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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 – 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


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chrishrt30 (98) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 5, 2013
Pour dark amber almost brown, no real head or carbonation. String roasted malt and whiskey aromas. Molasses, raisin,oak make it a rich solid beer. Thick and fruity, upfront is a Christmas cake like fruit and sugar, but following that is a woody malty, chocolate beer. Smooth finish, like a nice liquor, smokey malts and fruit hop bitterness round this great beer out. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cantabrian (810) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 1, 2013
This was a such a lovely treat from Jimthechap. The beer pours dark reddish copper, very crystal translucid, raising incredible aromas of a malt base, of course, but with plenty of cloying sweet treats such as honey and maple syrup. There is a peaty flavour to it, actually running just below the main alcohol vein. Peat and whisky on the flavours, above a vast malty bed. The beer feels a bit resinous, quite nice. There’s only the whisky element to stop one from pillaging this bottle more at ease. I would have called it a Barley Wine, but perhaps I do not know enough of both sytles.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jimthechap (1621) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 1, 2013
Tasted alongside my learned friend Cantabrian. There is a gorgeous roseat ruby colour and a white head that gains a thoroughly unusual full set of appearance marks from me. The aroma is almost medicinal with stewed rhubarb, cherryvite, red licorice, mahogany and rosewood. The aroma is complex, intriguing and inviting. Its body is thick and oily with sweetness and astringent bitternesss that adds to the growing sense of well-being and satisfaction. The finish is lengthy with berry loveliness. Just wow. A beautiful beer and one to add to the long list of 8 Wired beers to cellar.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bmeup (515) - Ormeau, AUSTRALIA - NOV 29, 2013
Mighty ale indeed and much like a Barley Wine.....kinda! anyway apart from all the "little pinky out" bullshit it’s a good one.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (6851) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 18, 2013
33cl bottle, which is actually double bottle capped and I have never seen or even heard of this before, pours with a clear deep ruby red body that supports a light tan head. The aroma offers up sweet musty prunes and figs as well as pine nuanced caramel malts and a mineral sense at the end of the draw. There’s surprisingly little of the big 11% ABV coming through. The taste is very barleywine like with sweet malts and sticky pine hops, some caramel malts and then murmurs of cherry and prune sweet fruity esters in the background. There is a hop note in there too but I’m struggling to put words to it. There’s lingering pine hops that show up into the after taste. Like the nose the booziness is well restrained in this big big beer. Dandy sipper.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (8302) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - NOV 10, 2013
Bottle at Bruce’s new pad, thanks to Josh, 15/10/13. Lightly hazed dark amber with a moderate beige head. Nose is dark toffee, booze, brown sugars, a little harsh and raw. Taste is a little more refined encapsulating dark toffee, light spice, grain, gin notes. Full bodied, fine carbonation, drying conclusion with boozey notes. Ok affair.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ShaneJ (499) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 5, 2013
Bottle from Plonk. Dark amber-brown, minimal head, lots of lacing, burnt toffee, caramel lollies, earthy hops, woody, slightly smoky, alcohol warmth, slick, oily. Not bad.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonnyguns (904) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 3, 2013
Bottle from mane liquor. Pours a dark brown with an off white head. Nice lacing clinging around the glass. Nose showcases string toffee and caramel malt tones with tropical hops. Nice element of sweetness in there, must be the oak aging. Taste shows more of the sweetness initially felt in the nose. Toffee malts and citrus hops coming through. Creamy mouthfeel, booze is felt. Pretty different beer but I'm happy with this one! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (34777) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 30, 2013

Draught @ CBC 2013 [ Blue Session ]. - Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2013, Sparta Hallen, Gunnar Nu Hansens Plads 11, 2100 Copenhagen, Denmark

Unclear medium to dark amber orange colour with a large, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, nutty, caramel, dried fruit, moderate hoppy, orange - citrus, grass. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and light heavy bitter with a long duration, hoppy, caramel, dried fruit, dry. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20130504]

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
mkel07 (3339) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 25, 2013
330ml bottle. Very good beer with dark amber colour and a slight head. Big full flavour that goes down a treat.


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