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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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RATINGS: 128   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


4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
myrda (66) - - JUL 27, 2014
Rousse foncée. Les odeurs ne sont pas facilement discernables, mais le chêne ressort définitivement accompagné de malt et de vanille et de sirop d’érable. En bouche, pleines de saveurs sans être trop lourde, se précipite l’un a la suite de l’autre : noix caramélisé, bacon fumée au sirop d’érable, finale feu de camp.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
davidm (1938) - 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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JefVerstraete (1571) - Ghent, BELGIUM - MAR 3, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2014 Hazy yellow amber colour. Medium carbonation. Very complex beer with notes of smoke, honey, spices and bitter hops. Very drinkable and well balanced.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
andrewturba (1069) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 7, 2014
Pours a hazy copper/brown with a small dirty white head and a bunch of lace spots. Aroma is is rich maltiness, caramel, smoke, dark dried fruits, raisins, plums, figs, and some port like characteristics. Flavour is rich maltiness, caramel, faint cocoa, earthy, herbal, medium-high bitterness, oak, faint alcohol and smoke.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jimthechap (1788) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
inceptioj (50) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 23, 2013
I’ve 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 isn’t quite right so having a bit of difficulty picking up subtleties in the aroma. Stone fruit and smoke is all I’m getting. The taste is obviously incredibly complex with a punch of smoke up front, molasses, some marmite, and a beautiful fruity finish. It’s a nice marrying of flavors and the silky buttery palate makes everything even more delicious.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiulijn (15210) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
erickok (3790) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - MAR 22, 2014
Dark brown body and small head. Fermenting fruit, woody, Calvados, sweet malts, aged, herbal hops. Layered taste, powerful. Lots of sweet malts balanced by barrel aging. Wow, concentrated and delicious. It’s freaking expensive but very good too. (33cl bottle from De Molen, brought by Bertanne)

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
elbernays (618) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SuperTiti33 (595) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 27, 2014
Ambrée/roux. Nez: boisé/chêne. Vanille. Caramel. Sucre d'orge. Érable. Bouche: très riche. Légèrement fumé(bacon). Très boisé. Sirop d'érable. Pacane/noix enrobé de sucre. Très bien.


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