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


on tap

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RATINGS: 641   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 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
crabbey (17) - - JUL 5, 2010
Jet black with the faintest of beige heads. Aroma is of milky chocolate and coffee; pretty clean without much fruitiness—I like. In the mouth it is sweet without any cloying, full bodied and creamy with a moderate bitterness and low carbonation. Alcohol is very present throughout, although it is balanced well. A worthy addition to the excellent family of NZ craft stouts.

coil (150) - Reading, Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 10, 2017
330ml bottle from The Grumpy Goat, Reading. Black colour with tan head. Big dark roasted malts, liquorice, dark fruits, vinous, bitter dark chocolate, light red wine, espresso, burnt coffee beans. Nice one, body is a bit too thin for the style though.

doriangrey (86) - Diamond Creek, AUSTRALIA - OCT 31, 2017
Tarry chocolate and coffee. Molasses, bitter cherry and dried fruit. A hint of vanilla and liquorice. Well rounded, not bad but more straightforward than the top imperial stouts

GoufCustom (2174) - HONG KONG - OCT 29, 2017

330 ml bottle bought at YATA in YOHO Mall, Yuen Long. Look: Opaque deep blackish brownOne-quarter finger head with residual soapy dark beige foam which fades in 40 seconds; Very good sticky lacing with zero carbonation.

Aroma: Very fragrant full dark malt, with moderate roastyness, rich chocolate, coffee, strong sweet caramel, strong sticky toffee, heavy cream, alcohol, perfume, floral, sugar, spices, biscuits and light grass. Smells like a yummy dessert!

Taste: Strong sweet rich dark malt, with strong roastyness, very strong dark chocolate, very strong roasted coffee beans, strong burnt toast, caramel, sticky toffee, alcohol, strong liquorices, floral, strong molasses, spices, herbs, strong earth, biscuits, lemon, strong bitter hops and grass. Some characters!

Body: Full body. Quite oily palate.

Mouth Feel: Rich dark maltyness in a thick background. Incredibly roasty from start to finish - malt, chocolate, coffee beans and burnt toast - all got very favorable roasted treatment at the same time. How about that! Flowery with strong but agreeable sweetness, spicy herbal earthy with lemon to round. Wild and exciting!

Alcohol: the 10.5% booze is notable but not domineering at all, rather it's the liquorices which contributed a lot to the bitterness. A walk for a RIS. Good!

Hoppiness: Floral, spices and light grass in nose. Herbs, spices, floral, strong earth, lemon and grass in taste; Bitterness - burnt malt, liquorices and hops - is very strong for a lasting, very high astringent sweet-bitter roasty malty finish.

After Taste: Fairly Dry. Chocolatey coffee and very bitter to mouth.

Comments: For a pure RIS, this one excels in addictive, creamy chocolate dessert aroma, and the taste is decisively full-blown roast coffee and dark chocolate whichis intense but balance the sweetness nicely, with a very manageable booze. Just as good as Founders Imperial Stout but its own unique beasty manner. A must buy!

GregMooreNH (114) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 28, 2017
Pours black and thick with creamy head. Aroma is chocolate with a hint of vanilla and roast. Taste is bitter chocolate, moving to add sweetness. Finishes smooth and with a vanilla flavor. A solid imperial stout that holds it own with any competitor.

ciocanelu (2951) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - OCT 20, 2017
Pitch black color with mocha head. Aroma has dark fruits and some astringent roasted malt notes. Taste has milk chocolate, caramel, toasted malt, some coffee bitterness on the finish, really well balanced overall. Medium to full bodied, smooth mouthfeel. Really well made, easy drinking imperial stout.

sam_uk93 (47) - West Sussex, ENGLAND - OCT 2, 2017
Pours completely black with a dark tan, caramel head. Aroma is light spice, cinnamon, alcohol, vanilla. Taste is sweet upfront, vanilla, leading to notes of chocolate, dark roast, finishing with a nice bitterness in the end that lingers for a little. Medium carbonation, full bodied. Very nice.

SebBrews (205) - Bucharest, ROMANIA - SEP 17, 2017
Jet black pour with thin espresso head. Nice lacing. Roasted malts, dark chocolate, cocoa beans, residues of black pepper and some vanilla. Taste is upfront bittery and ashy in equal ratios, with the ash prevailing towards the end. Notes of coffee grounds, dark chocolate and cocoa. Where is the booze? Smooth and oily in texture, low carbonation. Extremely well rounded IS.

danjs5 (296) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 15, 2017
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2017 Big rasin currant rum toasty roasty tar aroma with big frothy tar head and inky appearance. Looks perfect, tastes great too. Nice lacing. Silky smooth. Full tar, rum and raisin, coca and coffee mocha flavours. Somewhat smokey with imagery of back room bar. Great bitterness thoughout and also right to the end. Full flavour. Outstanding.

BeerMate22 (3) - - SEP 12, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2017 Pours a deep black. Soft caramel head. Disipates quickly. The aroma has deeply roasted routes, roasted coffee beans and malt. First taste is almost salty like Marmite, helped along by the prominent alcohol volume. Later the palete adjusts to pick up smooth bitter chocolate notes that linger well after the bottle is finished. A wonderful stout, just make sure you have a good amount of time set aside to work through this monster of a drink.

BeardedAvenger (1123) - Addlestone, Surrey, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2017
Keg at Rake, Borough. Low key creamy choc. Initially sweet before more bitter coffee and berries comeThick. Creamy. Flat carb. Slightly astringent. Good!

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