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IStout - 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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211 Ratings
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Ratings: 211
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.45%
Wants: 13
Gots: 28 | 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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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Eric908, Dec 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

stealth, Dec 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

wtkphoto, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of BGDrock
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
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

BGDrock, Dec 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

TheBeerAlmanac, Dec 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Benesi88, Dec 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Cadbury, Dec 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

shagens, Dec 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

dfhhead25, Nov 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

peensteen, Nov 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Cramshawbar, Nov 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

kjkinsey, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of biegaman
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

biegaman, Nov 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Texasfan549, Nov 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

BMart, Nov 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

AApparel, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of MenryAZ
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of this a few months ago and just now poured it into a snifter. It's difficult to tell its age (though I found it sitting dustily on the shelf of a local bottle shop that's not always good at rotating product).

Appearance: Opaque with very little head. Blacker than it is brown. One of the darkest beers I've seen.

Smell: Not super fragrant, but hints of cocoa nibs and coffee.

Taste: Roasty, choclately up front with a surprisingly hoppy finish that reminds me of a black IPA. However, clearly a stout. It gets hoppier as I drink it, making it a rather unusual imperial stout and one that's rather enjoyable for its novelty.

Mouthfeel: Coats the tongue and is lighter in carbonation.

Overall: A unique imperial stout. Overall enjoyment was diminished a little because of unexpected hoppiness which, although I initially enjoyed, began to wear on the palate as I finished the beer. This is strange, as I consider myself a hop head. In general an interesting version of the style and one I'd like to try cellaring in the future. Worth picking up for sure.

MenryAZ, Nov 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Long813, Nov 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

AugustusRex, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of hopsolutely
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

LCBO procured bottle pours a surprisingly thin near-black with the minimal chocolate-coloured head disappearing quickly. Mouthfeel is also thin with some creaminess in the finish, the only negative comment I'd have towards this exceptionally tasty beer.

The aroma nails all that is good about an RIS - barrel tannins and roasted dark and chocolate malts. These all follow into the taste, which also offers coffee elements and a nice hop bitterness to meld with those chocolate tones. May not have enough "barrel" for everyone, but has an ideal level for my own personal taste. Although there is definitely some heat in the finish, it hides its 10% ABV scarily well.

A very well brewed RIS. As I don't see returning to New Zealand any time soon, will look forward to any future 8 Wired offerings in Ontario.

hopsolutely, Nov 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pt. 9 oz. bottle poured into a Bells tulip. Deep, dark, black body with a small, dark head. Light amount of lacing. Looks foreboding.

Enjoyable aroma. Starts with chocolate blending with the roasted malt, giving a first impression of sweetness. Light hop notes finish the aroma and set up the tasting very well.

Not too sweet. That's always my worry with stouts. This one nails it. Just enough of the chocolate to make the roasted malt lose some bite. The clencher is the right blend of hops which this brew also nails.

Thick texture in the mouthfeel, but nearly no notice of the alcohol. My first beer from New Zealand and this one does not disappoint.

FanofHefe, Oct 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

bigred89, Oct 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

evil_liver, Oct 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

dvmky, Oct 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

maltyb, Oct 21, 2013
IStout from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 211 ratings.