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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

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 142   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   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


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (29988) - 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 (2213) - 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 (7502) - 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 (682) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopRedHead (397) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
maneliquor (3391) - 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 (37673) - 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 (1096) - 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 (7312) - 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 (102) - 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


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