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


on tap

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RATINGS: 630   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   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 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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
craiggyNZ (9) - - JUN 17, 2013
Bottle. Glorious full mouthfeel and rich, lasting maltiness. Initially, a healthy dose of bitterness, but the end of the taste is quite sweet; an aftertaste which is still present almost an hour later. Very good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ShivanDragon (3932) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - MAY 25, 2017
Zwart met mooie fijne volle licht bruine kraag. Aroma van vrij veel laurier, koffie, geroosterd, gebrand, chocolade, hop. Smaken zijn zacht/glad, toch ook wat dun qua mondgevoel, veel droge chocolade, poederachtig droog, scherp, alcoholisch, donkere choco, redelijke laurier, redelijk moutig, vanille, redelijke body, persoonlijk vind ik het lauriergehalte wat te hoog, het gaat wat naar een bipa, en teveel is bijna nooit goed, nou dat gaat in dit geval op!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nearbeer (5303) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 8, 2017
500 ml. 10.0% appears to have been bottled in 2016. Jet pour has a spongy disc of foam. Aroma is bread, cocoa, blackstrap molasses, mineral water and a touch of blackberry. Flavors of dark toasted bread, soy, blackstrap, ash, berry, mild cherry and caramel. Medium-heavy body has smooth low-medium fizz and a decent balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gopherfan99 (1700) - Minnesota, USA - APR 28, 2017
Bottle; pours black with a brown head; aroma of roasted malt, coffee, dark fruits, and hints of chocolate and licorice; taste is bittersweet with roasted malt, licorice, coffee, and some chocolate and dark fruit notes; finish is dry with some roasted malt and dark chocolate

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eljebi (90) - oviedo, SPAIN - APR 23, 2017
Muy torrefactas y compleja. Cacao, chocolate negro, caf, maltas tostadas en equilibrio con notas a frutas dulces, otras terrosas y ahumadas. Buen cuerpo, sedoso y rotundo. De final seco y sabroso, peln licoroso

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Grumbo (2555) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2017
Bottle from BrewDog online, and shared at Dans. Pours black with a lasting beige head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, toffee, plus a touch of mint. Moderate sweetness, medium roasted bitterness. Full bodied, slick texture, soft carbonation. A complex and very enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bonev (696) - POLAND - APR 20, 2017
Piwo w kolorze czarnym nalewa sie z obfita bezowa drobnopecherzykowa piana. W aromacie palone slody, kawa i lukrecja. W smaku polslodkie z niskim wysyceniem i palona goryczka na srednim poziomie. Czuc tyton i popiol, troche ziemiste z lekko rozgrzewajacym alkoholem. Geste i polpelne cialo a w dodatku dosc mocno nachmielone.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Unde (1058) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 17, 2017
Blackish brown colour with beige head on top which leaves some beautiful lacing as it slowly dissolves. Aroma has roasted malts, sweet fruits, milk chocolate and maybe vanilla. Taste is quite roasted and dry. Roasted malts dominate, coffee and salty licorice with surprisingly bitter ending. Full oily texture with medium carbonation. Aroma was more sweet and the taste was more like traditional Russian Imperial Stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikeyo1 (808) - Linkping, SWEDEN - APR 13, 2017
Bottle @ home, Cellared 18 months, the color is black with a medium to large head, good duration and nice lacing. Aroma is fruity sweet, roasted and slightly sour with notes of chocolate, old resinous hops (in a nice way), lemon, coffee, cinnamon , earth, leaves, vanilla and oak. Palate is smooth yet with a quite sharp carbonation. Big body. Flavors of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, licorice, grape fruits, oranges. Balanced Assertive bitterness in aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rikstar (2563) - NETHERLANDS - APR 7, 2017
Zwart als de mnacht met een bruine kuif. Smaak en geur zijn sterk geroosterd, haver komt in de geur ook naar boven. Afdronk is erg in de drop salmiak hoek. Mooie volle body en heel erg fijn CO2 Erg goede balans in deze verder vrij droge RIS

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
josanguapo (1562) - SPAIN - MAR 23, 2017
From Labirratorium. In teku glass. Watching Aprendiz de Gigolo. Very roasted with some ashy notes, but at the same time providing a general feeling of balance. Abv well hidden. Some bitter notes at end

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