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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: 531   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   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!


Sask89's rating

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sask89 (418) - Regina, Saskatchewan, - MAY 25, 2014
Pours pitch black with a creamy tan head. Aroma is of chocolate malts, slight coffee, roasted barley with a distinct liquorice scent. Taste is rich and sweet with a bitter kick in the finish. Full bodied, creamy and smooth on the palate, and lively carbonation. Overall an excellent stout.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cam_Dynamite (55) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 24, 2015
My second bottle, aged about 6 mths. Pours black with a tan head. Nose is milk chocolate, vanilla, coffee. Taste is very burnt malts, chocolate cocoa, coffee. Pretty in your face but I dig that.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Renobob (1001) - Besançon, FRANCE - JAN 23, 2015
Bue en bouteille de 50cl. Couleur noir profond, mousse beige. Arômes café et chocolat noir puissants. Finale longue intéressante.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Klimaet (343) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - JAN 23, 2015
Bottle. Pours pitch black with a creamy dark brown head. Aromas of vanilla, cocoa, toffee, slight roasted coffee and some light malty notes. Taste is coffee roast up front, caramel, dark chocolate, some vanilla, sweet dark fruits, roasted malty notes and a dry oaky finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tsekouratos (383) - Nea Filadelfeia, Athens, GREECE - JAN 23, 2015
500 ml bottle from BierKoning, Amsterdam Netherlands. Black body with a nice brown head. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, liqourice, some oak. Taste is really nice, chocolate and oak at first, with some char notes, as well as coffee, roasted. Aftertaste is sweet, long and the mothfeel is really oily and sticky. Full body with medium cabonation.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Serapac (163) - CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 15, 2015
Bottle from Malting Pot. Near black, medium beige head. Aroma milk chocolate, roasted malt, autumn earth. Taste espresso, dark chocolate. Full body, medium lacing, low carbonation, oily structure. Complex and very good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RickFifty (500) - Fredrikstad, NORWAY - JAN 11, 2015
Black color, brown head. Roasted malt nose, coffee, chocolate, toffee. Roasted malt taste, licorice, chocolate, dry finish. Full body, soft carbonation, oily texture, warming alcohol.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
borre_m (380) - NORWAY - JAN 10, 2015
Pours pitch black with dark tanned head. Aroma is roasty, some coffe, but also hops. Taste is very roasty.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dvrob_ (2) - - JAN 4, 2015 does not count
Great beer! Pours a dark ’coffee creme’ head, smells of dark chocolate, coffee and vanilla - tastes much the same, really well balanced with all those flavors coming through smoothly, can’t taste the alcohol for a 10.5% beer at all really. Very, very drinkable!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mnurda (1162) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 27, 2014
Bottled sample from MLCC. Enjoyed with a dessert on Christmas Day. Full bodied chocolatey with a bit of hops. Very delicious ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NeuroPliny (166) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 26, 2014
Poured from an oversized bottle into a stem glass. Pours black with a toffee head. Good lacing. Aroma is dark dried fruit, chocolate, roasted malts, and spices. Flavour is wonderfully balanced sweetness of raisin, date, chocolate, caramel, toffee, and expresso against lively hops. I love this New Zealand Russian IPA.


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