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8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: American Strong Ale
Blenheim, New Zealand
Serve in Snifter, Tulip

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RATINGS: 120   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 Ė SÝren Eriksen Ė 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


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
allmyvinyl (3371) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 10, 2014
Bottle at Craigís. Pours clear brown, no head. Didnít know what to expect from this, so the smoke was a surprise! Nice woody aromas too. Stone fruit in the background. Taste brings it all together very nicely, with some vanilla and sherry. Lovely.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lonick (781) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 10, 2014
Bottle @tasting. Pours brown, malty sweetness to the nose with some smoke there as well. Fruity on the tongue but with a big smoke flavour, you also get a big alcohol hit, you know this one is 11%. Also right at the end you get this yeasty bread flavour.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
McNeillR (1221) - SCOTLAND - JAN 9, 2014
Rich, woody and a sweet smokiness. Dank booze initially, sweet but soft. Creamy and sweet with a vibrant boozy middle. Moreish peppery linger.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BenH (2333) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 9, 2014
Bottle. Dark amber with off white head. Aroma of dried fruits, dates, raisins. Taste is incredibly rich sherry fruits, raisins with smoke and oak, vanilla. Sweet and bitter. Nice.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cgarvieuk (14288) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 9, 2014
Bottle at home... Deep brown... Thin tan lacing... Soft smoke... Ligt sweet treacle nose... Soft sweet creamy toffee malts... Light bitter roast

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6511) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 24, 2013
Bottle from Healthy Spirits. Pours murky copper with a rich beige head and a toffee and candy aroma. There is a full-bodied dark malt flavor complemented by a very nice hop profile that meshes well with the malt. Nicely bitter oak finish.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
inceptioj (47) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 23, 2013
Iíve been having so many good beers recently, can hardly remember the last time I was disappointed. I feel kinda guilty somehow. This is another exceptional offering from my long time favorite 8 Wired. Pours a beautiful deep reddish amber. My nose is a tad stuffy and the glassware isnít quite right so having a bit of difficulty picking up subtleties in the aroma. Stone fruit and smoke is all Iím getting. The taste is obviously incredibly complex with a punch of smoke up front, molasses, some marmite, and a beautiful fruity finish. Itís a nice marrying of flavors and the silky buttery palate makes everything even more delicious.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Vells (690) - LATVIA - DEC 16, 2013
Awww.. great brew.. Intense malty, caramel, loads of hops, wood, intense fruitiness. Somewhat reminds barley wine. Quite thick and syrupy. Sweet with nice bitterness. Great balance and great in each aspect. Gimme moaaar

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zenkis (572) - Ogre, LATVIA - DEC 14, 2013
Pours deep red wine reddish with small off-white top. Aroma - fruity dominant, but not citrusy - more kind of peaches or mango. Thick, caramely flavor with loads of hops, intense bitterness is most welcomed. Palate - astringent on tongue, medium+ to full body, dry and oily finish, thick mouthfell, pleasant bitter aftertaste with light fruity sweetness. From 8 wired session this definitely goes in Top3-Nr.1.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11095) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 9, 2013
Bottle from Star Grocery in Berkeley, CA. Pours hazy dark amber with a transient beige head. Aroma is a bit medicinal. With a chocolate hint. Or is there anise? Difficult. Med + body. Flavor is strong hop - earthy/citrus, moving on to some brown sugar, then to a woody astringency, then to something really earthy. Finishes with an anise hint in the nose with each sip, but quite non-anise. I think Iím finally getting a light smoke - sort of like the liquid smoke available in stores. This is a very challenging ale to dissect. Really good tho.


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