iStout | 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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8 Wired Brewing Co.
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

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

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Photo of BullDurham
2.08/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured into my DFH signature glass

Appearance: Very dark, not black as I would expect from an RIS. One finger mocha head turns to nothing quickly after a hard pour. Nothing sticking to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Not much of anything here. Coffee? Alcohol? Im trying way to hard to pick up what little I can smell

Taste: Not nice. Charred almost burnt malt at the beginning and ends in a coffee like bitterness that is fighting with a really off putting sweetness and alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation which is ok, but it feels so thin. Needs to be thicker

Overall: I would pass on this beer. The only thing it almost did right was the appearance. Not easy to drink, that sweetness is killing me.

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Photo of mulder1010
2.21/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

500 ML bottle poured into a Mikkeller Tulip

Thanks to Mr Kennedy for opening this up!!

A-- Dark cola that settles black. Minimal carbonation to this. Big, black, thick and sludgy looking. Nice looking half a finger of leather head. Some visual spotty lacing.

S-- Thin and quite weak. Muted chocolate, muted malt, muted coffee. A small bit of hop presence in the nose. Alcohol well hidden so far.

T-- Scorched earth policy!!! Scorched malt, scorched coffee, scorched chocolate, some hops to keep the scorching to a minimum and provide a burnt hop quality to this.

M-- Thick and coating but not sure I wanted to taste Sherman's march to the Ocean. Everything scorched beyond belief. Lots of ash, char, and burnt cigaretts and tobacco to this and all other flavors have been scorched into submission.

O-- Probably a good idea to throw this into a barrel so to mask all the scorching with fresh oak. Honestly could not drink this. Maybe it was a bad bottle? I could not finish this and dumped the rest of my half.

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Photo of MrKennedy
2.59/5  rDev -36%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500ml bottle purchased from Warners at the Bay and shared with mulder1010 with my portion poured into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip style glass.

Pours a nice black colour with a nice beige/tan head of foam that settles to film after a little while and re-emerges after some agitation.

Smell is very muted, some coffee coming through but that is about it. Was expecting a lot more from a 10.5% ABV stout and this didn't deliver.

Taste is dominated by a real over-charred malt flavour, burnt and not roasted this really detracts from the minor other flavours that could be there.

Mouthfeel again is dominated by the over-roasted malt that makes this very tough to finish half of a 500ml bottle. Too much in this regard and lacking balance.

Overall a beer that has over-charring as its main characteristic that serves to drown out all other flavours. Too simplistic, too dull otherwise and too dominated by burnt characters. Something that failed to live up to anywhere near the hype.

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Photo of crosenkrantz
2.75/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.75/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of ohiobeer29
3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of Mingstein
3/5  rDev -25.9%

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

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

Photo of leroybrown10
3.24/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours deep black. Looks thick and oily. Dark khaki colored head is slow to form and rather small. What head there is does linger but leaves minimal lacing once if vanishes.

Aroma is heavily roasted malt, bitter chocolate, and tobacco. Earthy.

Flavors are strong, bitter and acrid. Roasted malt, chocolate, smoke, tobacco, espresso, and earth.

Rich, thick, sludgy mouth feel. Minimal carbonation. Oily and lingering. Overpowering.

This is not a beer for the faint of heart. Dark and sludgy like used motor oil. Extremely bitter.

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Photo of Raziel313
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of popery
3.35/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours black with a small light brown head. Looks a bit thin. Aroma has cola sweetness with some roast, coffee and chocolate (in that order of strength). There's a bit too much cola flavor (probably from some lacto) for me. The taste starts out a bit too sweet and picks up a bit too much coffee and roast, as it progresses, but it's still a pretty decent experience. Mouthfeel is thin for the abv and flavors. For a beer this sweet and strong with roasted malt notes, it needs a thick, luxurious mouthfeel. This beer is just too harsh and sticky in its current state. It's not a bad beer, but as for imperial stouts, it's nothing special and definitely not worth the rather high price tag, here in the US.

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Photo of largadeer
3.36/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Jason for this delightful brew.

Looks black, topped by a small head that settles to a collar. The nose is OK; char and tar, some molasses sweetness, bit of brown sugar. Not particularly intense in any respect. Palate has anise, molasses, charred malt, heavy dark chocolate. Finishes with mild roast, tar, light tartness. An alright, somewhat bland but decently balanced beer. The body is pretty chewy, and it has no real flaws, but it's boring and lacks depth for a 10% brew.

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Photo of dgilks
3.41/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

iStout pours pitch black with a creamy tan head. Poor head retention.

Mild chocolatey and fruity aroma. There's a touch of sweaty, overripe fruit in the background. I'm looking for a bit more coffee and roast.

Sweet malt plays with some sweaty NZ hops, mild fruit esters and a touch of bitterness. This lacks the roasty bitterness expected of a RIS and the hop character is a touch offputting.

Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. It's a touch prickly but still good.

Overall, I'm not sure about this beer. The hop character is weird and I think Soren has picked the wrong hops here. Further, the malt character isn't quite right and lacks the roast, coffee and chocolate expected of the style.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle from Hop City (Atlanta, GA). 10.49. No discernable bottling date. Served in a Terrapin snifter. 

Pours black with a dense three quarters finger tan head. Not much in the way of lacing. 

Smells earthy, roasty, sweet, coffee and cocoa. 

Taste is bitter dark coffee, cocoa, roast, char, cherry skins and leather. The whole time there's a hefty booze wallop. 

Moderate bodied with light carbonation. Slightly slick/ creamy. Long bitter coffee-like aftertaste. 

It's good but nothing special. I think it would get much better after 18-24 months but I'll be passing- there are far better options that cost less. Pretty good and worth a try, if not the price. 

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Photo of heygeebee
3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

No BB. From Platinum.

Might be the last cold night for a while so here goes...

Pours syrupy black. The one finger tan head dies very quickly indeed.

Moderate aromas of aniseed and licorice. Malts do not smell too roasted(!). Some coffee.

Sledgehammer taste. Roast bitterness roars in with more coffee on plate than on nose. Palate length only moderate. Dry finish. A bit one dimensional in terms of the roast bitterness being detached from rest of palate.

Carbonation very low, medium weight body rather than heavy.

Hmm - not the best RIS I have ever had. Screams for time in cellar, suspect I need to buy a couple... an excellent beer just waiting to get out

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.49/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared courtesy of Andy. Poured into a tulip. Sits black in the glass with a finger of dark mocha colored head. A little bit of soapy lace.

The aroma is robust and full. Leather and rich dark chocolate come to mind. Just a little bit of fruit in the background. Very alcoholic on the pallet. Everything I would expect from the aroma is here; Rich dark chocolate with a little bit of dark fruits in the background but this one is hot. The alcohol masks the flavor quite a bit.

The feel is full and the carbonation is subtle. However, it simply burns a bit. Overall a decent stout. I wonder if a bit of age to mellow it out would be benificial because I feel like the flavors are mostly there. They are just a bit too concealed.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of HATS4BATS
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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