8 Wired / Renaissance / Nøgne Ø Ø For Awesome - 8 Wired Brewing Co.
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3.9/5 rDev -4.6%
500ml bottle capped with a Renaissance bottle cap.
Pours dark mahogany brown with very little light passing though unless held up to light, where the edges show a deep amber.
Aroma is sweet and malty with lots of treacle and toffee. Some juicy tropical fruits, almost like mangos and passionfruit, not the lighter stuff.
Taste has an initial citrus kick, this time it's a little more of the traditional oranges and pine resin. The backbone is heavy on the caramel malts, lightly toasted with some molasses and a lightly bitter finish.
Mouthfeel is slick and on the heavier side of a traditional amber (which I know this one is not).
Really good blend. Sure, it's not a FW blend, but good for what it is.
07-30-2012 03:13:50 | More by gford217
3.63/5 rDev -11.2%
Dark brown body, white head, sticky lace. Hoppy, orange-y, scotch-y aroma. DIPA-esque. Taste flows pretty well for a blend: aggressive hops meet the scratchy scotch base, supported by plenty of malt. Booze warms my throat at the end but doesn't stand out.
A decent blend, though not something I'd seek out myself. Glad I tried it though.
07-24-2012 00:43:59 | More by brystmar
4.48/5 rDev +9.5%
With thanks to IBS
Pours a very, very dark amber, almost copper/brown. Fantastic head and lacing.
Smell is DIPA at first, then you get the other elements. Hops show mango and kiwi fruit. Get the maltiness and roast, probably from #100 (though at times this beer is more reminiscent of #500). Get honeycomb and burnt malt too (the latter presumably from Stonecutter). Bit of a fruity funkiness. Definitely get the Hopwired and really all three elements of the beer. Ends up with a lot of Barleywine qualities.
Taste is sweet and fruity candy-like with an almost equal hop bitterness. Drying finish.
Mouthfeel has sweetness, resin and drying alcohol.
Well done for constructing such a complex and mutable beer. Everything comes through.
07-11-2012 16:40:50 | More by danieelol
4.1/5 rDev +0.2%
Bottle from Slow Beer. From notes.
A - Poured eep red with a three finger fluffy light brown head. Bright. Decent carbonation, good rings of lace and a half finger of retention.
S - Citrussy, tropical fruit, hop, some caramel maltiness, dark fruit and bread.
T - Some smoke, mild tropical fruit, more caramel. Tropical fruit and caramel blend came off as smokiness at first but it came through nicer later as the smokey element seemed to pull away. Dark fruit and generous hops were there as a nice combo
M - Gentle carbonation, full body, and a carmelly bitterness in the finish.
O/D - Nice, hoppy and balanced. Easy drinking and full of great flavours while being complex and hiding alcohol well. Good stuff.
06-19-2012 06:38:10 | More by tbeckett
3.83/5 rDev -6.4%
It's not a very red colour. More a dark, syrupy brown. Not a bad thing at all. The head is reasonable -- creamy and temporal -- and the taste is very smooth. I smell a fair bit of yeast, but it's not overpowering. Sultanas, honey, maybe a little tropical fruit in the smell. It's a sweety!
The taste has enough bitterness to bring me back to reality. It's not super hoppy or bitter like some imperial red ales, and I think it has the balance nearly right. Being an imperial (dry hops, hops and more hops) it's a little strong given the look and smell, and would probably have worked better as a plain red ale.
But at 9% abv it won't be long before I am having the time of my life. So excuse me while I polish off the rest of this bottle ...
06-17-2012 11:11:36 | More by BradAndAdele
4.4/5 rDev +7.6%
Dark, dark brown with a smooth, dense, light tan head. Good head retention and some great lacing.
Rich, rounded aroma with some fantastic caramel and toffee malt notes. Nutty. Passionfruit and other tropical fruits. Psome harder fruits like pear and stone fruit. Delicious.
Quite a complex ale. The malt is rich like the Scotch ale that has supposedly influenced this beer with lots of toffee and nutty character coming through. Then there are all the big, juicy, New Zealand hop flavours coming through with the passionfruit, guava and mango notes. Lovely combination of biscuity, toffeed malts and hops. Really good.
Medium to medium-full body with moderately-low carbonation. Good.
A simply stunning beer. Awesome is the right term to describe what is going on here. Lots of malt and hops in a fantastic balance. I love the combination of the tropical hops against the Scotch Ale type malt profile.
06-09-2012 08:34:55 | More by dgilks
3.75/5 rDev -8.3%
This is a 3 way collaboration between Renaissance,8wired and Nogne based on the mixing of one of their flagship brews together being Stonecutter Scotch Ale,Hopwired IPA and Nogne 100 and is called an Imperial Amber Ale i also love the spiel about David Tua on the side hence the name and pours a dark magohany hue which leaves a off white creamy two finger head that stays and stays and leaves heaps of clingy lacing,the smell is roasted barley,rock candy,paw paw,candied passionfruit and rockmelon,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and a touch creamy with tastes of burnt toffee,rock candy,a touch of tropical fruit,gooseberries,roasted barley and finished with a mix of caramel sweetness and NZ fruity hoppiness and overall a very tasty Imperial Amber Ale that id buy again as after tasting all three of the flagship brews you can definately taste them all in there but i feel the NZ hops definately make themselves well known and just another one of those brews that you have to try at least once cheers.
05-09-2012 09:11:20 | More by ADZA
8 Wired / Renaissance / Nøgne Ø Ø For Awesome from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.