8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: Imperial Stout
Blenheim, New Zealand
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 508   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!

Sask89's rating

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Advocate_Ames (438) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Davros (1987) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 14, 2014
Pours black with a dark tan head. Nose shows chocolate and bready malt, fairly sweet-smelling. Some booze underneath along with a hint of liquorice. Big, roasty flavours. More liquorice and cocoa along with heaps of roasted malt. Some booze. Fairly sharp.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuu666 (2795) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 13, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours black, nose is coffee, chocolate, caramel, taste is similar, rich and bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
esp0r (2007) - NORWAY - OCT 9, 2014
Bottle shared by Simonsen
Dark brown, black in glass, creamy tanned head. Smell of toast, roast, chocolate and dark malts. Medium sweet, roast, toast, chocolate. Moderate bitter finish. A safe choice for an imperial stout; no one will be offended by selecting this

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ljthiessen (406) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 8, 2014
Bottle. A very nice imperial stout - thick, rich and full of flavour. Lots of sweetness, with chocolate and red fruit notes, but a bitter edge too. Very roasty, some coffee and cocoa, and a touch of hops to bring a brightness to it at the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cunningham (4629) - Halden, NORWAY - OCT 5, 2014
At first……….
In the end………………
You are really HAPPY
[Bottle from Vinmonopolet Vika in Oslo, Norway]

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
UXO (259)
- CANADA - SEP 30, 2014
Pours nearly solid black with only a hint of ruby around the margins, a short finger of dense chocolate brown head with great retention, moderate lacing. Nose is somewhat muted, coffee and dark chocolate, dark roasted malt, faint vanilla. Taste is dark roasted malt, coffee, light vanilla, ending mildly bitter. Full bodied and viscous, with mild sustained carbonation and a mild bitter finish. A very nice example of the Imperial Stout / RIS style. Suffers only very slightly by comparison to the Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel I had immediately before it - a little less smooth and rich, but only barely, and possessing a little more typical coffee astringency. All that said, still a helluva fine beer, and a helluva lot cheaper than the Mikkeller! (Yes, I’m marking it down for the stupid name.)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
cards04 (1801) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 27, 2014
A really good stout. Aromas of dark chocolate, burnt malts, booze, some red fruit. Flavors are dark and bitter chocolate with lots of roasted malts. Some licorice and berries. Sweet and bitter. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StilleStorm (753) - Stavanger, NORWAY - SEP 27, 2014
DWG; Bottle 500 ml. Pours dark brown with a moderate to large, lasting, creamy, lacing and tan head. Nose is heavy malt, coffee and chocolate, licorice, dark, dried, ripe fruits and spice. Taste is moderate to heavy sweet and light to moderate bitter with a lasting, sweeet, warming finish. Body is medium to full, texture is oily to creamy, carbonation is soft. Cheers Søren Eriksen!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gorm (1264) - Sandnes, NORWAY - SEP 14, 2014
Mørk/sort farve med minimalt skum. Lukt av kaffe, malt, sjokolade, røyk og lakris. Smak av sjokolade, malt, kaffe, lakris, frukt og krydder. Vinmonopolet.

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