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Mighty Imperial Ale - 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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Mighty Imperial AleMighty Imperial Ale

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BA SCORE
81
good

24 Ratings
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Ratings: 24
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 8.22%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
8 Wired Brewing Co. visit their website
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/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.

75 IBU

(Beer added by: mulder1010 on 05-23-2013)
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Reviews by bobhits:
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bobhits

Kentucky

3.28/5  rDev -7.1%

Pours a clear red, deep deep red color. Nearly no head just some white foam around the edges of the glass.

I'm not sure how to say it beyond "it smells red". Caremel sugars and malts mixed with american hops come off clearly.

Mighty is a BIG beer, there's not doubt about that one. Huge amounts so sugar mixed with great amounts of malt. It is without a doubt making every effort to be called an imperial american style beer.

Harsh yet wonderful hops aggressively bite the tongue with sheets of sweet sugar malt caramel rolling behind it. This is somewhat the classic american flavors I tend to dislike but done so perfectly they nearly pull it off.

Mighty doesn't break ground. It's what you'd expect from a well executed but not impressive imperial red. One of the things that always made 8 Wire a great beer for me is that their hops and flavors were just a bit different. This is rather uncreative beer making. I can't fault it as it's well done, but it doesn't reach the heights of truly unique or great and as such it isn't something you have to have. Just something worth giving a shot, but it's not priced to move so buyer be ware.

08-18-2013 00:17:21 | More by bobhits
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Brenden

Ohio

3.7/5  rDev +4.8%

A pretty thickly hazed light-medium red color with a flaming orange in the edges, this beer develops a full finger of tan head, pretty dense and rocky. It displays pretty good retention and leaves somewhere between moderate and heavy patchy lacing behind.
It's clear from the nose this is a malt-forward beer. There's lots of a toffee-like sweetness along with caramel and dark currant. It's also doughy, with more dry biscuit than either toasty or bready notes. There's also a touch of bittersweet cocoa I wasn't expecting at all. There's a little bit of char underneath it all and, more than the previously mentioned supporting notes, a very steady and strong booziness.
The taste very much follows suit, mostly sweet malts with biscuit, lots of toffee, with the char still there but a bit more mingled with the overall character, especially as something like some wood comes out. Again, booziness is very much present, but again working more toward the overall character. There is a certain piney something coming out I might attribute to hops, as well as a touch of leaf. Dried and sugared fruits linger.
The body is a sturdy medium with a steady crispness, though as the session goes it falls off slightly at the end of the sip. it's fairly smooth as well.

10-17-2013 13:16:24 | More by Brenden
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.74/5  rDev +5.9%

330ml bottle. Made with some new-to-me Australasian ingredients, and aged on Yankee oak. Oh, and refermented in the bottle.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, deep red brick amber hue, with one average finger of loosely foamy, bubbly beige head, which leaves some rather random splattered lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of mirror-world caramel malt - heightened by the regional toffee simulacrum, jaggery - concentrated black fruit (plum, wildberry, and cherry, mostly), a rising biscuity wet graininess, mild cocoa and earthen licorice notes, a very soft vegetal smokiness, and menacing, lurking booze. The taste is lightly bready caramel/toffee malt, musty cane sugar, pithy dry chocolate, stewed mixed-berries, smoking forest-fall, and buttery, vanilla-tinged American oak, with a strong, burgeoning, but still not at all edgy alcohol warming.

The carbonation is quite low-key, just a minor supportive hiss, the body a somewhat sludgy medium weight, and not really that smooth, with the smoke and booze taking up to much space and time. It finishes on the sweet side, but mostly tempered, as the sugar, unlike the wood treatment, is not American, and the smoke and alcohol astringency coming 'round to bear.

One big and woody, and sedate (pick your meaning) ale. The barrel treatment really does run the show here, but has the good graces to not manifest as overly sweet, and also allows the other smoked goods a turn at the table. An interesting take on a strong ale, even more so given the general lack of hoppiness.

06-11-2013 01:23:52 | More by biboergosum
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

09-01-2013 01:47:48 | More by Sammy
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earlholman

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -15%

07-07-2014 17:06:27 | More by earlholman
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Rwalford74

Australia

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

10-12-2013 10:38:15 | More by Rwalford74
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mattsander

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

09-07-2013 02:43:38 | More by mattsander
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

3.74/5  rDev +5.9%

Appearance: It has a nice deep brownish/amber color to it. It has a nice beige head that dies down somewhat fast and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of brown sugar, sweet caramel, toffee, some dark fruit, light oak and faint smoke.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some brown sugar, caramel, toffee, some dark fruit, a slight earthy bitterness, smoke and some oak.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas.

06-23-2014 23:02:31 | More by SebD
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

07-20-2014 04:15:27 | More by ygtbsm94
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mulder1010

Australia

3.08/5  rDev -12.7%

330 ML bottle

A-- Clear dark brown color. Thin white collar, aggressive swirling gets a half finger of head but no more. Some spotty lacing.

S-- Aniseed, lots of malts, sweet caramel, nuts, and cooked mushroom. Sweet nose but a touch dry.

