8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Imperial Stout
Blenheim, New Zealand
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 552   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!

DoubleEh's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DoubleEh (12) - - JAN 12, 2013
Aroma is sweet chocolate malt and a little booziness. Not detecting much for hops Pours a pitch black with a minuscule light brown head that disappeared quite quickly with little lacing. Taste is big chocolate malt up front, followed by some bitter coffee, making way for a nice dose of hop bitterness and a bit of boozy burn on thaw aftertaste. Medium bodied, good drinkability. Overall a nicely done imperial. Would definitely try again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pityu (19) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUN 2, 2015
On tap @ Csakajósör - Very dark colour with a massive creamy brown head. Nice aroma of coffee, some burnt bread crust and dark chocolate. Medium to full bodied, soft carbonation and a thick texture. It finds the balance betwen hoppy bitterness and roasted malty aromas. Long dry finish with a desire for one more :)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Maakun (1327) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 26, 2015
Shared bottle. Pitch black with small light brown head. Marzipan, lots of roasted malts, molasses, dark chocolate pudding, fresh citrusy hops. Taste is medium to strong sweet with medium to strong roasted and hoppy bitter finish. Body is quite a bit short of full, which doesn’t really work well with the bitter finish for me. Otherwise really good RIS.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AndySnow (4626) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 23, 2015
How: Bottle.
Where: De Molen Beershop, Bodegraven. Had at a tasting 2015-04-18.
Appearance: Black colour with a small tan head.
Aroma: Malt, caramel, chocolate, some liquorice, alcohol.
Body: Medium to full body, medium carbonation.
Flavour: Roasted malt, chocolate, spices, alcohol, liquorice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nordcore (1115) - Lyngen alps, NORWAY - MAY 17, 2015
Black with a medium lightbrown head. Roasted malt aroma, with chocolate, coffee and dark fruits. Taste is sweet, light bitter with a warm chocolate and coffee end.Nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hackobock (2120) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 16, 2015
April 18, 2015. Bottle, shared by AndySnow, thanks!
Black with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted, ash, tobacco, coffee, soy, toffee, dark chocolate and licorice. Taste is medium sweet with a roasted bitterness along with some salty soy and licorice notes, finish is dry roasted and bitter with burnt ash notes. Medium to full bodied, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
tombutlin (75) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 13, 2015
Wow. Stout is not my favourite brew, but this was like a Willy Wonka brew. Or maybe an Every Flavour Jelly Bean from Harry Potter. Complex. Dominant flavours were burnt chocolate and coffee. Give this to a hardcore Guinees man and watch his reaction. I can’t wait. At 10% alcohol, it will be a fairly quick burning fuse

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
freretoc (1081) - Besançon, FRANCE - MAY 10, 2015
Bue en bouteille de 50cl à une dégustation chez la Zaz, couleur noire pétrole, peu de mousse et d’effervescence. Une bière très café et chocolat grosse attaque sur l’alcool en fin de bouche.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Frode (379) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 25, 2015
Bottle 50 cl.
Clear dark brown, tan head. Heavy malty dark chocolate, caramel, dark bread and roasted. Sweet, bitter and long.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marko (4220) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - APR 19, 2015
Shared with Hrabren, Habek and Anja T. I guess. Poured a black body with a brown-tan-gray head. Fresh creamy aroma, heaps of raisins, liiiight alcohol. Very nice taste, slightly milder than expected, raisins, vague coffee, sweetish, creamy, Nescafé 3 in 1 sorta tast, light herbal notes. Not too heavy, not too light. Didn’t thrill me for some reason, dunno why, though it’s definitely a nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vannerator (23) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - APR 17, 2015
Oily pitch black with no head to speak of. Aroma of dark coffee, chocolate, burnt malt. Minimal carbonation, slightly creamy mouth feel with significant long-lasting bitter aftertaste and alcohol warmth. Sweet on the tip of the tongue, with strong coffee and dark chocolate complimented by a definite hoppiness, more hops than your average stout. A very intense beer, to be savoured, and at 10% not to be taken lightly!

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