Brewed by 8 Wired Brewing
Style: Imperial Stout
Warkworth, New Zealand
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 654   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99/5   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!

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
viverlee (18) - - JAN 27, 2013

Naptime beer. Biding time in the chill chest, you begin to wonder, “When am I going to drink it? It doesn’t go with the pizza I ordered. Or the burgers we’re having tomorrow. Should I just have it with dessert? As dessert?” No, it’s ideal not at any time, but at that key afternoon lull when an oily ten percenter is all that stands between you and some clean sheets.

STYLE: Russian Imperial Stout

ABV: 10%

LOOK: Panther black. Oily and pours like syrup, sleek to match the packaging. Soft, ginger head that doesn’t hold.

NOSE: Raisins, softer than expected. I can’t even say coffee because while I do get a hint I think it’s conditioning. “This is a classy Imperial Stout so there must be a coffee nose.” But no.

MOUTH: So very … Belgian? I’m somewhat unsurprised to learn that this New Zealand offering was crafted by a European. Bacon-wrapped dates, roasted coffee beans, malt chappiness (I thought I just invented that word, but Urban Dictionary not only says “no” but also “you’re an idiot, it means nearly the opposite – something disliked – of what you want it to mean – pleasant lipsmackingness). I don’t think the sweetness is chocolate. Rather something purple and fruity. It’s a nice departure from the usual humdrummery.

Beeradvocate Rating: 89

ratebeer Rating: 100

Hayward Abbey Rating: 89

evannell (1522) - Krak�w, POLAND - JAN 21, 2018
Aromat dobrej czekolady nie ustepujący lekkiej kawie, z przebłyskami wanilii - choć nie było tu żadnej beczki. Piwo w smaku nie tak słodkie, jak wydawałoby się po aromacie. Jeden z najlepszych czystych RIS-ów, jakie piłem. Delikatna goryczka i dostojny, czekoladowo-drewniany posmak na końcu. Piękności.

jandorris (900) - Warsaw, POLAND - JAN 10, 2018
Mocno zbożowe, ciut zbytnio wysycone. Sporo gorzkiej czekolady, palonych słodów. W sumie raczej wytrawne, ale w przyjemną stronę.

gr_pa (920) - siemianowice, POLAND - JAN 8, 2018
Dark brown, clear, excellent head. Aroma: coffee, malt, cereal, vanilla, toast, caramel, bread. Full to medium body, high to medium sweetness, medium bitterness. Taste: coffee, cocoa, fruits (mainly cherriess), quite bitter, roasty finish. Great balance, very rich, alcohol well hidden.

karpik (1514) - Sosnowiec, POLAND - JAN 8, 2018
Chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, herbs in nose. Pours black with tan head. Taste is sweet with chocolate, coffee, caramel, roasty notes. Medium bitter finish, soft carbonation and full body. Overall very good classic Impy.

wojanex (556) - warszawa, POLAND - JAN 7, 2018
W aromacie mleczna czekolada, w ustach już zdecydowanie gorzka. Klasyczna risowa podstawa, do leżakowania, pita dziś budzi szacunek ale nie zachwyca. Mało efektowny, ale poważny trunek.

dropi6 (709) - POLAND - JAN 5, 2018
Nice looks. Chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, raosty, hint of fruits, some hops. Very oily and thick. Supprisingly good stout.

RoJo28 (115) - - DEC 22, 2017
A New Zealand beer so good Australia should claim it. They can have Russell Crowe back if necessary. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

creppyiceman (1183) - Cracow, POLAND - DEC 21, 2017
(bottle) Aroma: bit fruity, coffee, citrus fruits. Appearance: black color, medium-sized head. Taste: semi-sweet, flavour of coffee, chocolate, toasted malt, fruity fiinsh. Palate: medium body, low carbonation. Overall: Very nice hoppy stout.

tightslice (1530) - Redwood City, California, USA - DEC 12, 2017
Bottle from K&L in Redwood City, CA. Aroma is licorice, dark chocolate, coffee, leathered dark fruits. Taste is tangy dark chocolate, licorice, mild charcoal with a bitter bark and ashy finish. Beefy stuff.

LazyPyro (1809) - Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2017
330ml bottle. Pours jet black with a large tan head, good retention. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts. Taste is rich, chocolate, coffee, roast malt, caramel, dark/dried fruits, liquorice, bitter roasty finish. Medium-full bodied, silky smooth creamy mouthfeel, fine carbonation. A sublime stout, one of the best I've had from this part of the world.

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