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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
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RATINGS: 130   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   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


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Idiosynkrasie (4099) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - MAY 24, 2014
330ml bottle. Slightly cloudy, reddish, darkest copper to brown colour with average, frothy, half-way lasting, minimally lacing, off-white to beige head. Malty, Barleywine-like aroma with a nuttily touch, hints of toffee, marzipan, a touch of treacle, woodruff, a cautious smoky touch. Taste is rich and complex, oscillating, malty notes cover a range from toffee, via sweat to smoke, ham, almond, resin, raisin, accompanied by bitter hoppy overtones throughout. Full bodied, sticky palate, oily texture, rich and complex; slightly unbalanced and inharmonic, more oscillating than integrated. If I carried a positive 8 Wired prejudice with me until now, this time my thumb points downwards in case of doubt, indicated by +/- 0.1 points at any one time, forgiving at least a +0.3 better score overall. Well, I can see there is intensity, there is variety of flavours: but concerning aroma as well as taste I have to say: there’s no harmony. The (in light of better knowing often ironically used) German saying "viel hilft vielt" should be applicable here.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
laiti (5980) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 21, 2014
33 cl bottle @ home
Aroma is rather sweet, malty and somewhat boozy with caramel and resiny American hops. Also some vanilla tones. Flavour is sweet with oaky tones, caramel, some alcohol and vanilla. Finishes with harsh maltyness. Syrupy, sweet but still kind of nice. There’s even some smoky tones on some sips.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiong (4018) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAY 21, 2014
330ml bottle from Bierkompass

Pours dark reddish brown with a small head. Aroma of raisins, wood, caramel, toffee, oak and grassy hops. Taste is sweet, syrupy, caramely and woody with loads of toffee, fudge, oak and some notes of ripe fruits and grassy hops. Finish is sweet, malty and heavy with syrupy notes, ripe fruits, raisins and grassy hops. A bit stingy and unbalanced.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hirigalzkar (2364) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 17, 2014
Bottle. Notes of oak, vanilla, clove, butter and orange. Small notes of smoke. A bit edgeless for a 11abv beer. Surprisingly easy to drink.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wlajwl (4066) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAY 15, 2014
Aroma is malts, slightly smokey and a mild perfumed note. The flavor is malts, grapefruit, tropical fruit, lime, hop resin and a mix of sour and alcohol in the finish.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Psytron (1396) - Turku, FINLAND - MAY 9, 2014
Smell of syrup. Dark bronze colour, cloudy. Beige head. Aroma of oak, cough mixture. Sweet, mildly bitter. Flat carbon, oily texture, heavy body.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
DeanF (1735) - Nunavut, CANADA - APR 25, 2014
Beautiful Burgundy Body (hey that’s an alliteration!) and a nice foamy head on top though I’d surmise it would take some coaxing rather than coming out of the closet by itself. Aroma of lacquer and paint thinner, some hops, vague maltiness that’s sadly not bolstered too well by this beer’s situation. Flavour is murky swampwater of hazelnut and hops with an alcoholic finish. Just uncomfortable, not refreshing, which is too bad. But drinkable, how’mever.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (6916) - Enghien, BELGIUM - APR 19, 2014
Bouteille 33cl de Geers, no BB. Cuivrée, col fin blanc cassé laissant un filament doré au verre. Arôme offre ce bouquet typique de boisé-chêne sur un rétro-nasal de malté et un léger fumé. Palais offre une belle profondeur maltée avec une petite pointe de fumé et résiduel boisé accentué par un malté léger de caramel, pâle et toffee. Houblonné agrumes sur la fin laissant qcq pointes citronnées. Je note également un léger sucré rappelant la canne à sucre. Fini sec-boisé avec un niveau alcool qui commence à se faire ressentir.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beersiveknown (3270) - NORTHERN IRELAND - APR 4, 2014
Bottle at home from ales by mail
Dark ruby amber with pillowy beige head. oaky resinous aroma. full bodied, low carbonation, warming, resinous bitter hops, fairly sweet and heavy but enough bitterness to balance.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ansalon (1625) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - MAR 24, 2014
Tasted at Copenhagen Beer Celebration, May 4th 2013. Aroma is plum, figs, dates, caramel, honey. Taste is caramel, muscovado sugar, butterscothc, figs, dates, honey.


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