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8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

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

bottled
common

on tap
available

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RATINGS: 120   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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cantabrian (817) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 1, 2013
This was a such a lovely treat from Jimthechap. The beer pours dark reddish copper, very crystal translucid, raising incredible aromas of a malt base, of course, but with plenty of cloying sweet treats such as honey and maple syrup. There is a peaty flavour to it, actually running just below the main alcohol vein. Peat and whisky on the flavours, above a vast malty bed. The beer feels a bit resinous, quite nice. There’s only the whisky element to stop one from pillaging this bottle more at ease. I would have called it a Barley Wine, but perhaps I do not know enough of both sytles.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6498) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 24, 2013
Bottle from Healthy Spirits. Pours murky copper with a rich beige head and a toffee and candy aroma. There is a full-bodied dark malt flavor complemented by a very nice hop profile that meshes well with the malt. Nicely bitter oak finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brontebeach (156) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2014
A great beer, not said lightly. Balanced, complex and dissolves in the mouth. End of evening beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Philym (999) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAR 21, 2014
Appearance: Clear ruby with thin ivory head. Aroma: Woody, smoky, resinous, musky, treacle, caramel and liquorice. Taste: Medium bitterness and sweetness with low sourness. Palate: Thick smooth texture, medium body, low carbonation, lingering dry, burnt caramel/toffee/treacle bitter/sweet finish with musky liquorice and a slight alcohol warmth. Comments: Lovely.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
melush (696) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skortila (4505) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (29287) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 8, 2013
Draft. An amber beer with a yellowish head. The aroma has notes of alcohol, caramel, and malt. The flavor is sweet with notes of alcohol, caramel, straw, and hops, leading to a bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gerbeer (1784) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 1, 2013
330 ml bottle. Pours clear dark brown with almost no head. Aromas of roasted malt and smoke. Flavors of smoked bacon, light wood, light caramel/vanilla, and roasted malts.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (6743) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 15, 2013
Bottle. Medium amber, slightly hazy, with a mediocre head that rises reluctantly but does stay around. Aroma is malty and fruity, with light smoke and oak notes. Flavours of sweet malt (caramel, toast), light smoke (almost peaty), oaky vanilla, sweet jammy fruit, and light leather. A little chewy, the mouthfeel is quite thick. The finish is assertively bitter. Great balance of flavours that held loads of appeal for me. Barleywine territory - delicious.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
stoutnick (533) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 26, 2013
Rich ugly brown colour. Aroma is caramel and toffee booming out. Taste is strong rich caramel with a thick mouthfeel. Mild bitterness at end, but interacting well between the caramel malt. Finish is a tad sticky sweet. Overall, a great beer, and one of my favourites from 8 Wired.


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