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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: 111   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   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


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
mkel07 (3006) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (6136) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2013
Bottle, many thanks to Josh. It pours deep amber with a thick yellowish-beige head. The nose is earth, toasty, caramel, toffee, honey, vanilla and wood. The taste is wood, earth, grass, toast, some astringency, decent bitterness and resin with a dry, earthy finish. Medium body, fine carbonation and slightly oily mouth-feel. Hides abv pretty well. Decent enough, if a little unexciting.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
davidm (1928) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 19, 2013
Bottle from K&G. Aromas of caramel, smoke. Taste is sweet, with bitter and sour notes, and long length.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
maneliquor (2992) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 17, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2013 Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours clear amber with a sticky, beige head leaving good lacing. Nose is a touch boozy but shows a balanced sweetness. Fair dose of caramel and toffee biscuit with tropical hops - mango, lychee. Sticky and almost creme brulee like. Resinous hops over toasted caramel, velvety smooth vanilla, light nuttiness. The bitterness helps it flow. Almost custard like in the taste with a very appealing sweetness. I like it a lot

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (10419) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2013 Bottle shared at Bruce’s in London - many thanks to Josh. Pours clear amber with a foamy head. Nose has caramel, bread, some pine. Medium sweet flavor, toasty grass, caramel, dried berries. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Lightly resinous to finish, more grass, pine, some toasty bread, orange rind. Alright. (3.6)

Sampled at Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2013 - Day 2, Session 2. Pours cloudy, ruby-brown with a light, creamy head. Big and sugary with notes of pine, ripe fruits, caramel and toasted bread. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Lightly warming at the end with sticky sugars, bitter pine, alcohol and ripe orange. A bit hot and bitter. Kind of rough around the edges. (3.3)

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CapFlu (4458) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 10, 2013
(330ml bottle) Purchased at Hillside Liquors. Pours a thin white frothy head atop a deep brown. Nose of rich fig blended malt and coffee grounds. Boozy, nice thick malt base with decent hop resin. Not overly sweet but with a lasting alcoholic linger. Nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beer-yum (436) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 30, 2013
An interesting beer that combines the appearance of a strong brown ale with the taste profile of a smoky porter/stout. A great way to end a tasting session (as it’s too strong to have too many of - unfortunately).

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 16, 2013
Bottle. Extremely deep dark maroon, purple, brown color, small but thick tan head with good retention and solid lacing. Aroma of dark fruit, figs, plums, slightly burnt caramel. Taste is sweet and strong winter fruit with bitter resiny finish and substantial body. Very tasty. A big beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopRedHead (339) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 8, 2013
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours black with a fluffy, khaki head. Aroma of oaky vanilla, smoke, dry wood, earthy notes and chocolate. Touch of dried fruits and nuts. Taste is smoky vanilla, medicinal notes and a resin hop flavour. Bit of warmth on the way down and a nice lasting bitterness. Interesting brew, worth a try for sure.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOLTZ7555 (2780) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 7, 2013
Dark burnt tangerine pour with a small eggshell head that left a spot or two inside of the glass. Caramel, toffee, toasted marshmallow, smoke, vanilla, and hops. Interesting combination. Sweet but not cloying. The alcohol is present but isn’t distracting. A bit thick and syrupy. Not bad.


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