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8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: American Strong Ale
Blenheim, New Zealand
Serve in Snifter, Tulip

bottled
common

on tap
available

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RATINGS: 155   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Imperial Amber Ale. A 3 way collaboration between Norway and New Zealand. Loosely based on a mix of our 3 flagship beers: Stonecutter Scotch Ale, Hopwired IPA and Batch #100.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beer4000 (4440) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 11, 2012
500 ml bottle @ Patricks. A dark reddish brown body with a nice, dense, lasting off-white head. Aroma has smooth roasted malt, caramel, dry fruit, some grapefruit and tropical fruit. Flavor is sweet and smooth malty, toast, caramel, dry fruit, balanced bitterness and citric fruit. Very nice balance, sweet but not sticky. Full body and a long aftertaste with malt and dry fruit. Great beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Plovmand (6355) - Helsinge, DENMARK - AUG 8, 2012
Bottle at home. Pours clear deep amber with a creamy beige head. The aroma is citrussy hops, biscuits, caramel, fresh fruit and malt. The flavour is malty and fruity with notes of citrus, pine and has a boozy and fruity finish. Nice one. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2012
Bottle. Pours dark red with a medium off-white head. Aromas of roasted malts, nuts and piney hops. Flavors of roasted malts, nuts, dried fruits and a great piney hops bitterness. Lightly sweet but nice piney hop finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RasmusOtt (1093) - Aalborg, DENMARK - AUG 5, 2012
Pours dark mahogany with a beige head. Aroma has alot of organic grassy hops, hazelnuts, weak roasted notes, caramel/toffee, light vanillaish and sweet fruits. Taste is more dominated by hops and citrus fruits but still some dark nuances like caramel, toffee, darker fruits and also a little bit of a metallic end to it. Very special but nice to try

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GBZ59 (1116) - BARCELONA (Catalonia), SPAIN - AUG 5, 2012
Botella de 500ml. Vaso Shaker de ½ pt. Saboreada en agt´12. Brota con color ámbar oscuro y marrón rojizo con tintes dorados a contraluz. La espuma beige, de burbuja mediana, crea una corona cremosa. Bastante buena retención que deja anillos de encaje en las paredes y una fina capa en la superficie. Agradables aromas de maltas Caramelo y Chocolate, cerezas maduras, higos secos y dátiles con sutiles notas herbales. El sabor presenta maltas dulces tostadas, toffee, frutos secos y maduros seguidos de un contundente amargo. Cuerpo intenso y carbonatación suave. Textura oleíca. Trazos de regaliz en el intermedio permanecen junto a un subyacente cacao amargo hasta el largo final de dulce malteado. Matices de café y resinas en el retrogusto. Un ABV muy bien camuflado permite que la asimilación sea fácil y refrescante. 500ml bottle. ½ pt Shaker glass. Enjoyed on agt´12. Pours dark amber in color, golden reddish brown to the light. Beige, medium sized bubbled, froth creates creamy crown. Fairly good retention leaves lacing rings on sides & thin lasting layer on top. Nice aromas of Caramel & Chocolate malts, ripe cherries, figs & dates, with subtle herbal notes. Flavor profile shows sweet toasted malts, toffee, ripe & dried fruits followed by sharp bitterness. Full body. Soft carbonation. Oily texture. Hints of licorice in the middle lingers with underlying bitter cocoa into a long sweet malty finish. Coffee hues & resins on the aftertaste. ABV well hidden allows an easy & refreshing drinkability.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Yorker (1162) - Herning, DENMARK - AUG 3, 2012
50 cl bottle @ home. Pours dark brown with an off-white head that leaves some lacing. Aroma is very malty but also with a hint of fruity hops. Flavour is bitter hops and sweet malt – the finish is quite bitter.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 29, 2012
500ml bottle capped with a Renaissance bottle cap. Pours dark mahogany brown with very little light passing though unless held up to light, where the edges show a deep amber. Aroma is sweet and malty with lots of treacle and toffee. Some juicy tropical fruits, almost like mangos and passionfruit, not the lighter stuff. Taste has an initial citrus kick, this time it’s a little more of the traditional oranges and pine resin. The backbone is heavy on the caramel malts, lightly toasted with some molasses and a lightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is slick and on the heavier side of a traditional amber (which I know this one is not). Really good blend. Sure, it’s not a FW blend, but good for what it is.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tderoeck (4548) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 29, 2012
27/VII/2012 - 50cl bottle from Geers (Oostakker) @ home - BB: n/a - (2012-765)

Clear red brown to purple beer, big creamy beige head, pretty stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: mocha, caramel, overripe fruits, banana, fruity hops. MF: ok carbon, medium to full body. Taste: sweet malty, caramel, some sugar, mocha, bitter hops, dried fruits, sweet creamed coffee. Aftertaste: malty, honey, bitter hops, mocha.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
esp0r (1973) - NORWAY - JUL 26, 2012
Bottle at home. Bought at Ølkonsortiet, Aalborg
Dark brown, thin laced beige head. Nice laces! Smells of roasted malts, citrus, caramel, dark fruits, raisins and plums. Quite complex. Heavy sweet, quite malty. Dark dark fruits, roastiness, some lighter aspects as well. Heavy bitter, resins and earthy aromas at first, then dark malts and fruits. Very oily texture, full body, soft carbonation. An extremely smooth and balanced beer, not typical DIPA i would say, very solid malt base that actually is the most impressive part of this beer. Very nice supportive hop bill too. A masterpiece

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dnomder (30) - Perth, WA, AUSTRALIA - JUL 26, 2012
This comes across somewhere between a double ipa and a barley wine, and thats ok by me. Lovely light syrup mouthfeel and sweetness with some tropical fruit hops. Yum


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