8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Imperial Stout
Blenheim, New Zealand
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 481   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!

craiggyNZ's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
craiggyNZ (9) - - JUN 17, 2013
Bottle. Glorious full mouthfeel and rich, lasting maltiness. Initially, a healthy dose of bitterness, but the end of the taste is quite sweet; an aftertaste which is still present almost an hour later. Very good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
ABS (449) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
elbernays (458) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tfredvik (1098) - 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]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
oqnid (75) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClubGonzo (3984) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
IPAgutten79 (499) - Skui, NORWAY - JUL 31, 2014
Svart med espressofarget skum. Medium høyde på skummet. Aroma av sjokolade, mildt av kaffe, mildt av vanilje, noe lakris, alkohol og røstet malt. Smaken er masse mørk sjokolade, kaffe og noe lakris. Ubeskrivelig rund og trivelig å drikke! Fløyel i munnen. Mildt søt, så en behagelig bitterhet. Masse sjokolade i ettersmaken. Tykk og oljete konsistens.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
raoulvos (10) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 31, 2014
Im exited to finally have this in my glas. Pitch black with brown espresso head that fairly quickly pulls back. Smell is big; coffee, salty licorice/soy, fig Lovely full and creamy mouthfeel that ends quite quick in a dryness, which then gets taken over by some caramelly sweetness. interesting. Flavour of toffee, dry cocoa, salty licorice, vanilla Cant wait whats happens when it warms up. should’ve bought cheese to match....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansalon (1320) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - JUL 29, 2014
Pours black with a medium mocha head that quickly settles. Aromas of vanilla, chocolate, muscovado sugar, honey, slight berry tartness. Taste is vanilla, chocolate, muscovad sugar, slight berry notes. Mouthfeel is very smooth with a velvety feel, low carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arsol (533) - 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 (3297) - 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.

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