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100
95
style
Brewed by 8 Wired Brewing
Style: Imperial Stout
Warkworth, New Zealand
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 609   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   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 youre 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 dont already know the history of Russian Imperial Stouts please check it out on the internet, its 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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3.7
   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 doesnt go with the pizza I ordered. Or the burgers were having tomorrow. Should I just have it with dessert? As dessert? No, its 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 doesnt hold.

NOSE: Raisins, softer than expected. I cant even say coffee because while I do get a hint I think its conditioning. This is a classy Imperial Stout so there must be a coffee nose. But no.

MOUTH: So very Belgian? Im 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 youre an idiot, it means nearly the opposite something disliked of what you want it to mean pleasant lipsmackingness). I dont think the sweetness is chocolate. Rather something purple and fruity. Its a nice departure from the usual humdrummery.

Beeradvocate Rating: 89

ratebeer Rating: 100

Hayward Abbey Rating: 89


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerplace (984) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 20, 2016
Tasting with Alex and George. 500ml bottle from High Point. Pours an opaque almost black with a dark beige head. Aroma is coffee, seeds, roasted malt. Taste is roasted malt bitterness, dark fruits, roasted seeds, with low to medium sweetness level. Roasted malt aftertaste. Very good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
trapped (2467) - New York, TURKEY - NOV 20, 2016
Draught @ Mikkeller Bangkok. Inky black with large spongy tan head, sweet mocha aroma, medium carbonation, bitter chocolate-mocha taste followed by hoppy bitterness, thick body, long hoppy finish. Wow! Incredibly well balanced brew for a 10 plus percent ABV.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mjik83 (1359) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - NOV 17, 2016
30cl van de tap bij Zeezicht, Breda Alcoholpercentage van 10,5% Uitgetapt in Zeezicht glas Uiterlijk: zwart met mooie cremelaag, ziet er goed uit Aroma en smaak: koffie, chocolade, gebrande mouten, goed bitter Conclusie: erg lekker deze stout ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Korcz (802) - Warsaw, POLAND - NOV 1, 2016
Backlog, ocena przepisana z untappd, w ramach uzupełniania profilu na ratebeer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirstyrabbit (1772) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 24, 2016
Bottle. Dark body, small head. Roasty aroma with sweet dry cocoa. Tase is sweet and a bit too roasty. Flavours include cola, sweet black coffee and bitter cocoa. A bit too much roast dryness for my tastes. The cola-like sweetness in the finish becomes a bit too much as half of the bottle is finished. Eventually it almost turns into a coffee liqueur. A respectable Imperial Stout but its really too simplistic to deserve a general score of "100" and "95" for the style.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jiwookdo (49) - changwon, SOUTH KOREA - SEP 24, 2016
black with a small brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, espresso. Flavour milk chocolate, roasted malt, roasted espresso. smooth bitter with long lasting medium carbonation light body

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
King_Alex_II (1228) - SWITZERLAND - SEP 7, 2016
Pitch black color with beige foam ring. Coffee nose. Thick sugary taste with coffee vanilla and chocolate. Dry, chocolate sweet and light coffee and vanilla flavors in the finish and aftertaste.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
anstei (1333) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - AUG 27, 2016
Bottle from Beersnmore. Coffee, vanilla, chocolate, as a classic great ImpStout. Sweet, intense and heavy. A bit sticky. Cocoa powder. I waited for this beer 20 months after not buying it the first time, and it almost lives up to that. But just almost.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SinH4 (3400) - Garching b. Mnchen, GERMANY - AUG 27, 2016
Bottle. Black color with tan head. Aroma is coffee, black chocolate, some vanilla. Taste is vanilla, crme brle, chocolate. Very creamy mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Good Impstout.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wrlangin (203) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 30, 2016
500 ml bottle from Hawthorne Cellars. Pours jet back with medium dark tan head. Mild aroma of chocolate and perhaps some coffee. Flavour is much bolder - bitter chocolate, coffee, hops, and malt. More bitter (in a good way) and less sweet than other imperial stouts. Really good. Interesting note. I had the Batch 2.18 barrel-aged stout yesterday and it did not have the happiness and bitterness that the iStout has. Either it mellowed with the ageing or has a different base stout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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