1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

IStout - 8 Wired Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
IStoutIStout

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

242 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 242
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 17
Gots: 32 | 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:
Beer added by: dgilks on 11-06-2010

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
View: Beers (20) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 242 | Reviews: 87 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of wordemupg
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into tulip 14/9/12

A even right out of the bottle its pretty black, just a thin cola edge when held to the light, noisy thumbs width of head quickly falls too a thin film leaving only a speck or two of lace

S nice rich dark roasts with bakers chocolate and espresso taking center stage, some citric hops are still in there with some earthy notes and faint smoke

T more hops then I expected with well concealed booze but there's just a little detected, some dried fruit as it warms and the roast is rich and dark

M smooth as silk then the bubbles come out and cream this up, thick and a little oily with a slickness left behind, my lips are sticking together and the aftertaste lingers strong for long, just a little heat hits the chest but its a good feel

O loving the hops mingling with rich dark malts, 4.25 would be nice for this one as both smell and taste were would've deserved it so slightly higher here.

I could drink another bottle no problem and I just might, rich and thick with what I like in a stout, must have been a hop when bottled and another beer I don't know if I'd want too age or not

Photo of heygeebee
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

No BB. From Platinum.

Might be the last cold night for a while so here goes...

Pours syrupy black. The one finger tan head dies very quickly indeed.

Moderate aromas of aniseed and licorice. Malts do not smell too roasted(!). Some coffee.

Sledgehammer taste. Roast bitterness roars in with more coffee on plate than on nose. Palate length only moderate. Dry finish. A bit one dimensional in terms of the roast bitterness being detached from rest of palate.

Carbonation very low, medium weight body rather than heavy.

Hmm - not the best RIS I have ever had. Screams for time in cellar, suspect I need to buy a couple... an excellent beer just waiting to get out

Photo of Sammy
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great stout. thick mouthfeel, bittersweet chocolate, complex hopping,well roasted, some smoke in finish. Opaque black. Its the taste, a little anise,bitter more than sweet.Somewhat Danish style.Very good drinkability.A bomber is not enough, go find some.

Photo of rodrigueZflyingf0x
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark black color with a thin ring of frothy chocolate colored head. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind a touch of lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of dark chocolate malts, raisin and other dark fruits, molasses, vanilla, black licorice, and some coffee, earthy hops, and a touch of booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of dark chocolate malts with raisin, plums, and other dark fruits and some black licorice and vanilla. Through the middle, more cocoa comes through with some coffee, a hint of vanilla and smoke, molasses, and some earthy hops. The finish is a mix of dark caramel and dark chocolate with dark fruit, molasses, black licorice, and some booze.

M - Full bodied with mild carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice bold RIS with good overall balance. Good mix of chocolate, dark fruit, and other malty flavors.

Photo of biboergosum
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. Not bad for a hotel room in Grande Prairie, AB - brought from Edmonton, natch.

This beer pours a solid black, with very slight basal cola highlights, with one skinny finger of glistening, somewhat foamy tan head, which sinks away rather quickly, leaving some random specks of lace around the glass.

It smells of lightly toasted caramel malt, strong dark, yet still sweet chocolate, earthy black licorice, a bit of leafy hops, and some simmering alcohol esters. The taste is gritty medium chocolate, dark roasted coffee beans, a bit of dried cherry, semi-sweet licorice, some mildly astringent earthy hops, and a fairly involved sharp booziness.

The carbonation is quite soft, and kind of lucid, the body a sturdy, bulging medium weight, and tacitly smooth, that swirling alcohol trying to poke holes in the whole affair. It finishes pretty sweet, with the chocolate and licorice notes still loud and proud, though well enough offset by the identity-challenged hops, and edginess of the straining likka.

Yes, this offering gives up a lot of heat, but it seems to be absorbed at damned near every point, letting attention more or less fall on the decent savoury chocolate, coffee, and anise essences. A strong, bristling, big-flavoured stout, recommended if that's your thing.

Photo of ThickNStout
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle from Hop City (Atlanta, GA). 10.49. No discernable bottling date. Served in a Terrapin snifter. 

Pours black with a dense three quarters finger tan head. Not much in the way of lacing. 

Smells earthy, roasty, sweet, coffee and cocoa. 

Taste is bitter dark coffee, cocoa, roast, char, cherry skins and leather. The whole time there's a hefty booze wallop. 

Moderate bodied with light carbonation. Slightly slick/ creamy. Long bitter coffee-like aftertaste. 

It's good but nothing special. I think it would get much better after 18-24 months but I'll be passing- there are far better options that cost less. Pretty good and worth a try, if not the price. 

Photo of UltimateLivewire
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of liamt07
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml shared by Jason, into a tulip.

Black with a light brown head. Light retention with little to no lace. Nose is big, got most of it coming straight out of the bottle. Syrupy, molasses, chocolate and subtle coffee notes. Quite sweet on the whole. Taste takes a different angle, with a lot more roast, dark chocolate and coffee - much less sweet and syrupy. Drying finish, with some hops in there. Medium body, smooth texture and easily consumable. Avoid being the overly sweet, cloying beer I had anticipated which was good.

Photo of CGMLS3
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's not everyday that you find a ris that is this good. Smooth, even, multiple lines of flavor that mesh together evenly and well. Not obnoxious. No real detracting factors at all. This is a must try, in my opinion. The price is high and the bottle is too small (I just want more of it, ya know?), but this is a fine beer.

Photo of russpowell
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Took a chance & picked this up at Lukas in Kansas City...

