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8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Imperial Stout
Warkworth, New Zealand
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 564   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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!


crabbey's rating

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
crabbey (17) - - JUL 5, 2010
Jet black with the faintest of beige heads. Aroma is of milky chocolate and coffee; pretty clean without much fruitiness—I like. In the mouth it is sweet without any cloying, full bodied and creamy with a moderate bitterness and low carbonation. Alcohol is very present throughout, although it is balanced well. A worthy addition to the excellent family of NZ craft stouts.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Flanfl (244) - 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

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Iznogud (1541) - 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hrabren (140) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Westkyoto77 (561) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUN 24, 2015
On tap at Foresters. Jet black, fine thin head. Boozy and rich, with espresso, dark chocolate nibs, salted caramel. Slick and slightly oily. A great drop, but I wasn’t exactly in the mood for it, and it made my head spin! (in a good way)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
c0fein (356) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 24, 2015
500ml bottle @ Viking Line Gabriella, Captains Corner. BB 24 07 17.

Black stuff with a light brown head. Smooth, salty, strong, iLike.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beer4000 (5050) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 15, 2015
500 ml bottle. Clear dark brown, almost black body with a huge, lacing, long lasting beige head. Looks perfect in the glass. Really nice aroma of dark malt, coffee, dark chocolate and traces of vanilla. Flavor is sweet, roasted, dark malt, dark chocolate, mocha, fruity, pine, hint of leather and rather bitter. Full bodied and nice, long lasting aftertaste. A really nice Imp. stout – pure joy all the way.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnnniee (2917) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 13, 2015
Bottle shared at the meeting last night. Big chocolate and roast with hints of earth and smoke. Nice RIS

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
langeveld12 (292) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 11, 2015
Pours an average frothy light brown head that slowly diminishes. Body is coffee black. Aroma contains moderate malts (caramel, coffee, chocolate, cookie, hay, roasted and toasted malts, nuts), moderate hops (flowers, spruce, lime, orange), light yeasts (dough, leather, mold) and grape, raisin, plum, forest fruits, raspberry, cassis, alcohol and cola. Flavor is light acidic, then light acidic and sweet, followed by sweet, sweet and light bitter and finishing in light bitter. Body is full with syrupy texture and soft carbonation. Woa! Indeed a big beer. Flavorful, subtle, complex. Really good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leini (1322) - SWEDEN - JUN 7, 2015
Pitch black body with a medium tan head. Roasted notes, along with liquorice, dark sugars, coffee and dark chocolate.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dandeman (654) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 3, 2015
Bouteille chez Prohibition Pig Vt. Café et chocolat au nez, ainsi que de la vanille. Assez traditionnel comme olfactif. Noire, opaque, pas beaucoup de mousse. Le chocolat, le café et la vanille se répètent en bouche mais sont accompagnés d’une petite sensation de crème brulée. Les déclinaisons de caramel, en soutient aux notes de chocolat me jettent par terre. Quel délicieux produit.


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