Brewed by 8 Wired Brewing
Style: American Strong Ale
Warkworth, New Zealand
Serve in Snifter, Tulip


on tap

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RATINGS: 163   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gopherfan99 (1268) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 16, 2015
Bottle; pours cloudy copper with almost no head; sweet aroma of malt, caramel, and hints of spice and alcohol; taste is sweet with caramel, malt, and a touch of spice; finish has some alcohol warming to it; very nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dresden (1479) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - SEP 17, 2015
Just saw that cards rated this and then bodices I didn’t have a rating for it, despite having it multiple times. Cmon. This is a dumb rating but I really enjoyed this

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
cards04 (2686) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 17, 2015
Wow..kind of shocked me as I was pouring. Thick and muddy. Reddish brown colour. Aromas oak, smoke, and vanilla. No booze present. Flavours are barrel, a bit of smoke but a great balance between malts and hop. A big beer to be sure. And a tasty one. Thanks Dresden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jmar33 (210) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 29, 2015
Bottle. Nice clear amber colour. Big and boozy on the nose. Burnt caramel type flavours with a heap of bitterness. Great beer if you like strong, bitter beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MarcoDL (4224) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 23, 2015
Bottle. Dark bronze color. Nice aroma of smoked ham, malt, caramel, vanilla and oak. Taste is diverse, with oaky vanilla, smoked ham, rauchmalt, soft red fruit and some coffee bitter in the finish. Rich and mighty beer indeed, creative as well. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rouhlas (2843) - GREECE - AUG 10, 2015
From tap. Hazy amber color with off white head. Malty and hoppy aroma, caramel, citrus fruits, floral. Sweet and bitter taste Like aroma. Medium oily body with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alex_leit (2541) - Minsk, BELARUS - JUN 15, 2015
Bottle. Wine with some smoked, a lot of other shades (malts, fruits, oak, pepper etc.), very impressive ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
aleksander9 (1377) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 7, 2015
Murky brown with white head. caramel, licorice, smoke and oak. Dry, smoke, some alcohol and herbal finish. Overall: Harsh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jackafholmes (1000) - - JUN 6, 2015
Bottle from brewdog bar, Sheffield. Maroon with white head. Aroma of treacle, liquorice and chewy bready malts. Taste is deep umami and tangy sweetness with long lasting after bitterness. Full bodied with oil and medium carb. Very good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jamesewelch (259) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 19, 2015
12oz bottle, poured into 16oz tulip glass

Aroma: sweet, almost bourbon-like, alcohol, toffee, maybe butterscotch, slight vanilla

Appearance: brown, cloudy, minimal tan head

Taste: medium sweet, slight bitterness on finish

Palate: medium to full body, average carbonation

Overall: Was taking a NZ friend on a tour of local store, he pointed out that this was from one of the NZ breweries and since I can’t remember ever having a NZ beer before, I picked it up. Very boozy. Have no idea how old the bottle is, could have sat on the shelf for a year or more. Interesting brown color with loads of barrel/oak flavors. Big aroma and taste of alcohol. Very smooth, no harsh bite, but a big ABV. A very nice high ABV, oak barrel aged beer.

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