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IStout - 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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200 Ratings
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Ratings: 200
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 13
Gots: 26 | 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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Photo of ralree


4.25/5  rDev +6%

A: Black with a deep brown head. Retention insanely good. Lacing great. Perfect.

S: Chocolate, sweet, great hops.

T: Rich and sweet, this is definitely a dessert-y beer. Hops are nice and bitter, and the bitter chocolate is full-on. Burned toast after swallowing.

M: Thick, syrupy, chewy, quite a bit of astringency.

D: Really rich and sweet, so not the easiest to drink, but goes down well for the style.

11-19-2011 04:36:20 | More by ralree
Photo of drpimento


4.47/5  rDev +11.5%

Man, this is some pretty good stuff. Really good stuff. I let it warm a bit out of the fridge and then poured a voluminous, foamy, frothy, fluffy, tan head that slowly settled down and good lacing. Color is an absolutely opaque pitch black. Aroma is malt, cocoa, toffee, roast, yeast, coffee. Flavor's like nose, extremely well balanced (especially for the style), with just a little of the sweetness on top. Body and carbonation are perfect. Finish is like flavor, fairly long, only a bit of alcohol, and super easty to drink especially considering its strength.

11-13-2011 02:22:09 | More by drpimento
Photo of lacqueredmouse


4.22/5  rDev +5.2%

Shared with @tobeerornottobe.

Pours a heavy and extremely dark black-brown, with a crunchy and excitingly rich head of mocha brown. Body is extremely heavy, and forms some tight, dirty brown carbonation when tilted or swirled. Lacing forms in waves when tilted, but the only residual is the legs of the body itself as it's swirled. Looks very impressive.

Nose is extremely interesting. Instead of the big toasted, roasty, bittersweet charred grain characters I was expecting, the first smack is of fresh New Zealand hops, giving a crisp green vegetation and sharp fruit character. Sure, under this is a mellow roastiness that gives it a slightly deeper note, but it's really excitingly hoppy, which is a pretty unique experience. If anyone was going to do it, I'd trust it to the New Zealanders though, and 8 Wired in particular.

Taste is extremely smooth and mellow (I love that I've started each paragraph with "extremely"), with a caressing roastiness and a fluid back palate that is so supple that you don't even realise you're drinking anything. The hop character from the nose has disappeared, but surprisingly, the roast doesn't really come up to takes its place in the bitterness stakes. Instead, it's an exceptionally drinkable 10% ABV mellow smooth-bomb.

Another great brew from 8 Wired. I love the amped up hops on the nose, and the exceptionally creamy finish, that make this a dangerously drinkable brew. They continue to impress.

10-30-2011 08:56:30 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of rudzud


4.1/5  rDev +2.2%

Picked up on a whim from Julio's.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a rich, dark oily black pour with a one finger mocha head that faded to leave light clouds/wisps.

S - Pretty nice aroma here. Good chocolate and coffee notes along with the usual roasted sweet malts. Some dark fruits in there too.

T - Not quite as nice as the nose, there is still alot of good chocolate and coffee. Quite bitter coffee on the finish. Good sweetness to counteract the coffee/chocolate.

M - Nice mouthfeel. Its not that thin, not super thick. Enjoyable.

O - Overall, I enjoyed this offering from 8 Wired. About on par for me with their IPA offering. Might buy again.

10-28-2011 03:02:29 | More by rudzud
Photo of BullDurham


2.05/5  rDev -48.9%

Poured into my DFH signature glass

Appearance: Very dark, not black as I would expect from an RIS. One finger mocha head turns to nothing quickly after a hard pour. Nothing sticking to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Not much of anything here. Coffee? Alcohol? Im trying way to hard to pick up what little I can smell

Taste: Not nice. Charred almost burnt malt at the beginning and ends in a coffee like bitterness that is fighting with a really off putting sweetness and alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation which is ok, but it feels so thin. Needs to be thicker

Overall: I would pass on this beer. The only thing it almost did right was the appearance. Not easy to drink, that sweetness is killing me.

