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

 
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8 Wired Brewing
Formerly brewed at Renaissance Brewing

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

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RATINGS: 156   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.8
gunnar (9690) - Sandnes, NORWAY - OCT 27, 2012
Bottle from Vinmonopolet, Valkendorf, Bergen. Pours amber with a huge frothy white head. Aroma of bready malts, light roasted. Taste is moderate sweet caramel, smooth and medium bodied, well integrated hops, dry hoppy finish, a good one.

3.8
Plovmand (8613) - Grindsted, DENMARK - AUG 8, 2012
Bottle at home. Pours clear deep amber with a creamy beige head. The aroma is citrussy hops, biscuits, caramel, fresh fruit and malt. The flavour is malty and fruity with notes of citrus, pine and has a boozy and fruity finish. Nice one. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
laiti (8513) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 25, 2012
50 cl bottle @ vPBF, no BBE info
Aroma has lots of resin, toffee, some caramel and fruits. Flavour is slightly sweet with lots of resin, some biscuits, caramel and some gooseberry bush. Becomes a bit too sweet at the end of the glass. Good, but not as good as #100 or HopWired.

3.1
radagast83 (8446) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2012
Bottle provided by argo0. Thanks! Poured a copper-amber color with a small white head. Aroma was light, sweet malts, some caramel. Flavor was light caramel, sweet malts. That’s about it.

3.4
Cunningham (8375) - Halden, NORWAY - JUL 6, 2013

In short: ROBBED!
Appearance: Dark and subtle red color with a frothy tan head. Ok lacing.
Aroma: Fruity and deep malty.
Palate: Medium + body. Tad sweet and a harse deep bitterness. Soft carbonation. Oily texture.
Taste: Rich fruity and lots of malt.
Overall impression: I have been robbed. The price was hilarious, but everbody has said that this one was outstanding. So let it be. But I should have had this one many months ago. All the hopps had gone to an harse unbalanced hop hell. But the taste actually got better when it got warmer.
Personal stats: Bottle from Håndtverkerstuene in Oslo, Norway.

3.7
ogivlado (8097) - 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.

3.9
Idiosynkrasie (7952) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - MAR 23, 2014
500ml bottle. Ruby red glowing, dark brown colour with late awakening, average to huge, thick, frothy, fully lasting, moderately lacing, off-white to beige head. Malty aroma delivers a toffee-chocolate-caramel-nut-mixture, hoppy overtones, hints of blueberry and other red and dark berries. Taste is a moderately sweet and bitter, complex crossing of malt and hop flavours, making it hard to differentiate between pure notes and mixed effects: toffee, nuts, coffee, caramel, chocolate, plum, dark berries, peppermint. Not fully harmonic, but exhibiting an intricacy of flavours that could keep busy a whole detective agency. Some beers make you instantaneously burst out: Awesome! This keeps you in a state of meditativeness maybe for hours after having it finished - and you’ll equally sigh: Awesome! But in this case not in explosive enthusiasm, rather in a mood of deeply relaxed satisfaction.

3.6
lusikka (7833) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 25, 2012
500 ml bottle @ vPBF 2012.
Pours a dark reddish amber colour with a lacy white head. Aroma of toasted malts, nuts and strong hops. Flavour is really hop-driven with grassy and floral hops, nuts, dark chocolate and some dry wood notes. Medium bodied, dry mouthfeel and a dry, malty, high bitter finish. Good bitterness but too straightforward to be Øwesome.

3
Ernest (7815) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 30, 2012
Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting. Body is dark amber-brown. Aroma is moderately to heavily malty (cookie, scorched caramel, roasted grain/nuts), moderately hoppy (resin, apricot), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of cardboard/sherry, alcohol, maple syrup. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter. Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic. Kind of a disjointed, rough-edged mish-mash, like a dump-bucket of American barleywines. Lots of resinous hops, alcohol, and oxidation make it rather hard to enjoy. There are some nice malt characteristics struggling for dominance, but overall it’s just too brutish and crude to keep me coming back to the glass.

4
BlackHaddock (7672) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2014
Shared bottle at the Pre-Brugge beer festival bottle swap organised by Filip of the Belgian Beer Board website: thanks whoever brought this. My sample was fairly large (cos I’m a greedy git) and I wanted to do the beer justice by having enough to judge it by. Others may have missed out, but I only had about one third of the selection at the swap , well only 22 different beers anyway. This poured a nice dark brown colour and an off-white head of foam. The aroma was a rich blend of maltiness mixed with spicy hop notes and a basket of citrus fruit. It had a wondrous taste: those malts in the smell lead the way in the mouth too, semi-sweet caramel, other malty molasses type tastes and a calming undertone of a woody, hop like feel. A very pleasant beer indeed. Full bodied and worth missing a few other beers for. Glad I grabbed some and took the time to take notes, it was difficult though as the bottles came along a bit swiftly at times and I missed some excellent brews because of my note taking.


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