iStout | 8 Wired Brewing Co.

iStoutiStout
BA SCORE
4.05/5
298 Ratings
iStoutiStout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
8 Wired Brewing Co.
New Zealand (Aotearoa)
8wired.co.nz

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

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

Added by dgilks on 11-06-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,295
Reviews:
98
Ratings:
298
pDev:
9.88%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
52
Trade:
3
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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black color with mocha head. Aroma has dark fruits and some astringent roasted malt notes. Taste has milk chocolate, caramel, toasted malt, some coffee bitterness on the finish, really well balanced overall. Medium to full bodied, smooth mouthfeel. Really well made, easy drinking imperial stout.

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Photo of Zazzi82
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mltobin
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of tottel
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BCurious
4.71/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Now we're talking! Could it be the best Aussie/NZ imperial stout? Just so smooth. No alcohol heat, creamy mouthfeel, biscuit and caramel malt and - this is what makes it such a stunner - tropical fruit hops, singing a beautiful top note over a sonorous malt choir. Do I have one complaint? "iStout". If I wanted a brew made by Apple I'd buy a cider!

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Photo of stephenlee
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gelasin
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cyrenaica
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle
10.0% ABV
King/Spadina LCBO Outlet (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
October 4, 2013
The beer pours a solid black colour with a 1" foamy brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, bitter coffee, dark chocolate, and anise. Mouthfeel is creamy, full bodied and average carbonation. The flavour is dark bitter chocolate

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

Photo of uuoo33
3/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 1 Pint bottle into Spiegelau Stout Glass. No bottle or freshness date.

L: Black, ruby edges. Two finger tan head. Excellent retention. Good lacing.

S: Coffee, chocolate, bourbon.

T: Bourbon mellows here (nicely). Lots of earthy chocolate and coffee bean. Leafy hops keep the malt under check somewhat.

F: Full, dry, bourbon is smooth.

O: Not bad. Not great.

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Photo of beergorrilla
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chrismattlin
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dougbreathe
4.54/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of VABA
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Everydayoff
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Feat Lab, Bangkok, Thailand.

Pitch black in color, it comes with thick silky tan head that stands still with excellent retention. The head just slowly dissipates to everlasting foamy crown along with plenty of sticky lacing patch and spot on the glass-side.

Big creamy chocolate in the aroma, it is nicely mingled with coffee, somewhat burnt, roasted malt, caramel, and cocoa. There is no any astringency but focus on the chocolate and coffee profile. Hop is also there in a gentle touch with notes of spice, pine, and citrus.

Still, led by creamy and milky chocolate in the taste, coffee, cocoa, caramel, burnt and roasted malt follow thereafter. The sweetness is big but not too overwhelm. I would say it has proper sweetness amount. Hop reveals at the almost end with notes of pine and citric as well as some bitterness at the end which partially derives from roasted profile too.

Full body with smooth mouthfeel, the carbonation is rather low to medium but crisp enough to well carry its body and yields some liveliness through the palate. Finish is pleasantly dry.

Big and bold but not too hard to consume being led by big creamy chocolate, I like that it is not cloyingly sweet and there is some hop character to counterbalance, great Stout indeed.

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Photo of DaPan
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chico1985
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of detgfrsh
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From an undated bottle. Pours jet black with a finger of brown head. Smells of caramel and malt. Medium feel with a good amount of carbonation. Tastes of coffee, chocolate, and malt with some hop bitterness in there as well. Feels strong, and there is some alcohol warmth. A very good Russian Imperial Stout. Kind of cool to find this in California, but I don't know if I'll pick it up again due to the long distance and high price.

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Photo of Caseyk1088
4.71/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of tykechandler
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of patre_tim
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, black as night. A ruby tinge when held to intense light. Topped with a finger of rusty chocolate head.

Smells of chocolate, tar, black liquorice, molasses, an essence like Kailua with the intense presence of alcohol. Some hints of floral and fruity notes.

Chocolate, black liquorice, burnt toast on the end. There are floral and somewhat fruity notes as well. It grows on you quickly.

Thick and oily but smooth due to a lightening, slightly foamy carbonation.

Great brew. Nothing to place it above the rest in this category, but 8-wired should be proud of this one. Got on wish beer, drank in Chiang Mai, Thailand, during a cold snap of 76 degrees, July 6th, 2016.

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Photo of calmasahinducow
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mdagnew
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of groleau
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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iStout from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 298 ratings
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