10-27-2011 09:30:59 | More by BullDurham
Photo of ATLbeerDog


3.9/5  rDev -2.7%

Pours a deep pitch black with a quickly dissipating medium tan head. Smells mostly of dark almost burnt roasted malts with well ripened dark fruits supporting. First sip is Dark lord like in its malt make-up as those rich malts have that burnt flavor so reminiscent of that amazing FFF beer. Also adding to the comparison is the character of the bitterness due to dark chocolate and heavily roasted coffee. Unlike DL, this puppy is thin in body & complexity and has a body nowhere like motor oil. Lightly carbonated to the point that any less carbonation one could considered this aspect the beer’s only fault. ABV is well hidden. Overall a very nice beer especially for anyone would thinks Munster, Indiana is a great place to be the 3rd week in April

09-16-2011 03:48:41 | More by ATLbeerDog
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.88/5  rDev -3.2%

Pours a one finger light brown head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Black color, no highlights. Light-medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Light chocolate nose and flavor is almost sweet chocolate, some bitterness at finish. Higher ABV is hidden, label has ABV at 10%. Pricey at $12.00 for a 500ml bottle from Tully’s Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

09-14-2011 22:02:28 | More by jdhilt
Photo of AgentZero


4.1/5  rDev +2.2%

Second double digit ABV bottle of the night consumed by Alex and I during the White Whale FFL draft.

A - Black beer with a brownish head that left a little bit of lace on the sides.

S - The smell is pretty nice and has a lot of things going for it. A little bit of green cocoa nibs as Alex said, with some good nut/earth tones, dark fruit, and toffee. Lots of things to pick out that blend together well.

T - Taste is good, although not as good as the nose. Comes across a bit sweeter and thinner than expected, with caramel, chocolate, and more of that distinctive nut flavor that was on the nose. Some fruity sweetness on the end, I actually think this could have used something to bitter or roast it up a little bit.

M - Smooth, lower carbonation, fuller side of medium bodied.

O - This one has a good taste, and Alex and I downed the bottle rather quickly, particularly considering the ABV. It's a rather good beer, and some people will like this one quite a bit.

09-03-2011 21:30:02 | More by AgentZero
Photo of MasterSki

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +3.5%

Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a wide-mouthed chalice.

A - Tan foam settles to a thin ring and some faint wisps, leaving behind minimal lacework. Black body with a glint of brown at the fringes.

S - Dark roasted grains, slightly green cocoa nibs, nutty, dark breads, yeast, some caramel. Quite nice stuff, particularly if you let it warm up a bit.

T - Taste is a little less rich and more mono-dimensional. Plenty of caramel, milk chocolate, and roasted nuts. Low roast bitterness in the finish. Flavor profile reminds me a little bit of Hill Farmstead Earl but without the coffee bitterness.

M - Smooth texture, pleasant lower carbonation, medium-full body, and really creamy. No alcohol present at all, which is pretty impressive.

D - Not sure about the reviews stating this is too charry and burnt - I found it fairly sweet to be honest. Mike and I destroyed the 500ml bottle of this one pretty quickly as well. Alcohol wasn't noticeable at all, so this would be an easy, albeit pricey, way to get buzzed pretty quickly.

09-02-2011 14:34:22 | More by MasterSki
Photo of Bendurgin


3.43/5  rDev -14.5%

Bottle shared courtesy of Andy. Poured into a tulip. Sits black in the glass with a finger of dark mocha colored head. A little bit of soapy lace.

The aroma is robust and full. Leather and rich dark chocolate come to mind. Just a little bit of fruit in the background. Very alcoholic on the pallet. Everything I would expect from the aroma is here; Rich dark chocolate with a little bit of dark fruits in the background but this one is hot. The alcohol masks the flavor quite a bit.

The feel is full and the carbonation is subtle. However, it simply burns a bit. Overall a decent stout. I wonder if a bit of age to mellow it out would be benificial because I feel like the flavors are mostly there. They are just a bit too concealed.

08-26-2011 04:06:13 | More by Bendurgin
Photo of andrewinski1

New Hampshire

3.83/5  rDev -4.5%

Poured into a tulip. The color is black with notes of amber at the edges. There is a half inch head that is brownish clay colored.

The aroma is chocolatey with the slightest hint of dark cherry. There is a faint aroma of smoke when I go in for a sip.

The taste has lots of roasted flavor and coffee. The finish is slightly fruity. This is overall slightly sweet.

This is on the lighter side for an imperial stout and the carbonation feels like it's delivered in large bubbles (if that even makes sense).

This is a good beer, I just wish it wasn't so pricey.

