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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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
77ships (3702) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - NOV 16, 2012
#1550. Bedankt Antoine. 50 cl. fles @ Delirium Hoppy Loft. Dacht niet dat deze combinatie mogelijk was, Black / Dark IPA, Scotch Ale Amerikaans, NZ,… achtig ding maar dit is exact hoe dit smaakt. Donker bruin met een licht beige, gebruind, romige kraag, redelijk groot. Licht verbrande mout in de neus, gemengd met redelijk wat USA hop, hars-rijk, pompelmoes, karamel, chocolade, donker fruit,… Smaak is zoete mokka, scotch ale-achtig, drop, rijk aan donker fruit, wat melk en scotch zoetheid die voelbaar is achter een meer Black IPA achtig profiel, veerl hars, pompelmoes, vooral op het einde, goede Amerikaanse hop, rozijnen, veel USA hop, lichte brood,… Iets vollere mondgevoel,… heerlijk, interessant, goed gedaan,… prachtig ... euwsome.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BenH (2259) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 16, 2012
Bottle. Pours dark mahogany brownish red with off white head. Aroma has resin, caramel, toffee, dark dried fruits, raisins, prune, nutty and grapefruit. Taste has rich dried fruits, dates, prunes, apricot, with some grapefruit, caramel and toffee, molasses. Full bodied, sweet with a bitter finish. A fine blend, it pulls in a lot of directions but remains tasty and the flavours work. My kind of mess

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ej (695) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - NOV 14, 2012
Deep dark amber with a small film og foam. Pine and floralness with hints of grapefruit aroma. Sweet caramel backbone. taste has alot og pine also, but with a nice fruityness from dark fruits like dates and raisins. Caramel body is solid with a good balancing sweetness towards the bitter, piney hops. truly lives up to its name. Full body and medium carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeremytoni (2980) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2012
From a bottle poured a dark amber color with a fair amount of head. Strong sweet malty flavor with a lasting finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3332) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2012
16.9 oz bottle. Deep, clear purple brown with a coating beige head. Nose is caramel, black grapes, grass and butterscotch. Kind of heavy; syrup, resin with a lightening buzz. Taste is up front pine and toffee, lesser notes of strawberry finishing with grapefruit. I would’ve liked to have gotten more of the Scotch ale influence but still a great blend.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hirigalzkar (2283) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 3, 2012
Bottle. Piney, burned caramel, chocolate, butter. Big bodied. More like a american strong ale than a amber.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Palme (3311) - Bergen, NORWAY - NOV 2, 2012
0.5l bottle from 2D2Dspuma, Barcelona shared with The Tasting Crew. This is a near clear dark plum-amber one with a small light bubbly and sidesticking off-white head. The aroma is not extreme at first, then after a while it opens a bit more up. I get sweet caramel and sweet fruits. Dark fruits also. No doubt that it’s on the sweet side this one. Yea:, same in texture, sweet and almost sticky with a soft to average carbonation level. The taste has lots of caramel and dried raisins mixed with mellow dates and alcohol. The alcohol is quite present here actually. Lots of hops! Could be the hops that confusing me, not alcohol when I come to think of it. Lovely balance anyway, and there is also traces of chocolate hidden in here. Yupp, it’s an awesome beer. No doubt. Glad I have a couple of more of bottles of this. 24.09.2012

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Foffern (1190) - Bodø, NORWAY - NOV 1, 2012
Bottle shared with Veitafan. Pours a reddish brown colour with a medium light beige frothy head. Grainy and fruity hops in the aroma along with berries, wood, lots of malt, spices and raisins. Fruity hops also in the mouth with grapefruit, oak and leather. Has a soft and nice mouthfeel, and a medium bitterness. A nice balanced and good ale.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnar (5260) - Sandnes, NORWAY - OCT 27, 2012
Bottle from Vinmonopolet, Valkendorf, Bergen. Pours amber with a huge frothy white head. Aroma of bready malts, light roasted. Taste is moderate sweet caramel, smooth and medium bodied, well integrated hops, dry hoppy finish, a good one.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (6646) - Enghien, BELGIUM - OCT 27, 2012
50cl bottle from Geers, BB 03/2013. Ambrée/cuivrée, épais beige. Arôme est très agréablement houblonné, note de malt, fruité noir avec une bouquet doux sucré, légère amertume houblonnée, caramel et grillé. Palais, citronné amer, note de cône de houblon zélandais avec ce profile sucré léger caramel. Malt grillé/caramel tirant vers ce profile scotch mais avec des notes rappelant des malts pâle plus nobles voire allemand, qcq notes de chocolat avec un léger résineux/sucré sur la fin. Léger houblon épicé avec une légère pointe de levure. Au final, je ne sais pas si le mélange de tous ces styles offre un quelconque intérêt, on se retrouve devant une bière hybride de IPA, de Scotch et ce barley wine qui mélange un peu le tout sans vraiment se démarquer.


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