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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: 544   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marko (4168) - 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vannerator (5) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - APR 17, 2015 does not count
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!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
klm1 (342) - - APR 15, 2015
Dark oily brown colour with almost no head. Aroma of roasted barley malts, tobacco, little coffee notes. Flavours are the same, with sweet malty notes, alcoholic-coffe finish. Very good, but maybe I expected a little more.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
varanid99 (629) - AUSTRALIA - APR 5, 2015
Black pour with a 1cm, tight tan head. Chocolatey, roasty aromas, taste is a little sweet, milk chocolate, coffee, roast, dark fruit, finishes with a little roasty bitterness, but nice chocolate milk taste too

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrewje41 (1052) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAR 28, 2015
22 Oz bottle brought to a tasting. Thanks Dad! Pours black with a fading tan head. Mild boozy aroma. Flavor is nice chocolate fronted, with a mild roasted malt background. Cool chocolate finish. Unique stout, and very tasty. Very nice to finally try this.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Prufrockstar (1353) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 28, 2015
Bottle thanks to Andrew (and Andrew’s dad). Near black pour, thin ring of khaki bubbles. Aroma: roast, chocolate, nutty. Reasonably smooth, well-balanced chocolate and coffee that is sweet (but not too) with light bitter finish. Light caramel sweetness with a good balance. Quite nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wekker84 (1770) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - MAR 19, 2015
Bottle a black colored beer with a tiny beige head aroma roasted malts spicy fruits laurel some coffee and hops flavor roasted malts spicy fruits laurel and bitter hops

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FestDecBeet (382) - - MAR 14, 2015
Look: pours a dark black. Dark brown head. Can't see through it easily. Smell: huge chocolate. Nice barrel aromas. Vanilla. Fudge. Taste: heavy roasted malt. Very smokey. Chocolate powder. Feel: slightly dry from hops but still sweet from the malt. Overall: good beer. Aroma and taste diner match up in the beginning but blend nicely after palate adjusts. First drank: home 3/14/15 Vintage:

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
barbillon (54) - Pesaro, ITALY - MAR 4, 2015
Colore bellissimo, nero intenso con schiuma color beige scuro bella persistente. Aroma di malto intenso e dolce cioccolato. In bocca invade la bocca con un sapore di cioccolato amaro iniziale e un bel tostato intenso finale. Stout di grande spessore. Da riprovare.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zenkis (639) - Ogre, LATVIA - FEB 27, 2015
On tap,
aroma and first few sips tastes like barley wine, well hopped throughout with nice, lasting hoppy bitter aftertaste.


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