08-26-2011 04:05:45 | More by andrewinski1
Photo of broken22


4/5  rDev -0.2%

Poured out into a tulip glass. Hardly any head formed at all. This beer is nice and dark like motor oil. The only indication there is even carbonation in this beer visually is a little ring of bubbles on the outside of the glass. The smells I am getting are a bitter sweet almost chocolate like with alcohol notes and a little bit of hops drifting in. I can easily smell this beer wafting out of my glass, it is very fragrant. No surprise the beer tastes much like it smells. The hops are real subtle giving up the flavor profile to be dominated by the almost smoke like alcohol notes I was picking up. The beer itself is full bodied. The overall mouthfeel is very light in carbonation.

Overall this is a pretty good brew. I really cannot say anything distinctive or surprising about this beer that would make it special. It's just a good beer worthy of a purchase.

08-22-2011 15:02:22 | More by broken22
Photo of mulder1010


2.15/5  rDev -46.4%

500 ML bottle poured into a Mikkeller Tulip

Thanks to Mr Kennedy for opening this up!!

A-- Dark cola that settles black. Minimal carbonation to this. Big, black, thick and sludgy looking. Nice looking half a finger of leather head. Some visual spotty lacing.

S-- Thin and quite weak. Muted chocolate, muted malt, muted coffee. A small bit of hop presence in the nose. Alcohol well hidden so far.

T-- Scorched earth policy!!! Scorched malt, scorched coffee, scorched chocolate, some hops to keep the scorching to a minimum and provide a burnt hop quality to this.

M-- Thick and coating but not sure I wanted to taste Sherman's march to the Ocean. Everything scorched beyond belief. Lots of ash, char, and burnt cigaretts and tobacco to this and all other flavors have been scorched into submission.

O-- Probably a good idea to throw this into a barrel so to mask all the scorching with fresh oak. Honestly could not drink this. Maybe it was a bad bottle? I could not finish this and dumped the rest of my half.

08-22-2011 04:14:36 | More by mulder1010
Photo of MrKennedy


2.58/5  rDev -35.7%

500ml bottle purchased from Warners at the Bay and shared with mulder1010 with my portion poured into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip style glass.

Pours a nice black colour with a nice beige/tan head of foam that settles to film after a little while and re-emerges after some agitation.

Smell is very muted, some coffee coming through but that is about it. Was expecting a lot more from a 10.5% ABV stout and this didn't deliver.

Taste is dominated by a real over-charred malt flavour, burnt and not roasted this really detracts from the minor other flavours that could be there.

Mouthfeel again is dominated by the over-roasted malt that makes this very tough to finish half of a 500ml bottle. Too much in this regard and lacking balance.

Overall a beer that has over-charring as its main characteristic that serves to drown out all other flavours. Too simplistic, too dull otherwise and too dominated by burnt characters. Something that failed to live up to anywhere near the hype.

08-21-2011 13:17:11 | More by MrKennedy
Photo of billshmeinke


4.53/5  rDev +13%

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.

08-12-2011 22:52:45 | More by billshmeinke
Photo of UnknownKoger


4.13/5  rDev +3%

Poured from bottle into my Celebrator Doppelbock glass. Color is pitch black. A thin brown head quickly dissipates.

As other reviewers have noted the nose and taste are pretty interesting. On the nose I could definitely smell the roasted malts and chocolate bits, but there's also a tiny bit of noticeable hoppiness on the nose. The taste confirms what you smell. The first sip is a bit of a punch in the face as the taste is pretty strong. It's not overly boozy; you would expect a beer at 10.50% to be. But the taste is definitely chewy.

Overall, this is a very, very good beer. I would never have guessed this came from New Zealand...it's not what I expected. Would I drink this again? Absolutely. I think it could benefit, however, with a year or two on it.

07-28-2011 01:09:25 | More by UnknownKoger
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +10.5%

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a completely thick consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, tan-colored head that quickly dissipated. Not a whole lot of lacing.

S: A big, warm aroma of coffee, malt, chocolate, and some hops as well.

T: Tasted of coffee, dark chocolate, malt, a little licorice, hops, and some random spices. This is a very smooth, subtle, and enjoyable flavor. Surprisingly, the ABV% isn't really a factor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a slick, viscous finish - in short, a typical stout mouthfeel. Full-bodied.

O: This is an incredibly tasty, very easy to drink stout.

