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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
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RATINGS: 143   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12042) - 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 (640) - 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 (5501) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (7248) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 12, 2014
33 cl bottle
Dark mahogany color, small head. Sweet smoky taste, caramel malts and faint hops, sweet ripe fruits and sugar also. Sweet caramel flavor with oak, toffee, some ripe fruits with brown sugar and mild booze at the end. Very sweet sticky palate, mild alcohol burn. A slow sipper. Very nice.
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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bulldogops (1111) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 25, 2014
Rating #978 - February 14, 2014 - $11.79 CAD for a 330ml bottle 11%. Did not do my beer geek homework on this. Thought I was in for a really awesome DIPA. Pour did little to dissuade. Bubbly boozy amber pour with a decent white head. Aroma is citrusy hops and charred wood chips. Palate gathers most of this up, lots of toffee malt, citrus, pine, and a decent amount of wood smoke. An unexpected delight.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
spacecube (1185) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2014
330ml bottle, pours deep red, amber, dark brown, with a small head and a hazy translucent body. Aroma has caramel & toffee malt, shortbread, hints of citrus, dark fruit, blueberrry, the oak aging comes throgh nicely adding richness to the palate, which is thick and creamy. Almost barley wine like, but very drinkable for 11& abv. Very nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (7244) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 30, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown/mahogany beer with a tan head. Rich malt and grapefruit aroma. Grapefruit and toffee flavor with caramel. Medium-plus bodied. Grapefruit and toffee linger with caramel and light pine.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dEnk (4162) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - AUG 14, 2014
Bottle @ home. Aroma is big malty caramel, huge oak, vanilla and more. Flavour is quite sweet with loads of caramel, mocca, vanilla, some alcohol, light bitterness of mocca in the finish. Very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kryon (1764) - SWEDEN - MAY 8, 2013
On tap @CBC Pours reddish brown with low white head Aromas of toffee, buttershcotch, dark bread Distinctly bitter, loads of caramel malts but still wee bit unbalanced.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (9646) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - MAY 10, 2013
Sampled at CBC 2013. Hazy red color, small to average sized, frothy, non lacing, mostly diminishing off-white head. Smell and taste malts, some caramel, slightly hops, some fruityness, some bitterness and some alcohol. Medium to full body, medium carbonation.


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