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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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonno (2231) - JAPAN - JUN 25, 2012
Dark berries, soft black chocolate and some tropical fruit in the nose. Good mouth feel here- Very silky. Lowish carbonation. Big dark, wood like characteristic with a touch of cinnamon and toffee malt. Big hops to finish and well rounded. Wouldn’t say it’s a complex beer - but it’s gregarious. Alcohol well masked. Good, bold drinking - Thanks Nate!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (5603) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2012
Sample at the festival, Worcester MA. Dep copper. Scoth ale notes, malty sweetness, peat, rich bw. Ores, big and boozy. You can feel all 3 contributions. Good

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maris (953) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JUN 17, 2012
From 500ml bottle on 17/6/2012 (shared with Butz). Pours a very dark amber with a smallish head. Has a smooth fruity aroma with berries particularly prominent. The Scotch ale element is quite prominent in this, and there are distinctive dark fruit notes, along with some chocolate malt. Has a big, lingering hop bitterness, which is not unexpected given the Hopwired/#100 pedigree. Nice stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gam (3163) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 8, 2012
Small head very dark rosewood coloured pour soft carbonation aromas caramel dark fruits nut the flavours toffee resin caramel medium ibu nutty fruity dark citrus smooth on the palate good tastes the finish flavours are medium strong well bought out nice malty earthy tastes floral touch hoppy lasting bitter

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcsimmo (30) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 1, 2012
A dark red, port-like in colour. There’s a real melting pot of aromas - caramel, booze, berries. The beer delivers as promised. It is creamy, quite a full body giving a good mouthfeel, and has the caramels of a scotch ale, booziness of a barleywine with some berries thrown in and the bitter hoppy finish of an IPA that lingers at the end. And yet it all comes together quite nicely.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hawthorne00 (2351) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 26, 2012
Bottle. Almost black - but clear reddish amber with a light behind it - an inch of off white head lasts and laces. Aroma of grapes, gooseberries, bitter oranges, raisins, lychees, toffee, cocoa, smoke. Sounds like a mess, but it hangs together. Oily mouthfeel. Tastes as it smells - there’s an initial citrus and resin tanginess, then smokey toffee sweetness and fruit, then as bitterness asserts itself cocoa creeps in. Lingering fruity bitter finish. Just avoiding being a jumble of flavours would have been fairly impressive here - but this has real charm. Even the joke is good.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 25, 2012
Bottle. Pours a very deep mahogany. Dense tan coloured head that falls away very slowly leaving beautiful lacing all the way down the glass. Aromas are superb. Floral pine / citrus hops brilliantly balances by deep rich toffee sweetness. Brilliant stuff. Flavours are quite sweet initial with lots of very complex malt. Resiny hop bitterness on the finish. Medium mouthfeel. Brilliant beer.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brodies_Best (233) - Auckland Central, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 21, 2012
500 ml bottle 21/5/2012. Pours clear amber brown with good tan head. Aroma of alcohol, tangerine fruitiness, peach, toffee, wood, bitumen (sorry does kinda smell like newly resurfaced road with deep inhalation guessing it’s the complexity). Bitterness, tart like baobab, smooth, sweet tangerine, bitter hops not overwhelming, smooth toffee. Smooth long lasting flavour, medium to full bodied. Creamy aftertaste. Well balanced mixture. Well done, like it.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
AdamRowland (6) - - MAY 20, 2012 does not count
OK, so this aims to be a menage a trois between three of my all time favourites. And it does not disappoint. The balls-out hops are suitably tempered by the similarly testicularly external malts. Suffice to say, I find this rather drinkable.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 16, 2012
Bottle. Fairly clear but very dark brown pour with a foamt tan head that quickly shrinks to surface cover. Big hoppy aroma has notes of grapefruit, lime, pine, toffee, hazelnuts and pepper. Flavour is still hugely hoppy but it also has a massive malt profile as well; having largely the same characteristics as the aroma but in more balance and abundance the flavour, at this fresh stage anyway, is almost heavy it is so big and rich, although it is still quite pleasant. Full bodied with a slick, oily mouthfeel, lively carbonation and a long bitter finish. Similar to Batch #100 as this is, it is a great brew. Very tasty and surprisingly easy to drink.


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