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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: 120   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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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


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopRedHead (354) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 8, 2013
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours black with a fluffy, khaki head. Aroma of oaky vanilla, smoke, dry wood, earthy notes and chocolate. Touch of dried fruits and nuts. Taste is smoky vanilla, medicinal notes and a resin hop flavour. Bit of warmth on the way down and a nice lasting bitterness. Interesting brew, worth a try for sure.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beer-yum (470) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 30, 2013
An interesting beer that combines the appearance of a strong brown ale with the taste profile of a smoky porter/stout. A great way to end a tasting session (as it’s too strong to have too many of - unfortunately).

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
maneliquor (3103) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 17, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2013 Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours clear amber with a sticky, beige head leaving good lacing. Nose is a touch boozy but shows a balanced sweetness. Fair dose of caramel and toffee biscuit with tropical hops - mango, lychee. Sticky and almost creme brulee like. Resinous hops over toasted caramel, velvety smooth vanilla, light nuttiness. The bitterness helps it flow. Almost custard like in the taste with a very appealing sweetness. I like it a lot

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (35055) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 30, 2013

Draught @ CBC 2013 [ Blue Session ]. - Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2013, Sparta Hallen, Gunnar Nu Hansens Plads 11, 2100 Copenhagen, Denmark

Unclear medium to dark amber orange colour with a large, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, nutty, caramel, dried fruit, moderate hoppy, orange - citrus, grass. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and light heavy bitter with a long duration, hoppy, caramel, dried fruit, dry. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20130504]

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonnyguns (909) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 3, 2013
Bottle from mane liquor. Pours a dark brown with an off white head. Nice lacing clinging around the glass. Nose showcases string toffee and caramel malt tones with tropical hops. Nice element of sweetness in there, must be the oak aging. Taste shows more of the sweetness initially felt in the nose. Toffee malts and citrus hops coming through. Creamy mouthfeel, booze is felt. Pretty different beer but I'm happy with this one! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (6888) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 18, 2013
33cl bottle, which is actually double bottle capped and I have never seen or even heard of this before, pours with a clear deep ruby red body that supports a light tan head. The aroma offers up sweet musty prunes and figs as well as pine nuanced caramel malts and a mineral sense at the end of the draw. There’s surprisingly little of the big 11% ABV coming through. The taste is very barleywine like with sweet malts and sticky pine hops, some caramel malts and then murmurs of cherry and prune sweet fruity esters in the background. There is a hop note in there too but I’m struggling to put words to it. There’s lingering pine hops that show up into the after taste. Like the nose the booziness is well restrained in this big big beer. Dandy sipper.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chrishrt30 (98) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 5, 2013
Pour dark amber almost brown, no real head or carbonation. String roasted malt and whiskey aromas. Molasses, raisin,oak make it a rich solid beer. Thick and fruity, upfront is a Christmas cake like fruit and sugar, but following that is a woody malty, chocolate beer. Smooth finish, like a nice liquor, smokey malts and fruit hop bitterness round this great beer out. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11060) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 9, 2013
Bottle from Star Grocery in Berkeley, CA. Pours hazy dark amber with a transient beige head. Aroma is a bit medicinal. With a chocolate hint. Or is there anise? Difficult. Med + body. Flavor is strong hop - earthy/citrus, moving on to some brown sugar, then to a woody astringency, then to something really earthy. Finishes with an anise hint in the nose with each sip, but quite non-anise. I think I’m finally getting a light smoke - sort of like the liquid smoke available in stores. This is a very challenging ale to dissect. Really good tho.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zenkis (572) - Ogre, LATVIA - DEC 14, 2013
Pours deep red wine reddish with small off-white top. Aroma - fruity dominant, but not citrusy - more kind of peaches or mango. Thick, caramely flavor with loads of hops, intense bitterness is most welcomed. Palate - astringent on tongue, medium+ to full body, dry and oily finish, thick mouthfell, pleasant bitter aftertaste with light fruity sweetness. From 8 wired session this definitely goes in Top3-Nr.1.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
allmyvinyl (3345) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 10, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours clear brown, no head. Didn’t know what to expect from this, so the smoke was a surprise! Nice woody aromas too. Stone fruit in the background. Taste brings it all together very nicely, with some vanilla and sherry. Lovely.


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