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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Fin (10970) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2012
Bottle from Craig, cheers Craig at Cropredy Festival Saturday 11th August 2012 Dark chestnut brown with a creamy textured slim light beige head. Cracking amber ale, very typical Nogne touch to this, soft praline nuttiness, lovely. This is considerably beter than Dennis Locarrie. Not a fan too excited about Amber Ale’s however this is an Amber on steroids. A7 A4 T8 P3 Ov15 3.7

marcus (10736) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 12, 2012
Bottle from City Beer. Pours brown with an attractive beige head and a toffee aroma. There is a hearty dark malt flavor with lots of balancing bitterness and a smoky finish. Complex and interesting.

cubs (10721) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 27, 2012
Bottle @ home picked up at Wilbur’s Foco. Dark orangish brown, fairly clear appearance with a creamy, brown head. Nutty, creamy caramel, toasty malty, earthy/herbal hoppy aroma. Caramel, biscuity, toasty malty, toffee, mild dark fruity, grapefruity, nutty flavor. Somewhat strong but it is quite smooth for the abv.

olio (10591) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 25, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2013

50 cl bottle @ home.

The hop profile isn’t as intense anymore, which was to be expected of course, some toffee has appeared, mild alcohol burn and lots of caramel. The fruits have ripened a bit too. Quite creamy palate, ripe fruits and caramel on the taste. Nice warming alcohol kick at the end. So a small step towards barley wine, which makes it slightly tastier for me. Reminds me of Nøgne Ø #500 a bit.

Re-rating: 8-3-8-3-14.

50 cl bottle @ vPBF.

Pours clear red-brown color with small head. Aroma of hops, mild fruits, malts, caramel and some hay. Flavor of malts, caramel, fruits, mild hops and toffee notes. Decent but definitely not awesome.


sebletitje (10421) - Enghien, BELGIUM - OCT 27, 2012
50cl bottle from Geers, BB 03/2013.
Ambrée/cuivrée, épais beige.
Arôme est très agréablement houblonné, note de malt, fruité noir avec une bouquet doux sucré, légère amertume houblonnée, caramel et grillé.
Palais, citronné amer, note de cône de houblon zélandais avec ce profile sucré léger caramel. Malt grillé/caramel tirant vers ce profile scotch mais avec des notes rappelant des malts pâle plus nobles voire allemand, qcq notes de chocolat avec un léger résineux/sucré sur la fin. Léger houblon épicé avec une légère pointe de levure.

Au final, je ne sais pas si le mélange de tous ces styles offre un quelconque intérêt, on se retrouve devant une bière hybride de IPA, de Scotch et ce barley wine qui mélange un peu le tout sans vraiment se démarquer.

tderoeck (10313) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 29, 2012
27/VII/2012 - 50cl bottle from Geers (Oostakker) @ home - BB: n/a - (2012-765)

Clear red brown to purple beer, big creamy beige head, pretty stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: mocha, caramel, overripe fruits, banana, fruity hops. MF: ok carbon, medium to full body. Taste: sweet malty, caramel, some sugar, mocha, bitter hops, dried fruits, sweet creamed coffee. Aftertaste: malty, honey, bitter hops, mocha.

JorisPPattyn (10072) - BELGIUM - AUG 28, 2012
Small, if dense cream head, receding over deep ruby-brown beer. Fruity hops with lychee, passion fruit, citrus and rosewater. Dry hops, and somehow makeup-powder smell. Bitter, very dry flavour. Hopoils galore; faint fruitiness (grapefruit- and orangepeel), walnutpeel. Some other ’grain’; too - quinoa, or something similar. Feels surprisingly carbonated, certain oiliness, very dry. Well-bodied. A tad monotone, and too strong to be an easy-drinking beer. Still far from bad.

GT (10017) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 23, 2012
500mL thanks to argo0. Pours a clear deep mahogany. Weak head. Nose is puppy breath, red candies, mushroom. Taste is spicy, bitter, starchy. Palate is bitter and dusty, sharply bitter. Drying. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

gyllenbock (9977) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 12, 2012
Bottle. (thanks SirLimpsalot)

Dark amber with a small head. Aroma and taste of hops, pine, yeast and malt. On the sweet side, medium body. Quite nice.

bb (9789) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 4, 2012
Bottle. dark bronze beer with a dark cream head. Grapefruit and toasted malt aroma. Grapefruit and pine flavor with caramel and toasted malt. Medium bodied. Grapefruit and pine linger with caramel and light toffee.

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