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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.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cybercat (3341) - Georgia, USA - NOV 18, 2013
Pours a dark, rather hazy sepia with a thick and fluffy buff head. Strong aroma has malty, hoppy, hay, and subtle caramel and horehound notes. Lip-smacking flavor mixes malt, woody hops, caramel, fruity and earthy tones with a snipped of horehound. Thick, almost syrupy texture leaves a woody finish and a rather persistent tingle. Long live collaborations!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 25, 2012
Bottle. Pours a very deep mahogany. Dense tan coloured head that falls away very slowly leaving beautiful lacing all the way down the glass. Aromas are superb. Floral pine / citrus hops brilliantly balances by deep rich toffee sweetness. Brilliant stuff. Flavours are quite sweet initial with lots of very complex malt. Resiny hop bitterness on the finish. Medium mouthfeel. Brilliant beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beer4000 (4487) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 11, 2012
500 ml bottle @ Patricks. A dark reddish brown body with a nice, dense, lasting off-white head. Aroma has smooth roasted malt, caramel, dry fruit, some grapefruit and tropical fruit. Flavor is sweet and smooth malty, toast, caramel, dry fruit, balanced bitterness and citric fruit. Very nice balance, sweet but not sticky. Full body and a long aftertaste with malt and dry fruit. Great beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Swaroga (1353) - Brussels, BELGIUM - AUG 29, 2012
50cl bottle. Dark brown with small creamy head. Nose : fruity notes, some pine, cream, caramel and chocolate. Sip : low carbonated, smooth body , creamy texture. Nice. Sweet with oaky , black chocolate flavor. Well hopped and fruity. Long finish with fine mix of bitter chocolate and hops. Overall is delicious !

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
badlizard (5538) - Berkeley, California, USA - SEP 29, 2012
Bottle. Dark reddish brown with a foamy off white head. Nice earthy citrus grain spice and pepper aroma and taste with a roasted grain finish and a thick creamy palate.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gorm (1219) - Sandnes, NORWAY - MAY 8, 2013
Svart med lite skum. Smak av kaffe og sjokolade. Svart som natten. Snop. Melkebaren.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcsimmo (30) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 1, 2012
A dark red, port-like in colour. There’s a real melting pot of aromas - caramel, booze, berries. The beer delivers as promised. It is creamy, quite a full body giving a good mouthfeel, and has the caramels of a scotch ale, booziness of a barleywine with some berries thrown in and the bitter hoppy finish of an IPA that lingers at the end. And yet it all comes together quite nicely.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
esp0r (1981) - NORWAY - JUL 26, 2012
Bottle at home. Bought at Ølkonsortiet, Aalborg
Dark brown, thin laced beige head. Nice laces! Smells of roasted malts, citrus, caramel, dark fruits, raisins and plums. Quite complex. Heavy sweet, quite malty. Dark dark fruits, roastiness, some lighter aspects as well. Heavy bitter, resins and earthy aromas at first, then dark malts and fruits. Very oily texture, full body, soft carbonation. An extremely smooth and balanced beer, not typical DIPA i would say, very solid malt base that actually is the most impressive part of this beer. Very nice supportive hop bill too. A masterpiece

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
fellebag (809) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 24, 2012
500ml bottle. At Schous cellar, Oslo. Off white head, nice layer. Very nice. Dark. Aroma of gingerbread, kind of fruity too. Taste of caramel, peaches and IPA. Nice one. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jesperhammer (2902) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2012
16-DEC-2012, bottle @home, from Fish & Beer. Clear dark brown with low tan head. Malty, bready and hoppy. Very hoppy with grape fruit and pine. Very bitter and very sweet. Full body and medium carbonation. Really a monster but a sweet one:-)


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