IStout - 8 Wired Brewing Co.
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4.05/5 rDev +1%
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.
11-22-2013 04:30:33 | More by biegaman
4.14/5 rDev +3.2%
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.
11-13-2013 03:43:45 | More by MenryAZ
3.91/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
11-02-2013 23:50:47 | More by hopsolutely
4/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
10-27-2013 21:13:56 | More by FanofHefe
4.18/5 rDev +4.2%
Pours opaque black with just a tiny cherry glint at the bottom of the glass. The compact espresso colored head lasts a good while and coats the glass with lace. Fresh roasted coffee, field berries and chocolate in the nose. A tropical fruit hop character is the most interesting part of the taste. Decent amounts of roastyness mix with a restrained dark chocolate, cocoa character and a complimentary alcohol heat make up the rest of the taste, hops being in the background of the more traditional RIS fare. The mouthfeel is full bodied verging on viscous with a light, intricate carbonation level. Some moderate bitterness mixes with roastyness, a bit of booze and some fruity hop aromas in the long finish.
This is a great RIS showcasing some nice kiwi hops. Though by no means an especially hoppy RIS, it's balanced, nuanced and drinkable for 10% beer. Worth a try.
10-09-2013 03:28:50 | More by CAMRAhardliner
3.8/5 rDev -5.2%
(4.25) A: Dark ruby tinged colour with a tall creamy and bubbly head. Very good retention and evident lacing.
(3.75) S: Caramel, plenty of dark chocolate, coffee bean, licorice, herbal elements, and some dark fruits. Slight boozy wooden aroma that is subtle and appealing. Good solid aroma that isn’t over the top.
(3.75) T: Dark chocolate, oak, caramel, licorice, herbal, and faint dark fruits. Alcohol well hidden considering the ABV. This is quite the well balanced stout with a very easy drinking (dangerously so) quality. A slight pleasant dryness in the finish.
(4.0) M: Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Incredibly creamy with a fairly oily texture (a nice trait).
(3.75) D: This is tasty, well balanced for an imperial stout, and deceptively easy drinking. A great Apple product, I mean 8 Wired offering.
10-05-2013 02:04:39 | More by Digimaika2
3.71/5 rDev -7.5%
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of black chocolate with some light dry coffee notes is interesting. Taste is also dominated by black chocolate notes with dry roasted malt and light coffee with some dust and light smoky/tobacco notes. Body is full with medium carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Good drinkable stout without as much complexity as I was expecting.
10-03-2013 19:56:34 | More by Phyl21ca
IStout from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 200 ratings.