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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: 144   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


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil (10343) - 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 (7369) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jorn69 (1587) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - FEB 21, 2014
@ Havregatan. Flaska från Ölbutikken, Köpenhamn. Fruktig, maltig, karamell, alkohol, sötma, ganska besk, medelfyllig. Avslutningen är besk, fruktig och torr.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
laiti (6839) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 21, 2014
33 cl bottle @ home
Aroma is rather sweet, malty and somewhat boozy with caramel and resiny American hops. Also some vanilla tones. Flavour is sweet with oaky tones, caramel, some alcohol and vanilla. Finishes with harsh maltyness. Syrupy, sweet but still kind of nice. There’s even some smoky tones on some sips.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mattyhennessy (375) - Highton, AUSTRALIA - JUN 6, 2014
This is a huge beer and is appropriately named. Almost syrupy texture. Pours red amber with a beige head. Smells super sweet with some stonefruit and citrus. The taste is of sticky toffee and caramel with a pine citrus fruity finish. It’s dangerously printable despite the 11% abv. Slightly oily with low carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (4123) - McLean, Virginia, USA - DEC 9, 2014
From a 33 cl bottle shared at home. Pours a hazy cola brown with an ecru head. Aroma of caramel. Flavors of carramel, dark fruits, oak and some smoky notes. Complex and hot. Boozy finish.,

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Westchesterco (1252) - mclean, Virginia, USA - DEC 9, 2014
Poured from a botyle it is a light brown with a slight head. The aroma is boozey and caramel. The taste is a sweet bourbon with hints of spices and a bit of pepper

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RuNpali (57) - FINLAND - DEC 11, 2014
Appearance is somewhat dodgy with mead-like copper color and almost no head. Aroma has a lot of liquorice, at least at a cold temperature. Taste is has a in-your-face type of feel. Palate is heavy but the absent of alcohol is a good thing. A very good beer but not really my cup of tea.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pinball (11140) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2014
bottle. clear amber brown, smooth light brown head. seriously dark for an ipa style ale. aroma is malts, caramel, bitter hops, candi sugar. flavor is roasted malts, bitter hops, wood, licorice, smoked notes from the manuka. Pretty intesresting brew, does not resemble anything else i’ve tasted for a long while.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (9191) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2015
Sample at the Badge-Whore Bowl (OSU vs AL) tasting on 01/01/2015. Clear amber color with a medium off-white head that recedes steadily. Strings of lacing. Aroma of smoked malt, hops and oak. Full-bodied with flavors of charred malt, dark fruit and oak. The finish is smoky with a fruity and malty aftertaste. Pretty good overall.


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