuff with a light brown head. Smooth, salty, strong, iLike.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beer4000 (5046) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 15, 2015
500 ml bottle. Clear dark brown, almost black body with a huge, lacing, long lasting beige head. Looks perfect in the glass. Really nice aroma of dark malt, coffee, dark chocolate and traces of vanilla. Flavor is sweet, roasted, dark malt, dark chocolate, mocha, fruity, pine, hint of leather and rather bitter. Full bodied and nice, long lasting aftertaste. A really nice Imp. stout – pure joy all the way.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnnniee (2833) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 13, 2015
Bottle shared at the meeting last night. Big chocolate and roast with hints of earth and smoke. Nice RIS

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
langeveld12 (292) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 11, 2015
Pours an average frothy light brown head that slowly diminishes. Body is coffee black. Aroma contains moderate malts (caramel, coffee, chocolate, cookie, hay, roasted and toasted malts, nuts), moderate hops (flowers, spruce, lime, orange), light yeasts (dough, leather, mold) and grape, raisin, plum, forest fruits, raspberry, cassis, alcohol and cola. Flavor is light acidic, then light acidic and sweet, followed by sweet, sweet and light bitter and finishing in light bitter. Body is full with syrupy texture and soft carbonation. Woa! Indeed a big beer. Flavorful, subtle, complex. Really good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leini (1275) - SWEDEN - JUN 7, 2015
Pitch black body with a medium tan head. Roasted notes, along with liquorice, dark sugars, coffee and dark chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dandeman (649) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 3, 2015
Bouteille chez Prohibition Pig Vt. Café et chocolat au nez, ainsi que de la vanille. Assez traditionnel comme olfactif. Noire, opaque, pas beaucoup de mousse. Le chocolat, le café et la vanille se répètent en bouche mais sont accompagnés d’une petite sensation de crème brulée. Les déclinaisons de caramel, en soutient aux notes de chocolat me jettent par terre. Quel délicieux produit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
piscator34 (2117) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 3, 2015
Bottle. Black in colour with medium carbonation. Aromas are of milk chocolate and prunes. More complex in the mouth with the chocolate and stewed fruit notes mixing with dark roast coffee, vanilla, and earth. A bit ashy on the finish. Solid, albeit a bit stale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drjoeng (157) - - JUN 3, 2015
10% ABV Very thick sweet syrupy nose redolent of plums. First mouthful is strongly alcoholic, syrupy, sweet, smoky and peaty with a finish reminiscent of old leather. Tastes just like an Imperial stout. Full bodied and gravid. Very similar and in intensity identical to the Abstrakt 10. As you continue drinking, there the bitterness becomes more intense and the nose approaching that of a nice traditional wheat soy sauce, like Tamari. You have to almost inhale past this salty first impression to get the plums and dates that you had first. This I believe is a function of the alcohol content progressively blunting the olfaction, For me a single pint experience. Rips the guts out of everything else and fills me up so quickly that I’m good for little else after. I find myself craving something greasy, like some nicely grilled bonjiri or chicken skin. Goes on Favorites List

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