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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: 130   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


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VsXsV (2452) - Linköping, SWEDEN - MAY 9, 2013
Draught. Hazy copper liquid with small to medium off-white head. Aroma of vanilla, wood, raw sugar, raisins, caramel, biscuit, smoke, dried fruit and toffee. Taste is light sweet and light to medium bitter with notes of raisins, vanilla, smoke and toffee. Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dfearnley (1079) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 8, 2014
Bottle to IPA glass. Aroma of brown sugar, grapefruit, oak, and pine. Cloudy amber with a creamy off white head but a bunch of particulates. Taste is heavy pine from beginning to end, with some sugar and a smoky bitter finish. The first taste was a bit overwhelming, but it’s getting better as I drink it. Maybe, that’s the 11% talking.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lusikka (6550) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 12, 2014
330 ml bottle.
Pours a dark amber colour with a small head. Aroma of caramel, wooden notes, mild vanilla notes and biscuit. Rich flavour of caramel, some mint, wood, vanilla, biscuit, floral bitterness and berries. Mild smoked notes as well. Full bodied and oily mouthfeel. Heavy.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (8031) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - FEB 16, 2014
Dark cream-coloured head over red-amber beer. Sweet-alcoholic, liqueurish and perfumed. Cheesy hints, strawberry. Bitterish, pine & resin, and a malt/syrupy underbuild. Again cheesy & fruity. Finish is sweet, if a tad astringent, with a flavour as from apricot liqueur. Quite well-bodied, very slick to nearly viscous/oily. Slight alcoholburn. Quite good barleywine, but it has a slight "beefed/pimped up" streak.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
antonstoop (190) - - FEB 17, 2014
A dark red amber beer, with an average white head. The nose is very sweet, lots of alcohol, caramel, oak, malt and toffee. It is a full bodied beer with a no carbonation. In the taste there is oak, sweet, caramel, light smokey, alcohol and light bitter. The aftertaste is oak, bittersweet and alcohol. More a barleywine then an amerian ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Habanero (2753) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - MAR 22, 2014
UPDATED: APR 11, 2014 Bottled. Pours hazy, deep amber with an average, off-white head. Aroma of caramel, dried fruit, pine wood and vanilla notes. Sweet flavor that end quite bitter and with alcohol. Medium to full bodied, oily to syrupy text. An excellent ale.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wlajwl (4056) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAY 15, 2014
Aroma is malts, slightly smokey and a mild perfumed note. The flavor is malts, grapefruit, tropical fruit, lime, hop resin and a mix of sour and alcohol in the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiong (4018) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAY 21, 2014
330ml bottle from Bierkompass

Pours dark reddish brown with a small head. Aroma of raisins, wood, caramel, toffee, oak and grassy hops. Taste is sweet, syrupy, caramely and woody with loads of toffee, fudge, oak and some notes of ripe fruits and grassy hops. Finish is sweet, malty and heavy with syrupy notes, ripe fruits, raisins and grassy hops. A bit stingy and unbalanced.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Plovmand (6602) - Helsinge, DENMARK - JUN 1, 2014
Bottle. Pours mostly clear deep amber with a creamy beige head. The aroma is hoppy and oaky with some deep malty notes. Sweet malty flavor with notes of oak and light smoke. Woody finish. The alcohol is noticeable in the finish but the hops helps it to be quite drinkable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (3563) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 12, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours brown, sweet, chewy toffee, bitter, light smoke, raisins.


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