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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

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 157   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
esp0r (2088) - 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

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BoBoChamp (5759) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 25, 2012
50cl, new exclusive New Zealandish collab. brew Anno 2012, from Geers Oostakker, complex bitter brew, bitter/malty and slightly woody/fruity, balanced, clear, rocky head, good brew, yet expensive!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf (11235) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUL 24, 2012
Bottle, bought @ Kihoskh, Cph.
Deep fat amber with a medium, staying, creamy, off-white head. Aroma is nice, fat caramelly malts, strawberries, peach, piney, red currants. Lots of red berries really. Vinious. Medium carbonation, lovely creamy mouthfeel. Flavour has loads of fat caramelly malts, strawberries again, piney bitter, raspberries. Mildly warming and vinious. A very interesting, dark fruity and full DIPA.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stchloe (793) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 21, 2012
Nice and strong like an IPA meets an Imperial stout. Hop profile balances smoke scotch notes and strong coffee dark malt body.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Habanero (2749) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - JUL 21, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2012 Bottled. Pours clear amber with a medium sized beige head that leaves a good lacing on the glass. Nose of fruit, nuts, caramel and chocolate. Sweet flavor with caramel, dried fruits, chocolate and alcohol notes. Medium to full bodied, oily texture and soft carbonation. Ende up more dry and slightly bitter. Excellent. Bottled. Pours pitch black with a medium sized tan head. Leaving a fair lacing on the glass. Nose of roasted malts and . Sweet flavor with roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, dark fruits and licorice notes. Full bodied, oily texture and soft carbonation. Ends up more dry and with alcohol notes.★★★★

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
suprchunk (2342) - Crestview, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2012
Dark ruby-tinted toffee colored pour. Big off-white head that leaves a little lacing as it slowly falls. Big malty aroma with some hints of hops, biscuit, and cereal. Taste is biscuit malt, tea, slight chocolate, nutty. Nice medium body with a slight tinge of bitter on the back. Pretty dang good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brnandersen (2024) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2012 0,5 l. bottle poured in to a snifter. Dark red-brown colour with a light tan small head. Powerful and complex aroma with caramel and bread malts, floral and citrus/resin hops a hint of smoke and biscuits. The complexity of three beers added in to one really shows here! Sweet, almost barley wine like taste with lots of caramel and bread malts. Medium to full body creamy to thick texture. Long lasting finish with a lots of caramel malts, dark chocolate, hay and bread and a citrus/floral/resin bitterness in the finish. Another awesome (with an Ø...) beer from 8 wired!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Matts_Property (831) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 16, 2012
Bottle split with mcberko. Pours clear dark ruby red/brown with a very tiny white lacing. Aroma of candy floss, candied sugars, marzipan, floral hops, caramel. Flavour is a lot hoppier than the nose suggests and the sweetness is subtler. More dried dark fruits such as dates and raisins, maybe some port-like qualities too in terms of richness. Nice flavour, pleasantly bitter, good-but not thrilling.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (7074) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 16, 2012
500mL bottle, pours a dark amber with a small beige head. The nose is pretty much a mix of a scotch ale, a barley wine and an IPA, with caramel malts, dark fruits, and a mild hop presence somewhere underneath - hinting at a fairly high sweetness - also some metallic notes. Flavour is much hoppier and IPA-like than the nose suggests, with caramel malts and maple syrup as the backbone, and some mighty pungent hops screaming out on top. A fairly pronounced hop bitterness lingers on the finish. Not sure I understand the intention of mixing these three styles and also not sure it works overly well. Interesting experiment at least.


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