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Mighty Imperial Ale | 8 Wired Brewing Co.

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Mighty Imperial AleMighty Imperial Ale

Brewed by:
8 Wired Brewing Co.
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

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

Added by mulder1010 on 05-23-2013

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Ratings: 41 |  Reviews: 16
Reviews by wordemupg:
Photo of wordemupg
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Brenden
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of earlholman
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of LJWalker
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of Rwalford74
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of CptnCraptastic
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of eric5bellies
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of FBGordon
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a pub glass.

A: Pours a dark caramel brown with a thin khaki head which quickly dissipates into minimal layer but with nice lacing.

S: A nose full of sweet caramel maltiness dominates.

T: Some smokiness, with an oakey maltiness up front. Spices through the middle with a little booze on the back end. The hop bitterness comes through pleasantly after a bit.

M: Medium bodied with a smooth carbonation. A little on the dry bitter side, prompting more drinking.

O: An interesting imperial ale, to be sure. I enjoyed drinking it and continue to impressed by 8 Wired.

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Photo of mattsander
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of SebD
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of mulder1010
3.09/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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

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Photo of mbonugli
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tone
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy brown color. 1/4 inch head of an off-tan color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, alcohol, slight yeast, hint of wheat, and a hint of smoke. Fits the style of an American Strong Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, roasted malt, alcohol, slight yeast, hint of wheat, and smoke. Overall, complex, but not well blended, weaker appearance, and the body is lackluster.

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Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Doublechar0517
3.99/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kaelingirl
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of inspektor
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of CBrodbeck
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky super dark orange-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, smoke, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with smoke, wood, caramel, brown sugar, and earth flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice balance between the smoke and sugary characteristics all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.12/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

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Mighty Imperial Ale from 8 Wired Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 41 ratings
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