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8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

Style: American Strong Ale
Warkworth, New Zealand
Serve in Snifter, Tulip

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RATINGS: 147   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (9455) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GlassBrass440 (290) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 27, 2015
Pours a clear, rusty brown with no head. Aromas of caramel, oak, and forest floor. Flavours of caramel, oak and a hint of smoke. Surprisingly little alcohol until late in the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jamesewelch (205) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 19, 2015
12oz bottle, poured into 16oz tulip glass

Aroma: sweet, almost bourbon-like, alcohol, toffee, maybe butterscotch, slight vanilla

Appearance: brown, cloudy, minimal tan head

Taste: medium sweet, slight bitterness on finish

Palate: medium to full body, average carbonation

Overall: Was taking a NZ friend on a tour of local store, he pointed out that this was from one of the NZ breweries and since I can’t remember ever having a NZ beer before, I picked it up. Very boozy. Have no idea how old the bottle is, could have sat on the shelf for a year or more. Interesting brown color with loads of barrel/oak flavors. Big aroma and taste of alcohol. Very smooth, no harsh bite, but a big ABV. A very nice high ABV, oak barrel aged beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alex_leit (503) - Minsk, BELARUS - JUN 15, 2015
Bottle. Wine with some smoked, a lot of other shades (malts, fruits, oak, pepper etc.), very impressive ale.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VsXsV (2826) - Stockholm, 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (12658) - DENMARK - MAY 13, 2013
Tap @ CBC. Hazy dark amber with small off-white head. Aroma is malt, caramel, dark fruits, yeast, toasted, toffee and oak. Flavour is malt, caramel, medium sweet, toasted, toffee, oak, hop and medium bitter.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (14468) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 27, 2013
Draught at CBC 2013. Clear amber - offwhite head. Caramel, hay, straw, sweetness, knækbrød, grassy, nice bitterness, nutty, citrus, fresh citrus hoppy, ok bitterness - dry bitter finish. A bit boozy.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (18174) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 23, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2013 4th May 2013
CBC. Very very tired rating! Light haze on this amber beer. Crisp malts. Minerals. Light marmalade hops. Some floral character. Dry finish. Pretty slammed at this point. Need to revisit. 3.7

15th October 2013
Tasting at Bruce’s new pad. Thanks to Josh for the opportunity top revisit. Hazy amber beer with a small pale cream coloured head. Light dry palate, smooth. Tasty and semi sweet caramel malt. Light barrel induced paint ester. Light citrus and pine hops. Finishes smooth with mildly bitter toffee and a little spice. Nice!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (7692) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 29, 2013
Bottle - Roasted malts, some dark fruit and a little oak. Dark cloudy amber with a thin brown head. Lots of nice smoke, rich malts and oak. Big bitterness to match with a hop finish.. A great robust beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dfearnley (1257) - 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.


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