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IStout - 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

201 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 201
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.72%
Wants: 13
Gots: 27 | 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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3/5  rDev -25.2%

ejimhof, May 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

pperez38, May 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

duceswild, Apr 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

mendvicdog, Apr 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

YeastEnthusiast, Mar 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

sloelco, Mar 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

twelveinches, Mar 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

IanSpindler, Mar 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Harvey98, Mar 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

lgmol, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.56/5  rDev +13.7%
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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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

VeggieNugget, Feb 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

CORKSCREWFISH, Feb 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Apathetiq, Jan 28, 2013
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3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Naptime beer. Biding time in the chill chest, you begin to wonder, “When am I going to drink it? It doesn’t go with the pizza I ordered. Or the burgers we’re having tomorrow. Should I just have it with dessert? As dessert?” No, it’s 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 doesn’t hold.

NOSE: Raisins, softer than expected. I can’t even say coffee because while I do get a hint I think it’s conditioning. “This is a classy Imperial Stout so there must be a coffee nose.” But no.

MOUTH: So very … Belgian? I’m 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 “you’re an idiot, it means nearly the opposite – something disliked – of what you want it to mean – pleasant lipsmackingness). I don’t think the sweetness is chocolate. Rather something purple and fruity. It’s a nice departure from the usual humdrummery.

Beeradvocate Rating: 89

ratebeer Rating: 100

Hayward Abbey Rating: 89

viverlee, Jan 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Duff27, Jan 20, 2013
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4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - jet black, two fingers of tan head, respectable retention with plenty of lacing
S - semi sweet chocolate, burnt coffee beans, dark fruit and alcohol sweetness
T - starts with dark chocolate and candied cherry sweetness, light roast coffee, very mild piney hops
M - chew but lightened by the high ABV%, creamy smooth, roasty bitter finish
O - very tasty and extremely sneaky 10%, if you are a stout fan this could be sessionably dangerous

joemcgrath27, Jan 19, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -31.4%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Freshlikeugh, Jan 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

pixieskid, Dec 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

IMSPEAKNOENGLISH, Dec 09, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8 Wired "iStout" Russian Imperial Stout @ 10.0% , 500 ml bottle for $9 ,
A-pour is a dark mocha brown , with a small tan head that quickly dissapates leaving a small lace ring after every sip from the pint glass
S-old raspy new zealand style
T-crisp and clean tasting RIS , anise comes thru at the end , very smooth
MF-full bodied , tons of viscosity , taste the booze , warm feeling
Ov-very good beer , favourite of the RIS tasting , will earn a spot between HS-Megadestroyer & Pothole Filler

cheers LampertLand

LampertLand, Dec 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

c_patton, Dec 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Liquoric3, Nov 26, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

schnarr84, Nov 23, 2012
IStout from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 201 ratings.