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iStout | 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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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:
#3,294
Reviews:
98
Ratings:
298
pDev:
9.88%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
52
Trade:
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Photo of Sammy
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great stout. thick mouthfeel, bittersweet chocolate, complex hopping,well roasted, some smoke in finish. Opaque black. Its the taste, a little anise,bitter more than sweet.Somewhat Danish style.Very good drinkability.A bomber is not enough, go find some.

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Photo of acurtis
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle pour at Shelton Brothers The Festival 2014 held at Crafted in San Pedro, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and slight smoke aromas. Taste is much the same with coca, char, and slight smoke flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a great mix of cocoa and smoke qualities.

Serving type: bottle.

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4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

the pour is thick thick thick, super dark brown, syrupy, with a minimal mocha colored head that fades fast. coffee and dark chocolate dominate the nose. there isnt much acidity though, and the dark chocolate brings out a very dark malt profile. its like burnt toast with a cup of cold coffee, only in a good way. the taste is less coffee and more chocolate, but still a good helping of each. the alcohol notes really come out here, especially when it warms up, as does a sweetness akin to a milk stout, although this isnt one. that sugar lasts through the finish. theres a pretty heavy body on this, tons of viscosity, but there is decent carbonation too. overall maybe its a little heavy in feel, even for a russian imperial. either way, an excellent brew worthy of the high praise its starting to get here in the usa.

edit: this ages with the best of them, just had a bottle that has been hanging out for three or so years, and man does this mellow. the alcohol fades and the dark malts remain, no oxidation at all, rich but bone dry, really sensational stuff!

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a quarter finger high dense mocha colored head that gradually died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of roasted malts in the nose along with some hints of licorice.
T: The taste has flavors of bittersweet chocolate, roasted coffee beans and roasted malts in the nose.
M: It feels full-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Considering its strength, the alcohol is well hidden from the taste. Although this is still a beer that needs to be sipped, the overall taste lacks interesting complexities.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Power, balance, complexity, and succulence are all delivered in the ultra rich imperial stout. With the influence of English stouts and American boastfullness... Let's see what'cha got New Zealand!

Decanting with a viscous pour, the beer settles with a very masculine dark, bark-brown hue and a lot of visual weight. Light carbonation fuels a dense and creamy tanish foam that retains most the session, leaving stray pockets of foam behind. The beer simply has an oily and robust appearance that's both appetizing and intimidating at the same time.

Rich malt aroms of burnt toffee, caramel, and maple are accompanied by strong counterparts of chocolate, freshly ground coffee, strong nuts, and a kiss of peated earth. With no real hop aroma the nose is all malt, but with a plethora of malt variety it carries.

Balanced malt flavors continue with the semi-sweet toffee, caramel, and maple that carry a slightly scorched taste. This provides the perfect bridge into the world of cocoa-rich chocolates, espresso and toasted walnuts. Flavors of whopper candies have a starchy chocolate taste that introduces nuances of light licorice, burnt cherries, and woody hop flavors and bring rise to the alcohol taste late.

Full bodied and highly robust, the beer engulfs the mouth entirely with a heavy blanket of malt and roasty dryness. As the carbonation subsides, the malt hugs the mouth tighter and denies to reliquish its grip. This provides a long-lasting taste of roasted grains, alcoholic warmth, and systemic savoryness.

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3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. Not bad for a hotel room in Grande Prairie, AB - brought from Edmonton, natch.

This beer pours a solid black, with very slight basal cola highlights, with one skinny finger of glistening, somewhat foamy tan head, which sinks away rather quickly, leaving some random specks of lace around the glass.

It smells of lightly toasted caramel malt, strong dark, yet still sweet chocolate, earthy black licorice, a bit of leafy hops, and some simmering alcohol esters. The taste is gritty medium chocolate, dark roasted coffee beans, a bit of dried cherry, semi-sweet licorice, some mildly astringent earthy hops, and a fairly involved sharp booziness.

The carbonation is quite soft, and kind of lucid, the body a sturdy, bulging medium weight, and tacitly smooth, that swirling alcohol trying to poke holes in the whole affair. It finishes pretty sweet, with the chocolate and licorice notes still loud and proud, though well enough offset by the identity-challenged hops, and edginess of the straining likka.

Yes, this offering gives up a lot of heat, but it seems to be absorbed at damned near every point, letting attention more or less fall on the decent savoury chocolate, coffee, and anise essences. A strong, bristling, big-flavoured stout, recommended if that's your thing.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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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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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of chinchill
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the fork & Brewer (Wellington).

Pour was opaque blaak with a durable tan head; very good lacing.

Aroma: Slightly boozy; oak; dark roasted grains

Flavor: a tad sweet; excellent barrel-aging effect; no burnt grain; semi-sweet chocolate.

Feel: full body; soft, well-set carbonation.

O: a very good RIS.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some light hints of dark brown when held up to the light and some very light visible carbonation along the sides of the glass near the surface of the beer. The beer has a quarter finger tall mocha head that reduces to a thin film and thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Moderate aromas of dark roasted malts with a lighter presence of coffee/espresso.

T: Following the smell, this beer starts with the taste of dark roasted malts along with some burnt coffee/espresso and some more subtle notes of bittersweet chocolate. Moderate amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: This is a very enjoyable beer and a nice one to pair with breakfast/brunch. This is a sipping beer - there is no way this beer could be sessionable. Nice complexity and the alcohol presence is well hidden.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of jlindros
3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a SMBDC Stout tasting thanks to Amy and Michael, but don't remember who brought this one.

No head, dark black color hints of light.

Nose has creamy black malts, light caramel, light roast and syrupy malts, light vanilla.

Taste is creamy, milk chocolate, malted milk ball, biscuit, bready, oats, cocoa powder, light bitter earthy hops. Gets a bit astringent on the finish.

Mouth is med bodied, lighter than expected, hint of booze.

Overall a bit lighter than I expected, more like heavy brown ale or porter than RIS.

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4.4/5  rDev +8.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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 Kegatron
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a dense black in the glass, topped with a finger of dark & angry looking mocha head. This retains with some rich bunching around the edges of the glass and a robust flare-up that leaves back a thick cascade of spotty lacing and a brown oily film. The aroma smells of chocolate, a touch of molasses, and a whole lot of ripe dark fruit. This is rounded out on the edges by some slightly astringent feeling roasted coffee character, while the ABV really pulls the sweetness out here in the nose and singes the nose hairs with a bit of heat and spice about every other sniff of this.

The taste has more bitterness to it, with a lot of underlying green citrus and crunchy coffee that spreads out across the palate in a roasty bloom. This is buffered by a thick blanket of chocolate and caramel sweetness, with harbors a good bit of dark fruitiness in the center of it as well. The finish is dry and bitter with a bit of warming roasty feel to it. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with a thick mellow chewiness to the carbonation but does still lay down a bit of an underlying sharpness on the tongue at times as well, helping bring out those citric hops. That beefy 10-11% ABV is a big part of this beer, giving this a bold sweetness that carries a warm spiciness the whole way through the profile yet never gets overly hot feeling. The overall strength of this just seems right-on, being enough for the heavy flavors here but not going overboard with it.

This was a real nice example of a RIS, with a full richness to the flavors and a heady alcohol presence that complimented it well. At $15 a bottle, I’m not sure how often I would go back to this but it’s definitely comparable and easier to find than some of the other highly ranked examples of the style out there.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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iStout from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
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