8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: American Strong Ale
Blenheim, New Zealand
Serve in Snifter, Tulip


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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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (8113) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 16, 2012
500mL bottle, pours a dark amber with a small beige head. The nose is pretty much a mix of a scotch ale, a barley wine and an IPA, with caramel malts, dark fruits, and a mild hop presence somewhere underneath - hinting at a fairly high sweetness - also some metallic notes. Flavour is much hoppier and IPA-like than the nose suggests, with caramel malts and maple syrup as the backbone, and some mighty pungent hops screaming out on top. A fairly pronounced hop bitterness lingers on the finish. Not sure I understand the intention of mixing these three styles and also not sure it works overly well. Interesting experiment at least.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (8011) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2012
Bottle from Craig, cheers Craig at Cropredy Festival Saturday 11th August 2012 Dark chestnut brown with a creamy textured slim light beige head. Cracking amber ale, very typical Nogne touch to this, soft praline nuttiness, lovely. This is considerably beter than Dennis Locarrie. Not a fan too excited about Amber Ale’s however this is an Amber on steroids. A7 A4 T8 P3 Ov15 3.7

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (7134) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (7133) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 4, 2012
Bottle. dark bronze beer with a dark cream head. Grapefruit and toasted malt aroma. Grapefruit and pine flavor with caramel and toasted malt. Medium bodied. Grapefruit and pine linger with caramel and light toffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (7095) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 12, 2012
Bottle from City Beer. Pours brown with an attractive beige head and a toffee aroma. There is a hearty dark malt flavor with lots of balancing bitterness and a smoky finish. Complex and interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
olio (6925) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 25, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2013
50 cl bottle @ home.
The hop profile isn’t as intense anymore, which was to be expected of course, some toffee has appeared, mild alcohol burn and lots of caramel. The fruits have ripened a bit too. Quite creamy palate, ripe fruits and caramel on the taste. Nice warming alcohol kick at the end. So a small step towards barley wine, which makes it slightly tastier for me. Reminds me of Nøgne Ø #500 a bit.
Re-rating: 8-3-8-3-14.

50 cl bottle @ vPBF.
Pours clear red-brown color with small head. Aroma of hops, mild fruits, malts, caramel and some hay. Flavor of malts, caramel, fruits, mild hops and toffee notes. Decent but definitely not awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Plovmand (6755) - Helsinge, DENMARK - AUG 8, 2012
Bottle at home. Pours clear deep amber with a creamy beige head. The aroma is citrussy hops, biscuits, caramel, fresh fruit and malt. The flavour is malty and fruity with notes of citrus, pine and has a boozy and fruity finish. Nice one. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lusikka (6741) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 25, 2012
500 ml bottle @ vPBF 2012.
Pours a dark reddish amber colour with a lacy white head. Aroma of toasted malts, nuts and strong hops. Flavour is really hop-driven with grassy and floral hops, nuts, dark chocolate and some dry wood notes. Medium bodied, dry mouthfeel and a dry, malty, high bitter finish. Good bitterness but too straightforward to be Øwesome.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (6568) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (6516) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 30, 2012
Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting. Body is dark amber-brown. Aroma is moderately to heavily malty (cookie, scorched caramel, roasted grain/nuts), moderately hoppy (resin, apricot), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of cardboard/sherry, alcohol, maple syrup. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter. Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic. Kind of a disjointed, rough-edged mish-mash, like a dump-bucket of American barleywines. Lots of resinous hops, alcohol, and oxidation make it rather hard to enjoy. There are some nice malt characteristics struggling for dominance, but overall it’s just too brutish and crude to keep me coming back to the glass.

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