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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
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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.


4.5
   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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonnyguns (1002) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 12, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2013 500ml bottle from mane liquor. Very dark in colour. Lots of malts not too hoppy. Very smooth amber ale. Dangerous beer at 9%

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maneliquor (3156) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 9, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2012 Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours toffee brown with a small off white head. Nose is awesome. Massive, thick toffee on the nose with light chocolate notes and citrus behind it all. Very nice and quite unique. Taste is burnt toffee front up with citric hoppage coming in and out through the middle. Finishes off with lengthy, smooth milk chocolate. Very tasty. As it warms, more milk chocolate comes out to play with the masses of toffee and fruit driven notes, almost gooseberry-like. Medium to full mouth feel with soft carbonation helps it transition well between the flavours. Very nice beer and very well made

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brenhophead (570) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 5, 2012
500mL bottle and is listed as Imperial amber ale. Pours deep dark cherry red with a tan head and an amazing tropical fruit aroma followed by a toffee/chocolate malt. The flavour in the beer... wow so complex, so much going on. Tropical fruit on the tip of the tounge followed by a big bitter hop resin hit and then a creamy warming chocolate as it rolls down the back of the throat. I cant believe we got this beer in australia and i’m so glad we did, ill be back for more.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
omega (703) - NEW ZEALAND - APR 17, 2012
One of the better beers I have tried recently. For a train smash of three good beers this has actually worked very well. Moment you pour this you know you are in for a serious treat as it is has pungent aromas and is a dark rich mahogany. It is also very soft and balanced. I had four big beers to try tonight and though this might be a good place to start. Thinking that plan has been shot down in flames.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jimthechap (1692) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 23, 2012
When I say clear, I mean that through the part of this beer that I could see, there was no haze: deep mahogany colour with tawny port tinges. A soft creamy-green colour to the head that sat happily on this beer and left good lace. The smell is something unique: spicy aromatic, herbal and unctuous. Plenty of mellow hop and spun caramel, apricot, nectarine and peach tart. So so rich. Wow. To taste it is full bodied, spicy and rich. Plenty of sticky date sweetness. While there is an initial burst of hop greenness, it softens and then develops into a chlorophyll tang that squats in the middle of the tongue and refuses to move. Then the beer develops a marmalade character, sweet and bitter at the same time with candied peel. I doubt my review has done this beer an adequate justice. I can only add that as it left my mouth I thought I heard strains of Verdi. (What a poofter you may point out: mere beer snobbery and fanciful lingo. Well you can either taste it for yourself or come here and say that and see what happens). Just WOW.


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