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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: 121   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   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


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerViking (2496) - 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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ComradeK (1035) - 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 (1085) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ansalon (1430) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - MAR 24, 2014
Tasted at Copenhagen Beer Celebration, May 4th 2013. Aroma is plum, figs, dates, caramel, honey. Taste is caramel, muscovado sugar, butterscothc, figs, dates, honey.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (6711) - Enghien, BELGIUM - APR 19, 2014
Bouteille 33cl de Geers, no BB. Cuivrée, col fin blanc cassé laissant un filament doré au verre. Arôme offre ce bouquet typique de boisé-chêne sur un rétro-nasal de malté et un léger fumé. Palais offre une belle profondeur maltée avec une petite pointe de fumé et résiduel boisé accentué par un malté léger de caramel, pâle et toffee. Houblonné agrumes sur la fin laissant qcq pointes citronnées. Je note également un léger sucré rappelant la canne à sucre. Fini sec-boisé avec un niveau alcool qui commence à se faire ressentir.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Idiosynkrasie (3849) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - MAY 24, 2014
330ml bottle. Slightly cloudy, reddish, darkest copper to brown colour with average, frothy, half-way lasting, minimally lacing, off-white to beige head. Malty, Barleywine-like aroma with a nuttily touch, hints of toffee, marzipan, a touch of treacle, woodruff, a cautious smoky touch. Taste is rich and complex, oscillating, malty notes cover a range from toffee, via sweat to smoke, ham, almond, resin, raisin, accompanied by bitter hoppy overtones throughout. Full bodied, sticky palate, oily texture, rich and complex; slightly unbalanced and inharmonic, more oscillating than integrated. If I carried a positive 8 Wired prejudice with me until now, this time my thumb points downwards in case of doubt, indicated by +/- 0.1 points at any one time, forgiving at least a +0.3 better score overall. Well, I can see there is intensity, there is variety of flavours: but concerning aroma as well as taste I have to say: there’s no harmony. The (in light of better knowing often ironically used) German saying "viel hilft vielt" should be applicable here.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentAle (696) - Alberta, CANADA - JUN 10, 2014
Aroma is rich malts, caramel, fig and slight smokiness. Taste is sweet roasty malts, similar tastes to aroma and the malt character is met with a fairly well balanced bitterness and finishes smoothly... Overall quite smoothly for 11% abv. The hop profile is an earthy murky flavor with not too much tang or tanin aftertaste. Appearance is a clear copper body with a pearl/beige head that retains fairly poorly which ia fine for the beer style.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nisse666 (4216) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 10, 2013
Draught at CBC 2013, cons 2013-05-04 Copenhagen AR: wee smokey, grapes AP: dark amber, frothy creamy brown head F: sugary, warming feeling, grape fruit, tiny smokey, salt

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Borup (5876) - Albertslund, DENMARK - MAY 15, 2013
Sample at CBC 2013. Unclear amber colour with an off-white head. Aroma and flavour of malt, caramel. yeast, fruit, spice, alcohol and hoppy notes.


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