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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: 123   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


3.4
   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

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
reebtogi (4303) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Palme (3474) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUN 6, 2013
On tap @ Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2013. This is a cloudy dark plum-red one with a small bubbly light beige top. Not to extreme on the nose really, I get traces of a strong sweetness, lots of sweet malts, caramel, dried fruits, and some berries. Nice not to extreme aroma that’s suggesting a really sweet beer. Let’s try: yeah, it’s sweet, but more nutty bitter than sweet really. It has a really thick and chewy mouthfeel and a soft tear non existing carbonation level. Birches and leafs, it’s a bit earthy as well, and the nutty bitterness is kinda ruining this a bit for me. Fair enough, but not a favorite of mine. 04.05.2013

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jackl (4797) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 5, 2013
Tap @ CBC 2013. The pour’s deep red with a small head. The nose is red berries, wood, some strawberry. Sweet maltiness. The taste is jam-covered brown bread toast. Earthy hoppy bitterness. Caramel. Glazed donut. Full body, quite sweet and syrupy. Overall, OK.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pentaz (1242) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 29, 2013
Draught @ CBC 2013. Pours hazy amber with a frothy beige head. Aroma is quite malty with caramel, sugar flowery, citrus, mild cheese, prune and wood. Taste is moderate sweet and light+ bitter. Body is near medium, texture is syrup, carbonation is soft. Finishes hoppy but sweet with alcohol.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (13755) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 27, 2013
Draught at CBC 2013. Clear amber - offwhite head. Caramel, hay, straw, sweetness, knækbrød, grassy, nice bitterness, nutty, citrus, fresh citrus hoppy, ok bitterness - dry bitter finish. A bit boozy.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
fletchfighters (1117) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 23, 2013
330 ML bottle Clear, dark amber. Thin collar of white. Good ABV legs. Nose is lots of malt. Keep thinking root beer. Aniseed, nuts, and mushroom Sweet nose but quite dry. Sweet taste at first, caramel and malt. Then the oak. Lots of oak. Overpowers the base beer. Sweet and slightly slick but changes to a lot of oak flavors, Toasted coconut, vanilla, slightly buttery but quite harsh. Slightly smoky in the finish. Low carbonation. Needs time. Serious time.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (31625) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAY 23, 2013
From tap. Pours hazy brown with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted malty and dry caramelish. Bitter and dry phenolic. Roasted malty and caramelish. Bitter and dry phenolic.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bragesnak (5395) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 22, 2013
Copenhagen Beer Celebration Tap, 040513. Amber with white head. Aroma of malt and wood. Flavour with some caramel and spices with a tangy note

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madsberg (10398) - Søborg, DENMARK - MAY 22, 2013
Draught @ CBC 2013: Amber coloured. Dense beige head. Aroma: caramel, spice, sweetness, fruits, herbs. Flavour: Raisins, dades, caramel, sweetness, herbs, some wood and alcohol. Medium to full bodied. Ends light bitter and fruity.


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