T-- Sweet caramel and malts to start then a big dose of American Oak. Utterly obliterates the sweetness. Touches of vanilla, butter, and toasted coconut. Oak crushes what base is there though.

M-- Slightly sweet and smoky ( yes the beer was smoked as well). Elements of oaked caramel and toasted walnuts in the taste. but a lot of smoke and oak. Very dry finish, nearly parching. Sweet and slick to offset in the mid palate.

O-- Not really a bruiser but a sipper. ABV hidden well but this is a beer that the oak overshadows the base beer. Needs time to mellow but think that will not help it that much.
Oak bomb

05-23-2013 13:42:07 | More by mulder1010
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bigred89

Maryland

4/5  rDev +13.3%

08-02-2014 03:19:28 | More by bigred89
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kaelingirl

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

08-28-2013 00:36:23 | More by kaelingirl
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inspektor

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

01-01-2014 04:38:53 | More by inspektor
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

11-21-2013 14:30:39 | More by kjkinsey
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +9.9%

330ml bottle poured into tulip 10/6/13

A clear dark amber with a few bubbles feeding a short lived finger of tan foam that leaves just a few polka dots around the glass

S spruce and juniper hit me first followed by plenty of brown sugar both burnt and crystal, soft caramel, raisins soaked in rum and sugar coated, woody notes and booze with some fruit I can't quite place

T I'm getting smoke in the mouth that I didn't really notice on the nose, the smoke and sugars don't get along as well as I 'd like but the smoke mixes well with the woody notes, boozy and sweet, tastes pretty good but the nose had much more going for it

M thick, syrupy and sticky on the lips, enough bubbles to keep it from feeling flat and a little heat on the way down with a strange smokey aftertaste

O I was really digging the nose but it couldn't quite keep that trend going throughout, please don't get me wrong I'm liking this brew but the I find the smokey notes strange and it needs some time to mellow out

Manuka smoke? I'm not too sure, jaggery I seem to remember as a sugar Half Pints used to brew $ellout $tout, worth a try and let me know if you figure it out

06-11-2013 05:41:56 | More by wordemupg
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.13/5  rDev -11.3%

330ml brown bottle purchased from Beer Cartel in Sydney. Shared with my good mate @tobeerornottobe.

Pours a very clear, but very deep red colour, perhaps like a heavily oxidised rosé, or an extremely light pinot noir. Head is a very fine ochre colour, witting flat and smooth across the glass. Lacing forms in specks and hebrew characters. Body is exceptionally thick, and hold plenty of powdery carbonation. Looks very good.

Nose is... surprisingly dead. Slight oxidised waste water, a bit of flat extract, perhaps a hint of raisins, and certainly booze—but booze in a lackadaisical, uncaring way. It certainly doesn't arrive with purpose. There's a slight fudgey caramel character, but it's disappointing in the extreme. As is the nose in general.

Taste is better, certainly—perhaps because the booze was always going to be prominent and forthright here. And forthright it is: big, slightly crass heat burns through the centre and the back, while the caramel characters do what they can to cushion the blow, giving some breadth the the palate. Otherwise, it's quite sharp—better than the nose, but still hot without purpose.

Feel is ostensibly thick, but with a thin roaring piercing character that bites it all the way back.

Overall? Well, what the hell happened, 8 Wired? In general, Søren and his guys do wonderful, exciting things. But this is hot and messy, thin where it should be rich. It doesn't have much complexity at all, and ends up more akin to a heavy malt liquor than to a big rich, chewy Imperial Anything. Extremely unimpressed.

08-17-2013 07:23:06 | More by lacqueredmouse
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

12-24-2013 16:45:45 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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ADZA

Australia

3.05/5  rDev -13.6%

This has been in the fridge for a while now but thought I'd give it a go as its cold again tonight and it pours a clear orange amber hue with a one finger head and sporadic clingy lacing,the smell is basically a combination of oak,toffee,honey and caramel and that's about it,the mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation and the tastes are oak,oak,caramel,oak,toffee,Redgum honey and yes you guessed it oak and overall it's an oak bomb and hue base beer gets lost with the ageing and a dissapointment for me cheers.

07-02-2013 10:29:03 | More by ADZA
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

11-21-2013 02:30:08 | More by Texasfan549
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IanSpindler

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +13.3%

06-19-2013 04:38:41 | More by IanSpindler
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ZachT

British Columbia (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

02-09-2014 07:00:06 | More by ZachT
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groleau

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

08-22-2014 23:09:20 | More by groleau
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SStein

Belgium

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

03-17-2014 18:24:34 | More by SStein
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dgilks

Australia

3.28/5  rDev -7.1%

Hazy mahogany brown colour. Small light tan head. Fair head retention. Not that pretty.

Citrussy and almost bright. Lacking the malt, oak and smoke aroma that I expect. Actually a bit subdued.

Woody and bitter. Some citrus. Touches of peat. Light sweetness but not malty.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation.

For me this lacks richness and a complexity. I managed to try the tap version at Beervana and it seemed so much thicker and richer than this.

09-02-2013 11:18:34 | More by dgilks
Mighty Imperial Ale from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.