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IStout - 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 222
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 13
Gots: 28 | 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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5/5  rDev +23.8%

bluntedboywonder, Dec 01, 2011
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4.92/5  rDev +21.8%

tee, Oct 26, 2014
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Hopstout, Dec 17, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

schnarr84, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of laituegonflable
4.7/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drunk as my official 1000th beer review. Unfortunately enjoyed by myself with just a few sips going to the wife, who didn't much like it.

Pours a very dark brown; the only colour is around the edges of the blackness. Head is ochre, nice and dense but doesn't hang around. Nice trails of lace left behind and a good crown can be formed with a quick swill of the glass. Very good.

Smell is beautiful and stouty. Sweet with plenty of chocolate character, nice savoury wood notes and plenty of spice that adds a slight sour touch. Hints of nutmeg, licorice root and jasmine to it, with floral hops coming through at the back to round it out. It's beautiful.

Taste starts quite sweet, with nice cocoa flavour begetting smooth creamy dark chocolate on the mid that's roasty and spicey in equal measure. Robust, piquant spice with aniseed, black pepper and nutmeg all in a lovely, smooth equilibirium. Reachs a spike of flavour late-mid, with a touch of espresso coffee and smoothing out with some fennel seed action and more dark, roasty chocolate at the back. Mmm.... it's a seamless, hemless palate; wherever you find yourself in it you'll be striking a beautiful note. It's tasty, smooth, complex, yet so drinkable.

Smooth and velvety nearly all the way through. A spike of heat late on the palate, with a bit of the booze showing its face but otherwise beautiful.

Cracking imperial stout, perfect for a Winter evening. Warm, roasty, sassy but smooth, so smooth...

laituegonflable, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of Vierenner
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a delight! I've been searching for somewhat sweet big imperial stouts for quite awhile and very few have hit the mark. This one is nearly perfect. A rich, dark pour with coffee and chocolate aromas. Tastes like it smells with a little charred flavor entering the equation. Reminds me of Goose Island Big John and Oskar Blues Ten FIDY. Absolutely delicious ... only nit for me is it's just a tad sweeter than what I prefer and lacking a bit in carbonation. Other than that a fabulous beer!!

Vierenner, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of joecast
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A gem of a beer this. Pitch black with a nice frothy brown head. Viscous but not overly so.
Hearty impy stout aroma. Meaning it's got heaps of the good stuff; chocolate, coffee and roasted barley.
Flavor is sensational. Has that great vinuous character I got from Sam Smiths IS but not quite as noticeable. In fact the other characteristics of the beer drowned it out until after the bottle was done. The main strength I get is the balance between the sweetness of the residual sugar and mouthfeel and the brashness of the alcohol and dark malts.
That completes my New Zealand six pack and I am blown away. Each one had it's own character, each one highly drinkable (well mostly - Rex), and all very well made.

joecast, Jul 01, 2011
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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.

patpat, Oct 07, 2014
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4.56/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Rich, nose-filling aroma is smoky and mouth-watering, having notes of licorice, roast malt, quality coffee and molasses with a hint of chocolate. It pours an opaque sable just a pixel or two above black and with a thick tan head. Smoky flavor has roast malt, semi-sweet chocolate, quality coffee and licorice tones with nutty, molasses and earthy hints. Absolutely lip smacking, leaving very little to be desired! Firm body is none too fizzy, but that is this brew’s weakest point - and it ain’t too weak. A must for stout fanatics.

Cyberkedi, Feb 17, 2013
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4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Cigar City snifter.

Pitch black with about a finger of beige head. Head retains quite well and leaves a good amount of lacing behind.

Nose exhibits roast, espresso, and baker's/dark chocolate. A subtle earthy/floral hop presence makes an appearance as well.

Tastes of dark chocolate, smoke, tar, ash, and coffee. Finish is tar and chocolate with good bittereness, but the bitterness seems to come from the malt. Hop presence in the nose does not make much of an appearance in the taste.

The mouthfeel is where this beer really stands out. Super smooth and silky. Low carbonation. Full bodied and viscous without being overly sticky.

For sure worth trying. Better than a lot of hyped up stouts out there without any waiting in lines/trading. I'm definitely buying more.

billshmeinke, Aug 12, 2011
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4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into 16oz snifter. Very attractive silky black, with a gorgeous half inch dark tan head. Some lacing but not a ton and is still so lovely. Smell wow, dark chocolate and strongcoffee upfront, with some darkfruit and booze in the background. Taste like smell, but a little breadeness. Mouthfeel is nice and hearty for such a approachable stout. This is one of the best I have had, expensive but a must try if you love stouts.

SawDog505, Jul 17, 2011
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IStout from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 222 ratings.