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Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #326
Ranked #4,817
4.08 | pDev: 9.56%
8 Wired Brewing Co.
New Zealand
Notes: 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
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Reviews by travolta:
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travolta from California

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

Oct 28, 2015
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3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought this black beauty at Tasty Bev in Raleigh after Soren, the owner of 8 wired did a tasting of 2 completely different beers (DIPA - impressive, Imp Brown Ale - average). He convinced me to try the iStout and the Batch 31 Stout after we talked about the new craft brewery movement in New Zealand (the basic domestic traditional beers from NZ are terrible). He is proud of his heavier offerings, and I see why.

A: Black body with a brown hue at the top...not an overwhelming head, but enough carbonation to hold it up. Head dissipates halfway through a 10oz pour.

S: Smell was average..nothing truly pronounced, but subtle presence of espresso and bittersweet chocolate.

T: Roasty malts with and assertive espresso backdrop...Classic Russian Imperial style. Aggressive but not offensive. Mochaccino on the finish, and it lingers nicely.

M: Silky texture for a Russian Imperial. Carbonation trickles all the way down the glass.

O: After disappointing the nose, my palate thanked me for the purchase.

Jun 24, 2012
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dvmky from Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Oct 22, 2013
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mick303 from Canada (ON)

4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
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

Dec 23, 2013
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reyna311 from Delaware

4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really excellent stout. A bit of dark fruit yet still roasty with a hint of chocolate at the end.
Well balanced and smooth mouthfeel

Sep 28, 2015
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KrisDLSmith from Canada (ON)

3.89/5  rDev -4.7%

Nov 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Jul 07, 2012
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Mingstein from California

3/5  rDev -26.5%

Jul 13, 2012
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Brewski from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Jan 07, 2014
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ThePawtucketPatriot from Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Jan 03, 2013
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MylesMac from Canada (MB)

4.2/5  rDev +2.9%

Appearance (3.8)
Black as night
Some lacing
Mocha head but not much of it

Smell (4.3)
Dark chocolate
Warming alcohol

Taste (4.8)
Sweet Honey
Toasted caramel
Bitter dark chocolate

Mouth feel (4.0)
Full body
Slightly sticky

Overall (4.2)
Very complex on the noise and palate. Like a party in my mouth!
Smooth for the ABV
Very good

Sep 24, 2014
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Liquoric3 from Germany

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Nov 26, 2012
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4ster from Canada (ON)

4/5  rDev -2%

Mar 30, 2014
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Viscous. Great hop bitterness. Good roasted malt character. Impressed.................................................................................

Oct 20, 2014
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mmilyko from Nevada

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Apr 12, 2018
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Oct 19, 2017
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groleau from Canada (QC)

3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

May 27, 2016
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Apathetiq from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Jan 28, 2013
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Paccamacca from California

4/5  rDev -2%

Jun 11, 2014
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crosenkrantz from Switzerland

2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

Jun 18, 2013
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BeerBeast from Florida

4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

May 17, 2017
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5/5  rDev +22.5%

Nov 12, 2012
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Lanstrum from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Aug 02, 2013
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GoHabsGo from Canada (ON)

4/5  rDev -2%

Mar 08, 2014
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HATS4BATS from Canada (ON)

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Oct 02, 2013
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