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8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

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

bottled
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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 – 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


kryon's rating

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kryon (1333) - - MAY 8, 2013
On tap @CBC Pours reddish brown with low white head Aromas of toffee, buttershcotch, dark bread Distinctly bitter, loads of caramel malts but still wee bit unbalanced.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kraddel (2789) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - JUL 17, 2014
Bottle at Barely Legal Tasting Room . pours dark , unclear amber-red-brown . Unmentionable foam . Smell is sweet , very sweet malts ( think of an Old ale, Barley wine ) Taste is likewise . sweet, but a bit thinner than earlier mentioned styles . Also a decent amount of bitterness included . Very nice ! Carbonation is decent , low as it should be . Very nice beer ! Slightly metallic in the back , and could use more body at this ABV to be world-class , but I definetly don’t regret buying this one !

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
elbernays (409) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUL 12, 2014
330ml bottle at home from drinkstore. Pours brown with white head. Looks lovely with nice lacing. This is like a rummy liquor. Big toffee caramel butterscotch, vanilla nose. Smooth creamy toffee, cherry, wood, coffee, lightly smoked flavour. The body is immense and mouthfeel is luxurious. Fantastic.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiulijn (14340) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 19, 2014
Bottle from Legacy Liquor, Vancouver
Cloudy dark ambr color with creamy head. Strong aroma of caramel with interesting notes of wood, vanilla, smoke. Full bodied; strong malt flavor, with accent of dark caramel, nuts, smoke and some vanilla; moderately sweet, correctly bitter, with a light acidity, medium astringency in the final and clear alcohol warmth; there is plenty of resiny hops.
Rich; not as complex as a Baladin X Fumé, but powerful, balanced, well brewed.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
czar (4152) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 16, 2014
bottle at mondial 2014, mtl. pours cloudy dark golden with a small off-white cap, some retention and lacing. piney, alcohol-bathed and soaked sweet fruits, sweet bready and honeyed malts, plain sugars - white and brown - cloying. moderate carbonation, medium body - oily and sticky, sweet and assertive grassy-spicy-citrusy-piney finish. meh.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skortila (4433) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JUN 15, 2014
Bottled. Full 33cl sample. The aroma has raisins, figs, caramel, piney hops. Clear, brown coloured beer with not much head. Initially off-white medium. The taste is moderate sweet and moderate bitter. There are molasses, raisins, resin, figs, caramel. Pretty nice. But definately not worth the price. 8 Wired is pretty expensive in Holland.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (1706) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 12, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours brown, sweet, chewy toffee, bitter, light smoke, raisins.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Skinnyviking (6774) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 11, 2014
Bottle. at home. Miedium high creamy and lasting off-white head. Orange brown body with a lot of bubbles. Fruity wineous mildly smoked aroma. Highly carbonated alcohol dominated roasted malt fruity and pretty hoppy flavor with a long bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentAle (600) - Alberta, CANADA - JUN 10, 2014
Aroma is rich malts, caramel, fig and slight smokiness. Taste is sweet roasty malts, similar tastes to aroma and the malt character is met with a fairly well balanced bitterness and finishes smoothly... Overall quite smoothly for 11% abv. The hop profile is an earthy murky flavor with not too much tang or tanin aftertaste. Appearance is a clear copper body with a pearl/beige head that retains fairly poorly which ia fine for the beer style.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mattyhennessy (272) - Highton, AUSTRALIA - JUN 6, 2014
This is a huge beer and is appropriately named. Almost syrupy texture. Pours red amber with a beige head. Smells super sweet with some stonefruit and citrus. The taste is of sticky toffee and caramel with a pine citrus fruity finish. It’s dangerously printable despite the 11% abv. Slightly oily with low carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
melush (522) - SPAIN - JUN 6, 2014
Botella de 35,5 cl, adquirida en Tanakaya Liquor Store. Color ambar oscuro. Sabor a malta, alcohol, caramelo, roble. Recuerda a una Barley Wine.


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