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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: 113   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   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
HopRedHead (341) - 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 isnít distracting. A bit thick and syrupy. Not bad.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (6002) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 3, 2013
11.2oz bottle. Mostly clear dark red color. Little khaki head. Couple small dots of lace. Big caramel, spicy malts up front. Some bitter, earthy spicy hop, but malts are prominent. Moderate sweet taste, with a bigger alcohol bite. Big body. Smooth, lighter carbonation. Lightly dry finish. Nice moderate smoke in the finish noticeable more as it warms up. Hints of chocolate. Interesting, complex, but a little boozy and sweet.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drsordr (998) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 31, 2013
Bottle pour deep amber color. Nose very barleywine like with loads of sweet malt, booze, and the faintest hint if smoke. Taste bracing bitter up front, then toffee, caramel, and sweet malt. Syrupy mouthfeel. Finish bitter with smoke. Very interesting beer, but didnít love it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (8382) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 31, 2013
Unclassified style - smoky appearance and aroma. Spicy and sweet. ABundance of Hops in the finish. Unique beer,every sip different, thanks Duff.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
stoutnick (448) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 26, 2013
Rich ugly brown colour. Aroma is caramel and toffee booming out. Taste is strong rich caramel with a thick mouthfeel. Mild bitterness at end, but interacting well between the caramel malt. Finish is a tad sticky sweet. Overall, a great beer, and one of my favourites from 8 Wired.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maris (965) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - AUG 24, 2013
From a 330ml bottle on 25/8/2013 (batch 103, BB March 18). Pours a slightly cloudy amber with a smallish head. Has a quite a strong aroma of caramel and toffee. This one is a huge malt bomb featuring caramel, toffee, butterscotch, nuts and toast. along with curious dash of fruitiness as well. The smoke is there but itís quite subtle. Finishes off with a pronounced, almost medicinal, hop bitterness. This comes across as a very big beer, with the 11% quite evident. The palate is quite syrupy and the carbonation moderate. Not a subtle beer by any means, but there is a hell of a lot going on with it. A very full on, complex offering, which is unsurprising from these guys.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hawthorne00 (2363) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 22, 2013
Bottle, 14C. Clear bronze with a pale beige head that lasts well. Aroma of toffee, smokey honey, figs and other dried fruit, hazelnuts, spices, alcohol. Syrupy but with a very pleasing creaminess. Rather sweet and quite boozy, although only a little hot. Toffee, dried fruit, nuts and orange peel. Spices build and the finish is lightly smokey with spices and honey. Bitterness is fairly discreet. Not a graceful drop (maybe it will mellow) but thereís lots going on and it hangs together. 330ml is a lot of this - not that Iím getting tired of it, just that itís a slow drinker.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ComradeK (986) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - AUG 13, 2013
330ml bottle. Pours a hazy deep copper, with a moderate off-white head, which does not last all that well but does leave good lacing. Savoury biscuit malt, spicy, fruity hops and a touch of smoke create the aroma. Spicy, peppery hops up front give way to a sweeter candied fruit flavour. Savoury nut and biscuit malt notes in the mid-palate blend with vanillin oak, with oak and smoke in the finish, which leaves a lingering warmth. This is quite a pleasant, flavoursome ale from a quality brewer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrFecesious (919) - British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 11, 2013
330ml bottle. Cloudy dark brown, minimal cap, but the tight bubbles cascade off the sides. Aroma is pungent raisin, vanilla, root, wood. Taste is much the same, but with peach, and hay. A late-comer smokey dryness peeks in, but not sustained. Pretty boozy, but for the most part, it's just big, deep malts that drive this beast.


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