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8 Wired / Renaissance / Nøgne Ø - Ø For Awesome Imperial Amber Ale

8 Wired Brewing
Formerly brewed at Renaissance Brewing

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


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RATINGS: 157   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (7284) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (13069) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 24, 2012
50cl bottle. Small beige head atop clear brown-garnet body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, some grapefruit. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, some caramel, alcohol. Medium body, some stickiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
maxwelldeux (4343) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2012
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a moderate tan head on it. Nose is just a tad hoppy, but with some heavy malty undertones. Taste is slightly bitter and very malty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beersiveknown (5001) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - NOV 23, 2012
500mL thanks to argo0. Pours a clear deep mahogany. Weak head. Nose is puppy breath, red candies, mushroom. Taste is spicy, bitter, starchy. Palate is bitter and dusty, sharply bitter. Drying. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
cgarvieuk (21095) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 11, 2012
bottle at cropredy ... deep brown ... thin tan head ... way to much of the toffee malt i dont like in nose ... some nice rich dark fruits then im hit with of a wall of a flavour i do not like... yeah that malt i dont like... shame not my thing at all.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Cantabrian (988) - 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.

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