8 Wired / Renaissance / Nøgne Ø - Ø For Awesome Imperial Amber Ale

8 Wired Brewing
Formerly brewed at Renaissance Brewing

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


on tap


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RATINGS: 156   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Imperial Amber Ale. A 3 way collaboration between Norway and New Zealand. Loosely based on a mix of our 3 flagship beers: Stonecutter Scotch Ale, Hopwired IPA and Batch #100.

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tfredvik (2074) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 8, 2013
For the first time in history I’ve managed to pour a beer that has the Nøgne Ø logo on the label that doesn’t end up with a hazy body. The clear, very dark brown to red body has a large, creamy, eggnog coloured head that is long-lived and laces the glass well. The aroma is intense and delicious, with lots of malty notes but with even more hops. Slightly overripe fruits with a tropical touch, roasted notes, dark caramel, dark chocolate and faint coffee in the back. What a lovely mix of fruits, caramel and chocolate! The taste is moderate sweet and quite heavy bitter. The flavours are strong, and a bit more malt driven than the aroma, with roasted notes and dark caramel in the front and fainter chocolate notes in the back. The fruits are still very present though, and the tropical fruits lingers on in the long-lasting finish, even if they’re rather subdued mid-palate. Finally I get citrus and alcohol. Very close to perfect mouthfeel, with a full body, smooth and oily texture and soft carbonation. So, why isn’t this classified as a BIPA? It has everything I love about that style! Anyway, it’s pretty… wait for it… wait for it… waaaaait for it… awesome.
[50 cl bottle, from Vinmonopolet Vika, Oslo]

ogivlado (8316) - Zagreb, CROATIA - JUN 8, 2013
Bottled 500ml. -from Za Popen’t Pivoteka, Ljubljana. Dark amber coloured, medium sized cappuccino head, perfumed hops in the nose. Sweet malty, nutty caramel and light fruity with decent hops presence. Dryish bitter hoppy finish. Very nice brew.

Rrauth (1196) - North Carolina, USA - JUN 6, 2013
Bottle. This is very caramel malty and the after taste of a scotch ale. It's awesome. I want to get more of it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

TheCametron (2480) - CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 27, 2013
Bottle. Pours an attractive Brown Amber with an off White head. Dense malty nose with an unusual hoppy backdrop. Th flavour has some of those ’imperial notes to it (prunes, raisins, candied fruits) and also some pretty fragrant hops. Mango, Passionfruit. Th hops get a bit lost in the malt but it’s such a novel flavour that itshard not to enjoy it. Maybe a touch of Rye? A memorable artisanal beer.

Marko (6285) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - MAY 26, 2013
Oooh, I have a story about this. I’d rated this first in Delirium Hoppy Loft, courtesy of a cool guy called Ben that I met/drank with there (and a huge thanks to him). I’d noted it as Nøgne Ø Imperial Amber Ale and couldn’t find it in the database for some reason, so I left it unrated. And when ogivlado brought a bottle to the tasting, I remembered it immediately. So thanks to him as well... Combining both notes now. Very dark red, almost brown body (brown/amber) with a small thick white head. Unripe fruit, hop & maltiness in the aroma, some dust. Fruity taste, orange, rosehip, peppermint, dust, caramel, slightly malty, dryish and sweet. A herbal bitterness balancing out the maltiness. I guess. And imagine that, the scores were identical in both sets of notes....

Countbeer (6589) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - MAY 17, 2013
Sorry Radarsock. I bought this beer in Belgium, last they had and actually stored it away and was thinking to share it with you when you said you would maybe visit Europe. Your visit will most likely be (enormously) delayed and I didn’t have much beer laying around to celebrate something... I know this was one of the beers you really would like to taste, but we will get some nice beers together whenever you come over to Europe... Hope you can taste something mentally of this beer after reading my review. Bottle: Served in a Duvel glass: Nice looking label with a funny folklore story on the back. A clear copper amber pour. Medium to smaller sized, bit lively but quite thick and slowly changing creamy vanilla beige colored foamy head. When holding the glass with it’s beer in front of me it looks quite dark (black) to me. But when I hold this glass with nice smelling beer close to a light source the color becomes more like a very dark but clear red ruby color. Aromas of hops, barley malts, liquorice wood, other liquorice spices, toast, herbs, light vinous, hints of yeast and flowers. Flavours of liquorice, liquorice wood, spices like pepper and light nutmeg ish, barley malts, bitters, some hops, sprinkles of caramel and chalk. Aftertaste is a mix of barley malts, bitters, liquorice wood and some alcohol/spices (both on each others edge). Low carbo, soft creamy almost silky mouthfeel, medium to full body and a creamy smooth and bit thicker texture. Tasty mix of malts, hops and alcohol (spicy), enough to taste, pretty balanced and some unexpected aromas and flavours which seem to suit this beer fine. One of the few negative things might be that the alcohol comes through more and more towards finishing the beer...

sfhodense (4788) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - MAY 14, 2013
Pours dark copper with a beige head. Aroma is roasted caramel, citrus, grapefruit and peach. Flavour is roasted caramel, citrus, grapefruit, peach and alcohol. Good lasting bitterness.

Gorm (1899) - Sandnes, NORWAY - MAY 8, 2013
Svart med lite skum. Smak av kaffe og sjokolade. Svart som natten. Snop. Melkebaren.

nilsas (4719) - Bryne, NORWAY - MAY 8, 2013
Godt syrlig øl. Friskt på smak med en søtlig duft. Et godt øl i sommervarmen og til grillmat.

oops (211) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 27, 2013
Would I like another one? Sure! Medium head that is lasting forever. Fruity, malty aroma that brings your imagination of having the first beer outside at the springtime. You can understand that it’s kind of heavy beer from the first taste impressions - they are a little bit sweer as usual with strong beers, but within a second it’s gone and replaced with the really nice bitterness that lasts and lasts.

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