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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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rrauth (1115) - North Carolina, USA - JUN 6, 2013
Bottle. This is very caramel malty and the after taste of a scotch ale. It's awesome. I want to get more of it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lowenbrau (1861) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - DEC 2, 2013
500ml bottle from 1420. Pours dark red-copper, hazy, some off white head. Moderate head retention, some lacing. Malty, caramel, liquorice, roasty aromas. Medium body, average carbonation, silky texture. Taste is caramel, roasted noted, fruity, liquorice, nuts. Very well balanced, quite smooth, Warm, liquor and caramel aftertaste. Very enjoyable.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
omega (680) - NEW ZEALAND - APR 17, 2012
One of the better beers I have tried recently. For a train smash of three good beers this has actually worked very well. Moment you pour this you know you are in for a serious treat as it is has pungent aromas and is a dark rich mahogany. It is also very soft and balanced. I had four big beers to try tonight and though this might be a good place to start. Thinking that plan has been shot down in flames.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hawthorne00 (2351) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 26, 2012
Bottle. Almost black - but clear reddish amber with a light behind it - an inch of off white head lasts and laces. Aroma of grapes, gooseberries, bitter oranges, raisins, lychees, toffee, cocoa, smoke. Sounds like a mess, but it hangs together. Oily mouthfeel. Tastes as it smells - there’s an initial citrus and resin tanginess, then smokey toffee sweetness and fruit, then as bitterness asserts itself cocoa creeps in. Lingering fruity bitter finish. Just avoiding being a jumble of flavours would have been fairly impressive here - but this has real charm. Even the joke is good.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf (11097) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUL 24, 2012
Bottle, bought @ Kihoskh, Cph.
Deep fat amber with a medium, staying, creamy, off-white head. Aroma is nice, fat caramelly malts, strawberries, peach, piney, red currants. Lots of red berries really. Vinious. Medium carbonation, lovely creamy mouthfeel. Flavour has loads of fat caramelly malts, strawberries again, piney bitter, raspberries. Mildly warming and vinious. A very interesting, dark fruity and full DIPA.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tderoeck (4371) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 29, 2012
27/VII/2012 - 50cl bottle from Geers (Oostakker) @ home - BB: n/a - (2012-765)

Clear red brown to purple beer, big creamy beige head, pretty stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: mocha, caramel, overripe fruits, banana, fruity hops. MF: ok carbon, medium to full body. Taste: sweet malty, caramel, some sugar, mocha, bitter hops, dried fruits, sweet creamed coffee. Aftertaste: malty, honey, bitter hops, mocha.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chrisv10 (10751) - DENMARK - AUG 18, 2012
Bottle 9% @ FOneFan, Danish Ratebeer Summer Gathering 2012. Aroma is malt, fruit, hops, citrus and grapefruit. Flavour is malt, hops, grapefruit, pine, little sweet, little citrus and quite bitter.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
KingCecil (2041) - DENMARK - SEP 29, 2012
Bottle @ home....It pours pitch black with a small tan head.... The aroma is citrus, caramel, hops, fruit and roasted malt..... The flavor is roasted malt, fruits and citrus...... very nice! want more of it! ...... full body, full mouthfeel!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 18, 2012
Bottle. Very impressive beer for an amber, huge body, tons of roasted malts but good balance.

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ericdevin (658) - 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!


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