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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: 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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vells (620) - LATVIA - APR 5, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2013 Ruby red brownish with medium off white head. Lasting and lacing. Aroma.. Quite intense fruity, malty, decent hops, pine, bit caramel, light alcohol Bit sweet with rather intense bitterness. Dry finish Nice beer. Really worth trying. with pleasure would repeat.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
juanenka (243) - valladolid, SPAIN - MAR 25, 2013
Botella. Presencia granate de bajá carbonatacion con corona marrón compacta y persistente. Aroma maltoso y resinoso, notas de uvas pasas y frutas. Sabor comienzo dulce y maltas caramelos, sigue astringencia del lúpulo y notas de licor y fruta madura con final seco y resinoso

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Cantabrian (775) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 24, 2013
I tried this beer quite a while ago and all that I can recall is the unpleasant experience. Too spicy, too herbal, much more bitter than I would have expected. A metallic bite on all those herbs, as if a tin of Twinnings infusions had been dropped into the vat. Ø for søppel. Perhaps I should re-visit this product, but I doubt it will happen, with so much good stuff being produced around, including fabulous brews by the three accused for brewing this chimaera.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Arve_Christian (2959) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 22, 2013
On bottle from Vinmonopolet, Vika- sept 2012. Dark amber color, good foam. Aromas of hops ( pine), caramel, toffee , malt and dried fruits. Full/ medium body & complexity. Immediate sweetness, solid bitterness- overall a litte too sweet. High quality brewing, but a bit too much malt and sweetness for my taste. Maybe I should have taken it in sept 2012...

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JanLaursen (2985) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 14, 2013
Bottle, 50 cl. Almost murky dark brown with a huge orange-brownish head, ok retention. Nose is roasted malty with notes of preserved plums and licorice. Full body, creamy sweet roasted flavor, nutty, fruity hoppy, dry bitter finish. Interesting stuff

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HenrikSoegaard (10367) - Randers, DENMARK - MAR 2, 2013
Bottle. Creamy off White excellent fully lasting head. Dark red amber colour. Healy malty and hoppy Nice aroma. Powerfull Healy bitter flavor. Long Healy bitter finish. Creamy palate. Excellent .

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
visionthing (2575) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 28, 2013
50cl bottle from Vinmonopolet, Vika. Pours very deep amber with a tan head. Malty and hoppy aroma with fruits, caramel, spices, dried fruits and hints of alcohol. Medium to full body. Sweet, hoppy and fruity with a quite hoppy and bitter finish with notes of citrus. Well integrated alcohol and well balanced. Delicious beer! (2013-02-23)

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beersiveknown (2725) - NORTHERN IRELAND - FEB 27, 2013
Bottle at home from the bottleshop
Dark garnet-mahogany with fluffy ochre head. Very dull musty pine needles and caramel on the nose. Some initial resin up front, then cardboard, toffee and warming alcohol. Touch solventy in finish. Can see the nogneø and renaissance influences, sadly hops have long since faded.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tejas (860) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 25, 2013
Bottle from The Lighthouse in NC. I was exciteded to try this one even though it was priced at $10.99 for a 16.9oz.. I love Imperial Reds, sadly this one I found to be far too malty. I look for Imperial Reds to be hoppy and spicy and malty.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bathory (458) - Bryne, NORWAY - FEB 18, 2013
Pours a dark brown colour with a 1 inch tan head. Aroma of caramel, nuts and spruce. Taste is leaves, raisins, spruce, some roasted malts and some caramel in the finish. Medium body and a lovley mouthfeel. Great balance is the keyword here, and the reason why this one is really enjoyable.


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