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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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansermadide (1519) - Kyle, Texas, USA - FEB 15, 2013
This delightful treat has a dark brown color and a light brown head. It smells much like an American Barleywine, sticky sweet and divinely hoppy. The aroma is sweet and crazy alcoholic for only 9% ABV. It seems to be fermented with a very clean and efficient American yeast, but is soft in the mouth and slightly muted and tame compared to the aroma. It finishes clean, almost woody, and malty, with a touch of alcohol. Thin on the palate and in the finish, this "blend" came out very well. Love.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (4347) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 10, 2013
DC tasting November 2012. Big rich smoky cherry amber malt. Really big and sweet. Burgundy brown oily off-white head. Amber cherry notes. Nice beer, maybe not World Class though. US style ingredient overload, lacks finesse.

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ericdevin (741) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Bottle at Hop & Vine, Portland. Pours a dark reddish brown. Aroma is truly amazing, rich malty and hoppy, small hints of grain and citrus, just very, very complex. Body is heavy, malty and syrupy, exactly what an Imperial Red should be. Finish is a bit citrus-y, maybe grapefruit to be specific, but really well-balanced. I haven’t been a huge fan of a lot 8-Wired beers, but this was a head-turner for sure, especially in light of this not being a favorite style. Yum!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (9597) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Bottle. Pours clear dark mahogany with a medium, frothy light tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is light fruity esters (pear, apple, dates) with caramel and cookie malt, light toast notes with earthy and spicy hops. Flavor is heavy hops and bitterness, fruity esters, supporting sweet malt with a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alexus (240) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JAN 30, 2013
0,5 bottle. Pours deep ruby-amber with a really nice off white head. Aromas of dark fruits, caramel and alcohol. Same goes for flavors. Great mouthfeel. Nice bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christian (11056) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 28, 2013
Januar bonus @Sørens. Clear chestnut colour with a lasting off-white head. Aroma of malt, dried fruit and vineous alcohol, a touch of licorice and some citrus hops. Sweet toffee and caramel flavour with licorice and a roasted note. Nice citrus hops and a nice bitter finish

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RawKuz (60) - NORWAY - JAN 26, 2013
Pours dark brown, with tan head. For a American Strong Ale this is a full bodied beer. Rich malt taste, and good balance with the hops.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sir__v (625) - Lille, FRANCE - JAN 19, 2013
Color: dark brown amber beer with small carbonization and small brown head as espresso. Smell: malt, caramel, barley, spices, hops! Amazing nose! Taste: hops, malt, caramel, barley wine. Aftertaste: caramel, malt and nice strong dry bitterness!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
abemorsten (2726) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - JAN 14, 2013
Clear deep ruby dense off-white head. Prunes, candy, spruce, pollen and booze onthe nose and in the mouth. Full body. Pungent with a nice bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thisis12ptfont (836) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Very fruity aroma bringing pineapple, orange, mango and other tropical fruits to the nose. Very dark brown with a crimson tint and nice lacing against the glass. Taste is very fruity with an almost raspberry flavor upfront with a thick caramel/molasses malt backbone. The finish leaves a lingering fruity note on the palate. Overall, this is nice. Much more fruity than I had anticipated, nice alcohol sting on the finish. I’d give this an A rating.


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