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8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Imperial Stout
Blenheim, New Zealand
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 517   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   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!


onystrom's rating

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
onystrom (1321) - Magellan Hunter! - Skanderborg, - JAN 2, 2012
Bottle. Dark brown/black color with tanned head that dissapears rather quickly. Nice hoppy roma, and quite bitter flavor. Nice chocolate taste.


4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jjsint (896) - Ely, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2014
Keg at BrewDog Birmingham. Pitch black with little head but considerable lacing. Molasses/treacle, coffee and caramel aroma. Taste is sweet at first but it quickly morphs into an intense, almost acrid bitterness. Medium to long bitter espresso finish. Hop bite in the aftertaste. Very drinkable for the ABV. The palette is thinner than many imperial stouts, which adds to the accessibility of this brew.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tricksta_p (1279) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - NOV 25, 2014
Aroma of roasted malt, lots of coffee, dark chocolate, some liquorice. Flavour is medium sweet with a medium bitter finish. Drinks easily, like a lower ABV beer. Smooth and balanced.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
luser2000 (64) - Budapest, HUNGARY - NOV 25, 2014
Annak ellenére, hogy többféle imperial stout sört kóstoltam már (sőt, pl a Mikkeller Black szériájában több kedvencem is akad), ez valahogy nem adott semmi érdekeset számomra. Amolyan "unalmas" (vagy átlagos i.s) sörnek tűnt. Kár.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
GuideDogSaint (427) - Xiamen, CHINA - NOV 23, 2014
From the bottle at a beer tasting in Tap 66, Xiamen. Pours black with a beige head. Aroma of chocolate, toffee and malt. Complex. Bitter sweet finish.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mark_Eck (763) - - NOV 23, 2014
Draft. Pours black. Massive aroma and taste of roasted malts, dark chocolate, and has a long bitter finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hopmaestro (174) - Örebro, SWEDEN - NOV 11, 2014
Aroma has the proper roasted iMalts, dark iBread notes and sweet dark iFruits. The taste is mid-sweet with notes of iCaramels, dark iMalts, bitter iChocolate and iCoffee. It is not that heavy in its overall impression and I had a pretty good session enjoying this one. Very delicate Imperial Stout and I wish I had a few more of these.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nudiebear (118) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 9, 2014
Bottle at home. Poured a dark red as close to black as possible. Brown medium head which stuck to the glass walls. The first introduction to the nose had chocolate, roasted coffee and malts. Tasted Sweet, mellow and airy, with a good bitterness reminiscent of the one coming from good cocoa. This was just lovely and likely to be my best beer rated yet.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunnar (5613) - Sandnes, NORWAY - OCT 30, 2014
Bottle from Vinmonopolet, Kvadrat. Pours almost black with a big creamy tanned head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, hard roasted malts, liquorice and tar. Smooth creamy mouthfeel. Taste is light sweet, lots of chocolate, some light salty liquorice, hard roasted malts, a very good and complex IS.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ogivlado (5863) - Zagreb, CROATIA - OCT 21, 2014
Bottled 500ml. -from Svijet Piva Zagreb. Deep black coloured, small to medium sized brown head, roasty alcoholic nose. Roasted malt, dark chocolate, dried fruits and licorice with light alcoholic and smokey/ashy notes. Again chocolate in the finish. Really nice one.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Advocate_Ames (446) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2014
Aged 2yrs. Pours very dark with a mocha brown head that rapidly dissipated to leave a minor ring of foam that clings to my glass. The aroma is very rich of sweet carmel roasted malts. I noticed chocolate, hints of licorice, and an espresso like scent. In tasting I noticed semi sweet malted grains that do not linger one bit, the flavor is overwhelmed by bitter cocoa, the remnant notes of roasted coffee, and old hop resins. The finish lingered of bitter tasting qualities that were a tad too dominating for my liking. Overall it was still a good brew but not one that deserves aging.


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