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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: 128   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


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kryon (1470) - 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 (8908) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rasmus40 (11728) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 20, 2013
CBC. Hazy reddish brown with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, dried fruit, wood and alcohol. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and rather bitter finish. 040513

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madsberg (10457) - Søborg, DENMARK - MAY 22, 2013
Draught @ CBC 2013: Amber coloured. Dense beige head. Aroma: caramel, spice, sweetness, fruits, herbs. Flavour: Raisins, dades, caramel, sweetness, herbs, some wood and alcohol. Medium to full bodied. Ends light bitter and fruity.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gam (3338) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 21, 2013
Small head carbonation is solid deep ruby pour aromas yeast strain good body sweet touch oak influence nice smooth vanilla touch boozy hoppy fruits dried dark rich malts caramel chocolate the flavours raisin rich caramel strong bitter the oak touch a piney taste port wine smooth oak really vanilla taste comes out well the finish best aftertastes hops sweet malts bitter sweet finish very nice

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrFecesious (1091) - British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 11, 2013
330ml bottle. Cloudy dark brown, minimal cap, but the tight bubbles cascade off the sides. Aroma is pungent raisin, vanilla, root, wood. Taste is much the same, but with peach, and hay. A late-comer smokey dryness peeks in, but not sustained. Pretty boozy, but for the most part, it's just big, deep malts that drive this beast.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
McNeillR (1325) - SCOTLAND - JAN 9, 2014
Rich, woody and a sweet smokiness. Dank booze initially, sweet but soft. Creamy and sweet with a vibrant boozy middle. Moreish peppery linger.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MunBro (505) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 12, 2014
Drinking straight from the bottle (is that faux pas?) Aroma is smokey oak and alcohol. Tastes wonderfully smokey and malty with some hop flavor in there too. Incredibly rich, complex flavor.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil (9591) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 22, 2014
330ml bottle (ALEhouse, Riga)
Lovely soft malty caramel, barleywine-like. Toffee. Coppery amber, hard to pull a head. And whilst the aroma is very nice, like the bumaye, the taste is even better. Really puts a smile on your face and gives you a feeling of well-being. Totally gorgeous caramel taste, barley-winey again, but with a massive bitter bite, and a great burnt bitterness in the corner too. On swallowing, the caramel barley-wine toffee again takes the driving seat, just a tiny ashy burnt corner. I’m not gonna say that it’s not a strong beer, but that 11% is so much part of the mellowness, it’s perfectly in place. Beautifully aged. Such a good sipper. These guys rock!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (6695) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 9, 2014
Bottle from Yamaichi. Pretty red-orange with lace. Winy, smoky, caramel, gum ball nose. Sweet, very smoky, sugars, rum, booze, very bitter, vanilla and caramel. Fun. Sweet but balanced by smoke, booze, hops. Very flavorful, could probably be better in a year. A bit too boozy.


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