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IStout - 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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89
very good

197 Ratings
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Ratings: 197
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.72%
Wants: 12
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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Exeter

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

02-22-2014 07:34:56 | More by Exeter
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brutusmuktuk

Michigan

4/5  rDev -0.2%

02-17-2014 17:46:40 | More by brutusmuktuk
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wildcatboy

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +6%

02-04-2014 18:23:14 | More by wildcatboy
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sia478

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +6%

01-28-2014 23:28:05 | More by sia478
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polloenfuego

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quick review....

Pours nice and dark, little to no head but what there is is a brownish color. The smell is nice, coffee, roasted malts and some leather there too. The taste is quite nice coffee and roasts come through but the leather smell also translates to taste. That's not a bad thing, just interesting. The mouth feel is full bodied with moderate carbonation.

A pretty good beer...I enjoyed it and would consider having more for this brewer and even another of these if offered.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 23:04:24 | More by polloenfuego
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.2%

01-17-2014 03:18:41 | More by WanderingFool
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the fork & Brewer (Wellington).

Pour was opaque blaak with a durable tan head; very good lacing.

Aroma: Slightly boozy; oak; dark roasted grains

Flavor: a tad sweet; excellent barrel-aging effect; no burnt grain; semi-sweet chocolate.

Feel: full body; soft, well-set carbonation.

O: a very good RIS.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2014 02:59:30 | More by chinchill
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Hoppy_McGee

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -0.2%

01-09-2014 21:33:34 | More by Hoppy_McGee
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sabitu

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +6%

01-08-2014 01:53:11 | More by sabitu
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Brewski

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

01-07-2014 02:35:50 | More by Brewski
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

8 wired iStout
Poured a thick black colour with a plentiful dark tan head, and impressive lacing. Good film and looks solid all round. 4.25
S – tons of bitter dark chocolate, coffee, huge roasty dark malts, alcoholic presence is apparent, spicy pepperiness and chili, strong coffee, intense, and bitter, but rpunded and complex. 4.25
T – thick syrupy chocolate, dark and bitter, espresso and coffee grounds, ending with a dry roasty grainy finish and coffee grounds. Lots of chocolate, highlighted with a touch of toffee, hops are there with a big earthy woody character. Very big and the alcohol presence creeps in a bit, adding some chili, overall very robust, and a pleasing spicy intense sipper. 4
M – syrupy, light carbonation, a huge thick body, very full feel. Slightly slick and oily oily finish. Dry and spicy end. 4
It was a very good but not great imperial stout. It does well at this strength but could be said at this strength the flavours are bound to be intense. This hasn’t hit a bourbon barrel but shows some interesting woody notes and phenolic spiciness along with a ton of coffee. This is in the middle ground between a blow away lower-ABV IS and a mindblowing +10% IS, which it falls short on complexity of, at this strength it does work well but doesn’t really deserve the next level of accolades. Certainly worth a try if you see it, lots of rich chocolate, coffee, spicy notes, balance is pretty spot on, an excellent stout. 4.25

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 17:49:09 | More by mick303
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Eric908

South Dakota

4/5  rDev -0.2%

12-18-2013 02:13:33 | More by Eric908
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stealth

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -0.2%

12-16-2013 00:39:15 | More by stealth
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wtkphoto

Texas

4/5  rDev -0.2%

12-11-2013 05:48:37 | More by wtkphoto
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BGDrock

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: black, with mochachino head that fades fairly quickly to a thin film

Aroma: dark chocolate, burnt coffee beans, hint of campfire, cassis

Taste & Mouthfeel: like chocolate covered coffee nibs - intense and bitter, and pulling it off in a good way - not that puckering bitterness of bad espresso, it has a richness to it; slightly powdery texture of hot chocolate; alcohol well hidden, adding just a mild burn; over time the bitterness mellows and the dark rich notes of chocolate and coffee really shine; touch of spruce tips hint at hops

Overall: a powerful and well crafted stout - managing the bitterness of the roast well so the rich flavours can dominate, and the balance of hops s just right; not for the faint of heart

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 04:47:16 | More by BGDrock
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -0.2%

12-08-2013 14:34:28 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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Benesi88

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

12-07-2013 22:29:33 | More by Benesi88
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Cadbury

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +6%

12-05-2013 21:57:20 | More by Cadbury
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shagens

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +6%

12-05-2013 04:20:38 | More by shagens
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dfhhead25

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.2%

11-30-2013 00:10:53 | More by dfhhead25
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +6%

11-27-2013 19:39:57 | More by peensteen
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Cramshawbar

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

11-24-2013 02:47:46 | More by Cramshawbar
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev -0.2%

11-22-2013 22:34:03 | More by kjkinsey
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8 Wired i Stout is black as fire ash and concedes no highlights regardless of the angle to the light; it is a 'stout' in name as well as description. Its head has a deep tint but can't sustain itself and leaves not a single marking on the glass. What a shame.

Typically, stouts smell either like coffee or espresso - the distinction being the varying degree of intensity - but i Stout, however, has elements of both: caramel macchiato as well as Caffè Americano. Warmth reveals a high degree of milky lactose sweetness.

The flavour incorporates virtually every element one can expect in an RIS: black licorice, dried dark fruits, dark chocolate, black coffee as well as a vinous hoppiness. On some sips it tastes like a burnt brownie with a side of ouzo or sambuca - heavy and rich - while others its flavour resembles Cocoa Puffs, like a sweetened, chocolate and marshmallow children's cereal.

i Stout has considerable hoppiness - it may not boast of it in the aroma or even in the flavour, but the finish is dry and clipping, with a very herbal, bitter aftertaste and an astringent coffee-like roast (courtesy of the malts) that enhance it.

When the craft beer revolution started, the richest stouts belonged to the United States. Now that microbreweries have spread around the world, however, the title for biggest and boldest is up for grabs and New Zealand, via beers such as 8 Wired's i Stout, is making a strong claim.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 04:30:33 | More by biegaman
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev -0.2%

11-22-2013 01:47:11 | More by Texasfan549
IStout from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
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