8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Imperial Stout
Blenheim, New Zealand
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 444   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95   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!

Vells' rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vells (542) - - JAN 28, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2013 Dark ruby almost black with thin brown head. Not very intense, but decent roasted malts, coffee, quite hoppy, bread, caramel, chocolate, licorice Light sweet with long roasted bitterness finish. Bit sticky. Lightly smoked. Nice one

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gurthnar (1249) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 11, 2014
Bottle. Aroma has strong chocolate, roasted malts. You can almost smell the black colour. Taste is strong chocolate and roasted. Oily texture. Rather light body. Lacks a bit of complexity, otherwise very good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beese (1099) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2014
Bottle from the BrewDog website. Poured black with a large, dense brown head. Malty aroma, with notes rich, dark fruit cake and cocoa. Roasted malt flavours with some liquorice and molasses. Wonderful, silky, syrupy mouth feel. Finish was black treacle, burnt bread, espresso and roasted nuts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fajry (102) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 5, 2014
Flaska. Uzasna farba "cierna tma" s krasnou hustou hnedou penou, ktora drzi velmi dlho. Olejove tony po okraji pohara. Vo voni citit horku cokoladu, lieskove oriesky a v pozadi mlieko. Chutovo zo zaciatku kysle, co moze byt sposobene chutou silna kava. Neskor lieskove oriesky, jemny alkohol a velmi jemna horkost. Uzasne pivo.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cuso (3801) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 5, 2014
Bottle. Very dark brown color with beige head. Roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate. Roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, licorice, prunes. Tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MisoW (794) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 5, 2014
Bottle at Behind the hills beer tasting 2014. Pours dark brown, nearly black color, dark beige head. Aroma is coffee, roasted malt, cocoa. Taste is bitter, coffee, roasted malt, vanilla, some hints of whiskey.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cory (239) - , California, USA - APR 4, 2014
Bottle aged 1 year. Aroma of molasses, coffee, brown sugar, caramel, a fair amount of smoke with a long lingering coffee bitterness and a surprisingly light body. A little bit of ashy finish. Wow this is a wonderful beer, no booze at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
northropfrye (1945) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - APR 3, 2014
UPDATED: APR 4, 2014 Dark body just like Jeremy likes them. Brown head. Roasty aroma. Sweet cocoa and coffee taste. Nice stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheCametron (1592) - CZECH REPUBLIC - APR 2, 2014
Bottle at Christmas. Thanks Martin. What a beer. Pours darkest Brown/Black with a thin Tan head. Aroma is enticing and promises rich Chocolate and Coffee roast. Tastes great. Robust and with all the hallmark flavours of a world class imperial. Thick and ever so more-ish. Velvety smooth. Absolutely delicious.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Infiniteipa (20) - - MAR 30, 2014
Pitch black with a thin tan head. Aroma is coffee and roasted malt sweetness. The taste is more coffee and dark malts, with a solid almost metallic hop twang. It has a slightly sour flavour, developing into dark chocolate with a long warming bitter aftertaste. Hoppy stouts are great in my book, this one may have faded a bit on the journey from NZ, but the solid stout base makes this a cracking beer still.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Koelschtrinker (9996) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAR 27, 2014
Tief malziger Antrunk mit leichter Süße. Schokoladennoten, etwas Alkohol, steigende Herbe. Wenig fruchtig, die Malzigkeit dominiert weiterhin. Kaffeenoten, zum Ende auch leicht rauchig. Vollmundig, zum Ende steigt der Alkohol in die Nase. 8/10/11/12/12/12

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