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8 Wired Brewing
Brewed at Renaissance Brewing

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

bottled
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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


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RexTalionis (2602) - FINLAND - NOV 3, 2014
Bottle. Pours darker brown in color with a tan head. Bit of smoke, wood and butterscotch in aroma with a hefty load of fruityness backing it up. Bit on the sweeter side in taste with some notes of vanilla and smokyness too. Notes of honey and dark syrup later on, sweet maltyness too. Quite filling, with some vinous notes in the end.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
saxo (14158) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 8, 2013
Sample @ CBC. Nice head with good duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are caramel, fruits, flowers, wood, candy sugar and hops.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (21497) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 11, 2013
Draught at CBC 2013. Hazy orange-red coloured with a medium sized off-white head. Sweet and fruity aroma of caramel. Sweet and fruity flavour of caramel, spices and hops. Hoppy finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerViking (2685) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 13, 2013
On tap at CBC 2013, Saturday evening, spices, wood and alcohol on the nose, a huge alcohol bite, woody and bitter with a roasty syrupy character and barleywine notes.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bragesnak (5395) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 22, 2013
Copenhagen Beer Celebration Tap, 040513. Amber with white head. Aroma of malt and wood. Flavour with some caramel and spices with a tangy note

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ComradeK (1052) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - AUG 13, 2013
330ml bottle. Pours a hazy deep copper, with a moderate off-white head, which does not last all that well but does leave good lacing. Savoury biscuit malt, spicy, fruity hops and a touch of smoke create the aroma. Spicy, peppery hops up front give way to a sweeter candied fruit flavour. Savoury nut and biscuit malt notes in the mid-palate blend with vanillin oak, with oak and smoke in the finish, which leaves a lingering warmth. This is quite a pleasant, flavoursome ale from a quality brewer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drsordr (1236) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 31, 2013
Bottle pour deep amber color. Nose very barleywine like with loads of sweet malt, booze, and the faintest hint if smoke. Taste bracing bitter up front, then toffee, caramel, and sweet malt. Syrupy mouthfeel. Finish bitter with smoke. Very interesting beer, but didn’t love it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lonick (781) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 10, 2014
Bottle @tasting. Pours brown, malty sweetness to the nose with some smoke there as well. Fruity on the tongue but with a big smoke flavour, you also get a big alcohol hit, you know this one is 11%. Also right at the end you get this yeasty bread flavour.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marduk (2969) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 28, 2014
330ml bottle. Clear ruby red color. Alcohol, malty, caramel, sweetish notes in aroma. Roast, malty, hazelnuts, mild coffee in taste. Coffee in aftertaste. It’s bit raw, but still very drinkable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Yorker (1338) - Herning, DENMARK - FEB 3, 2014
33 cl bottle @ home. Pours dark amber with an off-white head that leaves quite a bit of lacing. Aroma and flavour are toffee, candy sugar, dried fruit, oak, and hops - with a bitter finish.


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