Pours jet black with a finger of mocha head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Dark fruit, figs, & boozey carob

T: Figs, roasty grain, carob, some woody & leafy hops up front. More figs, a bit of black currant as this warms, some charred grain bitterness & a touch of cocoa, plus leafy hops & a bit of booze bite. Finishes with charred grain, carob, figs & a bit more booze bite

MF: Chewy, slight carbonation, thins out a touch as this warms

Like most Shelton Bros beers this is good, but bloody expensive. A good take on the style, the ABV is fairly well hidden. I do believe this would keep easily for 3-4 years as advertised...

Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle 10,0% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
No bottle date.

Appearance: As any decent imperial stout, iStout looks pitch black in the glass, but sadly a strong back light reveals deep red along the edges. A rough pour yields a small dark tan coloured head, that lasts fairly well for the Abv. and leaves a few tiny patches of lace. A swirl coats the glass in a thin yellow film and leaves thin alcohol legs.

Smell: Mmmm, this smells quite good and somewhat sweeter than I expected. Notes include: Dark chocolate, dark caramel, toffee, a little coffee, heavy dark fruits, a touch of smoke, an earthy character, a little liquorice and some sweeter red fruits (could this be the NZ hops?).

Taste: The flavour displays quite a bit more roasted malt than in the nose and even a touch of char. Other notes include: Dark fruits, dark chocolate, a little liquorice, an earthy charachter, toasted nuts and a light coffee character in the finish. The alcohol cover is superb, I would guess that this was 7,5%. The finish is moderatly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with a low level of very smooth carbonation. The lighter body makes this a very drinkable beer, but I do prefer my imperial stouts to be thick and heavy.

Overall: iStout is a good imperial stout, however it is just nothing special (much like everything else with an "i" prefix!!!). That said, I would be quite happy to buy and drink a fair amount of this if I was in New Zealand.

Photo of Vierenner
4.62/5  rDev +14.4%
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!!

Photo of Brabander
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle a few days ago from Dgilks. We met in Belgium and went to the abbey of Saint Sixtus together.

Wanted to try this beer as a start for the weekend.

Poured in my Struise glass (as always) this beer has to be poured with some force in the glass....but then it shows itself! Pitchblack with a super nice head. After a while some lacing in the glass.

Not really very much to smell but the taste is very good. Not heavy on the palate, just good. The alcohol is well hidden. Great beer and this must be my first one from the other side of the earth!

Photo of klipper
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Mingstein
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of gizmoguy
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of ubersky
3.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought this black beauty at Tasty Bev in Raleigh after Soren, the owner of 8 wired did a tasting of 2 completely different beers (DIPA - impressive, Imp Brown Ale - average). He convinced me to try the iStout and the Batch 31 Stout after we talked about the new craft brewery movement in New Zealand (the basic domestic traditional beers from NZ are terrible). He is proud of his heavier offerings, and I see why.

A: Black body with a brown hue at the top...not an overwhelming head, but enough carbonation to hold it up. Head dissipates halfway through a 10oz pour.

S: Smell was average..nothing truly pronounced, but subtle presence of espresso and bittersweet chocolate.

T: Roasty malts with and assertive espresso backdrop...Classic Russian Imperial style. Aggressive but not offensive. Mochaccino on the finish, and it lingers nicely.

M: Silky texture for a Russian Imperial. Carbonation trickles all the way down the glass.

O: After disappointing the nose, my palate thanked me for the purchase.

Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some light hints of dark brown when held up to the light and some very light visible carbonation along the sides of the glass near the surface of the beer. The beer has a quarter finger tall mocha head that reduces to a thin film and thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Moderate aromas of dark roasted malts with a lighter presence of coffee/espresso.

T: Following the smell, this beer starts with the taste of dark roasted malts along with some burnt coffee/espresso and some more subtle notes of bittersweet chocolate. Moderate amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: This is a very enjoyable beer and a nice one to pair with breakfast/brunch. This is a sipping beer - there is no way this beer could be sessionable. Nice complexity and the alcohol presence is well hidden.

Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a quarter finger high dense mocha colored head that gradually died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of roasted malts in the nose along with some hints of licorice.
T: The taste has flavors of bittersweet chocolate, roasted coffee beans and roasted malts in the nose.
M: It feels full-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Considering its strength, the alcohol is well hidden from the taste. Although this is still a beer that needs to be sipped, the overall taste lacks interesting complexities.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Power, balance, complexity, and succulence are all delivered in the ultra rich imperial stout. With the influence of English stouts and American boastfullness... Let's see what'cha got New Zealand!

Decanting with a viscous pour, the beer settles with a very masculine dark, bark-brown hue and a lot of visual weight. Light carbonation fuels a dense and creamy tanish foam that retains most the session, leaving stray pockets of foam behind. The beer simply has an oily and robust appearance that's both appetizing and intimidating at the same time.

Rich malt aroms of burnt toffee, caramel, and maple are accompanied by strong counterparts of chocolate, freshly ground coffee, strong nuts, and a kiss of peated earth. With no real hop aroma the nose is all malt, but with a plethora of malt variety it carries.

Balanced malt flavors continue with the semi-sweet toffee, caramel, and maple that carry a slightly scorched taste. This provides the perfect bridge into the world of cocoa-rich chocolates, espresso and toasted walnuts. Flavors of whopper candies have a starchy chocolate taste that introduces nuances of light licorice, burnt cherries, and woody hop flavors and bring rise to the alcohol taste late.

Full bodied and highly robust, the beer engulfs the mouth entirely with a heavy blanket of malt and roasty dryness. As the carbonation subsides, the malt hugs the mouth tighter and denies to reliquish its grip. This provides a long-lasting taste of roasted grains, alcoholic warmth, and systemic savoryness.

Photo of Demonhunter
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of kevgod
4/5  rDev -1%

IStout from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 242 ratings.