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IStout - 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 226
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 13
Gots: 31 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
8 Wired Brewing Co. visit their website
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/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 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!

70 IBU

(Beer added by: dgilks on 11-06-2010)
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4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

App: Poured jet black with little carbonation. Swirling releases some carbonation up the sides of the glass which settles onto the top of the beer forming wee little islands of foam.

Sm. Slight sweet smell with roasted tones. Very little hop odor. Slight whiskey and dark chocolate.

Taste: Distinct dark chocolate and grains, dry hop finish. As beer warms (20 minutes), it balances better with the hops fading and the malt balancing the sweetness nicely.

Mouth Feel: Made creamy by the fine bubbles in the beer. thick viscous.

Overall: Excellent beer with an amazing amount of dark chocolate given no choclate is added. Well balanced by a nice strong malt flavor. One of the better beers I have had. Highly recommended based upon flavor.

Value: Excellent beer, but hampered by the high price ~ $14 for one pint. There are choices of equal quality available for a lower cost.

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of Kilroy84
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of Andy_Luft
5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of eawolff99
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of a77cj7
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of random846
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of RobertH50
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle pour at Shelton Brothers The Festival 2014 held at Crafted in San Pedro, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and slight smoke aromas. Taste is much the same with coca, char, and slight smoke flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a great mix of cocoa and smoke qualities.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of thinwhiteduke
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of Kramerwtmf
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of KrisDLSmith
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of PolarBear3
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%

Poured into my Duvel Tulip

A - Pours a lovely deep black with a dark tanned two fingered head, that laces well. Very impressive

S - Sweet roasted malts, cocoa, dark chocolate with a little hoppiness

T - Wow!..I get alot of dark chocolate, roasted coffee with a great balance of hops and a terrific slightly bitter finish.

M- A little carbonation and medium to full bodied

O - A fantastic complex beer that is balanced nicely, and highly recommended.

Photo of tee
4.92/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of Davepoolesque
4/5  rDev -1%

Viscous. Great hop bitterness. Good roasted malt character. Impressed.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of RBuckley73
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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.

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of patpat
4.56/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a perfect black with some lacing that thinned quickly. The smell of this beer took me away to a better place. Exceptional. The aroma was an appetizer to a well balanced somewhat boozy, sweet, tart, thick joy of a sip. Key would be to sip this one I suppose... but as I poured it into a goblet... This is the best stout I've ever had.

Photo of maltlab
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of dcmchew
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of MylesMac
4.2/5  rDev +4%

Appearance (3.8)
Black as night
Some lacing
Mocha head but not much of it

Smell (4.3)
Dark chocolate
Warming alcohol

Taste (4.8)
Sweet Honey
Toasted caramel
Bitter dark chocolate

Mouth feel (4.0)
Full body
Slightly sticky

Overall (4.2)
Very complex on the noise and palate. Like a party in my mouth!
Smooth for the ABV
Very good

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IStout from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 226 ratings.