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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: 141   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   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


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (8249) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ShaneJ (659) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 5, 2013
Bottle from Plonk. Dark amber-brown, minimal head, lots of lacing, burnt toffee, caramel lollies, earthy hops, woody, slightly smoky, alcohol warmth, slick, oily. Not bad.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (11430) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 10, 2013
Bottle at Bruce’s new pad, thanks to Josh, 15/10/13. Lightly hazed dark amber with a moderate beige head. Nose is dark toffee, booze, brown sugars, a little harsh and raw. Taste is a little more refined encapsulating dark toffee, light spice, grain, gin notes. Full bodied, fine carbonation, drying conclusion with boozey notes. Ok affair.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beersiveknown (3630) - NORTHERN IRELAND - APR 4, 2014
Bottle at home from ales by mail
Dark ruby amber with pillowy beige head. oaky resinous aroma. full bodied, low carbonation, warming, resinous bitter hops, fairly sweet and heavy but enough bitterness to balance.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (18573) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 30, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear dark amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy woody caramel and dark fruit aroma. Sweetish malty spicy woody dark fruit flavor. Has a sweetish malty woody dark fruit and caramel finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marko (4168) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - DEC 23, 2014
Huge thanks to Hrabren for sharing this with us! Poured an amber-red body with a tiny off white head. Yoghurty, slightly peaty, heavily malty creamy aroma. Taste... Caramel, vague peat, light bitterness, vague alcohol. Finishes on a medium bitter note. Tasty but not that thrilling.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (33727) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAY 23, 2013
From tap. Pours hazy brown with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted malty and dry caramelish. Bitter and dry phenolic. Roasted malty and caramelish. Bitter and dry phenolic.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 19, 2013
The base beer in this is very good just too much barrel at the moment. Needs some good time to rest and mature, in 6 months this will be amazing, just need that harsh barrel to calm down. Surprised 8 wired released this so early

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HKdIPA (381) - HONG KONG - MAR 4, 2014
A bit food-taste but not too bad. Rich. Wouldn't get this again but interesting to try.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Psytron (1475) - Turku, FINLAND - MAY 9, 2014
Smell of syrup. Dark bronze colour, cloudy. Beige head. Aroma of oak, cough mixture. Sweet, mildly bitter. Flat carbon, oily texture, heavy body.


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