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iStout | 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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4.05/5
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299 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:
#3,373
Reviews:
98
Ratings:
299
pDev:
9.88%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
19
Gots:
51
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 299 |  Reviews: 98
Photo of thebooyakid
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of 50wolves
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Beer served in a dimpled beer mug, I have had this before and thoroughly enjoyed the beer, however had not reviewed. Appearance - pours dark brown with large brownish frothy head. Aroma - strong roasted coffee elements, has slight chocolate smells that comes through in the taste. Taste - as per smell, has roasted coffee elements with some chocolate and slight liquorice tastes to it. Mouthfeel - creamy and has warmth. Overall - I really enjoy this beer, looking forward to the other beers by this brewer, would recommend.

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Photo of Eziel
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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 mtbdonn
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MikeKSmith
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of byronic
3.66/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cuvtcuv
4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of the_benskii
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 22Blue
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kevroe
4.51/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of schimschim
3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of adhokk7
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jhfinn
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of marty21
4.61/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Matonika
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The more this beer warmed up the Better it got.

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

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of peabody
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of mrmaps
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

App: Poured jet black with little carbonation. Swirling releases some carbonation up the sides of the glass which settles onto the top of the beer forming wee little islands of foam.

Sm. Slight sweet smell with roasted tones. Very little hop odor. Slight whiskey and dark chocolate.

Taste: Distinct dark chocolate and grains, dry hop finish. As beer warms (20 minutes), it balances better with the hops fading and the malt balancing the sweetness nicely.

Mouth Feel: Made creamy by the fine bubbles in the beer. thick viscous.

Overall: Excellent beer with an amazing amount of dark chocolate given no choclate is added. Well balanced by a nice strong malt flavor. One of the better beers I have had. Highly recommended based upon flavor.

Value: Excellent beer, but hampered by the high price ~ $14 for one pint. There are choices of equal quality available for a lower cost.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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