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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: 140   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 – Sřren 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


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ogivlado (6107) - Zagreb, CROATIA - JAN 1, 2015
Bottled 330ml. -Courtesy of hrabren, shared with him and others. Darker amber coloured, medium sized pale beige head, hint of wood in the nose. Sweet malty, caramel, alcohol and mild spicy with notes of wood and dried fruits. Mild peaty notes in the finish. Good brew but too expensive (14€ small bottle).

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ansjelaah (1614) - Westelbeers, NETHERLANDS - FEB 19, 2015
Bottle @ home. Brown color with no head. Smells malty, roasty, some hop and barley wine. Smells alchohol, barley wine, roasty, dark malts, hops, almond, sweet, nice. Taste is the same.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bule (1040) - California, USA - MAR 4, 2015
12oz bottle pours a brown color without any head. Very low carbonation. Lots of sticky malt sweetness. A bit of alcohol harshness. Mild oakiness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmgreenuk (5320) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - MAR 12, 2015
Bottle at Taps Beer Bar, Kuala Lumpur. Poured a crystal clear deep mahogany with a thin broken white head. The aroma is resin hop. The flavour is moderate to strong bitter with a woody resin citrus hop palate. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Lovely and smooth and the alcohol is well hidden.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nisse666 (4679) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 10, 2013
Draught at CBC 2013, cons 2013-05-04 Copenhagen AR: wee smokey, grapes AP: dark amber, frothy creamy brown head F: sugary, warming feeling, grape fruit, tiny smokey, salt

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Borup (6810) - Albertslund, DENMARK - MAY 15, 2013
Sample at CBC 2013. Unclear amber colour with an off-white head. Aroma and flavour of malt, caramel. yeast, fruit, spice, alcohol and hoppy notes.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (6450) - Ohio, USA - AUG 9, 2013
11.2 oz. bottle from Party Source. Pours a slightly hazy deep amber color with a thin off white film. The aroma is a bit different; caramel, smoke, dark fruits, some citrus and booze. The flavor opens with caramel and smoke before giving way to more dark fruit, citrus hops, earth with a moderately woody and bitter finish. Some booze to this as well. It has a lot going on, but everything doesn’t always play nicely together.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (9199) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (7799) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (13033) - 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)


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