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.

Educational use only; do not reuse.

237 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 237
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 15
Gots: 31 | 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 (18) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 237 | Reviews: 87 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Aggro
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of FadetoBock
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of samEBC
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of lehueve
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of meatyard
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of emwild12
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of MattXT
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of 4ster
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of jsnoek
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of carlmoberg
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of GoHabsGo
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of mtomlins
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

Pours pick black and up to 2-3 fingers of creamy deep mocha head that settles slowly to a creamy collar with some lacing. There is a big nose of deep roasted malts, dark chocolate, burnt espresso and some hot alcohol. On the palate, it starts out sweet, almost milky, malt and then quickly transitions to dark roasted notes, heavy black roasted character (cocoa nibs and dark ground coffee). The finish is very long and dries out nicely and hides its high alcohol content well. The body is full with subtle carbonation leading to a silky, rich and creamy stout. Really, really well done.

Photo of Molson2000
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of digita7693
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Exeter
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of brutusmuktuk
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of wildcatboy
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of sia478
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of polloenfuego
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of WanderingFool
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of chinchill
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of Hoppy_McGee
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of sabitu
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Brewski
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

IStout from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 237 ratings.