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

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

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Hoponmate (309) - NEW ZEALAND - JAN 4, 2017
330 ml bottle. A thick and very complex beer. The nose is the only thing that lets it down. Smells a lot like a barley wine. Thick sweet caramel flavors. Continues into a very sweet vanilla taste. The rest is a woody smokiness to finish with a great strong almost sulatan sweet finish. A complex and strong ale that challenges what beer can be.

4.1
Travlr (24756) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 16, 2013
Bottle. Extremely deep dark maroon, purple, brown color, small but thick tan head with good retention and solid lacing. Aroma of dark fruit, figs, plums, slightly burnt caramel. Taste is sweet and strong winter fruit with bitter resiny finish and substantial body. Very tasty. A big beer.

4.1
SimplySike (1500) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 28, 2014
33cl bottle.
Pours clear dark amber with tan head.
Aroma rich, sweet, alcohol, honey, caramel, dark red fruits, toffee, some wood.
Taste sweet, caramel, sugar, tiny earthy, woody bitter.
Mouthfeel thick, oily.
awesome complex sweet beer.

4.1
kraddel (8111) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JUL 17, 2014
Bottle at Barely Legal Tasting Room . pours dark , unclear amber-red-brown . Unmentionable foam . Smell is sweet , very sweet malts ( think of an Old ale, Barley wine ) Taste is likewise . sweet, but a bit thinner than earlier mentioned styles . Also a decent amount of bitterness included . Very nice ! Carbonation is decent , low as it should be . Very nice beer ! Slightly metallic in the back , and could use more body at this ABV to be world-class , but I definetly don’t regret buying this one !

4.1
DutchDrebus (6002) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - FEB 18, 2015
Bottle @ home. Brown colour with no real head. Smells barley wine, roasty, dark malts, hops, almond, sweet, nice. Taste is the same as smell with a touch of alcohol. Very nice. Full body, soft carbo.

4.1
Korcz (3390) - Warsaw, POLAND - NOV 1, 2016
Backlog, ocena przepisana z untappd, w ramach uzupełniania profilu na ratebeer. Dym z ogniska, wędzone śliwki i morele, dąb, wanilia, kandyzowane owoce, toffi i fura chmielu. Piękne.

4
Maris (1513) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - AUG 24, 2013
From a 330ml bottle on 25/8/2013 (batch 103, BB March 18). Pours a slightly cloudy amber with a smallish head. Has a quite a strong aroma of caramel and toffee. This one is a huge malt bomb featuring caramel, toffee, butterscotch, nuts and toast. along with curious dash of fruitiness as well. The smoke is there but it’s quite subtle. Finishes off with a pronounced, almost medicinal, hop bitterness. This comes across as a very big beer, with the 11% quite evident. The palate is quite syrupy and the carbonation moderate. Not a subtle beer by any means, but there is a hell of a lot going on with it. A very full on, complex offering, which is unsurprising from these guys.

4
mkel07 (5963) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 25, 2013
330ml bottle. Very good beer with dark amber colour and a slight head. Big full flavour that goes down a treat.

4
Cantabrian (1131) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 1, 2013
This was a such a lovely treat from Jimthechap. The beer pours dark reddish copper, very crystal translucid, raising incredible aromas of a malt base, of course, but with plenty of cloying sweet treats such as honey and maple syrup. There is a peaty flavour to it, actually running just below the main alcohol vein. Peat and whisky on the flavours, above a vast malty bed. The beer feels a bit resinous, quite nice. There’s only the whisky element to stop one from pillaging this bottle more at ease. I would have called it a Barley Wine, but perhaps I do not know enough of both sytles.

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marcus (10222) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 24, 2013
Bottle from Healthy Spirits. Pours murky copper with a rich beige head and a toffee and candy aroma. There is a full-bodied dark malt flavor complemented by a very nice hop profile that meshes well with the malt. Nicely bitter oak finish.


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