Brewed by 8 Wired Brewing
Style: American Strong Ale
Warkworth, New Zealand
Serve in Snifter, Tulip


on tap


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RATINGS: 168   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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

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MarcoDL (5532) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 23, 2015
Bottle. Dark bronze color. Nice aroma of smoked ham, malt, caramel, vanilla and oak. Taste is diverse, with oaky vanilla, smoked ham, rauchmalt, soft red fruit and some coffee bitter in the finish. Rich and mighty beer indeed, creative as well. Very good.

rouhlas (4027) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - AUG 10, 2015
From tap. Hazy amber color with off white head. Malty and hoppy aroma, caramel, citrus fruits, floral. Sweet and bitter taste Like aroma. Medium oily body with soft carbonation.

alex_leit (5361) - Minsk, BELARUS - JUN 15, 2015
Bottle. Wine with some smoked, a lot of other shades (malts, fruits, oak, pepper etc.), very impressive ale.

aleksander9 (1927) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 7, 2015
Murky brown with white head. caramel, licorice, smoke and oak. Dry, smoke, some alcohol and herbal finish. Overall: Harsh.

jackafholmes (1024) - - JUN 6, 2015
Bottle from brewdog bar, Sheffield. Maroon with white head. Aroma of treacle, liquorice and chewy bready malts. Taste is deep umami and tangy sweetness with long lasting after bitterness. Full bodied with oil and medium carb. Very good beer.

jamesewelch (259) - 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.

ALLOVATE (3095) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 1, 2015
A good year in the bottle it is high time to crack this one. At cellar temperature and into a snifter. Settles a shady and misted deep chestnut with a well held, cappuccino foam atop. A hint of play doh™ precedes some hefty, peated whisky notes that are boozy and piercingly spicy. There is oak, vanillin, burnt caramel and nutty toffee, savoury dried fruit like raisins and muscatels but it is that aroma of Islay Singles that dominates. Viscous and oily body. Quite some depth. A lot of that aroma coming through with huge whisky notes (not a whisky barrel aged beer so weird!) with vanillin, oak, blackbutt honey and fortified port-like notes. Woody nutty and earthy mid-palate. Long, smoky and peated finish with enough booze to give you heart-burn. A lengthy ale and quite an adventure but one was enough. (33cL, no date stamp, The Liquor Shed, Jandakot)

GlassBrass440 (321) - 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.

Aggiebob (1432) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - APR 12, 2015
Bottle: Poured a hazy reddish hue with an off white head. The aroma was spicy and fruity, while the initially sweet taste had the flavor of fruit, spices and caramel. The finish was slightly bitter and lasting. It had a medium body and a slightly creamy and thick feel on the tongue. The alcohol content is well hidden.

jmgreenuk (10528) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - MAR 12, 2015
Bottle at Taps Beer Bar, Kuala Lumpur. Poured a crystal clear deep mahogany with a thin broken white head. The aroma is resin hop. The flavour is moderate to strong bitter with a woody resin citrus hop palate. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Lovely and smooth and the alcohol is well hidden.

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