From 8 Wired Brewing out of Blenheim, New Zealand comes the “iStout” an Imperial Stout. The stout pours a black opaque colour with a milk chocolate coloured head. The beer smells of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. The flavour of the beer is of roasted malts, smoke, chocolate, coffee and hops. The beer has an alcohol content of 10%. This is a very nice modern rendition of a Russian Imperial Stout.
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!