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iStout | 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
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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3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled June 3, 2013

Beer is pitch black with a good-sized tan head, Fades steadily, a bit of lace.

Smell is a bit faint. Some coffee, chocolate and a bit of roasted malt. Coffee is the strongest scent, but nothing is too big.

Taste contains roasted malt, some molasses and chocolate. A touch of coffee and a small bit of dark fruit. Decent bitterness. Nice, but nothing remarkable.

Full bodied, moderate carbonation level. Feels a bit bubbly.

Overall, good but not anything special.

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4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500mL bottle, part of the LCBO Fall release. I had a sample from a bottle of this recently and enjoyed it - glad to see some more 8 Wired stuff in Ontario.

Poured into a snifter. As jet black as the bottle's label would suggest, with a quarter inch of espresso mocha head, which forms a thick circle and leaves some lacing streaks.

Nose is quite nice, but as pleasant as it is, it isn't the brew's strong suit. Mild smokiness, licorice, roasted malts, caramel, coffee.

Very, very tasty stout, with loads of smokiness and a lovely toasted character. Espresso, dark chocolate, faint dark fruit, maybe a bit of peat. Far smokier than I remember, but still outstanding. Finishes with a puckery dry hop kick that is positively salivating - just makes me want to take another sip, despite the high ABV. A top class stout.

A bit hot, medium bodied, reasonably slick.

An outstanding stout - these New Zealanders know how to brew.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16.9oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pitch black with 1 finger of dark brown head that dissipates quickly.

Toffee, caramel, charred sugar and semi-sweet chocolate.

Big rushes of caramel and candy sugars. Notes of toffee, semi-sweet chocolate and dusted cocoa. Finishes with cocoa nib and scorched dark chocolate. Touches of piney bitterness.

Full bodied, silky and smooth.

Really smooth and rich. Very easy drinking. The 10% abv is expertly hidden.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up at a great little beer store in Arlon, Belgium, Miorge Mihoublon. Thick, pitch black pour with a caramel-colored half finger head with decent retention and nice lacing. Very rich and roasty nose with lots of cocoa and dark chocolate up front along with hints of licorice, toffee, and espresso. The taste follows suit with loads of roasty, bitter dark chocolate and mocha along with hints of espresso, tobacco, licorice, booze, molasses, figs, black cherries, and just a touch of vanilla. The mouth feel is thick as oil, chewy, and mouth-coating with some subtle sweetness and a nice bitter bite on the finish. Great balance and very drinkable for a 10% beer. Another excellent offering from New Zealand!

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Viscous black with tan film.
Ash, oily espresso, blackberry, and soy on the nose - thick and deep.
Treacle, fig, soil, and dark miso then cutting branchy hops.
Resiny, smoky end, black currant comeback, then rosin and tar linger.
Thick, oily, chewy.

Big! Amazing that a beer so *black* actually has so much depth - this is not just an overdose of patent malt. Pulls off both umami (lots of charred meat crust in there) and dark fruit. Definite hop presence, too.

A by-the-fire beer.

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iStout from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 299 ratings
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