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: 121   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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My idea of a strong ale was brewed with loads of malt, hops, jaggery and a touch of manuka smoke.
It was fermented with a clean ale yeast to let the ingredients speak for themselves without getting interrupted by too many esters.
After all that it was aged for 5 months on American oak, then refermented in the bottle.
Cheers – Søren Eriksen – Brewer
Hops - Pacific Jade, Chinook
Malt - Pale Ale, Munich, Special B
Yeast - US-05
Other - Manuka Smoke, Jaggery (raw sugar) and American Oak
IBU - 75
SRM - 15

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
omega (699) - NEW ZEALAND - AUG 2, 2013
Pours a very dark amber colour with little head. Sounds disgusting but the aroma reminds me of overripe banana - big rich and pungent. You can almost smell the sugar. I can understand why people have said barley wine. Palate is soft and cloying with good length. Can’t say I got much in the way of smokiness from this beer, but have to say it is one to savour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (4341) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 29, 2013
Bottle - Roasted malts, some dark fruit and a little oak. Dark cloudy amber with a thin brown head. Lots of nice smoke, rich malts and oak. Big bitterness to match with a hop finish.. A great robust beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (6798) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 15, 2013
Bottle. Medium amber, slightly hazy, with a mediocre head that rises reluctantly but does stay around. Aroma is malty and fruity, with light smoke and oak notes. Flavours of sweet malt (caramel, toast), light smoke (almost peaty), oaky vanilla, sweet jammy fruit, and light leather. A little chewy, the mouthfeel is quite thick. The finish is assertively bitter. Great balance of flavours that held loads of appeal for me. Barleywine territory - delicious.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mattress63 (63) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 7, 2013
Big, bold and heavy. 330ml bottle from Archive. Pours dark colour with creamy yellow head, but seemed to diminish quickly. Pretty boozy and malty a bit like drinking liquid Vegemite, but it’s 8Wired so I did like. Much prefer Sorens IPA/2IPAs.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gerbeer (1799) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 1, 2013
330 ml bottle. Pours clear dark brown with almost no head. Aromas of roasted malt and smoke. Flavors of smoked bacon, light wood, light caramel/vanilla, and roasted malts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rangi (587) - NEW ZEALAND - JUN 27, 2013
Aroma is of malt, syrup and a touch of smoke. Appears a brillinat dark amber poor with a sustained soapy white head floating above. Tast is very stong syrup and malt notes. slight honey and smoke. Enjoyed but didnt love this beer. Enjoyed the smoked manuka aspect but not the upfront pale malt syrupy aspect to the beverage.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (15120) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 23, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2013 4th May 2013
CBC. Very very tired rating! Light haze on this amber beer. Crisp malts. Minerals. Light marmalade hops. Some floral character. Dry finish. Pretty slammed at this point. Need to revisit. 3.7

15th October 2013
Tasting at Bruce’s new pad. Thanks to Josh for the opportunity top revisit. Hazy amber beer with a small pale cream coloured head. Light dry palate, smooth. Tasty and semi sweet caramel malt. Light barrel induced paint ester. Light citrus and pine hops. Finishes smooth with mildly bitter toffee and a little spice. Nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gam (3254) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 21, 2013
Small head carbonation is solid deep ruby pour aromas yeast strain good body sweet touch oak influence nice smooth vanilla touch boozy hoppy fruits dried dark rich malts caramel chocolate the flavours raisin rich caramel strong bitter the oak touch a piney taste port wine smooth oak really vanilla taste comes out well the finish best aftertastes hops sweet malts bitter sweet finish very nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 19, 2013
The base beer in this is very good just too much barrel at the moment. Needs some good time to rest and mature, in 6 months this will be amazing, just need that harsh barrel to calm down. Surprised 8 wired released this so early

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
reebtogi (4214) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 9, 2013
330ml bottle pours an amber brown color with a small off-white head that leaves some decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is dark berries with some chocolate, smoke and alcohol. Taste is a chocolate malty and dark fruity sweetness with a light smoky and roasted grain finish. Not as heavy as I would have expected and mildly carbonated. Quite a decent strong ale, but not quite as complex as I was anticipating.

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