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8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

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

bottled
common

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RATINGS: 130   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


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ciaranc (985) - Dublin, IRELAND - AUG 16, 2014
330 ml bottle from drinkstore. Really deep amber in colour, really opaque, thing off white head, doesn’t last, great lacing. Nose is dark fruits cherries, raisins, oak, port notes, rich fruity esters, whiskey notes too. Intense flavour of dark rich fruits, more port wine, reminiscent of an aged whisky. Huge body, big syrupy mouthfeel, minimal carbonation bit it’s there. Long complex finish with a touch of bitterness to offset the dark fruits. Excellent.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
omega (724) - NEW ZEALAND - AUG 2, 2013
Pours a very dark amber colour with little head. Sounds disgusting but the aroma reminds me of overripe banana - big rich and pungent. You can almost smell the sugar. I can understand why people have said barley wine. Palate is soft and cloying with good length. Can’t say I got much in the way of smokiness from this beer, but have to say it is one to savour.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bmeup (525) - Ormeau, AUSTRALIA - NOV 29, 2013
Mighty ale indeed and much like a Barley Wine.....kinda! anyway apart from all the "little pinky out" bullshit it’s a good one.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Vells (758) - Riga, LATVIA - DEC 16, 2013
Awww.. great brew.. Intense malty, caramel, loads of hops, wood, intense fruitiness. Somewhat reminds barley wine. Quite thick and syrupy. Sweet with nice bitterness. Great balance and great in each aspect. Gimme moaaar

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BenH (2513) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 9, 2014
Bottle. Dark amber with off white head. Aroma of dried fruits, dates, raisins. Taste is incredibly rich sherry fruits, raisins with smoke and oak, vanilla. Sweet and bitter. Nice.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bov (9818) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - MAR 22, 2014
from Erzbierschof - bright ruby brown beer with no foam left; chewy malty nutty aroma, estery and with notes of red fruits; full-bodied, sweet and pretty tart; very tasty and lively; a solid bitterness and pretty dry, long nutty and red fruity finish with notes of warming alcohol

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (13513) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 16, 2013
Bottle. Extremely deep dark maroon, purple, brown color, small but thick tan head with good retention and solid lacing. Aroma of dark fruit, figs, plums, slightly burnt caramel. Taste is sweet and strong winter fruit with bitter resiny finish and substantial body. Very tasty. A big beer.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SimplySike (968) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 28, 2014
33cl bottle.
Pours clear dark amber with tan head.
Aroma rich, sweet, alcohol, honey, caramel, dark red fruits, toffee, some wood.
Taste sweet, caramel, sugar, tiny earthy, woody bitter.
Mouthfeel thick, oily.
awesome complex sweet beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kraddel (3630) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maris (1027) - 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 it’s 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.


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