8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Imperial Stout
Warkworth, New Zealand
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 571   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
IslandHaole (1128) - Mililani, Hawaii, USA - SEP 28, 2015
Very rich with Soy sauce, Hershey’s Chocolate syrup & prunes. Black as a cloudy night on an eclipse, I had to turn on a few more lights after I opened this beer, it sucked the light out of the room. Head? I don’t think so, a few reddish brown bubbles in a tar pit of blackness. Thick & chewy, a liquified decadent dessert, death by chocolate with a splash of Brandy, pretty damned amazing! IStout? Ay caramba! Rich, luscious, innovative, it leaves me at a loss for words. I’m in love......

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
charule (1733) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 16, 2015
On tap at Small Bar. Poured pitch black with off white head. Aroma euro roasted malts bitter dark fruits whiskey? Light carb med bod. Pretty bitter roast choc taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
waiake (500) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 12, 2015
wow what a stout so much flavour poured solid black & syrupy with a tiny brief head the aroma is coffee taste is all coffee bit of chocolate loads of hops all works really well with the warm alcohol bitter finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Garrold (2831) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2015
Keg. Leeds International Beer Festival. Just about black. Thin, bubbly, sticky, tan head. Thick, viscous, and leggy. Mocha coffee. Vanilla. Fruity hop. Vinous. Taste is sweet coffee. Roast coffee bitter. Has a light, vinous tang. Manages to be smooth and easy drinking. Finishes long, roast coffee bean bitter. Super.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RafeAU (477) - Kingston, AUSTRALIA - AUG 31, 2015
Bottle from Plonk. Pitch black with small tan head. Hoppy aroma, chocolate, mild roastiness. Mildly sweet, chocolate, mild roastiness, low astringency (perfect for me). This is an awesome RIS indeed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AdiBeer (2273) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2015
Aroma: dark chocolate, cacao powder, filter coffee, intense, rich, toasted, dark malts. Appearance: black, medium, frothy, beige head. Taste: light sweet. Palate: dry sweets continue, cacao, chocolate, light bitters coming up. Overall: fantastic Imperial Stout, doesn’t feel too heavy nor can you taste the ABV. Bottle from 21 Wines, Brighton.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DanielBrown (4164) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2015
Keg at Brewdog Brum. Perilously drinkable. Smooth, like a fur lined ashtray. Beautiful coffee, gorgeously humming hop underlay. Super good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Flanfl (298) - Bordeaux, FRANCE - JUL 22, 2015
Black ink body, small brown head. Waho. Crazy aroma. Fresh floral hops are figthing with roasted coffee. Then chocolate, dark fruits and light vanilla notes kicks in. Taste as great. First caramel liquorice with plum. Then fresh hops and rosted coffee. Warm liquorice comes back with chocolate and it takes you to a super long caramel, chocolate finish which evolve with the liquorice to bring bitterness and dryness from hops. Crazy beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Iznogud (1549) - CROATIA - JUL 7, 2015
Bottle, 500 ml at Svijet Piva, courtesy of Marko and others. Pours black with small beige head. Roasted malts, fantastic chocolate sweet flavor. Licorice, some coffee as well. Quite sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hrabren (305) - 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.

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