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8 Wired / Renaissance / Nøgne Ø Ø For Awesome8 Wired / Renaissance / Nøgne Ø Ø For Awesome

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8 Wired Brewing Co.
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
75 IBU

Added by ADZA on 05-09-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 38
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, rather hazy sepia with a thick and fluffy buff head. Strong aroma has malty, hoppy, hay, and subtle caramel and horehound notes. Lip-smacking flavor mixes malt, woody hops, caramel, fruity and earthy tones with a snipped of horehound. Thick, almost syrupy texture leaves a woody finish and a rather persistent tingle. Long live collaborations!

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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Photo of Zachtheporter
3.57/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle at Discount Liquor in Milwaukee under the guise that this was a brand new beer. It was listed under the "NEW for MAY 2013" section of there new beer arrivals and so I thought it was a completely fresh new beer, but after looking at some other reiviews and doing some reaserach I am realizing that I couldn't be more than wrong. This beer is more than a year old! (at least that's when the first batch was brewed, I'm not sure exactly how old this particular beer is since there doesn't seem to be a bottling date on the bottle anywhere. This beer is incredibly similar to Nogne O's #100, in fact I would go so far to say that this is a barleywine being disguised as an imperial amber. There is a very aggressive leatheriness to the taste and the hops seem citrusy, yet a bit faded. Disappointing really. I truly thought that I could trust discount liquor but I'm finding more and more that they are very deceitful when listing there new arrivals. I don't know what to think really, If this beer truly is fresh than it certainly isn't something that i would choose to ever buy again. There's a lot of dark fruit flavors and caramely malts mixing together with the faded hop profile. Interesting to say the least..

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Beautiful clear mahogany pour with a ruby tinge when held to the light. Two finger beige head with great retention and lacing. Very bold, complex, malty nose with hints of brown sugar, molasses, toffee, tobacco, pine, caramel, citrus, and just a touch of dark fruit. The taste is just as bold and complex. Earthy and nutty with incredible balance. Starts off almost like a Barley Wine with citrusy hops, pine resin, molasses, caramel, and toffee. Mid way it opens up with lots of oak, port wine, a touch of vanilla, and an awesome vinous character. Can definitely see the Nogne Ø 100 influence here. The mouthfeel is slightly syrupy but really smooth with a really nice bittersweet finish. Hugely drinkable for such a big beer. It really defies categorization. It has the best of several styles. A truly surprising and remarkable beer! Very close to giving it a 5.0 in taste...

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Photo of crnipeter
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep coppery-brown with a finger thick beige head with good retention.

Nose is heavy on caramel, toffee, orange-oil and biscuit-like malt aroma that exhibits hints of chocolate and smothers the hops underneath. Various-hop aroma overlaid by massive malt-profile seems to comprise at least earthy, spicy and citrusy qualities. The reach overall fruitiness seems to be due to specialty malts rather than hops used or esters.

The unfermentable sugars of strong caramel malt impart prominent sweetness balanced by copious amount of resinous hop-bitterness lending astringent finish with woodsy aftertaste. The astringency is inappropriate but not surprising considering the huge amount of hops needed to balance such a malt bomb. Body is viscous, supported by moderate carbonation.

For Awesome is essentially a three-beer mixture (scotch ale, barley wine and DIPA) reflecting the qualities of each. Albeit labeled "Imperial" it's overdone in a sense that creates a jumble of aromas & flavors. Still, balanced for what it is which is the key to a good Amber, thought (500 ml, BB end of March 2014, into tulip).

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a somewhat cloudy consistency. There was an inch of creamy, off white, fairly long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: An extremely hoppy aroma, with some fruit elements present also.

T: Tasted of hops - a lot of hops - along with some citrus (orange?), a little bit of caramel, and malt in the finish. A very solid flavor, with a great deal of hops, even for an imperial red ale.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a super dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A well made, bold, complex beer. Very much drinkable.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a fairly dark brown with some amber and ruby around the edges and a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel and toffee malts with some tropical fruit and floral hops and a bit of booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of sweet caramel and toffee malts with some grapefruit and citrus hops with a bit of bitterness. Through the middle, some floral and pine hops come through with a bit more bitterness and some more caramelized malt. The finish is a mix of sweet caramel and lightly bready malts, grapefruit and pine hops, bitterness, and a touch of booze.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice imperial red ale with a good malty profile and a good amount of hop flavor and bitterness.

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Photo of oberon
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an impy nonic a deep deep dark amber with pillow-like one and a half finger light tan colored head atop,great retention thru the duration of drinking it.A big dose of piney hops and nutty malt,just a great mix of the two together,can't beat a well made hopped up amber in my opinion.Roasty malts with deep brown sugar notes that meld into lightly roasted nuts and piney,earthy hops in the finish.The alcohol is kept in check well making this a danger for me because I have another in the fridge and Iam supposed to go out tonight!Anyways a great frickin beer.

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Photo of jjveverka
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this beer the day it hit the store. The appearance is a a very dark red-brown with great lacing. The smell is a bit of toffee and caramel with a hint of alcohol at the end. Taste has a strong maltly flavor with caramel, there is also quite a bit of alcohol taste for having only 9% ABV.The hoppyness really does not show up until the after taste. It's mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and the aftertaste lingers on your palate for some time. Overall a good beer. Glad I got a chance to try it.

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4.64/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle. ½ pt Shaker glass. Enjoyed on agt´12. Pours dark amber in color, golden reddish brown to the light. Beige, medium sized bubbled, froth creates creamy crown. Fairly good retention leaves lacing rings on sides & thin lasting layer on top. Nice aromas of Caramel & Chocolate malts, ripe cherries, figs & dates, with subtle herbal notes. Flavor profile shows sweet toasted malts, toffee, ripe & dried fruits followed by sharp bitterness. Full body. Soft carbonation. Oily texture. Hints of licorice in the middle lingers with underlying bitter cocoa into a long sweet malty finish. Coffee hues & resins on the aftertaste. ABV well hidden allows an easy & refreshing drinkability.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a half-litre bottle into a Koningshoeven chalice.

A: Translucent, ruddy-pretty amber. Great lacing, light head.

S: Malty and robust, with a touch of citrusy hops...smells sort of like a 90 Minute. Nice. Touch of metal.

T: Interesting...sort of dry and grassy, with a strong-spicy hop presence. The malt base is sort of boring. Caramel sweet, but only just, with a pleasant acidic tartness.

M: Competent.

O: I quite like imperial reds and I quite like this beer. Recommended. Strong nose, good body, tasty taste.

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Photo of gford217
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of brystmar
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Denise!

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.

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Photo of danieelol
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of BradAndAdele
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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 ...

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Photo of dgilks
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of ADZA
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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8 Wired / Renaissance / Nøgne Ø Ø For Awesome from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
4.06 out of 5 based on 38 ratings.
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