07-23-2011 12:09:38 | More by avalon07
Photo of spicelab


4.28/5  rDev +6.7%

With thanks to Chris@Slowbeer.

Pours black with a mocha head that takes a bit of coaxing to heave up to a centimetre or so. Falls to a film and slight curtain of sticky lace.

Nose shows equal measures of roast and sweet esters. There's brewed coffee, cocoa, banana skin, strawberries and cream lollies and a smattering of savoury crackers. Yum.

If the nose is a bit subtle, taste leaves nothing to the imagination. The aroma elements are cranked up and joined by liquorice bullets, dark palm sugar and bay leaves. The roastiness acts as a canvas that allows the sweet flavours to shine.

Full and viscous. Envelops the palate beautifully. Carbonation is just above low and pretty well spot-on for the style.

Very well executed and balanced stout that definitely tends towards the sweeter side. Just lacking in high-end complexity and wow-factor for me to rate this alongside the creme de la creme.

07-23-2011 11:54:57 | More by spicelab
Photo of laituegonflable


4.7/5  rDev +17.2%

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...

07-17-2011 23:27:57 | More by laituegonflable
Photo of SawDog505

New Hampshire

4.53/5  rDev +13%

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.

07-17-2011 12:35:32 | More by SawDog505
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +11%

huge thanks for the bottle. i was able to get most of the lineup locally, but needed to cross continent to nail this one!

deep dark, black liquid coming right out of the gate. Very dark, and completely opaque, there was no light getting through on this one at all. A nice three-inch high tan colored head then rose up out of the depths and reached out over the top of the glass.

rich and sweet, with the dark baker's chocolate coming through first. Nice sweet aroma that was then blended very well with the coffee like tones that were surrounding it. Very nice overall blend here, with a touch of bitterness in the back that could be picked up even in the aroma.The rich chocolate notes are coming through first, but have been supplanted in their strength by the coffee. It is a nice roasted, and sweet coffee flavor, without that biting bitterness you see sometimes. Nice touch of vanilla in there and maybe some molasses, definitely something sweet in it for sure. There was a nice overall profile though with loads of sweet flavor. The finish was strong with a touch of hops still left around to dry out the mouth enough to let the sweet profile come back around one last time.

07-11-2011 00:41:32 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of joecast


4.58/5  rDev +14.2%

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.

07-01-2011 13:21:05 | More by joecast
Photo of ADZA


4.18/5  rDev +4.2%

This is one of those kiwi breweries that excites me everytime i see something new released from them and this pours a dark as night jet cola hue hue that lets no light in and leaves only a one finger head and a rim of lacing,the smell is basically boozy alcohol,chocolate,coffee and dark fruity hops,the mouthfeel is only light-medium bodied and carbonated nice for the style but i find the mouthfeel abit light on for my liking and it has tastes of dark begian chocolate,milky coffee,roasted malts,tobacco and finished with a hit of sweet vanilla cream and bitter dark fruity hops all at once and overall quite a nice RIS that could be alot better with a thicker mouthfeel but very drinkable.

06-13-2011 05:43:42 | More by ADZA
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4.35/5  rDev +8.5%

Drank from my Duvel Tulip.

A - Pours a classic deep Ebony colour with a dark tanned head that retains well and laces.

S - Heaps of coffee and chocolate with some hop.

T - Heaps of Milk chocolate up front that lingers through some quite big expresso flavours. Nice balancing hop flavours compliment a very well hidden alcohol content.

M - Silky smooth, not full bodied and minimal carbonation.

O - This beer would be massive with some barrel ageing. Its a very good impy in its own right though.

05-29-2011 15:14:44 | More by eric5bellies
Photo of dgilks


3.38/5  rDev -15.7%

iStout pours pitch black with a creamy tan head. Poor head retention.

Mild chocolatey and fruity aroma. There's a touch of sweaty, overripe fruit in the background. I'm looking for a bit more coffee and roast.

Sweet malt plays with some sweaty NZ hops, mild fruit esters and a touch of bitterness. This lacks the roasty bitterness expected of a RIS and the hop character is a touch offputting.

Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. It's a touch prickly but still good.

Overall, I'm not sure about this beer. The hop character is weird and I think Soren has picked the wrong hops here. Further, the malt character isn't quite right and lacks the roast, coffee and chocolate expected of the style.

11-06-2010 09:54:03 | More by dgilks
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IStout from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 200 ratings.